NAHBS Postponed Until August Due to Concerns About COVID-19 Virus

Mar 3, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  
Doug White built this 20 bike in 1976.

It looks as if the coronavirus outbreak is starting to take its toll on events in the bike industry. We predicted that there would be additional impacts shortly after the Taipei Bike Show was postponed, and now the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show, originally scheduled for March 20-22 in Dallas, Texas, has been postponed until August. Don Walker, founder and president of the show released the below statement today announcing the new dates and details surrounding moving the event.

bigquotesTo the NAHBS community,

As I sit here watching the news, there is nothing positive about the state of the world in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Its grasp on the planet is ever-strengthening as it continues to spread globally, including Europe, Asia, and now here in the USA.

Based on current news reports and travel restrictions, and in talking to many NAHBS exhibitors, media, and partners over the past week, I’ve made the difficult decision to postpone NAHBS and reschedule this year’s show. As a global show that attracts people from all parts of the world, and in evaluating the current variables and public health risks, I feel this is in everyone’s best interest.

The new dates for NAHBS 2020 are Friday August 21st - Sunday August 23rd at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Move in date for exhibitors will be Thursday August 20th.

Exhibitor booth space purchased for the March 20 - 22 show dates will be carried over to the August 21 - 23 dates. We’ll provide each exhibitor a new contract reflecting new show dates in the coming days. For anyone that has any questions or concerns, or that is unable to attend NAHBS 2020 in August, please contact me at or by phone at 502-424-2225.

This was an extremely hard decision to make, as I know we’ve all been preparing throughout the winter and early spring for this gathering of our industry. I understand all of the sacrifices and expenses that have been incurred and understand the inconvenience of this situation for everyone. But my primary priority is to protect the health and safety of our amazing community and feel postponing the show is in our best interest.

I'm praying diligently that everyone in our industry remains safe and healthy, and I look forward to seeing everyone in August. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Don Walker, NAHBS Founder & President

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Stainless steel pocket flask from King Cage.
Whether it's a unique Foes enduro bike or a handmade stainless steel pocket flask, if it's built by hand, it's probably at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.


  • 79 3
 But without the Pinkbike photo-epic from the show, how will I know what plaid patterns are going to be 'in' this year? How long do I need to grow my beard? Are waxed moustaches this year's trend? Should I throw that late 90's Raleigh frame converted to fixie out into the last of the winter storms for that authentic patina, or polish it down to a mirror finish?

  • 141 2
 Plaid is out, houndstooth is in. Beards should be trimmed to 12.8". No more, no less. Waxed mustaches are so last year - carefully coiffed sideburns are now in fashion. And only the front triangle of your Raleigh should be exposed to the elements. Rust up front, mirror finish in the back.

You're welcome.
  • 19 0
 @mikekazimer: *mind-blown* least I can always count on fresh brewed coffee and craft beer.
  • 16 1
 @ROOTminus1: I'm afraid we've all moved on to Redbull and Whiskey.
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flag jesse-effing-edwards (Mar 3, 2020 at 13:16) (Below Threshold)

