She was lovely wasn't she?
- 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..."
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...