Under the Big Top

Under the Big Top

From the outside, it just looked like a gigantic tent. But on the inside, it housed hundreds of bikes and an incredible array of products.  The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort referred to it as “the Pavilion.”  IPMBA called it the “Bike Check” and “Exhibit Hall”. 

One of the qualities public safety cyclists look for when seeking suppliers is longevity, and IPMBA is fortunate to have established long-term relationships with many vendors whose primary customer base is public safety. 

Many of these vendors have been attending the conference for more than a decade.  IPMBA was pleased to welcome back our “double-digit” exhibitors – Bratwear, MOCEAN, Patrol Bike Systems, United Uniform (now part of Amwear Group), and Volcanic Bicycles

Bratwear, which recently announced a merger with Olympic Uniform to form Sound Uniform Group, which will maintain both the Bratwear and Olympic brands, outfitted the Command Staff in distinctive maroon and blue shirts and sponsored a keg at the Wednesday night reception. 

MOCEAN kept the IPMBA Conference Instructors cool in light-colored shirts constructed of  X-STATIC®, the Silver Fiber™, designed to wick away moisture and resist odor.  MOCEAN also sponsored the popular mashed potato “martini” bar and other reception fare. 

Volcanic Bicycles supplied lanyards and badgeholders in a new design, and provided on-site mechanical support in the bike check as well as a few loaner bicycles. 

In the middle range of seniority, with between three and five years of attendance, could be found Bern Unlimited, CycleSiren, Cygolite Bicycle Lighting Systems, ISM Saddles, Police Bike Store, and The Safariland Group

Cygolite once again sponsored the Nightlife District Operations & Tactics workshop and other night operations, providing 16 demo units for use by attendees.  Bern Unlimited facilitated a very special and serious message from Denver Officer John Adsit, who is alive today due to the quality of his personal protective equipment, including his Bern helmet. 

Police Bike Store generously supplied pens for the welcome bags AND a 27.5” wheeled Fuji Code 2.75 Police Bike for the raffle.  Jennifer Clemonds sure went home happy! 

Rounding out the raffle prizes were a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, provided at cost by Pistol Parlour and won by Mike Hudspeth, and a fully-supported mountain bike tour donated by Sacred Rides.  No word yet on whether winner Brad Stock is heading to Moab, Fruita, British Columbia, or Newfoundland’s “The Rock.” 

IPMBA is always excited to welcome new exhibitors to the fold, and this year was no exception. 

Astra Radio Communications displayed their “Buy American”-compliant, innovative microphone accessories for two-way radios.  Their products include G Series Lapel Microphones, B Series Boom Microphones, S Series Remote Speaker Microphones, T Series Surveillance/Throat Microphones, and Listen Only Earpieces.

Bar Mitts may have been out of their climate zone, but attendees who ride in colder temperatures appreciate the cold-weather, neoprene mitts that attach to the handlebars and keep hands warm in the cold, rain, snow, and wind.  Check out the review in the Fall 2014 issue of IPMBA News and watch the Edmonton Police video on IPMBA.org’s video page. 

The expanding electric bicycle market was well-represented by Bosch eBike, the European market leader for eBike systems.  Components ePowered by Bosch supply the “tailwind” that helps propel more than 50 leading European bike brands. 

They were joined by e-Cat Bike, an Indianapolis-based company offering high-performance, alternative fuel vehicles for law enforcement professionals.  e-Cat’s mission is to offer a high performance alternative to traditional gas fueled vehicles, while driving dramatic cost-savings for fiscally overwhelmed police departments.  Both of these brands demonstrated the great strides that have been made in electric bike technology since their introduction in the early 2000’s. 

Also new in the bicycle category was Code 4 Bikes, an offshoot of Pedalwrench, which specialized in maintaining patrol bikes.  Originally designed to meet the needs of the Las Vegas casinos, their bikes, code name “Trigger”, are built to be strong and durable, but also affordable and easy to maintain.

Inviscid Design displayed their Speedfil Hydration Systems, hands-free drink systems that fit in any standard bicycle water bottle cage to enable easy hydration-on-the go, on- or off-duty, for all kinds of riding. 

W&W Associates specializes in labels, tags, and heat transfers of all kinds – woven, leather, synthetics, rubber, elastic, trim, and more.  They work with suppliers and manufacturers of all kinds of products as well as with the end user.   

Law Enforcement Exploring was present to promote the 2016 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference, which will take place July 11-16, 2016, at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.  IPMBA has been supporting the bike patrol portion of the competition for the past two conferences and is looking forward to once again introducing future officers to IPMBA. 

Finally, representatives of the National EMS Memorial Ride, perhaps more commonly known as the Muddy Angels, were on hand to recruit both riders and volunteers for their East Coast (May 16-23), Kentucky (May 16-23), Colorado (June 24-26), and West Coast (September 21-26) rides. 

Like IPMBA, these organizations rely heavily on volunteer support, so please consider getting involved. 

Support for IPMBA extends beyond the Exhibit Hall. 

iFORCE Patrol Bikes, 4Bike-Police.com, and NASRO (National Association of School Resource Officers) had a virtual presence and provided products for the Product Showcase Silent Auction.

R&B Fabrications supplied the welcome bags, which were loaded with CeraSport electrolyte supplements, NuGo nutrition bars, Police Bike Store pens, ProGold bike lube, SafeTec muscle rub and sunscreen, DripDrop from EMP, and bright green Whistles for Life

ProGold also provided supplies for the maintenance classes. 

The Product Showcase Silent Auction is an important source of funding during the conference, and this year was no exception.  Thanks to the following contributors, more than $3500 was raised in support of IPMBA’s programs:  Abus Mobile Security, Bar Mitts, Bell Helmets, Bellwether, Benchmade Knife Co., Bern Unlimited, Bicycle Centres Silverlake, Blackburn Design, Bratwear, Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, Cycle Siren, Cygolite, Detours, Drifire, Duro Tire, Giordana, H&H Medical Corporation, Haix, Hero Kit, iFORCE Patrol Bikes, ISM Saddles, Jandd, Kroesens Uniforms, Kryptonite, Maxit-Inc., Mill Creek Sports, New Mexico Law Enforcement Memorial Ride, NICA, Olympic Uniform, Police Bike Store, ProGold, Rudy Project USA, Sacred Rides, Stat Packs, Swagman, The Gravity Cartel, and Tifosi Eyewear.

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