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    Toronto Bicycle Spring Show - It's that time of the yr again...

    Just FYI for those people thinking of buying a new ride

    http://www.telsec.net/bicycleshow/

    I went to last yr's spring show and picked up a road bike and loved it. But I didn't check out prices for components, and that's what I mainly need now given my MTB ride is going on 2yrs (somethings are wearing out).

    Anyhow, do you think this yr the vendors are going to have a lower price because almost all my friends i know across Canada now are ordering from the states with such a weak US dollar. The bike show you can wheel and deal a little on whole setups but I'm looking for bars, grips, shoes, brake pads, tires mainly. Maybe a 32oz Jug of White LIghtning if they have it hahah

    Your thoughts?

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    My thoughts are that I will go as I do every year, and in hopes yet again of scoring more good deals

    I love the bike show, and I never miss it.

    I would also assume the prices might even be lower because of the situation with the dollar!

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    YAY! bike show time! I can't wait to check out some of the new stuff, blow some $$$, drool lots. Its gonna be great !
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    First year going and I'm hoping to find some cheap prices on bikes. Looking for Titus Moto lite or a Ibis Mojo. Are the prices really a lot better or is it a rip off.

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    I will be attend again this year.

    I hopes are to be able to do the 4x race again, missed out last year my son was very sick (18 hrs in the hospital).

    I have a look around at the various venders for deals to. Typically Cycle Solutions has the best product and ok prices. They deal primarly with MTB products.

    I like checking out the new product for 2008, even though it has all been posted on the web and in the mags. It is cool to see it first hand.

    I am disappointed that last year the Metro Jam was downgraded. I watch the 2 years previous and was glued to my seat - what those guys can do on a bmx is just nuts. They take it to a level way above everyone else.

    Bike show the typical season kick-off.

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    certainly the first event of the cycling year.

    i'll be there, but no more flea market...too legit to quit
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbieTed
    First year going and I'm hoping to find some cheap prices on bikes. Looking for Titus Moto lite or a Ibis Mojo. Are the prices really a lot better or is it a rip off.
    All over the map. It's luck of the draw. When you see a deal you think is good (if it really is indeed good) you have to just go for it. I picked up one of the Specialized Allez road bikes from the fall show last year from Broadway cycles. I believe there were 5 of the same model in different sizes. By the time I decided I'd buy one and tripping over people to test fit it, the last one was being sold as I headed to the checkout. I figure they were all gone in about 20-30 minutes of the show opening. There are some good deals on bikes, but you really do have to bite when you find what you want. Or else it'll sell to the guy waiting in line behind you. Very thick crowds.. haha.
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    I cannot wait!!!!
    However, I need a trainer NOW.................I am sure there will be sweet deals at the show but does anyone know of any deals going on right now on bike trainers??

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    Quote Originally Posted by FisherCraig
    All over the map. It's luck of the draw. When you see a deal you think is good (if it really is indeed good) you have to just go for it. I picked up one of the Specialized Allez road bikes from the fall show last year from Broadway cycles. I believe there were 5 of the same model in different sizes. By the time I decided I'd buy one and tripping over people to test fit it, the last one was being sold as I headed to the checkout. I figure they were all gone in about 20-30 minutes of the show opening. There are some good deals on bikes, but you really do have to bite when you find what you want. Or else it'll sell to the guy waiting in line behind you. Very thick crowds.. haha.
    Hey, I remember seeing you with that bike! Sweet lookin machine, been out on it much?
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    ^^ dude man just fork over the money for a 1uptrainer...seriously money well spent in that dept, no regrets buying it. Using my Spec. Roubaix on it right now and it's a dream cuz it's so quiet compared to my other trainer.

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    I find the spring show is way better than the fall show. The shows are OK but it's not that full of deals like everyone thinks. Most of the sale prices are right around the same as online prices. But every once in a while you find something sweet so that makes it worth going.
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    If you want the cat's behind for trainers get a Tacx I-Magic. They're more expensive than some bikes, but I've used mine for the past 3 years and abso-freaking-lutely love it. It's a Virtual Reality trainer. Totally worth the cashola since our winters are so damn long.

