Expo shorts, Day One

Enjoying the largest Saturday attendance in its history, Day One at the 2017 Philly Bike Expo was an amplified version of the hive of fun, learning, riding, ogling and purchasing for which this show has become renowned.

Noah Rosen's Velocolour booth was near the entrance, offering show-goers an amazing display of bike paintwork immediately on entering the show hall.

Noah Rosen's Velocolour booth was near the entrance, offering show-goers an amazing display of bike paintwork immediately on entering the show hall.

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The Neighborhood Bike Works crew was kept busy all morning managing the bike valet, and the bike parking area was full before noon. Cyclists who showed up by bike were pointed to alternative spots to park.

The Neighborhood Bike Works crew was kept busy all morning managing the bike valet, and the bike parking area was full before noon. Cyclists who showed up by bike were pointed to alternative spots to park.

Weaver CycleWorks, an exhibitor at the expo most years since 2013, took a year out last year so he could buy a new mill for his workshop. He came back in 2017 with an array of powder coated bikes that were beautiful in their simplicity.

Weaver CycleWorks, an exhibitor at the expo most years since 2013, took a year out last year so he could buy a new mill for his workshop. He came back in 2017 with an array of powder coated bikes that were beautiful in their simplicity.

Weaver managed an elegant bend on the rear stays of this bike. The main triangle is primarily made with Vari-Wall's new ThermalX tubing.

Weaver managed an elegant bend on the rear stays of this bike. The main triangle is primarily made with Vari-Wall's new ThermalX tubing.

Mark Weaver has been selling bikes from his shop in Collingswood, NJ, since 2012, having completed his first frame in 2009. The rear end of this black frame was built around the new low mount thru-axle dropout from Paragon Machine Works.

Mark Weaver has been selling bikes from his shop in Collingswood, NJ, since 2012, having completed his first frame in 2009. The rear end of this black frame was built around the new low mount thru-axle dropout from Paragon Machine Works.

Hed was displaying their new Vanquish 6, a 60mm deep carbon clincher rim. It's the first carbon clincher the company's made. "It's made for disc brakes. We're just not going to do a rim brake carbon clincher because of the overheating issues.  At its widest point, the bulbous 30mm rim is 9mm wider than the tire seat inside. Hed's Andy Tetmeyer said "the airflow from the tire to the rim makes it a really fast wheel." As to the airflow disruption caused by the disc brake, Tetmeyer said "We've not seen it in our wind tunnel tests. The main thing is how the air passes over the leading and trailing edges of the wheel." The intention is that this wheel will be used extensively in road competition as well as triathlon. On that note, Tetmeyer told us Cervelo is selling the P5x frames just as fast as Hed can make them.

Hed was displaying their new Vanquish 6, a 60mm deep carbon clincher rim. It's the first carbon clincher the company's made. "It's made for disc brakes. We're just not going to do a rim brake carbon clincher because of the overheating issues.  At its widest point, the bulbous 30mm rim is 9mm wider than the tire seat inside. Hed's Andy Tetmeyer said "the airflow from the tire to the rim makes it a really fast wheel." As to the airflow disruption caused by the disc brake, Tetmeyer said "We've not seen it in our wind tunnel tests. The main thing is how the air passes over the leading and trailing edges of the wheel." The intention is that this wheel will be used extensively in road competition as well as triathlon. On that note, Tetmeyer told us Cervelo is selling the P5x frames just as fast as Hed can make them.

Eric Baar of the Ground Up Designs demonstrates the skills of pinstriping to a young attendee, just across the aisle from the ArtBike! area.

Eric Baar of the Ground Up Designs demonstrates the skills of pinstriping to a young attendee, just across the aisle from the ArtBike! area.

ArtBike! featured for a second year at the Philly Bike Expo. As last year ArtBIke! comprised a ride to the expo and then bike themed art inside. Bike art was available for sale, and attendees were invited to make their own. Children were seen at the tables throughout the day.

ArtBike! featured for a second year at the Philly Bike Expo. As last year ArtBIke! comprised a ride to the expo and then bike themed art inside. Bike art was available for sale, and attendees were invited to make their own. Children were seen at the tables throughout the day.

Jamie Swan enlightened and entertained his audience in the seminar room in a session entitled Traditional Steel Bicycle Construction. Seminar highlights will be posted. Another name for the session, as the video will reveal, might have been "Everything you wanted to know about steel frame construction, but were too afraid to ask." Swan's engaging style is making his seminars must-attend events.

Jamie Swan enlightened and entertained his audience in the seminar room in a session entitled Traditional Steel Bicycle Construction. Seminar highlights will be posted. Another name for the session, as the video will reveal, might have been "Everything you wanted to know about steel frame construction, but were too afraid to ask." Swan's engaging style is making his seminars must-attend events.