The New England Builders’ Ball is a party that exhibits and celebrates the work of the Northeast’s small frame builders.
The northeastern U.S. has a grand history of bicycle building and innovation. Considered the father of the bicycle, Pierre Lallement, worked in Connecticut and Boston. The North American bike industry started with Colonel Pope’s factory in Hartford in the 1870s. Aegis Bicycles (of Maine) became the first U.S. company to make carbon monocoque frames in 1986. Merlin Metalworks, pioneer in titanium frame fabrication, was founded in 1987.
The Northeast continues to lead in the building of quality bespoke bicycles, with many brands known far and wide. The only event in New England to see the work of such contemporary builders, all in one place, is the New England Builders’ Ball.
Come to Providence on Friday, October 2, 2015, to see the work of some of the world’s best bicycle makers at the Roger Williams Park Casino, in Providence, Rhode Island’s beautiful and historic Roger Williams Park.
The event runs from 7 PM – 11 PM with live music, a cash bar, food trucks, and some fun surprises. Stay in town over the weekend to check out world-class bike racing at the KMC Cyclocross Festival.
Admission: five measly bucks. Formal wear not required!
As always, this event is a fundraiser for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, the organization responsible for developing a 2,900-mile trail for bicyclists and walkers, connecting cities from Calais, ME to Key West, FL.