The red Passoni was way too much! Sad actually, because their bikes are really gorgeous.
Sabbath Ti bikes (UK-based and made in UK) were really nice! A friend in France just bought one. They, Sabbath, are looking for retailers at the moment here in Aus. Not intending to change bike in the near future but when I do it will be a Ti.
Garmin is coming with a new unit, probably beginning of 2011.
Had a laugh at the Power Balance stand. People gobbling the stupidities the guys were showing them. Could not believe it.
Another surprise was the Flying Pigeon display. They are a maker of generally cheap Chinese bikes. But they had a few rather nice carbon road bikes as well
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
Had a good mooch around Saturday.
Went by myself and parked the bike there. Must say what a civilised way to arrive. Train down from ballarat to Spencer St (still refuse to acknowledge SC) and rode the Mtn bike out to showgrounds. Bike parking worked a treat and congratulate organisers for this initiative. took a little detour there and back to follow a bit of the city trail via docklands.
Covered all displays pretty well noting cyclocross bikes as this is likely to be the next +1 bike although a Ti frame is very tempting. Impressed by Spanish Jamis road bikes though.
Typical of a fisherman, I found something relating to fishing amongst all the bike porn. Yep... rod racks for inside stationwagons. dont bother asking too much, they help to prevent the need to breakdown rods between fishing spots whilst looking after the fine tips of fly fishing rods.
Kept an eye our for people, but too busy hacking up my lungs as have a pretty bad upper respiratory tract infection, read cold although Dr wife suspects could be whooping cough as is is rife in Ballarat. My thanks to those who don't immunise their kids despite having a booster a few years back. The frustrating thing is it is affecting training for the kinglake ride. I will get there though.
Managed to get down there and check it out, really glad I did..
Spent most of my time focusing on the MTB porn they had there, had a good look at the GT Sensor 29er, and have to say, I'm a huge fan. Also checked out the new Merida one twenty range, although they're not 29ers, the one twenty 2000 caught my eye, om nom nom SRAM...
Too many more to mention, so glad I didn't dive in and buy the Giant now!
What to do, what to do?????
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Mrs Monsoon and I went Sunday and spent a very comfortable four hours there poking, prodding, looking and nattering.
For some strange reason I got lots - LOTS - of butt cream samples (even a free tube from the Aussie Butt Cream lady) so does that say something about the way I walk? or is it just the pained look on my face?
Loved some of the sunglasses on show made especially for specs wearers. They had a little lens insert that fits behind the photochromatic main lenses. Brilliant idea that means specs wearers can change lenses every year or so without having to buy all-new sunnies.
Met an English lady who designs and makes fashion cycling clothing and had a good chat to the man from Flying Pigeon. I kinda liked the helmet covers (a new helmet every day for just $20).
Got a nice showbag from Polygon Cycles. It included a cap, drink bottle and multi-tool complete with chain breaker.
There were "don't care" people at a couple of displays. The insurance guys all seemed too busy talking amongst themselves to be bothered talking to the likes of Mrs Monsoon and myself and one or two of the purveyors of really high-end stuff couldn't be bothered with us either but never mind, that's the way it goes.
All-in-all a very good show but I have to say I was a little disappointed that some of the main players decided to stay away.
I can see the show going more mainstream in the near future with more public days and even a selling component.
Too heavy to climb, too old to sprint.
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