PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — The Philly Bike Expo attracted a record number of exhibitors and attendees, organizers said, and the show’s first attempt at trade-only hours attracted about 150 registered industry members, including retailers and suppliers.
The show sold 4,213 tickets and featured 177 booths, including many custom frame builders, along with cycling organizations.
Show director Bina Bilenky said, “Everybody seemed really happy with the way the show went, and this year the cycling media have realized it’s an event worth attending. Attendee interest is amazing. On the East Coast attendees ranged from Maine to Florida, but also they came from the Midwest: Ohio and Illinois, and some came from as far as California.” The farthest traveling exhibitor is thought to be Rookey Cycles, from Seoul, South Korea.
This year the show held trade-only hours each day, when only registered industry members were allowed in.
“Lots of industry came that hadn’t heard about the industry pre-reg,” she told BRAIN on Monday. “Hopefully the second year is bigger with industry pre-reg.”
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