Volunteering at parkrun and The Cycle Show 2016

Last weekend, was another busy one. On Saturday, Stuart and I were Run Directors at Southampton parkrun. It was a special event as we had encouraged members of staff from University of Southampton to take on the majority of volunteer roles. In some ways, I would have loved to get a run in, but as I work at the Uni, I felt that I shouldn’t shirk my duty.

Volunteers from University of Southampton volunteers © Ruth Bartlett
Volunteers from University of Southampton © Ruth Bartlett

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On Sunday, Stu and I had another early start as we had decided to go to the Cycle Show. We thought it would be a good opportunity to check out a wide range of bikes, which might help us to decide what we want to get to replace our stolen bikes. (I think we’d both love to have identical replacements, but they’re not available any more, so that’s not an option).

I won’t give a full commentary, but here are some of the bikes we looked at…

Pinarello at The Cycle Show 2016

Another Pinarello at The Cycle Show 2016

Isla bikes
There was a test ‘track’ for small children at the show. I was amused by how tiny some of the Islabikes were.

I have been looking at the Ridley website quite frequently, as I’m a bit tempted to get a Ridley and I like the customisation options.

Ridley Jane
Ridley Jane
Ridley Noah
Ridley Noah
Ridley Liz
Ridley Liz

I prefer the Ridley Jane to the Ridley Liz as it’s more aero. The men’s aero bike is the Ridley Noah. Aparently, it has exactly the same dimensions as the Jane, but annoyingly it has far greater options for custom paintwork. Why aren’t women given the same deal?! I could order teh men’s frame and customise it, but I’d then ahve to spend more on changing the saddle and adding narrower handlebars 🙁

Stu and I spent quite a lot of time at the Boardman stand. Some of the bikes looked really gorgeous (like the £3k Boardman Air below). There are also lots of customisation options available. Chris Boardman sold the brand to Halfords in 2014. It has struggled with a poor reputation (rather like Skoda), but seems to be turning that around as the top end bikes are really rather nice. Unfortunately, I still wouldn’t trust most bike mechanics at Halfords to correctly assemble a bike, so if I were to buy one, I’d want someone reputable to check it over.

Boardman Air

 

Jonny Brownlee's Boardman from the Rio Olympics
Jonny Brownlee’s Boardman from the Rio Olympics
Jonny Brownlee's Boardman from the London Olympics
Jonny Brownlee’s Boardman from the London Olympics
Chris Boardman's Lotus from the Barcelona Olympics
Chris Boardman’s Lotus from the Barcelona Olympics
Boardman SLR Titanium 9.2
Boardman SLR Titanium 9.2

I also spent a bit of time at the Cycle Show looking at cyclocross bikes as I’d love to take part in some cyclocross races this winter. Sadly, a lot of the bikes look really dull. I loved the look of the Cannondale Super X 105 disc… but it’s well out of my price range!

Cannondale Super X 105 disc
Cannondale Super X 105 disc

I’ve seen some Cannondale ‘Lefty’ bikes online before, but this was the first time I’ve seen these strange bikes ‘in the flesh’.

Cannondale Lefty Carbon

Cannondale Lefty

Cannondale Slice
I’m not looking for a tri bike, but really like the design of this Cannondale Slice
Rydale Heritage Bikes
I still don’t understand the appeal of bikes like this!
Ribble Eliminator
I’m not looking for a track bike, but I liked the metallic paintwork on this Ribble

Cinelli

Tifosi SS26 Aero
This Tifosi SS26 Aero was perhaps my favourite bike at the show. I really like the striking paintwork and it seemed like a reasonable spec for the price. (£2199 for Ultegra.)
Tifosi gold chain
I liked the attention to detail, such as the gold chain!

 

Tifosi Auriga
Stuart liked the Tifosi Auriga (Ultegra £2199.99)
Storck Visioner
I’m sure Storck bikes are great (they cost enough), but they usually look very dull. At least this one had a few details!
orange folding bike
I think the info on this stand was about how you could add a motor to your bike, but I was intrigued by the design of this folding bike.
Unusual Paris Galibier retro bike by Condor
Unusual Paris Galibier retro bike by Condor
The mountain bike test track
The mountain bike test track
Another view of the mountain bike test track
Another view of the mountain bike test track

Viner bike (Planet X)

red Canyon

green Canyon
Stuart loved this green Canyon

I’ve still got a lot of thinking to do before I get a new bike, but this show really inspired me.

There haven’t been any updates on our bikes that were stolen, but I have identified where the photo of my beloved Kuota Kharma that was on Gumtree was taken:

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It was outside the Bright Water Inn (Wetherspoons Pub) in Shirley, Southampton.

Wetherspoons Shirley

If you happen to see this bike (or any of our other bikes), please do get in touch.

Have any new 2017 bikes caught your eye? Which ones? Why?

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