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Bike Show at Earls Court in October

speedy641speedy641 Posts: 89
edited October 2008 in Commuting chat
Does anyone have any views/experiences about this show?

I am considering going but have heard 'mixed' reports of it. Is there a lot to see, ie activities, shopping chances, or is it really a show for the trade looking to flog next years new models?

Any help on this gratefully recieved, it is quite a financial outlay for me I would end up paying for travel, food, entry and so on, I'm trying to suss if it's worth it.
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  • i went last year with the mrs. thoroughly enjoyed it. we went round at least four times. i'm fairly certain you'd hear mixed reports about any show. there's one way to find out for sure...
    oh, we're going this year as well.
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    speedy641 wrote:
    Does anyone have any views/experiences about this show?

    I am considering going but have heard 'mixed' reports of it. Is there a lot to see, ie activities, shopping chances, or is it really a show for the trade looking to flog next years new models?

    Any help on this gratefully recieved, it is quite a financial outlay for me I would end up paying for travel, food, entry and so on, I'm trying to suss if it's worth it.

    It's mainly a trade show to flog next year's new models, but there are some activities and a very limited shopping area, if last year's show is anything to go by! That said, there is bike porn like you wouldn't believe, so if your main ambition is to look at gorgeous bikes you'll be fine.
  • Thanks for that guys, sounds like its worth a punt!

    ....never have too much bike porn can you...?
  • spen666spen666 Posts: 17,709
    speedy641 wrote:
    D... or is it really a show for the trade looking to flog next years new models?....


    it is and you are charged for the privilege of the Trade showing you the items they want you to buy ( but not at the Show)
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  • karl jkarl j Posts: 517
    AdvoCake wrote:
    i went last year with the mrs. thoroughly enjoyed it. we went round at least four times. i'm fairly certain you'd hear mixed reports about any show. there's one way to find out for sure...oh, we're going this year as well.


    +1
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  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    At least Spen won't be there to spoil your fun.
  • Does anyone know how much it costs to get in??
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    Quite a lot I think - might have been about £12 last year?
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    £11 in advance, £14 on the door.

    http://www.eventcommunity.co.uk/registr ... 8_show.asp
  • _Brun__Brun_ Posts: 1,740
    11 quids if you book in advance, 14 on the door.
  • or enter BTR in the discount code box when you book at http://www.cycleshow.co.uk/ and get in for £9
  • It looks like a good day out actually!
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    Might be a good opportunity for another beerz meetup?
  • _Brun__Brun_ Posts: 1,740
    I'd rudely invite meself along for bike porn followed by beer. Would be good to say hello to people. :)
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    What day would people want to go? Sunday 12th? Though that's my dad's birthday, I might be on call for that...
  • For me the Saturday or the Sunday would work.
  • _Brun__Brun_ Posts: 1,740
    Last minute-ish bump in case anyone's got this in their plans for the weekend. I'm meeting a mate down there around 3 tomorrow, so if anyone fancies meeting up drop us a PM before lunchtime with contact info.

    Also, does anyone know if there's any sort of secure bike parking down there? Need to decide which wheels to use. Ta.
  • TrancedTranced Posts: 165
    Per the site...
    "Park your bike at the show, the Brompton bike park is situated in the Brompton entrance to the show.
    All visitors are welcome to cycle to the show and use the free secure bike park to store your bike while you enjoy the show. The bike park will be manned throughout the show and a ticketing system used to sign your bike in and out. "

    http://www.cycleshow.co.uk/page.cfm/link=255
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  • Jen JJen J Posts: 1,054
    I'm heading over tomorrow, but not sure what time. Hoping to get there earlyish and be done by lunchtime/early afternoon.
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    Winter Hack: Triandrun Vento 3
    Madone

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  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    Still umming and ahhing about going tomorrow. Can't go on Sunday for sure now...
  • don_dondon_don Posts: 1,007
    I'll be there tomorrow :wink:
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    Dude, I don't think LiT is going to be there, sorry fella.
  • GreggyrGreggyr Posts: 1,075
    I went today for the 3rd year in a row, and enjoyed it. To see all the new bikes close up is great.. I also had a nice chat with Magnus Backstedt on the Felt stand.

    You must check the Brick Lane Cycles stand to see the old Bianchi bike, absolutely lovely, retro heaven !!

    greg
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    Looking at pics on Flickr, this is LOVELY:

    2927563422_b15940917d.jpg
  • don_dondon_don Posts: 1,007
    Dude, I don't think LiT is going to be there, sorry fella.

    I'm devastated :cry::cry:

    Only a new Pegoretti will save me from a life left wondering what might have been...

    ...I'll be at the Mosquito stand tomorrow then :wink:
  • _Brun__Brun_ Posts: 1,740
    Cheers Tranced, fancy wheels it is :)
  • Jen JJen J Posts: 1,054
    Just come back. Copious drooling was done, and an impressively small spending spree was undertaken.

    Only stuck it out for 45 minutes though, as the volume of people there scored way higher than my irritabitliy threshold covers.
    Commuting: Giant Bowery 08
    Winter Hack: Triandrun Vento 3
    Madone

    It's all about me...
  • m0scsm0scs Posts: 196
    Not long got back myself, I'd not been before and I thoughtt it was very good.

    Saw Nicole Cooke and her Gold medals and lusted after some lovely hardware.

    Just luv those FELT bikes.

    I was temped to buy a Rapha top, a bit too tarty for me, so in the end settled for a windproof Gore Winsdstopper Jacket with zip off arms. Vey smart and half the price. :D
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  • don_dondon_don Posts: 1,007
    Saw Nicole Cooke and her Gold medals and lusted after some lovely hardware.

    Think you'ld have to fight to get that particular hardware off her!

    I'm not really a Brompton fan but I was amazed by the £8k 'Twin Pylon' they had - all stainless steel wiry tubes.

    If I could have anything it'd be the Charge Skewer I think. Maybe one day...

    Or an Enigma Elite.

    Hmm, or maybe a Condor Baracchi. No, a, oh censored :?
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