There is something about going to a bicycle show that really gets my heart pumping. I go to walk through row up on row of bikes and stuff. There were mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrid bikes and cross bikes. There were tools, tires, clothes and helmets. The best way to describe it would be to call it a toy store for adults.
The only thing that bothered me was the entry price. I find it rather unfair that one has to pay to go shopping. It is like having a daily admission price to Costco. The price was 15 dollars, and I would rather have spent that money on something else. However, I know there are a lot of costs in putting a show like that on (security, rentals etc) but they could have at least given us a break on the food.
I would have to say that cycling is rather popular. There were so many people who were interested in cycling. And most of them were also very friendly.
I didn't go to the show to shop, but rather to find out about cycling vacations. I am really interested in going on a cycling trip somewhere. I collected quite a few route maps and found quite a few cycling destinations. Now I just have to get in shape because some of the routes seem rather ambitious.
As for swag--I was hoping for more. I came home with lots of trail and route maps, some back issues of magazines and even a tool catalogue. However, I was expecting more. I hoped for some socks, or a t-shirt, maybe a free water bottle... something. I guess it isn't a car show.