Interbike was fun. It was the first time for me, and thanks to an awesome boss, I got to attend. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but once I got into it, I was the proverbial kid in a candy store. Really, candy flowed around as much as the alcohol, which I managed to stay away from.
I saw some cool products, some not-so-cool products, and some weird products. I’ll be posting what I found interesting at Interbike. I won’t go crazy, because bigger media outlets had the man hours and equipment to have better coverage, so you’ll be getting a personalized viewpoint from me.
Not sure if I would come back. If I was offered the opportunity again, I may, but I think once is probably enough. It is fun to see the industry constantly trying to innovate. I’ve been around bikes a long time, and it amazes me how many new things come out every year.
So I’ll end this with some of my highlights:
- I saw Joe Breeze. I’m not the kind of person who goes all fanboy on someone, but it was cool to see him in person.
- I met Todd Lyons, who happens to be a friend of the family that owns the shop I work at.
- Saw Gary Fisher, and he is every bit as weird as people say he is.
- China, Korea, Japan, and Italy all had areas dedicated to their companies. You could start a bicycle company with the manufacturing facilities that were represented in the China area.
That’s it, I have a flight to catch home.