Well that’s the Cycle Show over for another year, and what a great show it was. The first thing that hit me when I walked into the NEC was the sheer size of the halls and the volume of stands on display. There really was something for everyone, so if you didn’t manage to get to the Cycle Show this year, put next year’s event in your diary now and you won’t be disappointed.
Something for Everyone
Whether you’re a Road Racer, Mountain Biker, BMXer, or just use your bike to commute to work every day, there was a real overwhelming quantity of Bikes, Components, Clothing and Accessories on display from some of the top names in the Cycling world. I found myself dreaming and wishing my bank account was larger as I looked at stands from KTM, Oakley, Bianchi, Pinarello, Cinelli etc etc, the list really does keep going on and on. I’m really impressed that I managed to keep my money in my wallet, although I do now have a wish list of parts I want so there could be an expensive few months ahead. Despite spending several hours walking around the show on Saturday I still feel like I only scratched the surface and will no doubt kick myself when I see pictures of some of the things I missed.
World Class Displays
Another aspect of the show that really blew me away was the displays taking place throughout the day. I’ve always been a fan of watching extreme sports so when I found out that there would be Flatland BMXing as well as Mountain Bike Dirt Jumping I was rather excited. They certainly didn’t disappoint, with all the top riders from the UK and around the World taking part in the UK BMX Flatland Championship, Big Air Invitational and DIRT WARS. The things they were doing on their BMX’s and Mountain Bikes really took my breath away and I watched on in awe as they flipped, spun and jumped in ways that didn’t even look like it should be possible. It was quite a surreal experience to see riders flying up dirt ramps inside a building and to top things off our Lexham Insurance Stand was right next door to the action so we even got a front row seat.
The Future of Cycling?
One thing I did notice as I walked around the NEC was the emergence of new technology and new concepts trying to reinvent the way we think about bikes and how they work. A prime example of this was at the Stringbike stand. They were displaying their new concept bike that used string and a pulley drive system to replace the chain that we are used to seeing on our bikes. It’s a very interesting idea that requires no maintenance such as oiling and cleaning like we are used to with a traditional chain system. It certainly drew the crowds with its stunning design and new way of thinking that got everyone talking and taking pictures. Another product that impressed me was the Tannus tyres that claim to be the most reliable tyre in the world. They are made from a Polymer Resin which enables them to feel like a regular tyre while being puncture proof as no inner tube is needed. Punctures are one of the worst parts of cycling especially when you get two in two days like I did last month! So these new tyres are a really interesting concept and something I will be purchasing in the near future.
Although not a new concept, electric bikes also had a strong presence at the show with a lot of the top manufactures debuting new e-bikes. I was extremely impressed how good some of them looked, with some not looking too much different to their traditional bike counterparts. I’ll be writing a more in-depth blog about e-bikes later on this week as well as sharing my experiences of them when I tested some round the track, so keep an eye out for that.
This year’s Cycle Show certainly won’t be my last, in fact I’m looking forward to next year’s already. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media pages as well as our website and blog for more Cycle Show 2015 content.