Interbike, a large gathering of people from the bicycle trade, starts today in Las Vegas; we’ll hopefully have some news from there before the week is out. But first, the largest bicycle trade fair in the world, Eurobike, took place earlier this month on Lake Constance in Friedrichshafen, Germany. And though this is undoubtedly our most hectic time of the year, we have managed to somewhat report on this important bicycle industry phenomena.
Tim fitting Martin from Meissner Räder in Leipzig at our stand in Friedrichshafen.
Making the trip with us was Timothy Everest, who measured several fortunates for a bespoke John Boultbee Criterion. (The Ladies’ Criterion, by the way, won the Eurobike Clothing Award.) Tim is an extremely pleasant guy to have around, which really helps lighten the load when you are working 18-hour days. How he managed to complete the Rapha ride on Saturday morning (Eurobike–>Austria–>Eurobike) after 3 hours’ sleep I may never know, but the man was apparently put on earth to challenge convention and amaze his colleagues.
Though Eurobike is terribly demanding, we do manage to browse around for a few hours to see the Brooks products on display at the other stands. Or, with any luck, to find a short enough queue to hazard a wait for a bratwurst or schnitzel before having to hurry back.
So, here are some things we saw:
Brooks fans Kraftstoff showed some of their new machines that feature a unique option for customizing under the clear coat with whatever graphics you provide. One on display even had a copy of the Brooks Bugle as permanent decoration.
Michael Cooper of eponymous high-end frame builder Cooper Bikes was there to oversee his company’s first Eurobike display.
Pashley also took a stand for the first time this year. They have some new models, such as the Penny below, and if you look closely at our short opening film you’ll catch a glimpse of the beautiful new lugged stem they’ve been working on.
Fresh from their hugely successful World Championship at Blenheim Palace the fortnight previous were Brompton. In settings such as this, when display space is at a premium, yet another practical aspect of the Brompton’s design comes to the fore.
Italian bike builders Anita were also at Eurobike. Here we see Andrea checking out some recent additions to their line. Each with a Brooks bolted to the post.
If you are unfamiliar with the German touring company Tout Terrain, now would be the time to take a look. They produce some of the finest and most technologically-advanced bikes for travellers today.
Bruno bikes are the end product of a recent and successful Swiss-Japanese collaboration. The Bruno mini bikes have quickly found a steadily growing constituency, but their full size frames also repay closer study.
A very pretty ride from Cielo bikes from Chris King:
Raleigh, who formerly owned Brooks for 40 years, has thankfully not replaced all of their leather saddles with unflattering imitations:
Hawk bicycles from Berlin continue to produce interesting cruiser bikes year after year…
and French giant Lapierre has a new line of urban bikes, Eden Park, for the crumpet and parasol set:
Well, thats about all we have time for today, we are way behind in selling these saddles. For more pics of the stand, please visit our Facebook page.