2015 NAHBS – March 6-8 - The Kentucky International Convention Center
2015 Seminars
Belt Drive Basics
Room: 108 Date: Fri, Mar 6 Time: 3:00pm - 3:45pm

Grease-free, maintenance-free, and quiet – these are just a few reasons why choosing a belt over a chain is growing. In this seminar, Gates employees will be available to answer questions you might have about incorporating belt drive into your next build.

Come learn about belt construction, frame requirements, proper tensioning tools, and more.

Ryan Osborn and Marc Seeman, Gates Corporation

Ryan Osborn has worked with Gates Corporation in Industrial Product Application Engineering for more than 8 years. He has worked on the Carbon Drive System initiatives since the very beginning, in 2007.

Marc Seemann is a newbie to Gates but not to bicycles, and not to belt drives. Marc’s background includes 13 years in bike shops. Don’t let his wicked beard fool you, he’s a super nice guy.

BikeCAD V12
Room: 108 Date: Fri, Mar 6 Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Brent Curry, the developer of  BikeCAD and BikeCAD Pro, will give an overview of  BikeCAD’s basic functionality and describe the new features of BikeCAD version 12.O.  Whether you’re a framebuilder, shop owner or bike fit specialist, Brent will explain all that you need to know to get the most out of  BikeCAD. BikeCAD is constantly being updated. Come to this seminar to learn what new features are being planned and to suggest ideas of your own.


Brent Curry, Bicycle Forest

Room: 108 Date: Sat, Mar 7 Time: 12:00am - 1:30pm

Technical clinic on exciting new Campagnolo products for 2015


Daniel Large, Campagnolo North America

Dan is the Technical Director for Campagnolo North America. With over 20 years of experience as a racer, team mechanic and technical specialist, Dan oversees Campagnolo technical education for all English speaking countries.

Coming Full Circle – How Aluminum Rims Have Evolved in the Era of Carbon Fiber
Room: 108 Date: Sat, Mar 7 Time: 10:00am - 10:45am

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.

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Matthew Ruiter, Velocity USA

Matt is the General Manager of Velocity USA in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has overseen and managed the company’s transition to 100% US manufacturing, as well as administer all new product design, and R&D.

Coping with Tapered and Shaped Head Tubes
Room: 108 Date: Sun, Mar 8 Time: 12:00pm - 12:45pm

A discussion about the use of shaped head tubes and techniques for integrating them into your own process.


Hinmaton HislerStijl Cycles / LocoMachine

Critical Mass Film Shorts: Eyewitness account of the bicycle rides in San Francisco, and New York City
Room: 109 Date: Fri, Mar 6 Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room: 109 Date: Sat, Mar 7 Time: 11:00am - 12:00am
Room: 109 Date: Sun, Mar 8 Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Critical Mass Film Shorts: Eyewitness account of the bicycle rides in San Francisco, and New York City. Q&A to follow with the director.

Stephen Arthur

Framebuilder Panel Discussion
Room: 108 Date: Fri, Mar 6 Time: 8:45am - 9:45am

Moderator: Diane Lees, The Outspoken Cyclist Radio Show

Panelists: Steve Potts, Steve Potts Bicycles; Rody Walter, Groovy Cycles; Tim O’Donnell, Shamrock Cycles; Don Walker, Don Walker Cycles; Kent Eriksen, Kent Eriksen Cycles

From framebuilder to bike company: Taking the steps that define your bicycles
Room: 108 Date: Sat, Mar 7 Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

You’ve made some beautiful bike frames, but how do you get people to understand your one-of-a-kind take on each category of bicycle that you want to make? We’ll talk about the power of model names and published specifications, and how these simple steps make you more accessible and understandable to your clients.
How do you get dealers interested in selling your bicycles? It’s complicated, but if you can handle some pain, it can lead to some beautiful relationships.


Dwan Shepard, Co-Motion Cycles

Dwan Shepard is co-owner and founder of Co-Motion Cycles. Since 1988, Co-Motion has enjoyed a stellar reputation for outstanding tandems, touring bikes, cyclocross, travel bikes, and other bikes of all descriptions. From once being Co-Motion’s one and only builder to managing a highly skilled staff and a bicycle brand that is known far and wide, Shepard has a rare perspective on the business of bicycle manufacturing.

