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    Bike show this weekend

    Haven't been to the show in 20 years. I gather there is a heck of a lineup and big crowds so probably not going this time either.

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    If I was in town this weekend rather go to Joyride then that place.

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    I have only ever gone on the Friday night, which isn't going to happen this year. Is the Saturday crazy?
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    You can buy tickets online this year .
    Eliminates standing in a long line in the freezing cold .

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    We're going... picking up our blue season pass tickets (as usual). And checking the bargain bins for Racing Ralphs and bib shorts
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    No show for me this year. I'm riding instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    If I was in town this weekend rather go to Joyride then that place.
    Heading down to set up my booth for noon.

    Joyride is Sunday.

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    I'm going to check it out this afternoon I think. Never expect much in the way of deals, but hoping to find a pair of shorts and I like going to the club booths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Heading down to set up my booth for noon.

    Joyride is Sunday.

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    What booth is that?

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    Just back and thought I'd update ... lots of clothes, shoes and old helmets on sale, plus all the bikes stacked on racks... it seemed to be mostly road bikes, more so than last year. I don't think there were as many vendors as has been in the past (at least 2 were missing that I usually see). I left with a chain and set of tires and what I saved I easily spent in parking and admission, never mind my time in traffic and gas... but I did get to wander around a bunch of bikes for a couple hours.

    One thing I did manage to get were some Waltz caps, I've seen them, read about them, hell, even made a custom order that I never filled but now I own 2! $30ea, ended up buying 3 and saved $10

    As for Fat Bikes as that is the current trend it seems... I think I saw all told maybe 5 or 6 in total, one vendor has a bunch and then one here and there - that Surly Moondust sure looks sweet!!

    The trip was worth it for the Caps, but otherwise I could have stayed home, ridden the rollers and watched the final episode of The Matrix and not gotten a headache from the traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osteo View Post
    Just back and thought I'd update ... lots of clothes, shoes and old helmets on sale, plus all the bikes stacked on racks... it seemed to be mostly road bikes, more so than last year. I don't think there were as many vendors as has been in the past (at least 2 were missing that I usually see). I left with a chain and set of tires and what I saved I easily spent in parking and admission, never mind my time in traffic and gas... but I did get to wander around a bunch of bikes for a couple hours.

    One thing I did manage to get were some Waltz caps, I've seen them, read about them, hell, even made a custom order that I never filled but now I own 2! $30ea, ended up buying 3 and saved $10

    As for Fat Bikes as that is the current trend it seems... I think I saw all told maybe 5 or 6 in total, one vendor has a bunch and then one here and there - that Surly Moondust sure looks sweet!!

    The trip was worth it for the Caps, but otherwise I could have stayed home, ridden the rollers and watched the final episode of The Matrix and not gotten a headache from the traffic.
    Thanks for the update. Maybe I'll check out Sexapalooza instead this weekend.
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    agree with OSTEO. freezing cold and only had to wait for 3 people in front of us for tickets. The trek booth had some great deals on 2011-2013 used/demo models. 10 fat bikes, khs, carbon salsa, surleys and some unknow brand with carbon forks, one specialized. all regular price or mark up to discount for the show.

    first row booth far left, 50 % off camelbacks, beats CRC or jenson, some older (2 - 3) year old models, if thats your thing.

    best bikes would have been 2014 SC Bronson with enve kit, epic sworks and the new felt TLC )?) FS bike. basically MSRP though, but nice to look at.

    14 bucks for parking, 24 bucks for two adult. gave the kid a 50 and she needed her phone to do the math

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    Quote Originally Posted by pucked up View Post
    Thanks for the update. Maybe I'll check out Sexapalooza instead this weekend.
    haha!!! that is what the wife said!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pucker Factor View Post
    What booth is that?
    I'm on the Hamilton Cycling Committee. We hand out awesome free maps of the Hamilton Region. We're right beside the Niagara Region booth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I'm on the Hamilton Cycling Committee. We hand out awesome free maps of the Hamilton Region. We're right beside the Niagara Region booth.
    Might just have to swing by and get me one of those maps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I'm on the Hamilton Cycling Committee. We hand out awesome free maps of the Hamilton Region. We're right beside the Niagara Region booth.
    Good work Garage Monster. Where are the MTBing locations in Hamilton you hand out maps to and is there a cost to use those trails? Thanks.

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    Aside from the ridiculous parking charge, I had a good time. As I was getting out of the car grumbling about the $14, I found a $5 at my feet! Sweet! Found some camera gear on my way in and turned it in to the lost and found to up my karma. Inside I got a nice pair of bibs for $40. I was glad I got there at 4 as it was getting pretty busy.
    Nobody at the TORBA booth but spoke with some nice people at the Niagara Region booth and the Hamilton booth. Managed to avoid buying t-shirts which is my usual weakness. Osteo, I was looking at those caps too, very nice. My head is huge though.
    One thing that stood out was how fit 90% of the people were compared to the general population. Not sure why I've never noticed before but it really stood out.
    All in all a Good night out.
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    I parked in the lot beside BMO field. (the one right beside the packed one that you had to pay for). The lot was empty so I guess nobody else saw the signs that it was free. LOL Took this pic when I got there. That's my silver honda all alone. The lot right beside this where you had to pay was full.

    Bikes were flying off the racks at some places. I bought a cx Ridley, gloves and a ton of tubes. Nothing really stood out as far as deals went that might still be there tomorrow but there's some pretty interesting concepts at some booths.

