Richmond had to overcome some pretty stiff competition to be named host of the Sixth Annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show. The Virginia capital, the show's first east coast venue, beat out San Diego and Austin (Hi Lance), and quieted a northeast contingent that was pulling for Philly, New York, or Boston. From February 26-28, 2010, the highest quality bike frames, supplies, components, and accessories will be on display at the Richmond Convention Center, located at 403 North 3rd Street and online at http://www.richmondcenter.com.
So far, nearly 60 frame builders have signed up to showcase their hand-crafted frames. I could drop a few names here, but I'm too new to cycling to know which ones to drop. I recommend that you can visit the bicycle show's website which is loaded with information, is easy to navigate, and most importantly, is aesthetically pleasing. The website will also sell tickets as the show nears.
What little I know of frame builders reminds me of sculptors, jewelers, or glass blowers - people who are skilled, dexterous, and who appreciate form and proportion. To get an idea of the level of artistry behind custom-made bicycle frames (and as an enticement to go the bike show), watch this trailer from the film Anima D'Acciaio (Soul of Steel). You can view the entire film at the 2009 Bike Film Fest which visits Washington, D.C. later this week.
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