Posts Tagged ‘Bike Show’
Last weekend was the Texas Custom Bicycle Show, held at Club Dada in Deep Ellum. We stopped by for a quick look, but ended up staying a bit longer. After seeing so many beautiful bikes and meeting the really nice community of local builders, I couldn’t help but leave the show wishing I had the means to have one built for myself. Some day.
There are two problems for me if I could ever afford one: Which builder would I uses (they were all so amazing) and what color would I have it painted?
Here are some pics from the show. Click here to see the rest.
This year I made the effort to actually attend. Not having ever been to this event, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I guess I was envisioning a a few tables, each with a couple of really beautiful, well crafted bikes. The crowd would consist of a few diehard bike enthusiasts – all experts (or at least relatively knowledgeable) in custom bikes and niche brands. Not having much experience in this custom bike world, I felt like I would be out of my element at this show.
Surprisingly, it was nothing like this. In fact, it felt like this event was more of a ‘bike show’ rather than a ‘handmade bicycle show.’ Sure there were plenty of fantastic handmade bike builders displaying their awesome bikes, but there were also lots of other bike related vendors as well. There were booths from several bicycle magazines, some bike services, many different component vendors, raw material suppliers, messenger bag & pannier designers along with plenty of clothing companies.
I got to see some fantastic wheels crafted from wood by Wheel Fanatyk, prototype pedals from VP Components, a 36er from Black Sheep, a variety of insane components from Brooks, Chris King and PAUL as well as the latest styles from Apres Velo and Twin Six – and that was just to name a few. I picked up tons of swag, including stuff from Bicycle Times Magazine and a autographed Mike And The Bike book for my son. Even United Bicycle Institute had a booth.
The crowd was amazing too. There were enthusiasts from all over the country, with different levels of bike interest – all there to enjoy this well organized event. There was also a surprise siting of Gary Fisher.
Let’s not forget about all the amazing bikes. Built in every material from titanium to bamboo, in every shape from folders to tandems, road to mountain, from individual frame builders to bigger bike distributors, there were more bikes than I could have imagined. My only regret was that I couldn’t spend the entire three days of the event to truly explore each builder’s products. Quite honestly, I’m not sure if three days would have been enough. There were a few brands that I personally found interesting and will follow up with a more detailed review on a later post.
Next weekend, I’ll be packing up the family and heading to Austin for a little weekend getaway. While we’re there, I plan on spending some time at the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show to check out some amazing builds by some of the greatest bicycle craftsmen in the country. Go here for a complete list of exhibitors.
This will be the first time for me to experience a show like this so I’m not completely sure what to expect. I hope to come away with a better understanding of the art and perhaps become a new fan to some of these builders. While there, I hope to run into my friends from Biking In Dallas and Bike Friendly Denton.
Be sure to check back for a report and pics from the event.