Eurobike 2012

Most wouldn't believe this was a coincidence, but a week before we moved on to Lake Constance I discovered that the EUROBIKE show was to be hosted in Friedrichshafen, which happened to be just a few kilometres down the road from accommodation that was booked up long ago.

Well - I think we all know how much I like bikes so what was to be done? An early morning depart from the previous week's accommodation in the Black Forest and leisurely drive saw us pulling into a very busy 'overflow' type car park mid-morning. All very efficient, as is the German style of course, saw a quick shuttle to the show and we were in.

We spent about six hours here wondering around, with a short lunch break - amusing in itself as we shared a table with a very nice local couple who when finished were instantly replaced with a couple of local lads looking for MTB gear. Then we left and they got someone new to talk to. It was like a revolving interview table - very social.

It has to be said that six hours is either no-where near enough time or way too much, depending on who you ask. Clearly I think the former but Pratiwi, after being very patient all day will probably say otherwise wink

Either way - it had to be done. Not sure I would plan a special trip for this, but being in the neighbourhood made that decision easy.

09:15

A fashion show at a bike exhibition? More like an entertaining dance show. Have to admit... the guys had some moves!

09:35

Looooooads of bling everywhere. Here's a few random bits to drool over.

09:38

Finally... a bike sized for Pratiwi? wink

09:40

Just two of the many component demo rigs: these are for Arsis microSHIFT & Magura hydraulic rim brakes.

09:45

Pratiwi with a few interesting fashion items. Not about the helmet, but the other pieces get a thumbs up.

09:50

Misc. beauties, cruisers, franken-bikes, hipster rides and oddities. You decide which is which!

09:55

In no particular order... just a whole load of pretty road stuff and bling!

10:00

Looking for a novelty, multi-coloured toolkit? Too mundane? How about a wheel building robot? It's all here!

10:05

Plenty of crossers here... and a few things pretending to be cyclo-cross bikes too.

10:10

Peter Sagan's 'Tourminator' Cannondale. Oh dear! Groan!

10:15

Crazy rear shock on the Cannondale Jekyll. I'd be worried about sourcing a spare or servicing down the line.

10:25

Wheels, rims, wheels, wheels, wheels, wheels... wink

10:30

Some people were obviously snagging show bargains. We picked up a couple of cheaper goodies & lots of freebies smile

10:35

Clothes and helmets for... well... for people a whole lot cooler than this old man!? wink

10:40

Garmin was among one of the most popular accessory stands. Lots of their devices on display to play with.

10:40

There were lots of fancy bags for the relaxed, fashionable city lady or gent. Couriers need not apply.

10:50

Remember: Dogs die in hot cars! Hopefully they don't in a plastic clad cage fitted to one's handle bars!

10:55

A whole load of mountain bikes on display. Take your pick... it's all here!

11:45

Skyver... hike up a trail carrying it, then roll down on this? Erm... no thanks!

12:00

Being fitted with custom insoles. The 'mould' is a bag of silica particles connected to a vacuum pump. Yes, I asked.

12:20

Kona had a Western Saloon as part of their stand. But we're on a mission so no time to hang with the cool kids today!

12:30

Moots YBB: a 'zero pivot' design that relies on the flex of the (in this case Titanium) frame for travel.

12:40

A little something I happened to 'pick up' on the Cervelo stand... & other stuff they just left lying around. Wow!

12:50

Lots of shiny, Italian, Gaerne shoes.

12:55

Pinarello touting their TdF connections. Now, where have I seen that bike before? Hint: http://rainton.com/lCH wink

13:15

Corratec showing off their development bike rig. That's a lot of wires & sensors. Note the GoPro camera too!

13:20

Unsightly chain? A tandem with it's covered in what looks like flexible electrical conduit. Not heard of belt drive?

13:30

3T doing in with minimalist style. Like those deep dish rims and the way the spoke seems to slot in.

13:50

I've long admired Lupine lights, but thought them a little large. No longer - this Piko looks excellent!

14:10

SRAM XX1. I'm not convinced. Look at the size of that rear cassette (10-42T) & that chainline. Hmmmmm?

14:30

Part of the huge outdoor demo area. Given it was wet & so much on display indoors we completely skipped this. Crazy!