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    Just got an email from the DMBA, one of the vendors I usually pop into seems to instead of going to the show are having a sale for yesterday and today instead of paying the fee for a booth at the show. Ranges from at least 25% off (or more) on 2013 bikes, and various sale prices on other items, may have to pop in there later today after work! (Northern Cycle) and no, I am not affiliated with the store, just sharing the news.

    With that being said above, I know a bunch of stores offer 'show' prices this week knowing people tend to wait till the show to purchase items, although I think they usually reserve those 'show' prices on bikes, not necessarily accessories/parts
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Shaw View Post
    Good work Garage Monster. Where are the MTBing locations in Hamilton you hand out maps to and is there a cost to use those trails? Thanks.
    Ah, no, the maps are just on-street suggested routes (there is incredible road biking in Hamilton). Oh - and it includes all the rail trails, but does not (yet!) include any singletrack. I should note that at this time, the only "official" (there's lots that isn't official) singletrack in the Hamilton area is at Christie Conservation Area. There, it costs $9 to get in, or the season's pass (car entry) is $105 and season's bike/walk entry is (I think) $35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Heading down to set up my booth for noon.

    Joyride is Sunday.

    Livin' the dream!
    LOL

    Funny thing is a bunch of my old ski race team mates...WMSC where talking about the Vancouver Ski Show and how much work we put into it through volunteer hours. For some of us that was both as ski racers and then as Weasel Workers. For a lot of us it is almost 15-20 years at the show. And it starts to lose it's allure after all that time on super hard concrete floors and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    And it starts to lose it's allure after all that time on super hard concrete floors and such.

    I wonder if the guys setting up for Sexapalooza feels the same way?

    So with the feed back so far, there are no super deals to be had this year? Or that the vendors with the super deals no showed this year?

    Isn't Sunday the day with the best deals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    Ah, no, the maps are just on-street suggested routes (there is incredible road biking in Hamilton). Oh - and it includes all the rail trails, but does not (yet!) include any singletrack. I should note that at this time, the only "official" (there's lots that isn't official) singletrack in the Hamilton area is at Christie Conservation Area. There, it costs $9 to get in, or the season's pass (car entry) is $105 and season's bike/walk entry is (I think) $35.
    Thanks for your reply Nerdgirl. I look forward to riding your hard work someday and $9 sounds like a great deal. Cheers for your efforts.

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    Thought about going today, but rode Waterdown trails instead. (in the valley even)

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    More snow up North of Barrie so we skied our trails today.
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    I always seem to find decent deals (whether Im trying or not LOL )

    - 2 Michelin road tires $39
    - Fox Dirt Paw gloves $28 (bout ave price but got the red I wanted )
    - Garmin 510 $258 (street price is bout $345- $360)
    - a free feed bag from the Epique booth (green rim people)
    - Garneau windblock jacket and neon green long sleeve jersey
    for $68 (70% off )
    - 32 oz container of Muscle Milk powder and shaker container for $22
    - large container of E Load for $36 ( they are $50/55 in London )

    I also had an Ultegra crankset in my hands for $149 but declined ....barely .

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    I went like I always do... I have stopped going to the fall show since the deals are similar at the spring show, but you can actually walk around during the spring show... I ended up going with the intention of picking up a bike if it was a decent enough deal, and I ended up scoring a nice Cannondale F29 2 Alloy for a good price, and I had some SPD pedals thrown in N/C.

    If I had gone home empty handed, it would have been a huge waste to drive from London no doubt.
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    This shirt gave me a chuckle ....

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    Total waste of a day and money. Unless you had your eyes on something very high-end, the deals just weren't there. For instance, the end of line shoes that I bought for $70 last year were on for $120, supposedly "50% off", from the exact same store. A few stores with on-line shopping even had stuff on the floor priced higher than their websites. Thanks for coming out.

    The best deal that I saw was $350 for a Kurt Rock and Roll trainer. Those usually go for $600.

    Also, fewer clubs and manufacturers had booths this year. I was hoping to register with my local club but they didn't come out.

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    Singlesprocket and I were at the TORBA booth both Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 til closing. Sorry we missed your visit bishskate.

    Many interested people stopped by
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    This was one of my favorite displays
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    As usual we got our blue passes and I purchased a pair of special socks
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    we also bought a pair these fab lights
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    I went Saturday, Had no isssues with traffic was there around 9:30, spent the time walking the shops with my son and checking out bikes, fat ones skinny ones. Bought the GF a nice new helmet and myself some tire levers and a new saddle, great deal on the saddles I should have bought both of them DOH!. Watched the trials demo with Trevor, was better then last years but anytrhing trials is good for me. Had some over priced pizza and headed back to London around 1:30. Did I save any money? with the gas and addmission and parking and the price breaks on the parts I prolly broke even but we got out for a day. Almost bought a Norco sight but it was a medium not a large or it would have been in the trunk for the ride home. I thought there was less road stuff this year then last year but thats just my observation.
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    I went late Sunday. Most of the boots were offering great deals after 4PM. Rode a bunch of bikes, but walked out with a 2013 Trek SuperFly AL for $1000 off. There was a Giant I liked as well, but it had a lower component spec and only a 80mm fork to the Reba 100mm.

    Only complaints was no debit/credit at the front (had no cash on me) and the tiny ride area, hard to tell much about a bike on the red carpet. oh and the $14 parking! Should have taken the TTC.






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    Picked up this 2013 Ridley X-fire for $1500 all in on friday afternoon. Even the 2014s are heavily discounted everywhere as MEC announced they have picked up the Ridley brand starting late last year.

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