I'm generally pretty into making fun of people, but this little joke-sesh seems unnecessary as well as insensitive. 1000s of people have died from this stupid virus, while NAHBs is one of the funnest times in bike media with all the amazing (and often beautiful) creations coming from those builders who attend. There are so many better things to make fun of than avoiding a new virus and people who make great shit; like downcountry bros, with iridescent viper glasses and 26 never-dying. Just sayin'
  • 72 1
 @jesse-effing-edwards: first week on the internet?
  • 16 2
 I should further quality my comment -- I appreciate your sentiment, but nobody is making fun of the virus or its victims. But it is good to make light of a cancelled show and the aforementioned whimsical trend-setting therein. 26"will never die...
  • 1 0
 OMG!!! Imagine all those almost identically filet brazed frames with vintage NOS Campagnolo gruppos, left apart one from another!!! I bet their owners will need a visit to the shrink to stop themselves from commiting suicide by riding a modern bike!!!
  • 8 0
 @mikekazimer: crap, I can’t grow sideburns. I’ll just start on a mullet. They will be in by next year.
  • 5 0
 @mikekazimer: And that's why they pay you the big bucks! Deep insightful comments as to the state of the industry.
I will be spending the remainder of the evening burning any plaid I might have and shaving my mustache.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: That beard length is an irrational number. The hipsters will trim to infinity to resolve the length.
  • 3 0
 @jesse-effing-edwardsBig Grin ark humour is like food... Some people just don't get it
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flag ButtermilkBar (Mar 4, 2020 at 1:13) (Below Threshold)
 Pathetic that so many men have become women when they are getting dressed and in the bathroom, but a sign of the changing times and gender roles.
  • 1 0
 @ROOTminus1: I will stick with tea (milk no sugar) thank you very much.
  • 6 2
 @ButtermilkBar: spoken like a true eBiker
  • 2 0
 @jesse-effing-edwards: You had your wheels snowflake laced. Am I right?
  • 2 0
 In today's world we have to consider function and not just form:
  • 18 5
 The irony of the anti-Asian bike show being canceled because of an Asian virus.
  • 12 1
 Whats the odds Sea Otter gets postpone?
  • 39 1
 Somebody otter know the answer to this
  • 10 1
 @cochised: We'll sea. I hope not!
  • 5 2
 @cochised: I Sea what you did there.
  • 7 0
 @cochised: I sea w'otter you did there
  • 7 1
 Pretty good, got an email from them and they are thinking about it.
  • 7 0
  • 3 0
 Marlon Brando didn't have a beard!
  • 2 0
 The UK event "Mountain Mayhem 24hr" in June has taken been off the calendar by the organisers today. This is due to the Insurance Industry refusing to provide events with cancellation insurance in light of the Covid-19 situation.
  • 9 4
 I am so sick of delusional fools and fear monger idiots with no clue.........beh.....
  • 1 0
 I'm taking a common sense approach to the situation: wash hand frequently, stay 3 meters away from people, and avoid all unnecessary public gatherings.
  • 1 0
 @ButtermilkBar: So, we will not see you at the Fat Tire Festival this weekend in Florida.....
  • 5 0
 my favourite show
  • 4 0
 Don't beards filter out viruses? Should be the safest place on Earth.
  • 1 0
 There is an actual guide to which types of facial fur would lead to immediate death in a covid-19 situation. Or something.
  • 4 0
 What about CABDA
  • 1 0
 CABDA is so so so long was a blast though.
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: its coming up
  • 1 0
 @Kimura: When did that resurrect that? Post Interbike?
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: uh not sure but the new york show is happening on the 11-12th of this month
  • 1 0
 @Kimura: CABDA...Chicago area bike dealer association????
  • 6 4
 Oooo, are we calling it COVID-19 now?? I guess Coronavirus wasn't scary enough...
  • 24 0
 There are many types of human Coronavirus. When this different strain was detected it became known the Novel (or new) Coronavirus as it had not previously been seen in humans. Now it has been given its official designated name, Covid-19.
Co (Corona)
Vi (Virus)
d (Disease)
19 (detected year)
  • 8 0
 @Dropthedebt: I'll be a pedantic dick and point out that covid19 is the name of the disease, not the name of the virus. The official name for the virus is SARS-CoV-2 and it causes the disease covid19, like what hiv is to aids.
  • 7 0
 @dthomp325: I'll willing take that correction and consider myself educated further. My information was taken from the CDC and I could have looked into it further. My bad. tup
  • 6 4
 Quote from your leader ! ......and can you not just use the original flu vaccine on it ? Answer ..... shut up Donald and let Pence do the taking !
We’re all doomed Big Grin
  • 8 0
 Should have been called the Kung Flu, but here we are...
  • 1 1
 @dthomp325: And yet, with the number of ID folks I work with day to day, when they hear about it - well, one almost sprained his eyes rolling them.

Next thing you know the media will be going on and on about that if you take Vioxx and drink two quarts of vodka a day you may have liver failure.......(for those curious, what again is Arcoxia? I guess you should not drink two quarts of vodka a day while on it)
  • 4 0
 @RoadStain: smoke too much meth this morning?
  • 2 1
 @dthomp325: I am assuming you have no idea what "ID" is. In healthcare, we have some acronyms. PCP, OB/Gyn and on and on...ID is "Infectious Disease". Oddly, the only ones who are worried are on TV, the rest are thinking that most of the media hype folks need to go to PsyD.
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 What a shame people are buying into this unwarranted Covid-19 hysteria. Please educate yourself before making decisions affecting other people’s livelihoods. Flu killed 80,000 people in the USA in 2017 and no events were cancelled. Don’t ‘Pray’ -LIVE!!!
  • 4 1
 You’re right about those number and that’s with a vaccine ! Think about it !!
  • 6 3
 Its like a few weeks into this outbreak and you are calling it no big deal. Even the experts dont know its lethality or transmission rate. You know less about viruses, epidimiology, and transmission rates, than Waki knows about engineering.
  • 7 0
 The media is for sure blowing it up. Politics and economics are pulling the puppet strings. I think they could not pass the opportunity to trow a blow to china. However, compare to normal flu, this has an higher mortality rate, it seems to spread easier, and requires hospitalization for severe cases. If it spreads, the problem will be hospitals being too full to provide assistance to all patients. So it is not completely silly to have extra precautions. Italy has been testing more than other places and they have large numbers. When other countries, including US, will start the same amount of testing, I think the thing will blow up more. In the US, just in Jan and Feb, 11000 people died of flu.
  • 2 2
 @RedRedRe: The mortality rate cannot be determined accurately yet because we don't know how many millions of people had it and survived. It will drop dramatically one more data is collected and time passes.
  • 3 0
> You know less about viruses, epidimiology, and transmission rates, than Waki knows about engineering.

I'm confused. Less than 'Everything' is still a lot?
  • 3 0
 Bring on the conspiracy theorists , we need cheering up !
  • 1 0
 Cult of Marduk is behind this.
  • 5 3
 So stupid...
  • 5 3
 I blame china
  • 11 0
 It's not our fault!
  • 4 0
 @THINKO: don’t let anyone blame China, this virus was already out there just waiting to jump.
  • 7 0
 That dude just had to eat that bat didn't he...
  • 4 0
 @BenPea: To exotic to resist.
  • 1 0
 @ButtermilkBar: Delicious flying rodents
  • 3 2
 Trump said it's not real, fake news made by Democrats....go get your MAGA hats, cure for the virus!
  • 1 1
 But TRUMP said it's not real and fake news made by Democrats? Go get your MAGA Hats, it might cure it!
  • 2 0
 ATM machine?
  • 1 0
 I wanna see the bikes!
  • 2 0
 Better grab your hazmat suit & gas mask...

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