The London Bike Show is taking place from the 23rd-25th February and it's the UK's largest cycling exhibition, featuring a huge number of bike brands, displays and talks from experts, riders and racers. We've rounded up five must-see bikes and bits from the show for you.
1. Sick Bicycle Co's The Forty
As everyone knows, steel is the realest of all frame materials, so this super long and low trail bike from this relatively new brand is extremely real indeed. It's got 29" wheels, 140mm of travel at the rear paired with 160mm up front and it's long. Really long.
Sick Bike Co are going to be based on The Craft stand, which aims to showcase the uniqueness, craftsmanship and culture of cycling. Our friends at BTR Fabrications will also be showing there, so if you like interesting, low volume bikes, it's a must-see.
2. The Orange Alpine 6E
While the outline of this bike might be instantly recognisable as an Orange, it's folded aluminium downtube is hiding something that the Halifax brand has never dabbled with before, namely a big old battery that powers a Shimano STEPS pedal assist motor. It's based on their Alpine 6, so that means 160mm of travel at the rear and 170mm up front, all rolling on 27.5" wheels.
3. The Hope Academy kid's test track
The Hope Academy offers high-quality kids bikes on a rental basis, meaning that no matter how fast your child grows, you'll always be able to have the right sized bike on hand. At the show, they'll have an indoors test track plus all the bikes in the range to try out free of charge, whether that's an Early Rider balance bike or Hope's own 26" wheeled mountain bike.
4. Cotic's new FlareMAX
The FlareMAX is the new do-it-all trailbike from Peaks based bike brand Cotic. Their steel framed 120mm machine can take either 29" of 650b wheels and it now features Longshot geometry, which is well, long. We recently had a spin on it - a First Ride review is coming soon - as it's definitely worth going to see it, and the rest of Cotic's ferrous output, in the flesh.
5. Rob Penn's Q&A sessions
Renowned cycling author and bicycle adventure-ist Rob will be giving a Q&A session each day, talking about guiding, touring and cycling in general. With a wealth of experience from riding 1,200km across the Amazon with cricketer Freddie Flintoff to riding around the world to his search for the perfect custom bicycle, if it's possible on a bike, he's probably had a go at it.
He's just one of a number of people that'll be giving talks or hosting Q&A sessions, with Olympian and huge thigh owner Chris Hoy, legendary cyclist and TDF rider Phillipa York, Great British Bake Off winner and track champion Sophie Faldo and many others.
If that's got you tempted, we've got a special deal that'll get you 10% off adult tickets, until midnight on the 22nd Feb. Just head to www.thelondonbikeshow.co.uk and use the code RCC10 to get your discount.
We'll be wandering around the show, so we look forward to seeing you there...