2015 NAHBS – March 6-8 - The Kentucky International Convention Center
News from NAHBS: Show Party, Ride Schedule, and more Newsworthy Exhibitors!

In just three short days, NAHBS 2015 kicks off! Hard to believe it’s here already, but we’re really glad to see all of our hard work finally ready to pay off. We’re looking forward to connecting with everyone, catching up, and seeing all the great new bikes and gear.

This will probably be the final eNewsletter before the show starts and it’s short and sweet. Please have a read and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Louisville!

In this newsletter:

  • NAHBS is partnering with REEB Cycles and Gates Carbon Drive to bring you NAHBS Kickoff Party Thursday night.
  • Info on the NAHBS-hosted road and mountain bike rides scheduled each morning before the show.
  • The latest edition of Newsworthy from NAHBS features Snyder Cycles, Stinner Frameworks, and more.

And if you’re already registered for the show & heading to Louisville, please join our NAHBS 2015 Facebook Event page to share with friends, ask questions, and keep up to date on the latest show news!


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. We always have room for media and attendees wanting to walk the show, and there is still one exhibitor spot left!

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.



NAHBS is teaming up with REEB Cycles and Gates Carbon Drive on Thursday, March 5 to help kick off this year’s show. Come early, stay late, and start the show with a hangover.

Local Irish pub Patrick O’Shea’s will be hosting. Drop by for a free beer courtesy of Oskar Blues Brewery, live music with the Jimmy Davis Band, and all the fun you can stand. Party starts at 8, goes until midnight, and a show badge will be required for your free beer. Click HERE for directions to the pub and join the event page HERE. See you there!



Because what’s the point of hosting a bicycle show if you’re not going to ride bikes?

NAHBS cordially invites you to join us Saturday and Sunday morning before the show starts to get out and get some miles in. We will be hosting road rides on Saturday and Sunday with a mountain bike ride scheduled for Saturday. Due to cold temps, we are canceling our Friday morning ride.

Some information on each of these rides follows with more detailed descriptions at the following link. Looking forward to riding with you!



Due to cold temperatures in the forecast (0 degrees at 7 am), we will be cancelling the Friday morning road ride. Apologies for any inconvenience.


Road Ride:

***Please follow Boyd Johnson on Twitter (@BoydCycling) and check our NAHBS Facebook page for updates or cancellations***

A loop along the river

Meet at the Galt House (140 N 4th St, Louisville) lobby at 7:15am. Ride leaves at 7:30.

Distance: 35.0 miles

Pace: 19-21 mph (very flat route)

Link for route and upload to Garmin devices: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6993173

MTB Ride:

***Please follow NAHBS on Twitter (@NAHBSTweets) and check our NAHBS Facebook page for updates or cancellations***

Meets at Galt House Hotel (140 N 4th St, Louisville), 7:30 AM


Plan on 90 minutes or so to ride to Cherokee Park, ride the trails, and ride back to the hotel.


***Please follow NAHBS on Twitter (@NAHBSTweets) and check our NAHBS Facebook page for updates or cancellations***

The Sunday NAHBS Road Ride will be a scenic tour of Southern Indiana.

The route begins at the Flat 12 Bierwerks on the Jeffersonville riverfront, which is easily accessible from the Big Four pedestrian bridge. (less than a mile away from the Galt House Hotel)

Meets at 7:15 and departs at 7:30



With over 100 exhibitors descending on Louisville this week, we have a ton of exciting news to share. Following is a small sampling of what’s new and newsworthy at NAHBS this year.

Brand: Snyder Cycles

Contact: Seth Snyder (678-515-7649) seth@snydercycles.com
Booth: #445


One-man bicycle company expands to sell both custom and production

model bicycles, direct to riders and through retail channels. At age 22, Seth
Snyder started Snyder Cycles on the belief that affordable racing and
recreational bicycles could be made in America with light, durable True Temper
steel in a wide range of geometries. While Seth certainly has capabilities for
custom work, he is focused on taking the company to a large-scale production
atmosphere to a growing market of riders who value companies that support local
economies through job creation and domestic spending. In addition to producing
high-performance bicycles, Snyder Cycles aims to create jobs for skilled
workers, support the local community towards increased ridership and
bike-friendliness, and set an example for American bicycle companies that
importing is not the only way to succeed.

Manufacturing out of a warehouse and selling at a separate store-front in Atlanta, Seth and his team also build wheels, offer powder coating services, and operate a small-scale bike shop for repair and maintenance services with essential parts and accessories.

Brand: Stinner Frameworks
Contact: Chris Ellefson; chris@stinnerframeworks.com; 805-845-2406
Booth: #611


Started by Aaron Stinner in 2010. Our aim is to bring the custom framebuilding business into the age of (nearly) instant gratification with better turnaround times and superior customer service. We strive for clean, purpose driven bikes that ride and fit perfectly. We don’t do a lot of ostentation; our goal is a frame that a rider can forget about because it is absolutely dialed.

Aaron has been a lone wolf for the first 4 years of his building career, but now Stinner Frameworks has grown to 5 people. We’ve streamlined our sales and production processes, as well as brought paint in house. We’re now more flexible and faster! We want to make fully custom bikes accessible to a broader audience with lead times and sales support that adhere to what people expect out of any other product/experience and that hasn’t been offered broadly in this niche of the cycling industry.

Brand: TEXmarket – USA (we are the USA office for our company which is headquartered in Bolzano Italy.)

Contact: Joni Taylor – General Manager/National Sales Manager joni@texmarket-usa.com mobile 1-775-530-5733

Booth: #444


My company does not produce swanky bicycles, but we do produce private label, made to order cycling, running and triathlon apparel for many of the leading brands in the world.  We also mill our fabrics and chamois in-house, in Europe.  Our abilities include being able to produce for the smaller, craft-minded builders and companies, producing a high quality (all Italian and Swiss fabrics) piece at very good pricing because we are not really a brand but a service.  We hone our skills by working with about 45 major brands, including working with Tour De France Cycling Teams and leading athletes in the Triathlon, Running and Cycling communities.  All Logo free.  So as a brand, you do not have to share “real estate” on your garments with me.

Brand: Ventus Custom Cycles

Contact: Mark Kargol info@ventuscustoms.com (515)210-8104

Booth: #12


After missing NAHBS in Charlotte Ventus Custom Cycles is back at NAHBS.

For this years NAHBS Ventus is bringing an all carbon fiber bicycle.  This carbon lugged, carbon tubed frame utilizes an arc from the heattube to the rear dropouts with a specially designed cross section to enhance the ride as well as reduce road vibration transmission through the frame.  There is significant evidence that constant vibrations from the road or other sources will cause diminished nerve activity thus resulting in less power output over a long ride.  I have designed this frame to help minimize the transmission of these vibrations to the rider, giving the rider a more comfortable ride.

About the Builder

I am finishing up my Master’s Degree in Industrial Design at Iowa State University this spring where I am the instructor for a class that is designing a campus bike share system from ground up.  This will be a completely student designed project including the bike design, the locking mechanism and docking station design, and the software and check out system.  The class has involved 11 different departments and over 100 students over the three semesters of the class, making this the largest interdisciplinary project in school history.  With the continued interest in bicycle, and electric vehicles, the Industrial Design department is planning to launch a series of sustainable transportation design projects.

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