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Open to dealers only, it is a great time to see and touch the newest cool gear, to say hi to industry colleagues, maybe get to ride some awesome new bikes, and to take in some best practices seminars. Sometimes a dealer can see a cycling celebrity. This year Miguel Indurain was an honored VIP at one of the trade booths. He of course won the Tour de France each year from 1991 through 1995.
For many years, photos were prohibited. I still remember security guards being called to intervene when a dealer would be so bold as to try to take a photo of the latest and greatest. Also, in the (kind of) old days, children under 16 were not allowed in. Every year, some unsuspecting dealer would fly to the show site — back then, Anaheim, Long Beach, or New York —only to be turned away because they had an adorable toddler in a Baby Jogger with them. Sometimes they would have a camera, too. Double foul!
Now, with every phone a camera, photos are encouraged. Kids are welcome with their parents. So there are fewer secret rules to trip up a poor unsuspecting dealer. We took a lot of shots , with our usual dopey quality. I can't figure out why my $50 Nokia cellphone photos are so lame. So when possible, I am subbing links to the pro photos.
What were the hottest ideas this year ? I have worked up a list of my favorites.
The bike I wish I could justify buying if I didn't already have several cool bikes: The BMC Granfondo series GF 02
It looks like a new category is upon us — gravel road racing bikes. The bike companies are quick to point out that these are not cyclo-cross bikes. Luckily, because I already have a cyclo-cross bike. The GF 02 was beautiful, waiting patiently to attack our gravel roads in Southwest Michigan. I want to get mud all over that nice white paint job.
Along the same lines, I also fell in love with this from Co-Motion — handmade in Eugene OR.
With their gorgeous paint jobs and attention to detail, the Co-Motion booth sucked me in and wouldn't let go. They were extremely busy, with normally placid dealers drooling in front of their hand built single bikes and tandems. Co-Motion is famous for making very lightweight steel frames that ride like nothing else.
Also, Moots had several bikes on display. They are so understated — satin finish titanium with white Moots letters — that they really stand out in a display arena full of painted carbon bikes. Since we have not traveled far from gravel road bikes here is the Moots dream cyclo-cross bike:
Moots was even invited to install their bikes as part of displays by other companies, like car rack manufacturers. If I was setting up a car rack display near several other reputable car rack companies, I would want a Moots on my display too! Unfortunately for the displayers, I think they had to give Moots the display bikes back when the show ended.
Next posting , I will continue looking at some of the more unbelievable bikes , and then get to a few accessories and components that were turning heads.
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