Interbike 2008 was great for Effetto Mariposa and Cantitoeroad.com.
The booth was small but we had all we needed, including nacho chips and burning hot red chili dip to get the kick we needed around the end of the day (I brought some salsa back home, I'm not sure it will replace my post-lunch Espresso, though).
The Giustaforza torque wrench was (still) a show-stopper, as well as the 'BioFloat' seatpost invented by Tom Petrie, founder of Cantitoe and industry veteran (you see the post here: http://cantitoeroad.com/index.php/news/15/66/The-Cantitoe-Road-BioFloatTM-Seatpost.php).
I didn't do as many demo as I thought cutting carbon tubes with Carbocut hacksaw (I spent most of my time talking), but the interest was high and I enjoyed getting first-hand feed-back from so many bicycle shops.
For the kind of entertainment I'm after, Las Vegas is surely the worst place: you can find nice restaurants and good food, but outdoor activities into town are limited to early morning jogging on the Strip (I did it twice this year, and I was already bored), you can't walk without being insistently offered 'invitations' to call girl shows and the most remarkable monuments are hotels (how strange is that?).
And then gambling... as a very successful Industry member told me, he doesn't find any excitement in gambling: self-employed people are risking all they have every day to make their business progress and compared to that gambling is for amateurs. Good point!
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