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No win but the show goes on

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Alas there was no cigar for the Going Going Bike team on Wednesday evening when we missed out winning the “Rising Stars” category at the BikeBiz Awards. 

The worthy winner of the category was Cycle Systems Academy run by Sean Lally. We congratulate Sean and all at Cycle Systems Academy on their win.

Whether we won or lost, the Going Going Bike team were determined to join enjoy the evening with a few beers and cycling chat. We managed to grab a chat with Will Butler Adams, the Managing Director of Brompton Bicycles, who was confident of the success of the recently announced electric version of the iconic fold up bike.

If a little bleary eyed the next morning, we attended the trade day at The Cycle Show at the Birmingham NEC. Brands such Peugeot, Pinarello, Continental, Campagnolo and Look were in attendance with big stands, but as  usual Going Going Bike went looking to find the more quirky or unique products on show.

Intelligent Optics

More and more cyclists are recording footage of their rides or commutes. Helmet cameras are popular but the guys from Intelligent Optics are marketing cycling glasses with built-in HD Video camera built in to the frame. The camera can shoot and record up to two hours of footage. The footage can then be uploaded/view via connecting the glasses to a PC. We’re hoping to review this product in the future, so watch this space.

Raw Bamboo Bike

One bike that was getting plenty of attention was a bamboo mountain bike being showcased by Raw Bamboo Bikes. Developed by the School of Technology at Oxford Brookes University, the mountain bike will now go into commercial production after passing rigorous safety tests to meet BS EN test certification. The bike is constructed using bamboo tubes and advanced jointing technology using hemp fibre, which has strength and flexibility to compliment the stiffness and durability of bamboo. The bike will be manufactured by RAW at their base in Yorkshire.

Velobici

Rapha seems to have the market for stylish men’s cycling apparel all wrapped up but there’s a new player on the market with Velobici. The Leicester-based firm makes tailored cycling apparel with more than a hint of sartorial elegance. Velobici’s seamless Merino wool knitwear is the highlight of the firm’s collection. The knitwear uses Thermcool technology to give the cyclist breathability in the right areas. The firm also makes jerseys, woolen hats, arm warmers, scarves and gloves.

Other stuff

We particularly enjoyed seeing some old historical bikes at the National Cycle Collection stand including the Lotus 108 track bike used by Chris Boardman in the 4km pursuit at the 1992 Olympic Games, though I nearly knocked another old classic over. Ooops.

One of the more unique products on show was the Gauswheel SLX 3.0, a one-wheel device, that looks like the lovechild of a unicycle and a skateboard. Riders accelerate by pushing off with one foot while the other foot is planted on the footplate. Once a rider reaches speed the foot can be placed in the other footplate as you would do on a skateboard. Steering the Gauswheel is as you would do if you were skiing.

Left to Right: Gauswheel, Kansi folding bike, CarryMe folding bike

The Cycle Show is open to consumers over the next three days. At the show you can take part in various activities from fitness competitions, trying out the latest Mountain Bikes on a purpose built track, to getting advice and testing the latest road and commuter bikes. Ticket prices are £15.50 on the door for adults and £8 for a child under 14.

See also

The Cycle Coat arrives!

Loan scheme aims to encourage switch to cycling

from Going Going Bike – Auctions, Bike News, Cycle Stuff

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