the website of the
First European Handmade Bicycle Exhibition
which will take place on
May 8-10 2009
Rektor-Klaus-Straße 9, 73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
Bringing together professional and non-professional builders from all over Europe and elsewhere, who design, construct and produce mostly made to measure custom bicycle frames of high end quality, the Exhibition is the first event of its kind in Europe.
In much the same way as a tailor will measure the customer to produce a suit that fits exactly, it is possible to produce a bicycle that fits its rider precisely. This makes for a more comfortable, efficient and enjoyable bike, one the owner will enjoy riding and will want to cherish.
MTB, racing bikes, trekking, city and more exotic styles such as Singlespeed’s, 29er’s and recumbent bikes will all be on show. There will be bicycles produced from a wide variety of materials; aluminum, cro-mo steel, stainless steel, carbon and titanium.
The European Handmade Bicycle Exhibition will interest anyone who has ever ridden a bicycle! It will appeal to those considering the immense benefits of a handmade frame, those who already ride a handmade (or custom) bike; those who can appreciate fine handiwork and lovers of the art of the bicycle. The Exhibition provides the rare opportunity of not only seeing the work of different builders, but of meeting the masters of the art in person as well.
Strongly inspired by the growing success and popularity of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, that will by 2009 be in its 5th year, another aim of the European event is to provide a platform for increased networking among European bicycle builders. By bringing together those involved in the craft of bicycle frame building – a small but important branch of the bicycle industry – we hope to create a broader public awareness of the handmade bicycle.
We will also be promoting the cause of bicycle culture. Not only for the important role of the bicycle in combating climate change, but also for physical and social benefits of cycling.
The purchase of a handmade frame strengthens and supports local workmanship and most of all, promises the customer the joy of owning a durable, unique and prestigious made to measure bicycle.
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