Demo Day 2017 is May 6th at Spring Mill Pond

Island Lake Recreation Area

 

About this event

Started in 2006 by local industry veteran James Knight, the Island Lake Spring Bike Demo is now in its 12th year bringing the best bikes in the market to your trail.  It's a great chance to talk face to face with people who live the life: building, riding, and maintaining the bikes you want to own. Then, take a few out for a test spin on the road and trails at Island Lake, finding the bike that pulls at your heartstrings.

Who's going to be there?

Confirmed this year so far are:

  • Cannondale
  • Kuat Racks
  • Giant
  • LIV - By Giant
  • Pivot Bikes
  • Specialized
  • Trek
  • SRAM
  • American Cycle & Fitness
  • Hometown Bicycles
  • D & D Bicycles and Hockey
  • Fraser Bicycle
  • Wheels-in-Motion
  • Cycletherapy
  • Vincere Cycles
  • REI
  • KLM Bike & Fitness
  • Michigan Mountain Biking Association
  • Friends of Island Lake
  • Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association
  • Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association
  • MiSCA
  • Beauchamp Water
  • LaFontaine Subaru

Check back here often for updates.

What to expect

This event is one of the largest demo events in the region. You can expect to see hundreds of mountain bikes, road bikes, cross bikes, fat tire bikes, and everything in between.

You'll spend the day visiting vendor and bike shop booths, asking questions, and checking out bikes and gear. In general, vendors will have bikes available to try out. They will ask you to fill out a waiver and contact information, probably leave some form of collateral (such as a drivers license), and spend some time adjusting the bike to fit you for the best experience. Riders usually bring their own pedals, and these will be mounted to the bike for you as part of the setup process. 

Test rides can be on the park road, on singletrack or both. A short 'demo loop' of singletrack will be marked that will provided a good sampling of SE Michigan trail. Please keep your test rides short and be considerate to all of the other participants who may be waiting to check out that bike as well. Riding the entire trail on a demo bike while others are waiting is an expensive waste of karma.

This is a demo event, an opportunity to see and try lots of bikes. It's not a swap meet or a sales event. Vendors will not have bikes or gear for sale, but will be able to refer you to local dealers who would be delighted to help you turn your surplus cash into sexy carbon or scandium dreams.

What should you bring?

  • Helmet and appropriate riding apparel
  • Pedals. Some vendors may have platform pedals available, but it's safer to bring your own.
  • Identification
  • A major credit card (as collateral for some vendors)
  • Parent or guardian if you're a minor

Event Details and Schedule

The Spring Demo Day is May 6th, 2017 and will be held at Spring Mill Pond at Island Lake Recreation Area. When entering the park, turn to the right just after the attendant booths and follow the park road for approximately 2 miles. Spring Mill Pond will be on the left side of the road. 

When you arrive, please check in at the registration and information tent. We'll ask you to sign a waiver. (Pro tip: print and sign this waiver and just drop it off to save time!) Check in starts at 10:00 am and the demo ends at 5:00 pm. 

Participation at the Spring Bike Demo is free, courtesy of the Motor City Mountain Biking Association. Not a member? Please consider joining a chapter at imba.com/membership, or sign up at any of the chapter tents at the event. 

Parking 

Parking is limited at Spring Mill Pond and we expect that it will fill quickly. We suggest that attendees park at either the trailhead parking lot or Placeway Picnic Area and ride in to the event, storing your current ride in our Bike Corral. 

For 2017, LaFontaine Subaru will be running a shuttle service from 11AM to 3PM between the trail head parking lot and the demo at Spring mill Pond.