Friday, 30 September 2011

Cycle Show Birmingham

On Friday Nellie & I took a day of work went along to the Cycle Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. In previous years the show has been held at Earls Court London so it was nice to see it move to a more centralized venue that’s more convenient for those of us who live north of Watford (I was still horrified at having to pay £17.40 for two return tickets from Shifnal to Birmingham International). The NEC is a better venue offering space for a more relaxed layout of exhibitor’s stalls.
One reason for going to the show was to have a play with the Garmin 800 bike computer and ask some questions of the experts on the stand. I’ve had an Edge 200 for as long as I can remember and felt that an upgrade was long overdue. I wanted something with on board maps and navigation facilities.
The people on the Garmin stand were very helpful and answered all of my questions.  Then, an awfully nice man from JD Cycles (retailer for Garmin) made me an offer I couldn’t resist (10% discount on the RRP and a bit more that is a secret) so the deal was done. I am now the official owner of a shiny new Garmin 800.  Oh, and I should mention that I also received a splendid Garmin goodie bag including DVD, Cycling Plus magazine, official Garmin cycle top, Park Tool and lots of other stuff.
Back to the show. I took quite a few pictures of some of the bikes and technology on show and you can see them all on my Flickr pages (see also Brownhills Bobs blog & photos too).
Some of my highlights 
Foffa Bikes
Foffa Custom Bikes - London based cycle shop specialising in steel frame custom builds at a very affordable price. Great web site for building your new bike. We spoke with Dani Foffa the MD and an all round nice bloke (I think Nellie fancied him).
Surly Long Haul Trucker
Always fancied doing a bit of long distance touring so am always interested in the gear for the job. Here we have a Surly Long Haul Trucker loaded up with Ortlieb panniers and the obligatory Brooks saddle. Nice!

Condor Touring
 Another great touring machine by Condor, and in my favorite colour with Brooks Saddle and Carradice saddle bag.

Bike Caravan
Rather than camping or paying for expensive hotels then why not pull your very own caravan. Ok if you're Nellie size :-)

Exposure Lights
Having spent all of last years pocket on my Exposure Toro front light, I felt obliged to visit the stand and have a look at the range. Their sales guy was a 24 hour event mountain biker who used the largest Six Pack (far left of the picture) which is about the same size as a pint glass and costs about £500!

And finally, my highlight bike of the day, an old Colnago steel framed racer. A thing of beauty and in my favorite colour too.

Just look at the detail in the frame
Campagnolo Derailleur


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