The bike expo in Council Bluffs on Saturday was absolutely terrible – such a shame given how excellent other aspects of RAGBRAI XLVII were. They had primarily resellers – don’t even recall any manufacturers other than Bianchi. There were not real demos I saw, and the prices were outrageous on food and everything else. It was like a bad flea market with gypsies looking to gouge everyone on items you could buy for half the price on Amazon. This was really bush-league. So it begs the question: why didn’t the actual bike and equipment manufactures come out for this excellent and unique cycling event?