The Philly Bike Expo was an amazing experience for us! During two days we met lots of people who were very pleased with our bikes and had to say lots nice words.. We brought to Philly a Road Disk Di2 bike and a Single Speed Mountain bike: The two-day event included about 130 exhibitors, including frame builders, bicycle manufacturers, bike shops, components and tool companies, and cycling apparel companies.
We came to Philly on Friday to set up our table at the Philadelphia Convention Center and then headed to Engine Cycles’ open house to learn more about titanium bicycle fabrication and meet other frame builders.. There we met Drew Guldalian, owner of Engine Cycles; Rody Walter, owner of Groovy Cycleworks and Eric Estlund from Winter Bicycles. Each of these guys has vast experience in the frame fabrication business and inspirational stories of what it takes to become a successful frame builder. We finished our day in the nice Japanese restaurant in the Germantown.
Next day, Expo began at 10am and to our surprise people were already heading to the bike show. The place was busy all day. Later that day we had a surprise visit of the Troika owner. His custom build was finished and assembled just few hours before we headed to Philly from Boonton, NJ. He came all the way from San Francisco and loved his bike! Here is the photo of him checking out his Troika:
Sunday morning we attended Gary Helfrich seminar on Theory and Practice of Titanium Frame Building. I brought with me my 10-year-old son. He was the youngest in the audience and did not get excited until the Russian Submarine picture came up on the screen. The Sub was cut to pieces and sold to manufactures of titanium in China. Gary is the founder of Merlin and is considered to be an inventor of the titanium bicycle frame.
Below are few photos from the Expo, including group picture of the frame builders and my portrait with Troika as well as photos of other bicycles exhibited at the Expo. Thanks for reading and Happy Trails!