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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:22 pm 
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The saddle doesn't look very comfy..... :lol:


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I'm going to do the Rapha rideout from EC on Saturday morning - I guess I will catch up with you guys around lunchtime.

http://www.rapha.cc/index.php?page=575

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Oh well, looks like I miss all the fun

Myself and group of "retro"bates will be down to the show on Friday and staying in Paddinton Saturday night . Then a bike shop/pub crawl/site seeing tour Saturday in town.

Back on the train Saturday evening with the footballing masses :roll:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:18 pm 
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mrkawasaki wrote:
I'm going to do the Rapha rideout from EC on Saturday morning - I guess I will catch up with you guys around lunchtime.

http://www.rapha.cc/index.php?page=575

Mr K



aren't they going the wrong way?

Wouldn't it make more sense to go from RP to EC? before going to the show?

ANd Gil, make your site seeing on the fri and be free to go to the show sat. T

There everyone's sorted. that was easy.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:08 pm 
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Im going on the Sunday now cos I got given free tickets. My best mates riding for KTM next year and he says their bikes are amazing, I cant wait to see them. My Scott might be my new training bike!


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Train issues from he south going up to london, but will see people there tomorrow about 10.30am-11am.

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did anyone see the KTM kids bikes? I was considering a "wild thing"
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The Ken wrote:
did anyone see the KTM kids bikes? I was considering a "wild thing"
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sorry was too busy ogoling there adult bikes :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: and the continental tyre lady :lol:


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She was lovely wasn't she? :shock: - she asked me (in all her revealing beauty) if I would like to win a trip to Germany? - I replied 'Maybe later, but can you help me with some tyre questions?"

Her: [walking over to the Conti rep-man who was busy inflating tyres] "Hmmm....John - when you've finished *pumping*, can you help this gentleman..."

:lol: :shock: :lol: :oops:

Anyway, thought the show was fantastic just as last year - more interest in all the lovely fixed/track/steel/lugged renaissance for me though. As mid-end Road and MTB goes ever more high-tech and carbon-mad the return to simple but beautifully made classic bikes fills me with joy.

The other thing that struck me was the branding and PR budgets the companies are going with - a huge step-up from previous years. Some of the catalogues and lifestyle 'info-mags' were ridiculously heavy, glossy and expensive. Good giveaways too - nice Shimano Saint hat, Pashley musette, Magura bags, Hope CNC keyrings and enough free lube, water bottles and pens for another year...

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:50 am 
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Show recollections - quite a busy throng on Saturday afternoon, after I had valiantly attempted to stay with the Rapha-organised breakfast run to and around Richmond Park. A brief chat with a Rapha chappy about MTB-wear came to nought as he pointed to the Rapha strap line 'Performance Roadwear'. Fair do's for sticking resolutely to their goals, however I think there is a relevant angle in marrying the Geoff Apps-type story with a range of decent gentlemans' offroad kit. Coffee and pastries were freely available from their cute H-van, then it was back through a sunny 21 degrees London village to Earls Court.

Met up with Gus and Sarah, guiltily caught stroking Dia Compe's new anodised kit and wandered aimlessly around looking for anything remotely retro - of which there was little. No doubt a Retrobike Show stand would go down a storm here.

KTM are going for it in a BIG way - all their bikes looked too spangly for my tastes and seemed expensive too.

Urban cash is slewing the market somewhat - fixies abounds in the bike park (outnumbering every other style 3:1, including small wheeled commuter shite), despite their supposed anti-establishment stance. That's the trouble with a passion for aesthetics - you need to mix with the people you are trying to not-be-like to show it off too!

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