Friday, September 16, 2011

Interbike Comes To An End Today

If you love bicycles, you should plan an outing to Interbike -- the bicycle industry's annual trade show and gathering. Lots of super bicycle gear eye candy and it's like a family reunion with all the different branches of the bicycle family coming together to network, check out new products, meet old pals and hob-nob about bikes in Las Vegas.

I'm back in Tampa after a Tuesday-Thursday excursion, which included one day at the outdoor demo in Boulder about 40 minutes from Vegas and two days inside the Sands convention center attached to the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.

Ben Coffey of Cinelli is a Facebook friend and I got a chance to meet Ben for the first time at the outdoor demo and trade show this week.

Mascots are hard to resist -- no matter what the sport.

A damp morning and cloudy afternoon kept the crowd low at the outdoor demo on Tuesday.

Back at the convention center on Wednesday, lots of room to test e-bikes.

Eddie is the brand.

The Surly wooden rollers were a big hit.

Bell helmets.

Here's ISM owner Steve Toll, triathlon star and ISM team member Michellie Jones and big Dave of ISM. It was great to see Steve and his wife Laura and the ISM crew at Interbike.

How about an electric cargo bike?

There's always a fixie in the house.

Cinelli display.

The Electra display is always a treat.

Bicycle eye candy all around.

It was great to see Tim Blumenthal of Bikes Belong

and Andy Clarke of the League of American Bicyclists.

My pal Ellen Pierson of the Policy Unity Tour enjoyed her rookie Interbike experience.

I met my kindred spirit, Joe "Metal Cowbuy" Kurmaskie, who has written bicycle travel books and now is a partner in Arkel bicycle panniers in Oregon. Joe is from Tampa! And I begged Joe to come to the Bicycle Bash to tell funny bike travel stories and show his bike panniers.

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