CABDA opens registration for a trio of events and adds an eMobility showcase

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CABDA Expo organizers have opened registration for the three regional fairs scheduled for 2023; CABDA West in the Los Angeles metropolitan area; CABDA Midwest held outside of Chicago; and CABDA East in the New York metropolitan area.

“We’re thrilled to be firing on all cylinders again,” said CABDA Show Director Jim Kersten, “The pandemic certainly hasn’t been good for in-person events. Between travel restrictions and channel issues… supply, our events last year were about half their usual size.

CABDA shows will return to their usual January, February and March schedules after Covid-related issues forced the events to temporary fall dates in 2021.

“Last year, local governments were still using all of our sites as testing and vaccination sites, so our options were to either hold smaller events in the fall or postpone to unknown future dates.” Kersten explained.

“We’ve always worked to produce events that retailers can easily attend, and going back to our off-season model helps a lot.”

CABDA organizers have also announced details of a new eMobility showcase that will take place at each of their events. The “Show-Within-A-Show” will include e-bike demonstrations, a separate product guide, and a special series of educational sessions focused on e-bikes and e-scooters.

“The rapid proliferation of e-bikes and other electric products is a time of sea change for bicycle retailers.” Kersten said: “The way dealers sell, service and market these bikes to their customers is changing rapidly. Providing technical training and best practices for safe battery operation and storage will be extremely important moving forward. »

CABDA shows will continue to feature technical clinics and business seminars hosted by the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association (PBMA) and the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA).

“Ultimately, we need to make it easier for stores to get staff to learn about new products and receive hands-on technical/sales training.” Kersten said, “We also want this to be a place for exhibitors to write orders. And I hope there will be many!”

CABDA West will take place January 10-11, 2023 at the Ontario Convention Center outside of Los Angeles.

CABDA Midwest takes place February 8-9, 2023 at the Schaumburg Convention Center outside of Chicago.

CABDA East takes place March 8-9, 2023 at the Meadowlands Expo Center outside New York City.

Exhibitor information and dealer registration is available at www.cabdashow.com

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