With two floors packed with vendor booths, speakers and performers, the 2011 Seattle Bike Expo probably had something for everyone. I am not much of a gearhead, but there was plenty of stuff to keep me entertained, from awesome bamboo bicycles to Dutch-style bakfiets to children riding on unicycles.
I definitely over-snacked on strange performance gel and protein bar samples, which I do not recommend. Especially the strange double espresso performance goop I tried. Some things just did not need to be invented.
Here are a few highlights from the show:
These bamboo bicycles from Bamboosero were beautiful.
Did you know you can rent bucket bikes like this one from Dutch Bike Co in Ballard? That’s pretty awesome.
The Clean Republic crew showing off their electric front wheels (see our previous story).
Made in the old Essential Bakery kitchen in Fremont, Mad Fiber‘s unique take on a super lightweight bike wheel has been turning heads all over the country this year. I had the chance to hold one for the first time at the Expo. I think my shirt weighs more than their wheels.
And, of course, I couldn’t leave you without a video of kids on unicycles followed by world-class artistic bike riders. Enjoy!
For more from the Expo, here’s coverage from Josh at The Bicycle Story and Gene from Biking Bis (more here and here). And, of course, Bike Snob tears into Seattle’s bike snobbery. Did you go to the Expo? Share your thoughts below.