I spent much of yesterday at the London Bike Show. Here’s a little mini guide for the things to see and some tips from my experience.
Quick background: London Bike Show is a place to checkout a load of bike goodies at the Excel Centre (Near the city airport). It’s smaller than the cycle show and is on until Sunday. Opening times are on the site and tickets are still on sale.
What to see
A man bicycle hopping over a very tall pole. Relentless and Skoda have sponsored some arenas where you can watch cool bike tricks being performed. Times are on the website. There’s also a smaller Bike Stage where a load of useful shows will be on. I’ve copied and pasted the Saturday timetable below.
10:30am Bike cleaning and lubrication explained. Top tips from the professionals – Cytech Demo presented by ATG Training
11.30am Gears. Simple guide to setting up and adjusting your gears – Cytech Demo presented by ATG Training
12.00pm Raleigh Team Presentation
1.00pm Rapha Condor Sharp V Raleigh – Skoda Cycle Trivia Pursuit
1:30pm Prepare your bike for commuting. Preventative maintenance made easy – Cytech Demo presented by ATG Training
2:30pm Rob Penn – It’s All About The Bike – The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
3:30pm Making the difference - First Aid demonstration with St John Ambulance
4.00pm Puncture repair. Top tips for trouble free punture repair – Cytech Demo presented by ATG Training
5.00pm Make your bike work for you. Simple guide to sizing and set up – Cytech Demo presented by ATG Training
6.00pm Be prepared. What tools and spares should you carry and what do you do with them? Cytech Demo presented by ATG Training
There will be a bicycle auction by Going Going Bike with some very cool bikes on offer. I’ve copied Saturday’s bikes off the website. While you are there make sure you talk to the guys about selling any old bikes you have lying around.
Saturday at 2pm
- Europe Postie bike
- Asia Postie bike
- Green International Racer (two lots)
- Life Oak
- Red Peugeot Racer
- Kid’s Raleigh Racer
- Blue Raleigh
Checkout the Cyclodelic stand for well designed female cycling gear. While you are there make sure you speak to Anthony on the left about the excellent bike parking designs for anyone who’s office/school is failing to provide good cycle facilities.
A favourite activity of mine is to ogle at bikes and try to spot the most expensive one. At which point lifting the shoulders up and sighing loudly. Then laughing to yourself knowingly that your bike cost far less.
If you have still not cracked the warm feet and hands problem then BreezeBlockers may have the solution. Also while at the stand make sure you give the product a try in their make-shift wind tunnel. Hint: it’s very noisy!
Spend some dollar! It’s rare to see such a big range of cycling gear in one place so it’s impossible something won’t catch your eye. You may leave even leave there with a boat… see below..
The Outdoor show is on right next to the bike show as you walk in. Also the boat show is on further in the Excel centre. Your ticket covers both so feel free to roam!
- Take cash! There’s one cash point inside and I imagine on busy days it’s pretty crazy. For some reason the retailers in there prefer cash. There’s bound to be something that catches your eye – for me it was this random bottle plus a backpack.
- Plenty of good food stalls around
- Sunday is likely to be more quiet than the peak day which is Saturday. Friday should be quiet
- If you’ve got any bike problems then you can speak to the CyTech mechanics who can offer advice.
How to get to the London Bike Show by bike
You can follow Cycle Superhighway 3 most of the way.
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- You can probably carry your folding bike around with you if you wish
- There is plenty of bike parking outside and police that are doing marking sessions (if your bike is still not marked then 100% make sure you do this!)
Ask away any further questions below and I’ll try to answer..
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