Wednesday, March 3, 2010

2010 NAHBS Notes

I've had a couple days to recover and I thought I'd try to share some of my impressions of the NAHBS in Richmond. Firstly, a huge thanks to Don Walker for all the time and effort that goes into planning and putting on what has become the premier show for small builders.
I talked to so many people over the 3 days of NAHBS, and got such great feedback on my frames. Folks commented on how clean, simple and classic they looked, and that's exactly what I'm going for every time I start a frame. I'm honored that the judges felt my frame was "Best in Show", but I'm sure there were at least a dozen other frames that could easily have won in it's place.
Another cool part of winning the award was the fact that Patrick, the owner of the winning bike, had flown in from San Francisco the day before to see his new bike and look around the show. I'd never met him in person before, and when he saw his bike for the first time and introduced himself, he was beaming with excitement. This is really what makes building frames on my own worthwhile. Meeting the customers face to face and getting all the feedback on my frames has been amazing. I also got to meet Chad, the owner of the Richard Petty tri bike. He was nice enough to drive it up from NC on Friday morning and then make another trip to pick it up on Sun. He's a heckuva nice guy too and was excited to get some miles in before his first triathlon in a couple weeks. I can't wait to hear how the new Ellis works for him.

I can't end the post without thanking my painter, Jason Sanchez as well. Without his huge effort over the last couple weeks before the show, I might have only had one or two bikes to show instead of the four that finally made it.

And finally, a huge thank you to my wife for putting up me during the weeks leading up to the show and all the stress that comes with it! I really truly couldn't do what I do without her.


Travis said...

Congratulations Dave that is great news, you deserve some recognition.
I see NAHBS is in Austin next year which is only a few hours from me. So if you want I can bring my bike if you want to show it.

Dave Wages said...

I may take you up on that, much less stress than building a new bike! Plus your bike is kinda pretty.

See you there.

Ronsta, said...

Congrats Dave!!!

It was great seeing you at the show and admiring your work in person.

So happy for you! Well deserved!

Unknown said...

Congratulations Dave on yet another top honors industry award. Outstanding achievements. Gorgeous craftsmanship, love your work.

gobucky said...

Hey Dave hope that white beauty is still around to view when I come by Saturday!

Where is the gray bike with the electronic shifters heading? What a nice sharp look that had!

itswells said...

Congratulations! I saw every bike there and the Ellis' were definitely my favorites. That steel blue/gray Di2 was Best in Show (IMHO). I wish you great success and sincerely appreciate you schlepping all the way to Richmond. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

You're correct in saying that there were a lot of contenders for the top spot ... but at the same time your frames have that something "extra" that sets them apart even in good company.



Dave Wages said...

Scott, I really enjoyed the little bit of Richmond I got to see, had a couple really amazing meals at local restaurants.

Thanks also to everyone who stopped into the booth and chatted about the bikes. I had a great time!

Gobucky, that white bike will be here on Sat. when you come by, along with the Di2 bike.

Unknown said...

Congratulations Dave. You've been working your fingers to the bone since you started and it looks like it's paying off!

Unknown said...

p.s. there is a photo of the bike in the newest BR&IN