Spin, who hosted a very well received cycle show during the summer, are back. This time they’ve partnered up with the London Coffee Festival, bringing the classic combination of caffeine abuse and bikes together once again. And this time, the show is free (apart from a £1.75 booking fee). The website for the event is here. There’s going to be some great exhibitors and it will definitely be a laugh.
It’s from the 29th November to 1st December. Get your tickets here
Spin is a new bicycle show to happen later this year. In their own words “SPIN London is the worlds’ first urban focused bicycle consumer show & festival, making it’s debut in East London on the bank holiday weekend of 3rd, 4th and 5th May 2013.” They’ve got a really good line up of exhibitors such as ReStrap, 14 Bike Co., Tokyo Fixed, Milltag, Oak and Ninja Cats who star in their promotional video. It’s at the Old Truman Brewery at Brick Lane, so will be easy to get to. Although if you’re cycling there make sure to lock up well. Tickets are available now and they’re only a fiver. Should be really good.
At the Bike & Triathalon show this weekend (16th and 17th Feb) at Manchester Central, Vulpine will be running a Fete very similar the ones that have been in Balham in London in the past. The Made In England book will have a stall, as will Feather cycles and Saffron who made the thing. Rollapaluza will be there as usual as well as CycleLove.
So if you’re in the area, head down, it should be good. The Bike&Tri show seems to have a good mix of the usual clothing companies and bicycle manufacturers such as Assos and Pinarello, but there are also stands from people like sorrymate.com and VeloVixen.
Tickets are £12 on the door but half that if you have an NUS card or free if you are under 16.
So this past weekend was the London Bike Show at the Excel Center, which is meant to have overtaken the Cycle Show at Earls Court as being the best bicycle show in the UK. However everyone I have spoken to who went has complained about the lack of decent stalls an the glut of ambulance chasers and other wholly uninteresting stalls.
The highlight was the IG Nocturne indoor criteriums. They had the usual Elite Men’s, Elite Women’s, Penny Farthing, Fixed Gear and Folding bike races, but they also included the Industry race, Media race and City challenge to appease their sponsors. They recreated the usual Nocturne track around the Smithfield market indoors and put red sandpapery stuff on the floor at the corners for grip. Still a lot of people went down.
In the track bike race Frenk from Iride Modena won and my mate Dimi came 4th.
The Madison Genesis team won the Elite Mens criterium on their flashy new 953 race bikes. The only pro team to be riding on steel apart from Rapha Condor JLT.
Here’s some photo’s coutesy of Apollo