Offering a weekend of up-close-and-personal interactions with cycling enthusiasts and custom-made-bicycle artisans from around the world, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show fits right into Denver.
“I think we were wondering why the heck we didn’t go to Colorado earlier,” says Paul Skilbeck, spokesman for the exhibition, which has traveled to a new city each year since it began in 2005. About 35 of the 199 exhibitors are Colorado-based independent hand-made-bicycle companies. “It shows what an important role cycling plays in the state — not only in the tourism economy, but also in the manufacturing economy,” he says.
Exhibitors from Italy to Japan will bring their frames and expertise to the show, while cycling enthusiasts in more than 100 countries will be able to tune into a live broadcast. Organizers anticipate more than 7,000 attendees at the expo, which will also include activities, giveaways, live music and craft beer.
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show opens today at 11 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. Sunday at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street. Tickets begin at $8 for children and go up to $150 for a full weekend seminar pass, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting BikeDenver and Trips for Kids. For tickets and a full list of participating artisans and seminar topics, visit www.2013.handmadebicycleshow.com.
Feb. 22-24, 11 a.m., 2013