It is Bike Show time in Australia and again we have two shows, Ausbike in Melbourne and the Sydney Bike and Lifestyle Show in… you guessed it, Sydney. The shows are unrelated but it makes sense to have two bike shows to cater for the cyclists from biggest Aussie cities. For exhibitors however it is a challenge to participate in both shows so there are only a few who you will see at both shows.
Both shows have a different style – Ausbike have a wonderful location near Melbourne city center in the Royal Exhibition Building which lends a lot of class and atmosphere. The Sydney Bike and Lifestyle show moves from Moore Park out to the Sydney Olympic Park and aligned itself with the popular Spring Cycle which will breath more life into the show.
Ausbike in Melbourne begins with a trade only day on Friday October 11. and the public days are on Saturday 12. and Sunday 13. (10am – 5pm) with tickets costing $15 for adults. If you attended last year then this will be a completely different show with almost a completely new set of exhibitors, big names Shimano, SRAM and Specialized are missing while Giant and De Grandi join the show this year. The $10 concession pricing only lets children under five years in for free which mean kids who are older, but not necessarily interested, need to pay. There are however a number of exhibitors with toddler and kids bikes and a kids test track. More details on Ausbike: www.ausbike.com.au
Ausbike 2012 – Outdoor test ride area
Ausbike 2012 – Inside the Royal Exhibition Building
The Sydney Bike and Lifestyle show opens on October 19 and 20 (Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm). The collaboration with Spring Cycle which attracts 10,000 cyclists will make this a bigger show. It is also connected with the Festival of Cycling centered around the Sydney Olympic Park so includes other big cycling events such as the NSW State Criterium Championships, the Handcycling Series 2 race and a Duathlon.
As in previous years there are a large number of cycling associations as well as event and tourism bodies exhibiting which make up for the light representation by Australian importers and their brands. Tickets are $20 and it is worth pre-ordering for $15 although Spring Cycle participant get free entry to the show which Cycling Australia members get half price entry. Families will also appreciate that children under 16 years of age have free entry. More information on: www.bikeshow.org.au
Sydney Bike and Lifestyle Show 2012 – MTB test area
Sydney Bike and Lifestyle Show 2012 – Bike Shop Brand Presentation
I am booked to attend the Sydney show this year but hope both shows are a success for the visitors, exhibitors and organisers.