Cycle Show 2014 - photo report
A quick look at some of the exhibits at the recent NEC show likely to be of interest to Velo Vision readers...
Posted by Peter Eland on Thursday 9 Oct 2014
We were exhibiting at the show with Electric Bike Magazine but I managed a quick look round for Velo Vision material too. Here's a few items which caught my eye...
There's a new solid tyre in town! The Tannus comes in a range of fun colours and sizes. They're puncture proof, but as with previous products of this nature the sticking points may be the ride quality and difficulty of fitting rop removal - even their own videos don't make it look exactly easy:
Tannus tyres close up:
This rather interesting touring bike, the Stanforth Kibo, was tucked away on the EBC stand. EBC is run by the Stanforth brothers, who founded (and subsequently sold) the MTB brand Saracen way back, and I believe the Kibo is produced by one of their sons. It's apparently inspired by the bikes the Crane brothers used in some of their adventures in the late '80s:
It comes quite close to my own 'yellow bike' in concept - and that is in fact an old Saracen MTB. The long wheelbase and fat tyres will make for a comfortable, stable ride:
Talking of touring, the Pinion gearing system seems to be gaining popularity. This is their new 9-speed version on a bike from KTM:
Quest 88 had put on a very impressive display of adapted and specialist cycles for all abilities for the 'Includive Cycling Hub':
On a stand just nearby was the latest purveyor of shaft drive bikes, Dynamic Bicycles UK. I'm fairly sure the shaft drive system used is the well proven Sussex SDS from Taiwan.
A nod now to Mike Burrows - one of the Lotus bikes he largely designed was on the Boardman stand:
Cycle art now - Cyclemiles came by our stand with these creations made from polished stainless steel spokes - the pictures don't show it that well, but the finish really is enormously shinier than a 'normal' unpolished spoke.
These 'Two Makers' were getting an awful lot of attention for their bicycle-framed rocking chair:
Is this art, or functional? The BikeKlox is wonderfully analogue and costs just GBP 14.99:
Finally, thanks to all who stopped by to chat about the York Rally, which I'm helping to bring back in 2015. Some very useful contacts were made. The event is now definitely on, but we still need to raise funds: earlybird campsite bookings are open now, and any early bookings will help us reach the relevant targets! Here's the Rally banner on our stand:
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