[TheThinkTank] Interbike 2015

Joergen Trepp joergen at bicyclecollective.org
Tue May 26 10:01:38 PDT 2015


Hi All!
Interbike's way, way around the corner, September 14th-18th with the
Outdoor Demo the two days before. As you probably know, the industry's
dog-and-pony show is a great environment for Collectives to meet retailers
and shop owners and let them know about all the great ways to get involved
with what we do on a local and national level.

Last year we didn't get a ticket confirmation until the LAST MINUTE, which
was annoying, so I wanted to reach out to the network early this year with
two things.

1. Would you like to go and get a (free) ticket through us?
2. What resources should we bring to bear and share with the cycling
industry?

*1. If you'd like to go, sign up on this sheet
<https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mcqVNpCdwITiXhBM5RORTaklCbTnj2BZgSreDEh3GhE/edit?usp=sharing>
and fill out the relevant
tabs. *So if you're needing a hotel room, put yourself down in one of the
slots, we aim to put 4-6 people in each room to keep 'em cheap. If you're
looking to carpool, put down your arrival/departure details and room in
your vehicle, if applicable.

Going to Interbike with us comes with responsibility: Firstly, everyone
attending has to sign up for two shifts at the Bicycle Collective Network
booth (*third tab below*), where we'll be representing the Bicycle
Collective
and the Alliance for Walking and Biking. Secondly, we will not tolerate
conduct that doesn't represent us favorably to the rest of the bicycling
industry. Being inconsiderate of an exhibitor's time, heckling for swag or
deals from people you haven't developed a relationship with or who haven't
clearly offered that sort of thing, or generally behaving like a child will
earn you a boot from the show. We're not willing to jeopardize the
reputation of the Bicycle Collective Network.

Barring major conflicts, we'd also like to do a night out for Collective
folks on Tuesday night, the night before the show, where we would briefly
go over our responsibilities formally and then just kick back, catch up
across the city, state, and national lines between our different shops.

*Sign up:*
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mcqVNpCdwITiXhBM5RORTaklCbTnj2BZgSreDEh3GhE/edit?usp=sharing

*2. How should we represent the Bike Collective Network? *

In years past, the question we're most asked at the booth is "Who's the
local collective in our neck of the woods?"

To answer this question, we have a print-out of the organizations listed on
the Bicycle Collectives Wiki:

http://www.bikecollectives.org/wiki/index.php?title=Community_Bicycle_Organizations#United_States

Is this the most current and representative list? Or is there a more
current resource out there, like the organizations tab on
bikecollectives.org? http://www.bikecollectives.org/#organizations

What else would allow us to better connect the industry to our needs and
interests this year?

For example, for the Salt Lake/Ogden/Provo Shop I'm always looking for
(utility) tube sealant donors and companies that make solid tubes. When I
find out a company has a distributor in a given area, I try to get their
blemished/overstock/recall items donated to local collectives.

Beyond that, let me know if there's anything else we should try and tout!
And I'll send a followup out later when tickets are secured.

Joergen Trepp
Director of Operations
Bicycle Collective
Work // 801.328.2453
Mobile // 231.392.3403

www.bicyclecollective.org

The mission of the Bicycle Collective is to promote cycling as an effective
and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner,
healthier, and safer society. The Collective provides refurbished bicycles
and educational programs to the community, focusing on children and lower
income households.
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