Thursday, October 15, 2009

OutDoor Demo East

This past weekend (Thursday-Sunday), Nicole and I ran the NEMO booth at the OutDoor Demo (ODD) East trade show in the Providence, Rhode Island. The purpose of ODD is to allow retailers and shop employees in the bicycle industry the opportunity to attend a show where all the new 2010 product can be seen in person. Not only can you 'ooooh and ahhhh', but you can actually hop on a brand new bike not available to the general public and take it for a spin. Although this show is primarily geared (no pun in tended... ok yes it was) towards the bicycle crowd, we realize that many people who ride bikes also spend time in tents camping.

We were able to talk a variety of people from gravity downhill mountain bikers looking for a tent to camp in after a long day of lift runs, to the team mechanic who spends all summer on the road and would welcome an alternative to sleeping in the truck. Several long distance riders were really psyched about our 1 person Gogo bivy.

There were several cyclocross races over the weekend and our very own Nicole took part in Providence Cyclo-cross Festival. Twelve hundred men and women (both professional and amateur cyclists) competed in multiple races Saturday and Sunday, including Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and local favorite Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)!

We would like to send thank-yous to everyone who stopped by to visit the booth. We would also like to send your-welcomes to the random folks who took "demo naps" in the Asashi tent that was set up in the expo area!


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