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The joys of jetlag

So after having a bit of a strange non day yesterday (it was 8 hours shorter than a normal day, because of traveling from the US West Coast), and also being able to sleep on the plane (more on that to come) I woke up pretty early – without the alarm.  I got myself out of bed, kitted up, put the bike in the car and drove somewhere nice to ride.  Got 35.6km done, with an average speed of 28.9km/h.  Quite pleased with that, as I am feeling all fat at the moment.

Oh, and yes, it was wonderful to be back on my own bike again.  It is just so right.


Worksrider Update

Some of you will hate this post. It is about bicycles….. well work, and travelling too.

In the last couple of weeks I have been to the Netherlands, a show in the UK and am now in Germany. I have visited distributors, bike retailers (with 15,000 bikes in stock!) and manufacturers. I have talked to Giant bicycles, Gazelle, Koga, Batavus and Magura. I have seen prototypes, sat in meetings about 2013 products and decided the future direction for distribution in certain countries. I am working hard and loving it.

I have been riding too….. trying to get fit, because I have been signed up for Mountain Mayhem as part of our second tier team. My schedule is packed, it helps me not miss the pretty one. I am loving every minute though….

Speaking of loving it, our team mechanic is building the 2011 bikes…. I popped in to see him today…. There was this shelf….

Korean Show

I am pretty sure I am the only westerner here!

It is a compact show, but pretty well attended. Unlike London Shimano and Giant bothered to be here, as well as Cannondale, Specialized, SRAM and Campagnolo (and oh dear, what have they done to their entry level groups?)

Visitors on the first day is a good cross section of ages with many riding here (glorious sunny day). Those who did ride don’t do casual bike wear, so it is a bit like a fancy dress party with many people, not just those riding here, wearing Lycra cycling tops.

As this is a local show for the Korean Market what surprises me is just how much effort the distributors are putting in to the brands they have. Many other countries should take note of the ownership that the companies here feel. Our distributor has had large banners printed up. Presentation is generally really good and the quality of booth materials is impressive. Basically it is more Eurobike than most shows, which at times look as if a half arsed Saturday boy has just lifted the contents of the shop floor up and plonked it in an exhibition centre. The newness of the venue helps here too.

As I suspected there is a large array of titanium on show. This Ibis caught my eye as I once fell in love with a Silk Ti riding it in California.

The other trend which is very apparent is that of the ‘Mini Velo’. These are based around 20 inch wheels with a non folding frame. The idea, I think, is that the bike takes up less room in an apartment. Clearly these arent cheap altenatives, as the carbon frames and these 20inch carbon wheels illustrate.

Another thing which caught my eye was bike storage solutions. The Pretty One should perhaps worry as after seeing the bike safe shown below, I now lust after a five bike version.

E-bikes are also on the march here too, although I am told that the price is still putting a lot of people off. Personally I not so sure about that, as I don’t think an e-bike and a standard bike really appeal to the same users. Good to see that as well as Bosch getting in on the act, Mando (who I am told are a large car components manufacuter) where also showing their cards. Those of you who automatically tune out at the mention of electric bikes – you shouldn’t. They will increase the acceptance of cycling in general as they open the door to users who may have previously decided they were too unfit to ride. Think 40 – 60 something golfers, highly paid professionals with money who aren’t the fittest people in the world. E-bikes may get them in the road and thus not in their Jaguars passing you far to close.

On he topic of giving bikes enough room Landlord were displaying their bike lane light. I have seen this concept before and would love to give it a go. Only real problem I see is giving every other numpty a laser to play with – they aren’t good for the eyes if looked at directly.

Unable to communicate enough in Korean to get one to play with though.

Elsewhere in the show there was a good array CNC MTB parts, available only in Korea from the likes of Fierce. I spotted another brand too.

Proving that annodizing and colours are also never out of fashion, or indeed are coming back continued were Chosen:

Another small Korean CNC specialist were there:

On the same booth was this frame and suspension performance recording and logging machine. All done with GPS and sensors all over the bike. Pretty cool, if tuning a frame.

Finally, my friends from Simplon were there with their mobile specification list (see Marketing Bollocks post from a few weeks back).

Any questions relating to any of this, please ask away (preferably here, and not Weight Weenies, because I don’t check in much). I have the brochure from Fierce (If I didn’t leave it in the hotel) and the other CNC people.

London Cycle reconsidered!

There are some great brands here, and it isn’t as bad as I perhaps made out. That was a dis-service to the brands who have shown up. SRAM and Campagnolo for example (perhaps remember that UK cyclists when buying your next bike) are both here with large stands. Specialized are also here, Exposure Lights, Brompton, Hope, Rolf Wheels, Singletrack Magazine, ERGON, Topeak, Brooks, Fizik, Whyte, Marin, Colnago and many more. Perhaps what I am forgetting is that most people here will not have been to Eurobike. In many respects they don’t know what they are missing. EB is too large as well. You just don’t get to see it all!

The show is very personal and good to take in one afternoon. The advantage of the maligned test tracks is that there is something for the whole family to do. British Cycling and Transport For London Are also here. Very good to see.

I leave you with pictures.

Tomorrow Germany, Friday Home, Weekend Bristol Beer Festival (bike race) perhaps, following week Munich and Seoul! Busy!

In full swing and utterly disappointing

The London Cycle Show is in full swing. It is of a reasonable size, but I am disappointed for non-trade exhibitors. Is this really the best UK consumers deserve? Sure there are a good number of brands represented, but not the brands themselves – just their distributors, and then only with limited floorspace. Why don’t brands themselves come? Big brands? No Shimano, Trek, Cannondale, Crank Brothers, Tacx, DT, Magura, Ritchie, Selle Italia, Giant? The small brands will follow. Is the second largest European cycling Market unimportant to these brands? Does London, a proper World metropole, not offer a customer base to them? Can the big brands not find the budget to treat their loyal customers to a bit of flare and glamour?

Whatever the reason, and it is to do with the cost of the show, the number of international shows and events this weekend (Roc d’Azur in the South of France for example) it is still a disgrace. Yes, this is my third show in 5 weeks, but I am there. The cost of it – well this is insane. It costs more than the largest and most important show of them – Eurobike. What’s more there is a visitors ticket system which is so open to abuse that one wonders just how many people paid £15 to get in – those who did should feel ripped off.

Give away show space. Make it cheaper for brands to attend. Attract the largest brands and everyone else will follow. The Austrian show was amazing by comparison. Make a show which the visitors will feel is worth the money. forget large ‘test tracks’ which consume lots of space – they’re too small to give you a feel for anything.

it just baffles me how it can continue to miss the mark again and again.

Show Photos

I don’t really have much to write about in terms of products at the Taipei show…. I just walked around taking some photos….  Interesting things are the new X7 group from SRAM, interesting because it is bringing their top of the line spec to mid range products.  An SLX killer?

Other than that… here are pretty things….

OEM Frames anyone?

There were a lot of nice steel frames around.