Birmingham cycle show?

Discussion in 'Cycling Archive' started by Dr Zoidberg, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Dr Zoidberg

    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    Has anyone been before and if so is it worthwhile?

    Are there any bargains to be had?
    Dr Zoidberg, Sep 26, 2012
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  2. Dr Zoidberg

    Mike Causer Guest

    Not been myself, because it looks like a trade show to me.
    Take a look at
    and the subsequent articles.

    Without doubt! If you're ready to commit to selling 10,000 bikes,
    saddles, electric derailleurs, jerseys with "funny (ho-ho)" logos,
    bibshorts [1], little bikes on necklaces, etc. Not all at once, of

    If you do go could you report back on whether it's worthwhile for
    mere consumers? Ta.

    [1] Used to be big sellers once, but strangely not in Norfolk. If you
    own a bike shop near Naartch this could be your big opportunity. <gdr>

    Mike Causer, Sep 28, 2012
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  3. The first day (Thursday) is trade only, after that it opens to the
    public. BikeBiz is aimed at the cycle trade, so its not surprising they
    are focusing on the trade day.

    Though I've never been to the show, so i don't know what it is like. I
    suspect there aren't many actual bargains, its more about looking at the
    latest shiny stuff.

    Craig Wallace, Sep 28, 2012
  4. Dr Zoidberg

    Mike Causer Guest

    Good point.

    Yeah, that's what I suspect. For bargains the big cycle rallies, such
    as York and Mildenhall, are going to be much better methinks. The
    other bargain source is of course the shops with stock of 2010/11/12
    bikes now put out of fashion by the latest shiny stuff. The last new
    bike I bought was one such, also the very comfortable Specialized shoes
    purchased ealier this year for a healthy discount because they were 2011
    colour. The very wet Cambridge 50 ride sorted out the colour, now
    best described as muted fen gloop.

    Mike Causer, Sep 28, 2012
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    jonestl Guest

    I went to the cycle show on the saturday and enjoyed wandering for hours around a lot of stalls displaying hundreds of bikes and bits, tried out an electric bike, measured carefully various winter trainers / audax /club bikes for an imminent decision. In the evening there was time for a pint and meal at weatherspoons then watched the criterium with all the big names in it.
    I bought some bike carriers for the car which really did seem to be a good deal, but it did not seem that buying and selling was the main point of the thing.
    We watched bmx riders who were remarkably good fun.
    An excellent day all round.
    I have no interest to declare.
    jonestl, Oct 4, 2012
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