Mr. Zero wrote:
Oh yes, those were the days. The 1990 show was the first year I attended Interbike. At 18 years old, and at that point having had a solid 4 years working in and lurking around bike shops, Interbike was the next level of my ascension into bicycle enlightenment (read "geekdom").
Looks like you live a short bike ride away from the show!
Have to say that I was seriously impressed that Mike Sinyard (Specialized) and some of his employees rode their bikes to this year's show. For them it was 500 miles.
My first bike show was Long Beach in 1981, and you could have put that show into the lobby of today's Interbike! Representing fat tires as a serious product were exactly three manufacturers: MountainBikes (us), Jeff Lindsay (Mountain Goat) and Victor Vincente of America (Topanga).
Here's the anecdote: A well dressed fellow comes to our "booth" (two bikes, a card table and photocopied literature) and says, "I love your passion, but the future of the bicycle industry is not big tyres, it's aerodynamic components."
My book, Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking
is at your bookseller and on Amazon