London Bike Show, Excel 12-15 Jan

we're heading up to the London Bike Show at Excel on Saturday if anyone else is going....

going to check out the bling and try to source some ideas for the MTB I'm building up. I quite fancy the idea of slapping a Shimano Alfine 11 speed hub gear on it but want to talk to some people about the practicality of doing that.....


  • How much are the tickets?
  • errrm - no idea.....P booked them!

    EDIT: £16 on line, £20 on the door
  • Sixteen quid?!  image

    It's one huge collection of advertising, and they want you to PAY to be advertised at? 

    They're havin a larf!

  • wilks - as you don't understand bikes, £16 is not a bad deal to see what's what and more importantly, get your hands on them. damn sight cheaper than a lot of crap events as well!
  • £16 quid plus my credit card taking a hammering...image

    Think i'm off saturday as well

  • fat buddha wrote (see)
    wilks - as you don't understand bikes, £16 is not a bad deal to see what's what and more importantly, get your hands on them. damn sight cheaper than a lot of crap events as well!

    Hrrrmph!  Then there's lunch out, and (as FF points out) doubtless some spending......

    I think it would probably just confuse me - too much information, most of which would go straight over my head!

  • see you there FF....

    wilks - image

  • I went last year and was a little unimpressed... the road biking sections were pretty minimal... however I have been on the prowl for cheap tickets as I would go if I could get some cheap tix again (I think I paid half-price last year)
  • Is this the one where there's four exhibitions for the same price ? An outdoor pursuits thing being another ?
  • Yep I think entry is for the outddoor show and the boat show and a travel show as well as the bike show ...

    FB, K will be " working" there ...
  • yep - 4 shows on the same day. won't bother with the boats but might pop into the outdoor shows if we have the time.

    B - I'll check on his "work" performance for you..... image
  • Talking about bikes all day for several days ... I've seen him do that for the for the last 20 years image
  • Like the idea of a hub gear FB - a few guys I know were talking about how practical they'd be in cyclocross after a particularly muddy one the other week where many rear mechs broke off at the hanger and the rest just didn't work after the first lap.

    PlanetX/OnOne were talking about doing a hub geared disc equipped titanium bike sort of a double up cross bike/winter trainer but it doesn't seem to have made it past the prototype stage. Something like that might appeal to me.
  • My overriding memory of this last year was sitting on the floor against a wall with Bassy and seeing how much longer his legs were than mine...

    Oh and bikes. Lots and lots and lots of bikes. And bits of bikes. And things to stick on bikes. And things to wear when you're on a bike or mending a bike or making a bike. And a cool t-shirt that I didn't buy.
  • On One are selling Alfine hubbed hybrids - Pompatine Hub bikes

    not quite a CX bike but getting closer

    my concern about slapping an Alfine on a MTB frame is how the gearing would cope under load. I've snapped chains before now when trying to change gear on standard setups and putting a lot of stress onto the change - I wonder how the Alfine would cope with that as I'd quite like to use the MTB for racing cross tri as it's a Ti frame so I can keep the weight down. it might be impractical for what I want to do vs a standard setup

  • I bet you come out of there with a boat FB !
  • will I bollocks. image sailing is about the only sport that holds no interest to me. the technology interests me, but I am absolutely useless on water - I get seasick badly!!! I'm fine in and under water, but on it - useless.
  • Looks like i'm going sunday now with my mate as he's decided that sunday is bargain day for him.
  • Waste of time you lot going, I will have nicked all the stuff worth nicking on Thursday......


  • why you going ... you need a new penny farthing
  • I was going to run down with shuffleb on the saturday Lunchtime

    I'll be in the sweaty run kit

  • And you can feck off you fat Geordie...... image

    At least my bike isn't an HGV image
  • [splutter]

  • Well hello young lady...... apologies for the foul language but the fat geordie started it   image
  • I'd be up for this. Pub after?
  • well it was OK...... fair bit of bling but not an enormous show.... most of the big names but surprisingly not a lot of stuff for sale, most people were pointing you towards their websites, at least you could try stuff and sort sizes though.....
    in the middle of the outdoor expo and the boat stuff....
  • I was meant to have a stand there - hah lucky escape from you then Plum! image
  • aww don't be like that, you said no to meeting me at AT for a recce!!! x
  • I'm going on Sunday. It's too late now but before Christmas you could convert about £6 worth of Clubcard vouchers into Boat Show tickets which also gets you into the Bike Show (and Outdoors show which I also want to go to). That's what I've done. Getting the train down from East Herts via Stratford so I'll be able to see a nearly complete Olympic Park as well.
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