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Philly Bike Expo attracts more than 4,000

Published October 29, 2018

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PHILADELPHIA — The ninth annual Philly Bike Expo concluded what most present reckoned was the best edition yet, on Sunday, October 28.

The two-day consumer show included 195 exhibiting companies and was attended by more than 4,000 cyclists, 96 percent of whom said they'd had a great time in a one-question exit survey. Several of the 33 custom frame builders reported strong interest, and some took frame orders during the show.

Show director, Bina Bilenky, said, "We've been working hard to build this show for several years, and it's rewarding to have the kind of step-up in interest that we saw this year. The attendance was good, and I had a lot of positive feedback from exhibitors about that and the business they'd done here. And in the past couple of years the industry media has started to realize what a cool thing we have happening here, so we feel like we're going through a growth spurt, and far from growing painfully it actually feels great to be in my shoes right now!"

Show sponsors Lagunitas Brewing (yay!), Bicycle Times, Haro, Jamis, and Ortlieb all reported high satisfaction levels with their show experience, based on sales and customer interactions, and all expressed strong interest in returning next year.

Among a diverse mix of large and small companies that displayed on a relatively even playing field in terms of booth space, SRAM was attending with a full booth for the first time. SRAM spokesperson Michael Zellmann enjoyed his customer interactions and said, "We will be back next year."

Chris Chance, the famous frame builder from the 1980s and 90s, who is now having a second career running a bike company, commented on the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of the show, and noted that there seem to be a lot more custom frame builders in the market than on his first go-around.

The Philly Bike Expo does not make a big thing of show awards, but there is a Peoples' Choice award. When all the votes were counted, Normal Bicycles was most popular among attendees with its wooden bike; Royal H was second with a steel road bike; and show co-founder Simon Firth was voted third with his Hanford road bike.

Next year's Philly Bike Expo is slated for the weekend of November 2-3, in the same glass-walled hall in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

About the Philly Bike Expo
The Philly Bike Expo was founded by Bilenky Cycle Works in 2010 as a way to promote cycling culture. It began in the 23rd St. Armory with 68 exhibitors, and by 2018 has moved into the Pennsylvania Convention Center with almost 200 exhibitors and over 4,000 attendees. It is an annual show that includes exhibiting companies from across the spectrum of cycling, as well as a rich array of side events including demonstration rides, riding skills exhibitions, artisan demonstrations, art and culture, food trucks, and group rides. The expo also seeks to bring together the individuals and organizations who further bicycle infrastructure, legislation, and rider-driver communication and promoting bicycle culture in all its diversity as a sane choice for individual and planetary health.


Topics associated with this article: Consumer Expos and Rides

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