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Southern California bike builders plan a custom show for San Diego next April.

Fans of curly-lugged seat clusters, fillet-brazing and hand-painted frame cut outs will have a new place to appreciate their objets d'art next spring. The San Diego Custom Bicycle Show is set for April 3-5, 2009, at the city's Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center.

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Fans of curly-lugged seat clusters, fillet-brazing and hand-painted frame cut outs will have a new place to appreciate their objets d’art next spring.

The San Diego Custom Bicycle Show is set for April 3-5, 2009, at the city’s Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center.

While the new show is not a direct competitor to the American Handmade Bicycle Show — held in Portland, Oregon, last year and scheduled for Feb 27-March 1 next year in Indianapolis — show publicist Brian Baylis is not shy about pointing out advantages of his chosen venue.

Baylis, a noted framebuilder himself, says the San Diego show is intended to attract newer, younger frame builders with lower booth rates and a convenient venue that includes lodging and nearby dining. Builders from east of the Mississippi will get a discounted rate. The promoters will encourage networking and socializing with dinners and other group activities, including an event at painter Joe Bell’s workshop.

“We’ll have great weather; you can bring the family and they can go to the beach or the zoo,” Baylis said.

The first day of the show, April 3, will be devoted to set up and exhibitor seminars on frame building techniques, including filing and shaping lugs and building jigs. The show will open to the public on April 4th and 5th.