Monday, February 25, 2013

An Attempt at NAHBS 2013

Yesterday, Sam and I took a break from work on the Beetle. We had high hopes of making it to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show that was taking place in Denver this past weekend. I knew we wouldn't likely make it because of our attempts to get this project completed, but when we found out a blizzard was hitting late Saturday night and into Sunday, we thought perhaps it was best to take the day off. The storm was supposed to be worse towards his dad's place (where the car is currently stored), so the idea of attempting to get through the weather didn't sound appealing, nor necessary.
Image from here
"Yippee! Now we can go to the NAHBS in Denver," I said to Sam as he nodded along. We woke early Sunday morning and looked out the window. Snow was definitely falling, and quite a bit had already come down, accumulating about 6 inches at that point, but we figured we could make it safely to Denver. After watching some weather updates on the news, we were told that snow fall was heaviest right in the heart of Downtown Denver (which is precisely where we would be headed). Ugh.

Not knowing if it was the best idea, we headed out to brave the storm. We figured if we went slow enough, things would be fine. By the time we reached the edge of town, we were sliding all over the road, and the thought of 25-30 more miles of that (at even higher speeds) was not what I had in mind for a Sunday morning. There was really no reason to attempt to get through it, other than our excited desires to see the show. The excitement was pretty great, but not enough to put ourselves potentially in danger.

Unfortunately, this means I have no first hand news to share about the show because we decided not to continue on; however, there are some fun photos here from one of our friends who made it out earlier over the weekend, so we're living vicariously through him. Did anyone else make it to this show over the weekend? I'd love to hear what you thought of things. Any highlights or builders you'd like to see again?

5 comments:

  1. I'm highly depressed about it, particularly since I have read/viewed a bunch of reports about it now, and I don't think it will be anywhere near Denver the next time. Oh well, maybe I can get most of the info from the internet? Snow is pointless.

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    1. We needed the snow, but it was unfortunate timing. Who knows? Maybe we can take a trip next year to check things out. :0)

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  2. Now i'm extra depressed, in one of the posts I saw a picture of this guy's custom Klunker http://matthewscustomcycles.blogspot.com/ It's the dream, never to be had.

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    1. Trying to torment yourself further, eh? No worries...there will be more shows (in other cities), so who knows? We could make it to another. :0)

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