So it is the end of another year of the Cycle Show! Here is a bit of a preview of some of the main things to emerge from this years show and what we can expect hitting the stores shortly.
The first big bit of news regards the London Cycle Hire scheme. I previously reported about what the bike would look like and my predictions are holding true. I present to you one of the 6,000 hire bikes soon to be unleashed on London’s streets:
The above picture by Carlton Reid also shows the docking station. Initial hands on tests by the BBC suggest the bike feels sturdy and handles well. It is also equipped with a chain guard and dynamo-driven LED light (very eco-friendly!).
Also very eco-friendly (well, at least compared to motorbikes) are the Electric Bikes. These have featured heavily in this years show with the headlining act being the GoCycle. Arguably there are better e-bikes out there but the GoCycle seems to have captured everyone’s imagination with its sleek design. Understandably there is a huge appeal to having a bike that can boost your speed, especially when travelling up tough hills.
SatMap have a good new GPS unit out that uses Ordnance Survey maps which are much more useful to cyclists. The units are rugged, waterproof and have a ridiculously good 16 hour battery life. I’m very tempted to pick-up one of these myself as all the reviews have been full of praise. If you’re looking for one then the best price I have found is either on Outdoor World who throw in some good extras or Amazon.
Also featured at the Cycle Show was the bicycle wing mirror with indicator by Winkku which I suppose in the London traffic could be useful.
The final Cycle Show gadget I want to talk about is the Fibre Flare which is the evolution of the typical bike light. Basically it is designed so that you can be seen in all directions rather than just from behind.
It is also way brighter than a typical bike light and is versatile enough to be mounted on different parts of the bike. If you want one they are available at Wiggle for the best price. (Adds to my “to buy” list)
Best of the rest..
There was obviously lots of new bike models out but I want to talk about one specifically. The guys on the Moulton stand featured a very cool bike with a belt drive.
Also there was the Swarovski Crystal bike which got a few envious views and the Cycloc which is a new invention I’m hoping to see more of. It basically allows you to hang your bike from the wall in style.
Those in search of entertainment at the show could try the superhighway simulator and try and set a high speed. Cheap TfL promotion at its best! I hope people there gave them a good telling off for painting bike lanes blue instead of red and calling it a revolution.
Of course there was plenty more going on at the Cycle Show but these are some of the main things that I found interesting. Feel free to leave your impressions in the comments.
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