Taking a cue from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, there's to be a European version in May 2009

Europe gets a ‘NAHBS’

The European Handmade Bicycle Exhibition is to be held in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, 8-10th May.

Organisers hope the weekend will see custom bicycle makers from all around Europe attend the show. Two have signed up as the launch exhibitors – 2Soul Cycles and Riccorsa – with more planning to follow.

"It is hoped the EHBE will do for the European framebuilding community what the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) has done for the US framebuilding scene," said Neil Hassan of Frameforum.org.

"In just four years, NAHBS has turned custom frame and bicycle manufacturing in the USA from an almost forgotten sector of the bicycle market into a booming, vibrant part of the US bike trade.

"Many builders are reporting full order books and some builders can now boast a five-year waiting list for their services. Components manufacturers too, from small-run producers to global brands, have also benefited from the renaissance of the custom bicycle sector."

The deadline for event registration is 20th August. Registration is via the event website.

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