INSURANCE FOR THE BICYCLE INDUSTRY – Business Basics to Finessing the Bottom Line
Room: 108 Date: Fri, Mar 6 Time: 1:00pm - 1:45pm

At what point do I need an insurance policy?
· Inc, LLC, Sole Proprietor – what’s best?
· Mergers and Acquisitions – Should I/Shouldn’t I? Whose insurance policy should continue?
· Pitfalls and advantages of using my home vs renting a shop
· What should I look for in a lease?
· Warehouse out of state – who insures my inventory?
· Working with Quality, Seattle, J&B, etc.
· OEM, Co-Branding, Distributors
· Liability Insurance, Fire, Ocean Cargo, Trucks, Employees, Product Recall
· Buying/Selling Overseas
· What lowers my insurance costs?

And much more….

Learn simple key ideas to include when STARTING YOUR BUSINESS to PREVENT PROBLEMS in the future and REDUCE INSURANCE COSTS. Maximize the STRENGTH OF YOUR COMPANY’S SIZE, strategizing insurance coverages for the most competitive premiums.


Lora VanDixhorn, ISU Insurance Services of Westlake

Lora began her insurance career as a teenager in the mailroom of a national insurance company, and established her own brokerage in 1984. This enabled her to specialize in the industries for which she has a passion. She works closely with each client to meet their individual needs.. Yeti Cycles was her first client in the bicycle industry, who quickly recommended her to his many business associates. Lora is now a well-known insurance authority for this huge industry throughout the US, and an invited guest speaker at their gatherings and conventions. Her company accesses over 200 underwriters and is able to secure the best rates for the insurance each client deserves. Lora’s expertise is surpasses only by an excellent staff of insurance professionals, which continues to grow to support their continued success.

Intellectual Property and the Handmade Bike
Room: 108 Date: Sun, Mar 8 Time: 1:00pm - 1:45pm

After working so hard to distinguish yourself in the market, how do you protect what you’ve built? This presentation will provide an easy-to-understand discussion of intellectual property and its relationship with the bicycle industry and small business. Topics will include descriptions of (and the differences between) utility and design patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets as well as costs and benefits of each.

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Nathan Cristler is a registered Patent Attorney specializing in developing comprehensive intellectual property strategies for innovators and small businesses. Mr. Cristler has led patent litigation in federal courts, prosecuted and litigated trademarks, and prosecuted many patent applications in technologies ranging from oilrigs and motorcycle trailers to display devices and telecommunications standards. Mr. Cristler has also counseled clients regarding branding campaigns and licensing of intellectual property. He grew up in Texas riding and building bmx bikes and now dreams of competing as a solo 24-hour singlespeed mountain biker and building his own frames.

Room: 108 Date: Sun, Mar 8 Time: 11:00am - 11:45am

Gary Prange of Screen Specialty Shop, Inc will be discussing the various forms of decals and which will work best for your application. This seminar is for builders and painters and will discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of branding your frames. Wet paint and powdercoating will be compared from a graphic standpoint.


Gary Prange, Screen Specialty Shop, Inc

Screen Specialty Shop has been producing bicycle decals for close to thirty years now. For the first ten years SSSink was a one man shop located in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I was introduced the the world of bicycle decals by the late Dave Tesch. The American custom frame builders did not have a good source for graphics for their creations. which are generally screen printed, and I was a screen printer. That is we it began. In 1989 I packed up my young family and moved the the mountains of North Carolina. My family grew, and so did the business. The large bicycle companies found out about our products and we continued to grow. We then got involved with other sporting goods industries and grew more. Then a certain president said it was time to convert from a manufacturing economy to a financial services economy, and SSSink has again become a small company catering to the needs of artisans who actually take pride in making something.

Titanium Frame Building – The Welding Area
Room: 108 Date: Fri, Mar 6 Time: 11:00am - 11:45am

Brad Bingham, in-house welder at Kent Eriksen cycles will present a dynamic discussion on welding titanium frames. Topics will include materials and tooling, organization, processes and methods specific to the trade of titanium bike frame welding.


Brad Bingham, Kent Eriksen Cycles

Brad Bingham has 19 years welding experience in the titanium bicycle industry. He has been lead welder at both Moots cycles and Kent Eriksen cycles in his career. He leads the industry in quality and workmanship as is evidenced by peer respect, awards won and customer admiration. Mr. Bingham sets the bar for our industry.

Tube Forming, Fashion and Forecasting
Room: 108 Date: Sat, Mar 7 Time: 3:00pm - 3:45pm

With changes in materials, frame geometries, product use and the way the custom builders fabricate frames, Reynolds has to continually try to meet and anticipate these requirements. In this seminar, we will discuss how tube properties affect the options possible based on trends in the industry. And in the Q &A session, Reynolds will be interested in discussing what future years’ requirements are likely to be.


Keith Noronha, Reynolds

Keith has worked at Reynolds for over 20 years and has been heavily involved with the development of its tube products from 853 to the latest 921 range.