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Helloooo, Providence!

Sitting in our hotel room in Providence, Rhode Island, the night before setup day for OutDoor Demo East – resting up before a busy three days. Finally got some WiFi to connect to the net and try to post something and see what’s going on in the rest of the industry. Spent Saturday and Sunday in the Boston area. Visited a few shops and stopped by the Boston Bike Film Festival in Harvard Square last night. With the enormous Head of the Charles rowing regatta going on this weekend, the atmosphere was electric and festive. Met Cat the organizer and some of the MassBike crew that were managing the bike valet program. Harpoon Brewery sponsored the event. Bikes and beer, always good together.

Had some nice comfort food in an Irish pub down the street earlier tonight with the rest of the team. Almost got kicked out of said pub for cheering on Tampa Bay a bit too vigorously in game 7 of the ALCS (our team is made up of Yankee and Angel fans). I grew up in the Yankee half of Connecticut, myself. The game’s still on so I don’t know who won yet.

But enough baseball – we’re in New england for bikes. Lots of bikes, actually. Pulling into the parking lot of the Providence Hilton, this is what we saw:

Giant and Specialized Trucks in Providence

Two Giant Bicycle rigs and one from Specialized. Hidden behind them was the Fox Racing Shox truck. They’re here in anticipation of move-in day tomorrow down at the Demo site. Had a nice chat with Andy the Specialized tech who was assembling some of their demo bikes. He had a few bikes with the new 2009 Dura Ace groups and we compared notes on it since I got to ride it out in Boulder City in September. Compared it with SRAM’s Red and the Super Record from Campy (which I haven’t had a chance to ride yet). Won’t tell you what our preferences were, but we did agree that they’re all definite improvements to the breed.

From my visits and calls to Northeast shops and pre-registration numbers (over 1,200 last I checked early last week), people are pretty excited about the event coming to town and we should have a great showing. If you work at a bike shop in the Northeast you should really come on out to Roger Williams Park just south of Providence. We’ve got just about 60 manufacturers coming with big demo fleets and ’09 gear for you to see and try. Add in the Mavic and SRAM tech clinics and NBDA Super Seminars and it’s going to be a real serious event. Show us that we were right in choosing to put on a trade event here. Here’s the latest list of exhibitors for you:

AMB i.t. US, Inc.
Action Bicycle USA Inc.
Advanced Sports Inc: Fuji, Kestrel, SE and Breezer Bicycles
American Diabetes Association*
Cannondale Bicycle Corporation
Carver Bikes
Chris King Precision Components
Civia Cycles
Delta 7 Sports
Downeast Bicycle Specialists
Earth, Wind and Rider
East Coast Greenway Alliance*
Felt Racing, LLC
Finish Line Technologies
Fox Racing Shox
Giant Bicycle Inc
Gore Bike Wear
Haro Bicycle Corp.
Highway Two
Hydrapak, LLC
J & B Importers Inc.
Jamis Bikes
KHS / Freeagent Bicycles
Kenda USA
Kuota/Eurospek Inc
Louis Garneau USA
Marin Bikes
Masi Bicycles
New England Mountain Bike Association*
NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems
Norco Performance Bicycles
Nuun & Co
Pacific Cycle, Inc., Schwinn, GT, Mongoose
Pedro’s Inc.
Rocky Mountain Bicycles
SRAM Corp.
Salsa Cycles
Santa Cruz Bicycles Inc.
Scott USA
Sigma Sport
Specialized Bicycle Components
Squirt LLC
Storck Bicycle GmbH
The Biking Solution
The Caitlin Raymond Int’l Bone Marrow Registry*
Thule, Inc.
Topeak/Todson Inc.
Uvex, Sports Inc.
VP Components Co Ltd.
Yakima Products Inc
Zipp Speed Weaponry

Well, I’ve been taking so long to write this post because of the game that’s been on in the background that I now know who won the game. Sorry, Boston. At least Tampa’s manager, Joe Maddon, is an avid cyclist, right?

See you in Providence!

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