A Reflection on the End of Interbike

For the cycling industry as a whole, the news of Interbike's 2019 cancellation is unfortunate and reflects the challenges and changes that we all face in the industry. We feel for all of the businesses and organizations that rely on Interbike to grow and support their ventures. We, along with several established and reputable shows, are here as alternatives and I am confident that we will all do everything we can to support the businesses, non-profits, and organizations currently figuring out what their 2019 plans might now look like.

NAHBS is the world’s largest and most innovative show for handmade bicycles and was built on the foundation of bringing consumers, commerce, and media together. While the greater cycling industry is experiencing some big changes, the experience that NAHBS offers its key stakeholders -- builders, component manufacturers, brands, media, and consumers -- is stronger than ever.

NAHBS has kept itself fresh by traveling to a different market each year, taking seriously the feedback from long term partners and consumers when making those decisions. As a result, we continue to attract the best and brightest global builders and supporting brands, while constantly asking ourselves how we can do it better.

Our 2018 show in Hartford, CT, our first foray into the Northeast, was one of the best attended shows in our 15 year history. For 2019, our third time in Sacramento, we currently have over 140 exhibitors confirmed and recently expanded our floor space to meet the growing demand. Additionally, we’ve altered the show hours to make it easier on vendors during setup/strike, and for consumers trying to attend the first day of the show. We’ve also added media specific hours at the beginning of each day, and for the first time, we are granting early access to retail buyers who want to meet with exhibitors in a more private setting. And lastly, as a non-union partner, many of the normal costs associated with attending a show simply do not exist in Sacramento.

While we’ll miss seeing our friends and colleagues at Interbike, for NAHBS the show goes on. We’re excited to celebrate our 15th year anniversary in sunny Sacramento, March 15-17, 2019.

If you’ve already signed up or are planning to attend, we look forward to seeing you there.

If you’re a builder or brand and think NAHBS might be a good fit for you, you can learn more on our website or feel free to contact me at anytime at don@handmadebicycleshow.com.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support of NAHBS.
- Don Walker, Founder & President of NAHBS