If you're a cyclist — and you have anything other than major surgery planned for Feb. 9 and 10 — get a sharpie and draw a bike on your calendar for those dates.
That's when the fourth annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show comes to the Oregon Convention Center, a real bike coup for Portland.
This won't be your typical boring bike show, with industry reps hawking their newest doodads and shops selling closeout models and T-shirts. It will be more like an art festival where bike connoisseurs can meet their favorite builders and drool over some of the most beautiful handmade frames ever seen. There will also be seminars on everything from bike fit to the business of frame building.
"It was really a no brainer to come to Portland," says event founder and CEO Don Walker, an Indiana frame builder. "It's got a rich cycling culture, with lots of great racing and loads of frame builders."
He says the show has grown a lot from last year's event, where 103 exhibitors gathered in Santa Monica. Walker thinks all 185 booths will be full when they open the doors to the spandex-clad enthusiasts.
The general public can attend on Feb. 9 and 10 for $15 with an advance ticket or $18 if they pay at the door. A two-day pass is $28 with advance ticket or $32 at the door. Friday, Feb. 8 is industry and media day, but Walker says they are working out the details for a premium pass (meaning very expensive) for the general public to attend Friday as well.
For more details and to get advance tickets see the website at http://www.handmadebicycleshow.com/2008/.