Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Interbike Trade Show
I will be heading to Las Vegas from Tuesday through Friday to Interbike, the largest bicycle industry trade show in North America. It's my first time to this event, so it will be a bit overwhelming (over 1,000 vendors). It's the place where they unveil all the exciting, fun new stuff in the industry. I only just recently decided to go, thinking it will be a great place to connect with the movers and shakers of the bicycle industry. Being that I have a great new concept for bicycle tour travel that may move and shake this industry, well, I think I need to be there!
My plan is to talk to anyone with a heart beat who might be potential vendors, affiliates, joint venture partners, marketing partners, etc, for my new business concept. It's a high-tech, online do-it-yourself self-guided concept for very affordable bicycle tours. I plan on changing this industry. And when I do, you'll be the first to hear about it! Until then...it's hush-hush because no one else is doing what I'm planing...yet. (In the meantime, I'll still do my regular bicycle tours).
One thing that will be quite fun is that I will meet with Elden, the Fat Cyclist. He's going to be on a social media panel for Web 2.0, a panel which will be discussing things like blogging, podcasting, Facebook, etc (all things I'm very into lately). I've made arrangements to meet up with Fatty and hope to bring home a Fatcyclist T-shirt!
I'm also going to meet up with the boys from roadbikerider.com, and hopefully a few other podcasters or online media organizations I've contacted.
So, wish me luck. I'll be pounding the concrete for 3 days, solo. Maybe someone will feel sorry for me and invite me to an industry party - I better pack my party clothes! ;-)
If I can find some time to post while there and bring you some of the details of this crazy event, I'll try if I'm not too exhausted. Or if I have to recover with a cosmopolitan by the poolside instead, I'm sure you'll understand!