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September 24, 2023
The first MADE custom bike show rocked Portland August 24–27th (2023). Wheel Fanatyk exhibited and we drank up the energy and creativity flowing in the aisles at Zidell Yards, a behemoth hall on the Willamette River, where barges were once built.
The venue was a hit, massive and grungy, a perfect setting for hundreds of excellently finished handmade bikes—a poignant backdrop for the chaotic times we're enduring. Exhibitors were living proof that craft and passion can succeed in the face of daunting odds.
So why was MADE such a blast? Much is owed to Portland’s evolved bicycle culture—hundreds of cheerful, patient volunteers attended to every question and need. It also goes without saying that we’ve been spoiled by 15 years of the North American Handmade Bicycle Shows. NAHBS, last held in 2019, was cultural and technical bedrock for the bicycle world. MADE's huge turnout shows it's a chance to restart the celebration.
What was showing?
I was especially taken with three exhibitors from Canada:
What about wheelbuilding at the Show?
The unsung heroes of bike shows are wheel builders. At MADE, every custom bike wore wheels designed and built by one of us. A few of the many builders and wheel people spotted:
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