By Patrick Brady
HARTFORD, Conn. (BRAIN) — Despite a bit of snow on Saturday evening, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show enjoyed one of its most successful weekends in the event’s 14-year history, its first-ever visit to New England.
According to show organizer Don Walker, there were 143 exhibitors at the show, which wrapped up Sunday. While the final count isn’t in yet, roughly 8,200 people made their way to the Connecticut Convention Center. The majority of attendees were New Englanders, but the event drew people from many mid-Atlantic states and from as far away as Washington and California.
This year’s show was a chance to showcase the work of a number of New York and New England frame builders who haven’t previously made the trip for the event. Local show favorites included J.P. Weigle, Chapman Cycles and relative newcomer Breismeister Bicycles from Queens, N.Y. Additionally, NAHBS has increased its international reach with a number of exhibitors from overseas. Enigma came from England, FiftyOne from Ireland, Bixxis and T Red from Italy and Triton all the way from Russia.
Chris Bishop, who won Best in Show in 2013 in Denver was back for the first time following a …read more