2015 NAHBS – March 6-8 - The Kentucky International Convention Center
News from NAHBS: Fat Chance Bicycles Relaunches

As a small, independent frame builder or speciality component manufacturer, NAHBS is a must-attend event. The opportunity to get your frames, parts, and accessories out in front of the bike enthusiast market is crucial to help grow your business and the high-end, handmade industry as a whole. For those of you who have registered, we’ll look forward to seeing you in Louisville, March 6-8. For those who haven’t, we hope you’ll sign up soon and registration info follows.


Our big news this week is about Chris Chance who will be relaunching Fat Chance Bicycles at the show this year. Chis is a pioneer of the handmade bicycle movement and we’re excited to have him join us at the show.


This weeks newsletter includes:

  • Chris Chance and Fat Chance Bicycles Announcement
  • New Seminar: Velocity Wheel Building
  • Highlands Neighborhood Roundup



Exhibitor, attendee, and media registration is quick, easy, and available online. Just visit the NAHBS website and look for the 2015 Registration Link on the homepage. And while we will always have room for media and attendees wanting to walk the show, 10×10, 10×20, and 20×20 exhibitor spaces are filling up quick!


If you have any questions about registration, please email Robin Rinehart at  registration@handmadebicycleshow.com and she will assist you.


Media attendees can contact Scott Kaier at scott@smakstrategies.com for more information.

Chris Chance relaunches Fat Chance Bicycles

at 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show


Fat Chance to introduce newest Yo Eddy frames to the cycling public March 6-8 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY


MARIN, CALIF. (For Immediate Release) – Chris Chance, legendary mountain bike frame building pioneer, has chosen the 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) as the venue to relaunch his iconic Fat Chance Bicycle company. The new Yo Eddy Team Fat Chance frames will debut in the Fat Chance Bicycles booth #504 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in March.


Best known for the Yo Eddy line of mountain bikes, Fat Chance Bicycles is based in Marin, CA and builds each and every frame by hand. The first round of Yo Eddy Team Fat Chance frames will be a limited offering, available for pre-sale directly from Fat Chance in January, 2015. Dealer availability to follow.


“I’m thrilled that Chris has chosen NAHBS as the venue to relaunch Fat Chance Bicycles,” said Don Walker, Founder and President of NAHBS. “As one of the iconic brands of handcrafted bikes from days gone by, I’m excited to see them back up and running and can’t wait to see what Chris has in store for us in March.”


The first East Coast builder to recognize the potential for mountain biking, Chance elevated frame building to an artform, creating some of the most sought after and recognizable bikes in the history of mountain biking.


“I have been out of the bike scene for what seems like a long time. So much has changed during my hiatus, but most of what I love about bikes is still alive and well,” said Chris Chance, Founder and President of Fat Chance Bicycles. “My excitement is growing every day as the resurrection of Fat Chance Bicycles progresses and NAHBS will be the perfect venue to relaunch the brand.”


For more news and information from Fat Chance Bicycles, please visit them online at www.fatchancebicycles.com or swing by their Kickstarter page.




Coming Full Circle – How Aluminum Rims Have Evolved in the Era of Carbon Fiber

Though composite materials have held the spotlight in recent years, Velocity’s aluminum rims have undergone a renaissance of design and engineering.  Learn how advanced extrusion techniques and modern computer modeling have allowed traditional aluminum rims to evolve to an unprecedented level.  Seemingly simple rim cross sections will be dissected and explained to expose the true beauty within their design.  Material properties of various aluminum alloys and their advantages and disadvantages will be discussed.  Selecting the proper rim for a specific bike build will be covered and questions from the group will be entertained.


Presented by:

Matthew Ruiter, Velocity USA

For more information, please email Matt@velocityusa.com



Louisville is best known for bourbon, horse racing, and baseball bats, but did you know this city is also home to vibrant and growing restaurant scene that would impress even the most jaded foodies?


These week, we are highlighting three restaurants in the Highlands neighborhood. Check out the following and be sure to drop in for some great food and drink!

Quills Coffee: Quills was born, and continues to grow, out of the passion of a small but ever-growing number of people thirsty to see the perfect blend of fine coffee and southern hospitality in creative community spaces.

El Camino: Blending Oaxaca-style Mexican food, classic Tiki cocktails, and surf music (mainly on vinyl) with Dia de los Muertos decor, El Camino promises a very unique dining experience.

Spinelli’s Pizzeria: More than a late night staple, Spinelli’s is open from 11am to 5am and we are here to offer the city a place to eat with a true east coast feel. This is the place to hang out, enjoy great food and listen to your choice of music on the jukebox available at all our locations.



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


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.


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