2015 NAHBS – March 6-8 - The Kentucky International Convention Center
News from NAHBS: 3 Months Away + Ramping Up!

In just 3 months, the best in the bike industry will be gathering in Louisville, KY for the 2015 NAHBS show. We hope you will be a part of this year’s show, March 6th-8th, which will include builders, exhibitors, buyers, and media (more on that below!) from around the world. For builders and exhibitors, NAHBS is the place to showcase your bikes and your brands to the people that matter most!


Exhibitors, attendees, and media can register to attend the 2015 show online. Just visit the NAHBS website and look for the 2015 Registration Link on the homepage.


If you have any questions about registration, please email Robin Rinehart at  registration@handmadebicycleshow.com and she will assist you. Please reach out if you need additional information or assistance with anything reg related – we are here to help!



This week’s VIB is legendary frame builder and bike expert with over 30 years of experience, Steve Potts of Steve Potts Bicycles. Steve is one of pioneers of the titanium movement in cycling and has been at NAHBS for as long as we can remember. We’re psyched to see Steve in Louisville this March!


Business Name:  Steve Potts Bicycles

Person Name: Steve Potts

Title/Position: Owner

Location: Petaluma, CA

Year Founded:  1980

# of Employees: One and only one!

Website:  http://stevepottsbicycles.com/

Contact Info:  steve@stevepottsbicycles.com


How long have you been building bikes/frames? How did you get your start? I have been building bikes for 35 years for a full time living. I actually started in 1967 at my Tamalpais High School machine shop fixing up old frames from our local dump so I could ride on the mountain as a kid (Mount Tamalpais).


When it comes to building, do you have any guiding principles or philosophies? My guiding principle is to build a straight-forward reliable bike, with beautiful craftsmanship (welding, machining,alignment, etc.), to fit the specific needs of the rider.


What distinguishes you from other builders in your category? One of the main things that distinguishes me from other builders is that I do all of the processes from start to finish including design, machine, weld, finish machine, align, etc. I also have an extensive background in designing bicycle components from start to finish (concept, prototyping, machining, welding to finish).


What do you love – and what do you hate – about your job? I love the process of building a bike for someone and seeing it being ridden the way it was made to do. But, along with that reality, it is a lot of work and there are a lot of challenges to get the bike to that stage. But, all things that are rewarding do take a lot of work!


When you’re not building bikes, how do you spend your time? When I am not working, which is rare, I like to spend time with my two sons. We enjoy spending time doing outdoor activities and making cool and inventive things in the shop!


What is your business’ biggest challenge? My biggest challenge as a bike builder is being organized enough to take on all of the different tasks that are necessary to not only build bikes, but actually run a business!


Onto NAHBS, what are you most looking forward to at the 2015 NAHBS? I am looking forward to NAHBS overflowing with bike enthusiasts crowding the halls to check out everyone’s bikes! I am also looking forward to all of the great cycling magazines taking tons of photos and writing stories on the NAHBS 2015 show (hope they are all there to see the excitement). I am looking forward to showing a few new bikes as well!
Editor’s Note: Yes Steve- the media will be there…and we mean A LOT of media! In addition to your bikes, have your press kits, answers, and stories ready to share!  


** Find Steve at NAHBS 2015, Booth # 442 **

MEDIA, MEDIA, MEDIA (and what is means for you)

The number of media attending NAHBS- journalists, editors, freelancers, and bloggers – is big, and the list is growing everyday. Media will be there to learn and write about YOU – your bikes, building processes, components, tools, and more. NAHBS is an amazing opportunity to connect with media who can share your story and brand on a regional, national, and global scale.


In addition to on-site articles and show write-ups, several magazines and media outlets will be doing pre-show coverage and promotions. They’ll be featuring one-man bands, up and comers, established builders, and everything in between.


Bicycling Magazine is on board as a 2015 Media Partner and will be sending a team of writers to NAHBS.  Zack Grice, Publisher of Bicycling stated, “we’re turning them loose with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, all of which have about 100,000 subscribers, just for NAHBS.”


The NAHBS Media Director is Scott Kaier of SMAK Strategies, who will be coordinating media interviews and promotional opportunities with builders and exhibitors. Scott can be reached at scott@smakstrategies.com or 802.238.7577. If you’ve already registered for NAHBS, you’ll be hearing from Scott this month…stay tuned!

HOST HOTEL: Galt House



Just seven miles from the airport, with 1,300 guest rooms and 650 suites, the Galt House offers the best in convenience, comfort, and hospitality. The hotel features 9 restaurants & lounges, 24-hour on-site deli, on-site UPS Business Center, and many other amenities.  Special NAHBS rates are below:


RIVUE TOWER – Deluxe Guestroom

Single $ 135.00 / Double $ 135.00 / Triple $ 145.00 / Quad   $ 155.00


SUITE TOWER – Executive Suite

Single $ 155.00 / Double $ 155.00 / Triple $ 165.00 / Quad $ 175.00


Other Galt House Links

Photo & Video Gallery: click here

For Hotel Reservations, click here


Snag a one-day pass to the show plus our souvenir limited-edition NAHBS Volunteer T-shirt when you sign up as a volunteer. More importantly, you’ll have the chance to meet other great volunteers, form new friendships, and have the satisfaction of knowing that thanks to you, this amazing show can keep happening each and every year!


To volunteer, please click here. Scroll down to the “Volunteer Application” section, add it to your cart, and follow the required steps to check out.  Thank you in advance!


Established in 2005, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the largest and most widely accessible destination for frame builders to share their passion with cycling enthusiasts and supporters. It aims to be a meeting point – both online and in person- for frame builders and consumers looking for custom-made bikes, for the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of a special industry with a rich history dating back to 1819. NAHBS moves from city to city each year. For more information on the 2015 show, please visit http://www.2015.handmadebicycleshow.com/
The NAHBS team is 100% focused on creating an exciting, impactful, and well-attended event in 2015 and hope you will be joining us for what we think will be the most successful show yet.


As the President and Founder of NAHBS, I want to make sure you see the value that  NAHBS offers, and I encourage you to reach out to me with your ideas, concerns, and questions. I may be reached at 502.424.2225 or by email at don@handmadebicycleshow.com.


Thanks for your continued support of NAHBS. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in Louisville March 6th-8th!




Don Walker

Don Walker,  Founder and President