Bike Show News !

Hi there,  welcome to this weeks Blog, hope you are all well.  I don’t know if you noticed but the temperatures made a massive drop.  I’ll be getting the leg and arm warmers out again now and farting around with the decision of which jacket to wear out.

I’d like to welcome another member to the’ Cycle With Del Team’, Tony Walstow joins us from another region in the Uk so from all of us here, welcome Tony to the team and we really look forward to reading his blogs.  This week Tony tells us about his new venture which I hope we’ll all hear about more often.  Don’t forget to check out the team and see what new bit’s they have to show you, I know Michael’s done a few new videos.

I’ve also got some bits on the recent bike show at the NEC, I hope I’m allowed back after this honest feedback.

OK let me get on with this weeks edition, so you can jump over and see what Tony has to say and yes it’s well worth it.

When I started cycling I was new to a whole load of technology, lets be honest things are changing all the time compared to back in the day.  So when I attended the London bike show I was looking for some really cool bits. 

Don’t get me wrong there were some nice bits there but I expected more, more info on the bikes and the frames even the group sets.  Unfortunately this wasn’t the case it’s more have a look at the new kit and not how well it works.   It’s nice to see the bikes all on the stands and all polished but after a while they all looked the same.

So when we attended the NEC bike show I hoped to see some really ground breaking bits.  Not only that I was expecting it to really compete against the London Show, here’s what I found. 

My first impression was that it looked huge, looking at the brochure I noticed there were a lot of brands missing great not the best start. So I tried to forget about this and kept a clear mind, I thought by looking around it would help me come to my conclusion.  So the big walk began, or should I say the random bumble.

We were treated with a load of bright shiny products, from VR glasses to train with on your trainer to FSA’s new group set.  We saw loads of new bits that I would of quite happily taken home.  There really is something to be said when you see a new bike in the flesh and your able to see all the lines.  It makes me realise even more how important your local bike shop is, so you can really enjoy the type of bike you want next.

This being said, there wasn’t really anything that I could say gave me the wow factor.  I mean I was expecting to see some brilliant new tech that left me thinking about it for the rest of the day, not the case I’m afraid.  To be honest all the bikes on show all seemed alike, Pinerello seemed to have dragged every bike they’ve made to the show.  This just looked like a big “Look at us stand”, I’d of been more impressed if they had something a little different.

One stand I did like was the Van Nicholas brand, I seem to be like a Magpie when it comes to these shiny bikes.  The hand built bikes from Holland looked great, not only did they look smooth and well made they’ll last forever.  Made from high grade Titanium this really is a bike that’ll make and impression when your on the road.  Not only that, they offer a custom frame build, you can get the bike made to you’re own measurements with a groups you desire.  Now this is what makes a bike worth the money.  Knowing it’s not been made along with a thousand others must make you feel more confident.

There were some bikes there that looked like they were trying to make a difference, the Shand bike  was the only one there with some different design styles.  The problem I had here though was the same as the London show,  the staff were busy talking to other stands about how good their products were. This was going on around the arena as we walked around, a bragging rights chat “mines bigger than yours” scenario.  This seemed odd as it was a press day, I would of thought they would be wanting to share as much as they can for publicity, guess not.

There were a few brands there that looked really nice though and it was apparent the bike colours are defiantly getting brighter and bolder.  I loved the look of the KTM bikes for example, maybe because of orange on view and I love the colour orange.  Colnago had a really nice old school bike on show, really showing off the skills from old that seem to have died out.

Merx were also showing the strong orange colour for this show, then there was the simply beautiful titanium frames on show.  Along with the crazy frames made of Bamboo, yes Bamboo which looked great.  I don’t know how durable they are are if they’ll catch on here in the UK but they looked great.

There was also a new design of electric motor, this was fixed to the front wheel and not hiding in the seat post.  I don’t get these motors, why try and get fit with an expensive bike and then stick an electric motor on it to make cycling easier.  I just don’t get the idea behind the electric motors on a road bike, maybe you can shed some light on this area.

There were some bikes there that looked like they were trying to make a difference, the Shand bike  was the only one there with some different design styles.  The problem I had here though was the same as the London show,  the staff were busy talking to other stands about how good their products were. This was going on around the arena as we walked around, a bragging rights chat “mines bigger than yours” scenario.  This seemed odd as it was a press day, I would of thought they would be wanting to share as much as they can for publicity, guess not.

