Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Sights at Interbike

From my hotel room at the Venetian I had a great view of Vegas. I could see Harrah's, Bally's, The Flamingo, Paris, THE Hotel, Monte Cristo, Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, Rio, The Palms and The Mirage. At least those were the ones I could identify easily.

I also saw a few of the new items coming to the bike industry next year. Although I didn't get out of my booth much, I do know there are some cool things happening.

All those sights....yet my favorite 'sight' were the people I got to meet. I mentioned that I met up with some old friends, but this year there were new friends to meet. Actually, meet them in person as I've 'known' them through the blogosphere this last year. I even attended my first blogger get-together at Mist in Ti. Imagine At a blogger get-together. Seriously. There are even pictures to prove it.

We all know that I saw "New York Times" Jackson, Cubbie (no, I hadn't met Cubbie in person before last week!) and Chipps. But I met other bloggers, too. Curtis and Skiles from, Graham from, Alan Snel, James Asher from, Michael from, Kris from B.O.S.S. (brand new blog! check it out), Guitar Ted and even Michael from, who has the best story. He was in Vegas at another convention during the same time and happened into Interbike with a big ole grin on his face (he may have been playing hookey from his conference...).

Rich and Chip from Interbike were at the get-together after their hectic day on the show floor's media center. And, I know there were other people at the gathering that I didn't get to meet by name, but it was just a nice, relaxing evening of chit chat.

One person I did get to talk to at both our booth and the get together was Tim Grahl. I'd been talking and emailing with Tim for months now. In some respects, I felt like I knew him, especially with all his podcasts going on. But it was just nice to chat with him for a bit. Although online is good, in person is better. We all know that. Tim did a podcast from our booth with Bob Roll - here they are in deep conversation. That was the first podcast ever from our meeting room location high above the show floor.

Not only is Tim talented, got a lot of drive (just wait 'till you see what he's going to be doing in the near future!) he's incredibly sweet. I'm looking forward to bumping into Tim at bike events for years to come.

I even got to meet the elusive Blue Squirrel. I think he was called in to work security for "New York Times" Jackson after the article came out, though.

I'm sure I missed mentioning a blogger or two that I met or talked to out there. If I did, I'm sorry. Talking with all of you was fun, fun, fun and the highlight of the trip. Thanks for being so welcoming to this non-techie.

Just another Interbike tidbit for today. Thanks for stopping by.


Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

It was a great I-bike this year, I thought. I was really worried what it would be like with all of the drama this year, but people seem to still be very much in love with the sport and definitely the products.

The Blogger Meet-up was awesome. I ahd some great, passionate conversations- I'm sure you saw the arms and hands flailing around as usual. (I guess somebody will have to YouTube one of my product presentations...)

I'm already looking forward to next year. Besides, If I start planning now, I might not have as much stres... maybe.

Donna Tocci said...

It doesn't matter how much we plan in advance, there is always stress around leaving for a trade show...on time, that is! :)

Kris said...

It was a great I-Bike this year. Everyone was certainly slammed. Especially you, Tim. I tried to stop by three or four times but you were always surrounded by retailers. Life must be good.

Thanks for the mention in you blog Donna!

Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

Thanks Kris... it was very busy, just as you say. Hopefully this means that we'll be selling more bikes- I certainly feel good about things.

If you had or have any specific questions for me, just let me know. Sorry I didn't get the chance to actually speak with you.

Alan Snel said...

Hey Donna, great meeting you at Interbike -- and you'd be a goddess if you can send B. Roll this way on Oct. 29!!