When: Sun., Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2017
After a year off and some rebranding, the Mississippi Valley Bike + Outdoor Expo (formerly the St. Louis Bike Expo) returns to the Gateway Center (1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, Illinois; www.bikeandoutdoorexpo.com) with an expanded vision. In addition to vendors hawking bicycles and bicycle-related gear, the new look expo includes products and demos for rock climbing, running, hiking, camping and paddling. The show caters to both enthusiastic amateurs and professionals, offering expert advice, sneak peeks at new products and a chance to try your hand at Goldsprints, which are side-by-side bike races on rollers with a projected course and computer timing. Also there to be experienced: the North Face's virtual reality tour of national parks and Upper Limits' mobile rock climbing wall. The Mississippi Valley Bike + Outdoor Expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and admission is $8 to $12.