There were a few brands there that looked really nice though and it was apparent the bike colours are defiantly getting brighter and bolder.  I loved the look of the KTM bikes for example, maybe because of orange on view and I love the colour orange.  Colnago had a really nice old school bike on show, really showing off the skills from old that seem to have died out.

Merx were also showing the strong orange colour for this show, then there was the simply beautiful titanium frames on show.  Along with the crazy frames made of Bamboo, yes Bamboo which looked great.  I don’t know how durable they are are if they’ll catch on here in the UK but they looked great.

There was also a new design of electric motor, this was fixed to the front wheel and not hiding in the seat post.  I don’t get these motors, why try and get fit with an expensive bike and then stick an electric motor on it to make cycling easier.  I just don’t get the idea behind the electric motors on a road bike, maybe you can shed some light on this area.

Go-pro were also there showing their new 3dVR glasses but I liked the Landrover they rocked up in more.  Then there were all the clothing stands, I even bought a set of leg warmers which I have to say are brilliant and fit really comfortable.  I’ll be showing you more from these a little later on, in a full review. Oh and the man walking around in a naked suit of lycra….I have no idea why and to be fair he deserved a medal for wearing it.  All the same he was alone and I can understand why.

  I also took part in a cycling challenge, well it was more of a cycling machine that you had to try and ride for 30 seconds and see what the wattage you were pushing out was.  I thought I did OK but thinking about it, I should of gone round all the energy bar stands smashing in all the free food before.  Then I’d of been super pumped and blitzed it, however I never did this and felt fricking shagged after.  Funny though.

What I would like to have seen at these show’s is maybe some more wearables, like sports watches and other items.  You see on line some times these products that look brilliant but when it comes to showing them in person there not around.  Aftershokz were there showing off the headphones of the future, I’m trying to review these and let you know what there really like but they don’t seem to want me to try them out on the open road.  In the show they looked OK but how they work actually on the streets is a whole new angle.

After walking around the whole show I was left feeling… well flat, disappointed even.  I mean these companies spend thousands on a stall for the weekend to make their product look the best it can and stand out from all the other brands attending.  So when I had a look around there wasn’t one stand that really jumped out and said “ you should have this”.   I mean the bigger brands had some really nice displays but this is where us the cyclist goes to see what were going to be buying next.   I do like a show where you can see the bikes in person, but when all the stands look the same and the bikes all look relatively the same they all blur into one eventually. 

What do you look for when you buy a bike, are you looking for a frame that is revolutionary, or do you buy a bike because its a nice colour.  Imagine this for a second, you want to get a new bike and a big bike show’s coming up.  Yeah you get a few mates together and make it a road trip to go and see what you’re next bike could be.  You walk around all the different brands and take a few pictures, you touch and feel the shiny bikes on display and yeah you may see a bike that looks nice.  But hold on a second whats this, a cool paint job that might jump out at you but is that all. 

So picture this, same scenario but you arrive at a stand thats different to all the others.  It’s got a bike or two on display but you only get to see this after you see what goes into making it.  I’d like to see a stand where you get to see bike builders actually building a bike, or a frame being tested so you can see how good they are.  What if you were able to see a bike being custom made there and then.  You see it at some car shows where they build a car at the show, so why not see a bike or two being made.  I know this would grab more attention than a stand thats just got a few bikes on display.

I know this sounds a bit advanced but this would make much more of an impression than a load of bikes on a stand.  It’ll be good to see even just a few stands being a little different and thinking out side the box.  Who knows maybe on the next show we’ll see something a bit different from the brands out there.

Have a look at the pictures, its an easier way to see the show and a load cheaper, plus you don’t have to walk around.  A virtual tour almost.

Did you attend the bike show at the NEC, let me know what you thought of it.  What would you like to see at these show’s in the future.

Over the next few weeks I’ll have some great bit’s to show you, from bonking and how to prevent it and what causes it. I’ve also been looking at the new mudguards from Crud Catcher and I’ve a new product from America on its way that should make cycling more sociable or so they say…

I’ll also be releasing the review of the brilliant oval rings I’ve been using from AbsoluteBlack, this is a review you don’t want to miss.  I’ve also been looking at a water proof gilet that should make cycling a lot more comfortable.  I’m also waiting to hear back from a few other brands which will be great if it comes together.   

All this and a load more, with Christmas fast approaching there could be some great ideas for Christmas presents.  Before you go and chill out and watch Guy Martin have a look at Tony’s great new blog here.

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