Sunday, 11 October 2009

The Cycle Show

I went to the Cycle Show at Earls Court yesterday. Not sure, is my verdict. Lots of events and bikes but not a lot for everyday slow speed cyclists like me. But the purpose of the event was to promote cycling in all it’s forms and that is a good thing.

Highlights
  • The Brompton bike park. Brompton was one of the sponsors of the event and it provided a free secure space for everyone to park their bikes.
  • The Ortlieb stand where I got a new catalogue and was able to see the full range of bags. I feel a purchase coming on.
  • The multi coloured Pashley bikes and the very cute child’s tricycle called Pickle. I wished I was 4 again.
  • The Transport for London, bike for hire stand. Bikes you can hire will soon be available at various points in London. Can’t wait. Not that I plan to use them, but I hope the scheme will get more people riding.
  • The Brompton stand. I talked with R. one of the guys from the workshop who I met last week and he advised me on how to upgrade parts on my existing bike to titanium and make it lighter by 1 kg (2.5 lbs).
Will I go next year? I don’t think so. As I said the event is to promote cycling in general and the event is mainly geared towards sports type cyclists. These cyclists spend more money on their bikes, special clothes and accessories. Slow cyclists just get on any old bike in what they are wearing, find a suitable lock and off they go.

I think what I would like is a Slow Cycle Show. With Dutch type old fashioned bikes, or just general slow speed (nothing over 6 gear) bikes. I would invite Copenhagen Cycle Chic to provide a photo or slide display and instead of celebrity gold medal cyclists I would invite celebrities who just cycle like, Will Self, Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes.

Photos
1. Purple Brompton - favourite colour this week.
2. Transport for London Bike Hire Stand
3. Green bikes by Dutch ID
4. Blue Ortlieb Zip City
5. Baskets at the Bikecruiser stand
6. Pashley Pickle trike.

1 comment:

Mike A said...

I think the 'Slow Cycle Show' is a good idea - I'd come along :)