Well, here we are! This is always one of the most exciting times of the year for us. This coming week, we are off to Las Vegas to see all there is to see at Interbike. For Universal Cycles, this will be our 18th year in attendance. It always amazes me to be in a huge convention center in the middle of everything bike related. The things we see are, sometimes, not so exciting. But, there are always products that come through that we know will be "game changers". I'll never forget when we saw the Hayes hydraulic disc brakes so many years ago. Or, when I first put my hands on the Ergon grips. The Hayes disc brakes were a larger product that we knew would take over. Sometimes, in the case of the Ergon grips, the smallest, or simplest, of products can completely change everything. It leaves everyone saying "Now why didn't I think of that?".
Needless to say, there is always a ton of energy in the convention center, and excitement is around every corner. Not only are the products amazing, but some of the people in the building can leave you speechless as well. John Tomac is there, promoting his tires, bikes, etc. Eddy Merckx is there, in his booth, and you can just feel the knowledge and energy around him. Personally, I can't wait to see Greg Lemond with his introduction of his new frames. For us, it is quite a bit of work. We are on our feet all day and absorbing as much information as our brains allow. It is a visual sensation and a mental explosion. We absolutely love it! So, to that end, we will keep in touch this week about what we experience.
So many of the inventions from the late 1800's went away a long time ago. But, not the bicycle. The bicycle has maintained its status over the years. Originally, it was cheaper than owning a horse or a car. Well, from that point of view, I suppose it still is! Some bicycles have stayed virtually the same, while others are completely different. Whatever your passion is with the bicycle, we will take it with us to Interbike and do our best to offer everything we can to help your quest!