London Bike Show

Monday 17 February 2014 10.21 AM

I went along to the London Bike Show last week. It was a massive event, combined with the Telegraph Outdoors Show, the Triathlon Show and the Dive Show - all of which were very well attended.

I went along to the London Bike Show last week. It was a massive event, combined with the Telegraph Outdoors Show, the Triathlon Show and the Dive Show - all of which were very well attended.

Other than the parking lot outside Beijing Central Station c.1995, I don't think I've ever seen so many bikes in one place. It was a MAMIL paradise. The Excel centre is truly enormous, something like half a mile long, I think - so there was plenty of room to accommodate a cycle track, on which you could try out the latest carbon fibre Pinarellos and Bianchis. There was also a performance area, where somersaulting stunt bikers drew large and appreciative crowds. And (as part of the Outdoors show) an impressively long zip-wire.

These days there's just so much stuff to improve the cycling experience. In amongst the dozens of stands selling / promoting everything from clothing and wearable bike locks to ultra-lightweight tools and specialist tandem gear, a few items caught my attention: for visibility and safety, ultra-bright LEDs that attach to your wheel rims, as well as day-glo reflective sprays and wireless direction indicators; and how about some GPS-tracking handlebars with rear facing lights for the 'wow, that's clever' factor. It wouldn't be difficult to spend a few thousand pounds here just on the accessories. And then another five grand on a top of the range bike.

A major reason for me being there was to chat with cycle tour companies and find people who can provide detailed, expert content for our website about cycling in specific locations - for instance mountain biking in the Troodos mountains of Cyprus, or road cycling in the Limousin area of France. We're hoping to publish various articles on the site soon.

I cycle in London a lot and I had a chat with the people at the London Cycling Campaign stand. I hope to do some blogging for them in the near future.

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