I enjoy the challenge of creating a message and implementing communications strategies for special events and trade shows. I am the past News and Media Director for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), and the current Media Director for the Philly Bike Expo. I thrive in the rush and frenzy of event-based journalism!

American Anniversaries concert March 17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The Oratorio Society of Virginia honors American anniversaries in song The Oratorio Society of Virginia presents "American Anniversaries: Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. & Leonard Bernstein" on Saturday, March 17th at 4 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. The concert will feature Bernstein's melodious and rhythmically captivating Chichester Psalms, African-American spirituals, and special appearances by the University of Virginia University...

2017 Philly Bike Expo sets new records for vendors and attendees

2017 Philly Bike Expo sets new records for vendors and attendees The eighth edition of the annual Philly Bike Expo ended on a high note for many people for different reasons. 177 booths sold, including international exhibitors across the range of cycling companies, 4677 people attended, a raft of cycling and health-related organizations got involved led by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, some of the world's finest frame builders exhibited, there was a vintage bike concours...

NAHBS | North American Handmade Bicycle Show | “The Best Thing I Saw at NAHBS” – Day TwoNAHBS | #NAHBS

Cherubim, the custom builder from Japan, is a long time exhibitor at NAHBS, and in its six year tenure here, it has amassed seven awards, including “Best of Show” in Sacramento 2012 for its beautiful creation, a bike called “Humming Bird”. So why am I a bit surprised I chose a Cherubim as my favorite bike today? It’s because I often prefer the underdog. The scrapper, the ugly duckling yearning to be a swan. Surely Cherubim are too lovely to actually ride. My awkward angles in a tuck would be...

Growing audience for Philly Bike Expo

While the Philly Bike Expo is the east coast’s largest bicycle consumer show, the show’s organizers aim to increase its profile for 2017 and beyond. Reaching the widest range of attendees has always been the Expo's vision: Attracting bicycle industry and cycling aficionados, lifestyle activists, infrastructure advocates worldwide, and the general public. This year’s marketing efforts are directed towards bringing even more feet through the doors of the Pennsylvania Convention Center...

NAHBS | 2011 | North American Handmade Bicycle Show | Six-Eleven Bicycle Company | #NAHBS

Roanoke, VA native Aaron Dykstra uses an icon of his hometown for his bicycle company’s namesake and manufacturing paradigm. Norfolk and Western Railroad’s “J Class ” locomotive No. 611 was a sleek and streamlined steam locomotive built in the N&W’s Roanoke Shops in May 1950 to haul passenger trains at speed over the Blue Ridge Mountains and onto the flatter terrain of Virginia’s Tidewater region. After the N&W retired its steam locomotives, No. 611 was resurrected by successor company...

Attendee News October 13

Be a part of the Philly Bike Expo - volunteer! Volunteers are what make the Philly Bike Expo such a special event in a great city! Show your commitment to the bike industry and bike advocacy, and to your home city by signing up as a volunteer today. We are still recruiting volunteers for the 2017 event. There are two main areas of need: 1) people for operations roles during the show, and 2) publicity assistants to hand out posters and postcards and generally spread the news...

Philly Bike Expo salutes bike shop owners, sales reps

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 12, 2017) For the first time ever, the East Coast’s premier cycling event is offering “Industry-Only” access along with free admission to bike shop owners and related vendors, suppliers, and sales reps. Qualified registrants gain early entry to the Philly Bike Expo on November 4 & 5 and receive invites to exclusive nighttime social events. “The pre-show hours are a great opportunity for dealers and other members of the industry to meet exhibitors before the general public...

2012 NAHBS | North American Handmade Bicycle Show | Wheel Fanatyk | #NAHBS

The Hjertberg brothers, Ric and Jon, like to roll in many circles. You may remember them as the men behind Wheelsmith. Ric later worked for FSA, and in 2009 launched Mad Fiber wheels. Wheel Fanatyk began in 2007 to “celebrate fine wheel building,” as their website claims. It’s a store and a resource for wooden rims, handmade hubs, spoke machines and wheel technology. With a background using stalwart aluminum rims, and developing cutting-edge carbon fiber wheelsets, why would Hjertberg choose...

Philly Bike Expo signs new sponsors

Jamis Bikes is a new Silver sponsor of the Philly Bike Expo! A family-owned business started by Cypriot immigrant Georges Joannou in 1938, the New Jersey-based brand has been at the forefront of bicycle innovation for over 30 years. Jamis makes unique, high quality bikes across all categories and designed to fit all lifestyles. According to Max Noble of Jamis, the adventure bike category is the most exciting trend in the industry currently. “We like that the adventure category has taken up...

Come to the Philly Bike Expo November 4 and 5!

It's easier than ever to buy tickets for the Philly Bike Expo, coming November 4 and 5 to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Advance purchase can be made right at the PBE website, which will save you both time and money! An All-Access pass is the best value at $20 online, and it will get you admission to both days of the show, along with all seminars. A day pass with seminar admission costs $12 online, good for either Saturday or Sunday admission (but not both days), and a day pass without...

NAHBS | North American Handmade Bicycle Show | “The Best Thing I Saw at NAHBS” – Day OneNAHBS | #NAHBS

Although my colleague Anna Schwinn beat me to the punch by profiling it first, I’m sticking with my nostalgic choice: the Team “Z” LeMond bike circa 1990, made by Calfee, and with Campagnolo C-Record components, including the beautifully sculpted Delta brakeset. When you look at the bike, if not for the brakes and the downtube shifters, you could roll up on the start line of a race today and fit right in – that’s how advanced Calfee’s design was twenty-five years ago. It proves that a custom...

2017 Exhibitor Info: Selle Anatomica returns as sponsor of Philly Bike Expo.

Making beautiful, comfortable and light handmade saddles is a family affair for Selle Anatomica. The San Diego-based company returns as a sponsor of the Philly Bike Expo for the second year running. “We’re thrilled to be partnering again with the Philly Bike Expo. Bina and Stephen do a great job with the show, and it’s one of only two shows that we attend each year,” said Ryan Hosmer, Selle Anatomica’s Director of Marketing and Product Development. Ryan’s mother, Carol, now owns the company...

Free Industry Hours at the 2017 Philly Bike Expo

PHILADELPHIA (May 9, 2017) For the first time ever, the East Coast’s premier cycling event is offering “Industry-Only” access along with free admission to bike shop owners and related vendors, suppliers, and sales reps. Qualified registrants gain early entry to the Philly Bike Expo on November 4 & 5 and receive invites to exclusive nighttime social events. “The pre-show hours are a great opportunity for dealers and other members of the industry to meet exhibitors before the general public...

NAHBS | 2011 | North American Handmade Bicycle Show | Faces in the Crowd – Andy Hampsten | #NAHBS

One storied day from the memorable cycling career of Andy Hampsten simultaneously reflects his resolve as a racer and the design philosophy of the bicycles that now bear his name. Stage 17 of the 1988 Giro d’Italia began cold and snowy, and by the top of the Passo di Gavia – with its dirt surface and 18% grade –  Hampsten, who attacked uphill in pursuit of Dutchman Johan Van der Velde, knew that surviving the frigid descent was the key to victory. Hampsten endured ice buildup on his shins...