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Planning to visit the London Bike Show today or over the weekend? Maybe we can put a few pointers your way on what to visit following are own look around the show yesterday (January 12).
One thing we did notice today was that some stands weren’t as extravagant as years gone by. Sign of the times? Well the present recessionary times anyway. Having said that, special mentions out to the Trek, Brooks and Silverfish, for their efforts to make their stands stand out from other similar sized bike companies that are exhibiting.
Silverfish, which distributes bicycle bags under the Evoc brand among other things, had a working mini baggage carousel on their stand as they tried to bring the fixture and fittings of an airport to their stand as our picture below shows.
Our 5 highlights from the show
1. Foffa Bikes’ geared bike
London-based Foffa have gained a reputation for building some of the sleekest looking single speed/fixed gear bikes around but now they are also venturing out with a first geared model. Foffa, who are a GGB webstore partner, launched the yet unamed bike model at the show. The geared bike will not be available until March of this year but the geared bike will follow the mix and match principle they use for their single speed/fixed gear bikes with the a buyer allowed to customise the bike to their personal taste or components. Price for the Foffa geared bike will start from £845 upwards.
2. Mark Cavendish’s Pinarello
With Mark Cavendish switching to Team Sky, Mark will no longer be riding Specialized bikes. Team Sky’s bike supplier Pinarello have been quick to get out the bike that Mark will be riding out on for the early part of the season at least. Mark’s Pinarello Dogma 2 forsakes the usual Team Sky branding with a black colour scheme and bits of white decal as well as featuring the World Road Race Champion’s Rainbow Bands on the seat stays of the bike.
3. The London Brompton
Brompton Bicycles are showing off their limited edition The London Brompton (only 500 made) at the show. The bike features a gloss black finish, featuring a motif inspired by Brompton’s love of their home city. The London Brompton will be available from selected dealers from February with a price of £1,475. Also on show, was a Brompton bike with Brompton’s new H Type handlebar (which is now shipping). The H Type has been developed in response to requests from taller riders and from those wanting a markedly more upright riding position. The height of the grips from the ground has been raised by 60mm compared to the classic M Type while the forward reach to the grips from the saddle has increased by around 13mm.
4. The Beatbike
Brompton Bicycles aren’t the only British-based folding bike firm at the show. Beatbikes from Newcastle have launched their folding electric bike, the Beatbike, at the Excel. When we looked at the bike we couldn’t see where exactly the battery in the electric bike was. The 24v 6 ah Lithium Ion battery is actually hidden into the frame and this powers a 180 watt brushless hub motor. The Beatbike electric folding bike will retail for £499.
5. The Full Windsor
Bike accessory maker Full-Windsor is run by affable Kiwi Mark Windsor. He has a background in product design and from that creative mind the Quickfix Bicycle Mudguard was born. The origami-inspired plastic fenders fix onto the seat tube with a press stud fastener. They can quickly be snapped on and off by hand and the QuickFix folds flat in half for easy storage in your bag once that rain stops and the roads get drier. They are available in six different colours and retail at £14.99
GGB charity auction
Don’t forget we are holding a charity auction in aid of Newborns Vietnam and Cycling a Difference on the main Cycling Stage of the London Bike Show on Saturday (3.30pm onwards) and Sunday (2.30pm onwards). Click here to see what items we currently have lined up for the auction. If you are going today, Saturday or Sunday, do pop by the Cycle a Difference Stand and ask for details about the auction or the charity’s work. You may even bump into a GGB staffer.
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