EAST BALI BAMBOO BIKES @INABIKE 2018, AS IT HAPPENED
Deni, Karina and I departed for Jakarta at 7am on Wednesday 21st March after half a day packing our 3 beautiful bamboo bikes into specially made cardboard cartons to take as accompanied baggage. Quite an experience seeing them go through the airport scanners! On arrival, we loaded the bikes into the Go-Box truck we’d pre-booked and arrived at the Jakarta International Expo by 10.00am, heading directly to our well-placed 6 metre x 3 metre stand, where Deni and Karina (I ‘supervised’) immediately started assembling the bikes, followed by fixing our attractive 3.6 metre wide banner and the 2 standing banners.
22nd March 10.00am - Launch of East Bali Bamboo Bikes: Within minutes of the official opening, we had dozens of exhibitors and visitors – mostly foreign - flocking to our stand, many gazing in amazement at our prominently displayed City and Mountain bikes, picking up our EBBB flyers and asking “Are these really made from bamboo?”. It was sweet when quite a few people examined one or more of the bikes, pointing to our beautifully contoured and finished epoxy jointing of the bamboo frames, asking “and is this also bamboo?” We were of course pleased when many interested visitors asked “Can I ride one?” Luckily, we had a large open space in front of our stand and a wide area outside.