I used to go to hi-fi shows on a regular basis until eventually I got bored with them. So when I saw all the advertising on Facebook for The Cycle Show I kinda put it in the same section of my filing cabinet, called a brain, and forgot about it. Then, last week, Phil suggested I come along with him, Steve, Barry and Reg. So, why not, I thought and I’m so glad I did; it was a great day out bar the horrendous return journey on the M1.
We got to the show at the NEC about 11:00 and my first stop to grab a photo was the BMC stand. There was a beautiful red BMC Team Machine SLR01 with Di2 – no price tag on it, but given I had my eye on the non-Di2 2017 version in a clearance sale at Evans Cycles going for £2799 the Di2 version was only going to have a higher price tag – guess I’ll just have to dream on!
I caught the others up at the Pinarello stand where bikes with 105 and Tiagra components were going for upwards of £2300. Looks like you’re paying for the frame – me, I’d go for Ultregra and settle for another frame, but horses for courses. Then again with a bigger budget why not get a Pinarello Dogma F10 with Dura-Ace – top image.
Later on, we all met up at our cycling buddy’s stand – bikeboxalan. Alan had loads of samples of his bike carrying box in many different colours and he certainly seemed to be very busy, so we left him to it to grab some lunch. When we left the show, we got chatting to a couple who’d bought one each from a competitor and Steve asked if he could feel the weight. He said afterwards, out of earshot, that it certainly felt very heavy (12kg, the owner said). Now the bikeboxalan I’d borrowed from a friend, when I went to Mallorca in 2015, weighed 13.5kg of which 7.5kg was my bike, so Alan’s box was considerably lighter – and smaller. I know which one I’d go for.
After lunch we had to visit the Campagnolo and Colonago stands where Phil and Barry checked out the latest offerings. My eye was caught by the “vintage” Colonago Arabesque as they were very much more affordable at about £2500 – they did look gorgeous. And a bargain if you’re into things like Eroica Brittania, unfortunately they would fail the pre-1987 rule, but in every other respect they’d fit right in.
On the Campagnolo stand Phil was particularly interested in checking out the H11 hydraulic components, although he still needs convincing to make the change.
I spent quite a bit of time collecting leaflets from touring/guided ride companies, as I’ll be launching my own guided cycle rides business in 2018 mainly based in The Peak District, but later also aiming to do riding holidays further afield.
Would I go again? Definitely, but with my cycling buddies as it makes it much more of a social event as well.