The New England Builders’ Ball is a gala celebration and exhibition of handbuilt bicycles.
The 8th annual edition was held at the Innovation & Design Building in Boston on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Ninth edition: Boston, Spring 2020! Exact date and venue TBD.
New England has a grand history of bicycle building and innovation. Pierre Lallement, considered the father of the bicycle, 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) in 1986 became the first U.S. company to make carbon monocoque frames, and in 1987 Merlin Metalworks was founded, a pioneer in titanium frame fabrication. New England continues to be a leader in quality bespoke bicycle building, with many brands known far and wide. The only place in our region to see the work of these builders, all in one place, is the New England Builders Ball.
Admission: just twelve measly bucks, $5 youth, free for kids under 12.
Formalwear not required!