The Interbike International Bicycle Expo is the largest bicycle industry trade show in North America and is held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. Exhibitors consist of companies interested in selling their products and services to bicycle retailers, wholesale distributors and manufacturers. Because of the many new cycling products and technologies that are launched each year to much fanfare at Interbike, the show is also an important media event for the bicycle industry.
Interbike was founded by Steve Ready and Herb Wettenkamp and was first held in Las Vegas in 1982. It has since been held in various years in Reno, Anaheim and Philadelphia. Outgrowing the other locations, Interbike moved to Las Vegas in the mid-1990s. Since its founding, Interbike was sold to Miller-Freeman which was then purchased by its current owner, VNU, which was renamed The Nielsen Company in January 2007. Interbike is produced by the Nielsen Expositions division of the company and has its office in San Juan Capistrano, California. This office of Nielsen Expositions also produces the OutDoor Retailer and Health+Fitness Business Expo trade shows.
When it was created, Interbike's timing was unique among the multiple industry trade shows in existence at the time. The Fall, as opposed to the typical late winter/early Spring, timing allowed manufacturers to better forecast and plan manufacturing for Spring shipping in time for the seasonal business of most retailers.
Interbike is currently a five-day event with the first two days being the Interbike OutDoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park in Boulder City, Nevada. The OutDoor Demo is unique among the industry's trade shows in that it provides an opportunity for retailers and members of the media to ride and demo the products that they will be seeing and talking about on the show floor. Due to the success of the OutDoor Demo concept, Interbike launched OutDoor Demo East in Providence, Rhode Island in October 2008 to better serve the needs of the northeastern United States bicycle market.
Immediately following the Outdoor Demo is the Interbike Expo which runs for the final three days of the show indoors, which from 2000 - 2012 has been held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Starting in 2013, Interbike will be moving to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, which will allow show organizers to create a new floor plan with product-themed "neighborhoods" and better traffic flow. The space has more loading docks and freight doors than the Sands, allowing easier set up and break down.
Though not officially part of the show, a "Mobile Social" bike ride has been organized for the past few years during one evening of the indoor Expo. Typically, over a hundred cyclists gather outside the main entrance of the convention center -- many riding and showing off custom-built bicycles and gear -- to cruise down the Las Vegas Strip.
According to Interbike, the show has averaged about 700 exhibiting companies and between 18,000 - 24,000 total attendees, depending on the year. The show covers a total of over 300,000 net square feet (28,800 Sq. meters) of exhibit space in the Sands Expo & Convention Center's 660,000 square feet (61,316 Sq. meters) of floor space.