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Birmingham Show Too: The innovators.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 by Mick Allan

Sorry for the delay getting the second instalment of the Brum CYCLE Show report out. What with not having any power in our building and having the sniffles and other lame excuses. As ever (for me at least) the most interesting stuff was the slightly more ‘out there’ alternative products and services. Glad to see that there are people still prepared to push the boundaries. Foffa Bikes from London have reinvented the traditional bicycle supply line. Customers can design their bikes on-line using an easy to use configurator. They had some very handsome examples on their stand.

Foffa fixed wheel

With their stand being so busy I failed to take a picture of their interesting and very new Ciao frame-set offering which delivers a more upright riding position and is proving a big hit amongst female buyers. So you’ll forgive me nicking an image from Foffa bikes website by way of illustration.. Perfect also for old duffers like me too I would suggest – who don’t want to knee their beer belly with every pedal stroke. Very swoopy and elegant. I loved it.

Foffa Ciao Concept Bike

Airnimal go from strength to strength with their beautifully developed range of portable machines. Look out for a road test soon.

Airnimal

Nice to see Buddy Bike on the Quest88 stand, who have quietly been developing their amazing range of special needs cycles. The Buddy Bike is an innovative tandem which places the child in front of the adult. Obviously, it’s hard to keep an eye on a child when they are behind you on a regular bike. This layout makes perfect sense for children who require a bit more supervision.

Buddy bike - as seen in Cyclorama!

After their appearance on Dragon’s Den Kiddimoto are on a roll, bringing a breath of fresh air to the balance bike market.

Nice ply balance bike from www.kiddimoto.co.uk/

Don’t sneer. This machine from new-to-the-UK Pacific Cycles is in a different league to anything you’ve seen or ridden which shares the same miniscule wheel size. It really does ride like a much larger bike, rigid, stable and with decent rolling resistance thanks to the HP wheels and tyres. The name might be new but Pacific cycles have been shipping bikes to the UK for years – with other brands stickers on. This is their first foray under their own name, we wish them every success.

Pacific teeny wheeled folder

Airnimal (or was it Circe?) showed this as-yet-unnamed and unfinished prototype of a recumbent front tandem. I can’t wait to see the production version, and hopefully, like their other tandems, it’ll be a bunch cheaper than similar offerings from established brands.

Awesome and as yet unnamed tandem prototype from Airnimal/Circe

Is this the future of urban transport? Like a cross between an electric bike and a motor scooter the Metro from German company A2B is a tough and sure footed looking machine. Discs and full suspension matched with a neatly integrated set of controls bring a fresh approach to the lecky bike market. Not my cup of tea but if machines like this can appeal to the people who usually drive to work I’m all for it.

Ultra Motor A2B Metro

BikeRepublic had some very interesting products on their stand. Biomega folding bike uses it’s in-tension ‘downtube’ as a security cable. Cutting the cable might relaese the bike but it also renders it unrideable. Novel. 24″ wheels are cool too, providing a good compromise of the folding bike’s usual dilema of compact size versus rolling resistance, I don’t know why more town and cargo bikes don’t use them.

Biomega

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