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The Urban Commuter Expo was a great success on many levels. There were so many people who showed up despite the record-breaking heat. Moe and I were joined by friend and loyal reader Ben “Buns of Steel” Castaneda (BenC). We arrived at the venue early enough to set up our booth. We had prime real estate since we were right at the entrance.
We brought about 3 bikes to display, The KHS Flight 100(review in process), the Swobo Folsom and the Ibex/Xtracycle. The bikes help in getting attention from people. The biggest eye catcher would be the most obvious, the Xtracycle. Everyone seems to love it and I met so many people that just had so many questions about it as well as wanting to ride it. Of course, I accommodated them by allowing them to test ride it.
KHS Bicycles really came through for us this year. Not only did they provide us the Manhattan Green for the Bike To Work Day in Long Beach, but they also supplied us countless swag that included KHS Shirts, water bottles and hats. Pricepoint.com was very generous too. They sent us a bunch of commuter gear from their Sette lineup to raffle off such as messenger bags, gloves, and pumps.
We also had plenty of Bumble Bars that we passed out. Man people loved those! I had one volunteer who came back 4 different times asking for more bars. Then another volunteer came back 3 times just because she loved how they tasted. Chocolate is my favorite!
One of the more popular items we had was the Citra Wipes. As you may remember we did a review on this item and it totally rocks. As I gave them away to people, and explained what they are, people were so happy to get it because all of them have had some sort of mechanical breakdown at one time or another where it left them with some dirty fingers. Over and over again, people kept telling…”This is a great idea!” It really is…
Here I am explaining how the Citra Wipes work.
As we made our way around the booths we met so many people. One of my favorite is Totally Tubular. They take old tires and tubes and make them into something useful such as wallets, purses and bags. The items they had were priced reasonably well, all ranged from $5 to $20. But I think the bigger bags were a bit more. I asked them if they used those industrial sized sewing machines and they said yes. It took them a long time to get down the process of making bags because they kept breaking needles trying to sew tires and tubes. I also asked how they got rid of the rubber smell…ready for this……washing machine.
Sweetskinz also sent us a few sets of tires to donate to the Cicle.org raffle. Here’s the raffle table. You could win any or all of this stuff just by purchasing a raffle ticket. They ended up raising quite a bit of money from the ticket sales, I can’t recall the exact number though.
Another interesting item we saw was this bike trailer that was made to look like an old tear drop “Airstream” trailer.
Moe and I enjoying the event…
I was trying to blog LIVE on location, but the free City of Pasadena WIFI was kinda weak. So I didn’t even bother…Oh that’s Ben showing off his Buns of Steel.
New comer to the LA Bike Scene is Bucket Bike. We briefly spoke with Yanni about the Bucket Bike and we actually have a video of it to show later. But for now, here’s some pics.
Here’s the shifter…on the seat tube.
A Bakfiets was also there on display.
That’s it for now. Moe and I will be back later to report more about the event. Stay tuned!