Daily Archives: January 26, 2010

Helping out a fellow traveller

At the show over the past couple of days, I met and go to know the international sales managers for a couple of different brands.  One of whom I gave a lift to the airport today.  She is young – a lot younger than me.  Also a lot smarter.  At 22 she is in a similar position to me at 30.  Traveling from the States alone, it was her first time in England and on business, and only for a couple of days.  I know what this is like.  And I also have experienced the ‘just passing through’ feeling of visiting a place, and yet never having seen any of it, or nothing apart from ‘work’.  It is also difficult to know where to start, especially if you only have a few hours to spare.  The choice is crippling in my experience.  I had this feeling in Tokyo.  So, I took her to a few places.  A proper English pub for a quick beer, and then on to Eton and Windsor.  It was a whistle stop tour taking in Eton College, and Windsor Castle.  We did it in about two hours, and it was good fun.  I hope that it made her visit just a little more interesting.  It also made me think about how nice it actually is around here.  Sometimes it is easy to forget what you have on your doorstep.

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Well the show today has mostly been about talking to different retailers about our products, and trying to understand ways in which we can see more sold. It isn’t as easy as you would think, as there is such a think as quality as well as quantity of sales. I had a very interesting chat with another brand about what the longterm wish is of our brands and our partners. Without going into detail, it was food for thought.

I also managed to have a bit of a walk around and look at some of the products that may have passed me by in the past. It was good to see the Lew / Reynolds wheels in the flesh again, looking a lot better (although not perfectly) finished than the set I had in my hands at the Sea Otter festival a couple of years ago.

Good to see another product in this market, along with Lightweight and Mavic, although at £4000 a pair I can’t imagine even industry people at cost chosing these over the competition.

The design genius, churning out beautiful items at CrankBrothers is obviously still with them. I have heard good reports on the wheels, but only from ‘insiders’. I would be interested to hear from any owners. The price has come down too I was told by the UK distributor. They cost a damn lot less than the Reynolds for something far prettier in my opinion.

Speaking of pretty I am not sure who is going for the purple bits on this bike, but it reminded me of the 90s.

Hope’s road wheels also look nice, although I know nothing about them! I failed to ask too. FAIL.

More beauty was found at Merida

The gents at Buff had also done interesting things with their hotel conference room.

Finally this caught my eye. At £40 approx, this looks just perfect for throwing the bike on the back of the car, and is light enough and small enough to keep inside the car. I have a Saris Bones that is very secure. As such, I expect good things of this.

A lot more here, including the brand new Ibis, a Colnago and Arsis shifting, just click the pic.