Cycle 2008, UK Industry In Positive Mood
LONDON, UK – The recent success of British cyclists in the Tour de France, Olympic Games, and World Championships, have all fuelled confidence in the world of bicycles in the UK. This air of confidence and optimism was reflected at this years
LONDON, UK – The recent success of British cyclists in the Tour de France, Olympic Games, and World Championships, have all fuelled confidence in the world of bicycles in the UK. This air of confidence and optimism was reflected at this years Cycle 2008 which took place last weekend.
“Cycle 08 was a huge success with both trade and public here in the UK, the feedback we have received from our exhibitors is very positive and the changes we have made to the show this year have been well received”, says Paul Rowlands representing the Cycle 2008.
“We await the audited figures for the attendance at the show but our advance bookings for the event were up by around 20% which suggests that the show is growing in popularity. We are already allocating space to exhibitors for next years show which takes place again at Earls Court.”
What had happened to the British Bicycle Industry? Just inside the main entrance was the Raleigh U.K. stand with a fine display of all types of bicycles, from children’s bikes to top of the line competition models, together with their popular line up of Diamond Back bicycles. They also displayed a comprehensive range of parts and accessories to complement the bicycles.
Condor Cycles have been an important part of the British sporting cycling scene for sixty years. They have developed the ‘Fixie’ bicycle, a modification of the track-racing bicycle, which is being used by cycle couriers. He has also brought back the Paris Galibier bicycle, originally designed and built by Harry Rensch in the 1950’s. The Fixie bicycles are at present making up over 25% of Condor’s stable, they range from bikes with carbon fibre frames to traditional steel frames. A common feature of all these bikes is, a fixed wheel using a single cog, which provide amazing acceleration and bike handling.
The British parts suppliers have also moved on. After the take-over Sturmey-Archer is working on a comeback. Many new products are based on old ideas, but brought up to date with new designs and materials. Alan Clarke, the General Manager, and long time UK employee: “Sturmey is doing very well at present and we believe that we have a good future ahead of us.” As if proof of their confidence is needed, Sturmey Archer is reintroducing an up to date version of the Three Speed Fixed Hub Gear. This is scheduled to be ready in early 2009.
Hope Technology have been in business for about 20 years, originally as a machine shop for Rolls Royce in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, they have moved on to the production of very high quality bicycle parts. At Earls Court they had an electronically controlled machine, where one could watch hubs being machined from a billet of high-grade aluminium.
Weldtite Hamish Stewart was pleased to show us their items on offer, products such as TF2 Lubricants, Dirtwash Cleaners, and Cyclo Tools, together with a variety of other small but essential parts. Their new catalogue shows that the Cyclo tool section has been much increased and now contains some more advanced tools suitable for frame builders.