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Six reasons you should cancel your plans this weekend and head to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show:
1. It's closer than you think. NAHBS is in Richmond, Va., this year—which is within a day's drive of half the U.S. population.
2. You'll rub elbows with the best of 'em. What could be better than chatting up the world's greatest framebuilders?
3. It counts as a cultural experience. Each bike on the showroom floor is a custom made work of art.
4. You'll get an education. Seminars include: "So you want to build bikes," "Frame finishing" and "Carbon fiber myths, facts and design" among others.
5. You'll be part of a renaissance. Champe Burnley, president of the Richmond Area Bicycling Association told the NAHBS "This marks a cycling renaissance for the Richmond area."
6. It travels. NAHBS is on the East Coast for the first time in its five-year history. Chances are it won't be next year.
Really, do you even need an excuse to drool over 46,000-square feet of beautiful bikes? I didn't think so.
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show will take place from February 26-28, 2010, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Online ticket sales are currently closed. But tickets can be purchased at the door. One day: $20 at the door; two days: $36 at the door; three days: $50 at the door; children 6-13: $5 for a one-day admission.
New exhibitor list: Seven Cycles, Ted Wojcik Custom Bicycles, Poka Cycle Accessories, Six-Eleven Bicycle Co. and Sylvan Cycles, LLC.