London Bike Show 2013 report

Back from the show at Excel in London's Docklands, with a few nuggests of Velo Vision interest...

Posted by Peter Eland on Friday 18 Jan 2013

London Bike Show 1013 image copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd
This year's Excel show in London's Docklands was, as in previous years, combined with the Boat Show and a more general Outdoors show, along with something called 'Active Travel' - holidays I think - and you get entrance to all four with a single (£20 for adults) ticket. Train delays on my journey from York meant I only had a few hours to whizz around the bike show, before walking back through the boats to head home.

As usual with UK cycle shows, racing and MTBs dominated the show space. There was also a good electric bike presence; see the Electric Bike magazine website for a report very shortly.

London Bike Show 1013 image copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd
The main stand of Velo Visionary interest was from Cyclecentric, with their Airnimal and Circe Cycle brands in particular. Here we see thair new Circe Morpheus, which as the name suggests can 'morph' into load carrying, child carrying or tandem form. This one, in cargo bike mode, is also electric assisted.

London Bike Show 1013 image copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd
Two trailers were also on show...

London Bike Show 1013 image copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd
The 'Traveller' falls under the Airnimal brand, as it's intended to accompany these travel bikes, and to protect them in transit.

London Bike Show 1013 image copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd
The Circe Atlas folding cargo trailer looks very tidy - it all packs into the bag seen behind it.

London Bike Show 1013 image copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd
There were just two recumbents at the show I think - the first this Bacchetta (Cyclecentric also distribute Bacchetta)...

London Bike Show 1013 image copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd
The second I spotted walking back past the boats - it's the recumbent treadle-action Hobie Mirage kayak...

London Bike Show 1013 image copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd
And here's a close-up of the treadle drive unit, which propels 'wings' below the craft. We had a reader report on this machine way back in Velo Vision Issue 1...

That's all folks! There were also stands from Brompton and Montague with folding bikes, plus the odd stylish town bike amid the racers, but I didn't see very much else at the show which really caught my imagination. But I was in a hurry, so do let me know if there was something I missed!


Posted by LaidBack on Tuesday 5 Feb 2013
The Circe /Cyclecentric stand as you say, seemed to be the only thing there that wasn't just about re-selling traditional bikes with updated graphics.

The Morpheus is certainly trying something new and makes an interesting counterpart to the 'multi-task' Helios.

There does seem to be a trend towards more hub gearing with the Alfine 8 and 11 being featured on a bigger range of bikes. Also noticed more lighting hubs on bikes recently.


 

 
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