On your bike!

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Cycle Show 27th – 30th September 2012 @ NEC

Recent sporting events have increased the profile of cycling and this show provides you with all you need to know and opportunity to try a bike whether it mountain, racing, electric or children’s bikes.

The weekends special guests from the Olympics and Paralympics include medallists Joanna Rowsell, Sarah Storey, Lizzie Armitstead and Sir Chris Hoy in addition to Tracy Moseley, Shane Sutton, Gary Fisher Rob Hayles and Ed Clancy.

The show is huge covering three halls at the NEC, there are demonstration, BMX competitions and lots and lots of stalls covering every aspect of cycling and covering all age ranges and abilities.


Childrens cycles
Most children learn to cycle using stabilisers. However at the show are a number of bikes which teach children to cycle without stabilisers.  They are aimed at children as young as 18 months and help them to develop natural skills such as balance, co-ordination, special awareness etc.  They are also very good at developing these abilities with children who have Dyspraxia, Aspergers, ADHD etc. It also has the advantage of getting the children out and about increasing their physical activity.

Along with riding, children’s protective helmets are very important and the show has a range of different designs and styles to suit all children’s tastes. There are also a range of innovative and funky additions to bikes that children would love including spinning wheel lights that change patterns and funky character based pumps, bells and locks all designed for safety and to keep the children interested in cycling.

The FREE Kids Test Track will be a big pull, where a range of bikes are available to try.  The first area is for two to six years with both balance and stabiliser bikes available and the second area for six to 12 years will have qualified coaches able to give advice on different types of cycling. Helmets and knee pads are provided.

Disability cycling
There was a range of disability bikes on show along with organisations promoting disabled cycling.  The Brixton based Wheels for Wellbeing http://www.wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/ supports disabled people into cycling is currently a finalist in the National Lottery Awards while the Wheels for All http://www.cycling.org.uk/wfa/intro has over 50 centres around the England and Wales providing the opportunity of everyone to get out on a bike.

Cycling holidays
Thinking of cycling abroad but put off by the idea of all that luggage, booking the accommodation and wondering where to eat?  There are companies out there to take all that stress of your hands by sorting the accommodation, transporting your luggage, giving you guided routes and providing you for drinks and lunch along the route, they may even hiring you bikes.  You could have a gentle ride around France, have a manic ride over the Alps or ride part of 2013s Tour de France: the choice is out there.

Electric bikes
Are you wanting to ride but finding that hill or the distance a bit much?  Ever thought of an electric bike?  They come in all shapes and sizes, some even are fold up bikes and some are trikes.  There is a wide selection to look at and get the gossip on but even better at the Road bike demo track you can have a trial ride on various makes and models.  There are also some non-electric bikes to also try out. The demo rides are free and helmets are provided and ID is required.

Throughout the three days there are BMX competitions and demos, which are free to attend.  Give yourself time to chill out and watch these guy do amazing thing on their bikes, it may inspire the kids to want a go.

There is also the MTB pump track where two riders compete against each other on wooden indoor track for the fastest time, it’s fast and furious.  There are also skills sections available to the public on the track.

The rest!
There is so much more I could tell you about, like the biomechanical free foot analysis, or the different supplements (of which may you can sample), or the new clothing ranges or the latest equipment available for the bike.  I tell you what: if you have finished this article, then you are probably interested in cycling so go and find out for yourself what I have missed.

Travellng to the NEC is easy by both car and rail (both can be subjected to holdups) for further information on getting there check the website http://www.thenec.co.uk/

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