Based on the crowd size from last weekend’s bicycle show, it’s evident that Detroiters love their bikes. For the second year in a row, Detroit Bike City held their bike Expo at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Although the Metro Detroit area was covered in a fresh coating of snow and sleet, that didn’t seem to stop thousands of people from attending the annual bicycling event. Over fifty cycling related vendors were there offering a range of bicycles, accessories, and clothing. There were also a number of bicycle-related organizations on hand promoting greenways, organized rides, and special fundraising events.
All types of new bikes were on display and available for those wishing to buy a new bike for the upcoming riding season. They included tricycles for youngsters, sleek lightweight racing bicycles, bikes made from light-weight metals, and hand-made bicycles crafted from exotic woods. A number of rugged fat-tired mountain bikes were on display, as were various 1950s retro-looking single and multi-speed urban cruisers, trimmed in shiny chrome.
Also at the expo were a variety of throwback sting-rays; a classic American kid’s bike complete with high-rise handlebars, banana sets with tall sissy bars. The sting-rays also had gear shift levers (reminiscent of a floor shift found in a car) mounted to the crossbar. The bicycles on display ranged in cost from a few hundred dollars to well into the thousands.
In addition to new bikes and accessories, attendees were able buy used bikes, parts, and accessories in a special swap-meet section. A BMX demo was part of the event and they entertained the crowd by doing backflips, spins and other aerobatics while soaring off ramps. Kudos to the organizers for pulling together this big-time event!