    By the way, Phelan, send me an email to bikerider (at) cogeco.ca. I've got a big jug of White Lightning, but I don't use that type anymore. We'll work something out.

    As for the bike show, I go every year and usually pick a few things up. I'd recommend printing out a list of what you need and then go online and write down the best prices you can get (but factor in shipping, duties etc.). This way you know wether you're getting a real deal or just hype.

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    I will be there ..... looking for a new seat and some other bits. If i see a good deal on a single speed I might be getting a bike too.

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    FWIW there is no pst on most bike stuff and bikes under $1000. this year here in ON

    Do a google search or look at redflagdeals.com for info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue_monkey
    FWIW there is no pst on most bike stuff and bikes under $1000. this year here in ON
    Only full bikes and safety equipment (helmets, bells, lights, etc).

    It's great for a new helmet or nice trail lights, but there are not too many complete bikes I'd be interested in under 1k and it does not apply to components.

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    This is my first year going to the show, I hear good things about it so I can't wait to go!! I had a question about the test ride area, when you want to test ride a bike do they have a little track set up with maybe some obstacles or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2_Tires
    This is my first year going to the show, I hear good things about it so I can't wait to go!! I had a question about the test ride area, when you want to test ride a bike do they have a little track set up with maybe some obstacles or something?
    They do have a large paved area where you can test ride bikes, but nothing akin to real riding. For these shows, its best to come in informed and know what you're going for.

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    HA HA...yeah the 'test area' is pretty pathetic. Like SLR says, know what you want before you arrive. Basically the test area is good to see if it fits you properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    certainly the first event of the cycling year.

    i'll be there, but no more flea market...too legit to quit
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    it is the charity of others that has been building the booth of love...that island...can conceal a cooler underneath. easy.
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    SWEEEEEEET Noggy... you're building a booth? coolio...

    can't wait to see it... I will be hobbling around at the show...

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    Aww, that's lame ... they should let you take the bike out on the 4X track at least lol
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    Hey didn't last yr Ryan Leech was in town or something and did a trials run or something?!? not much of a trials rider but i'm always up for watching some crazy guy on an mtb with mad balancing skills!@

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    Yup...RL is there every year performing his gravity-defying feats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddakin
    Yup...RL is there every year performing his gravity-defying feats!
    I dont think he's coming this year unfortunately

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    I will likely be there, probably hanging around the True North booth when I'm not making the rounds. Not really looking for any deals specifically, but you never know.

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    YEAH!!!!! OH YEAH! I'm so hyped, i think i'm gonna get a street bike here. Bringing cash Btw XD to make prices even lower.

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    Any stores having a pre bike show sale?

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    freewheel in dundas is having a big sale on the same weekend. they sell fisher, brodie, SC, and I'm not sure what else but I got my nomad through them. great bunch of guys.

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    i keep hearing about a huge bike store sale at someplace in toronto, but i can't remember the name. the commercial runs on 102.1 every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -=phelan=-
    Any stores having a pre bike show sale?
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    Eastside Cycle (best bike shop in Kitchener) is have a huge sale on now til March 15. They have some amazing deals going on right now, worth checking out if you're in the area. Click here for more details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -=phelan=-
    Any stores having a pre bike show sale?
    Yeah, Chain Reaction had one for 20% off last weekend. LOL!


    Only reason i'm going this time around is to see Misfit's super secret prototype!

    Oh, wait ..... sorry Peter.

    And check out his booth. Apparently we won't need lit coal miner's helmets this time 'round. (tweety bird in a cage still optional)


    Look for the guy pushing the chick in the wheel chair. LOL! (inside joke that i'll undoubtedly get slapped for - maybe twice if i'm lucky)
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    Bike Show Coupons

    Does anyone know if there are any coupons for cheap admission?

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    Newbie here. Is the server always this slow?


    What kind of prices can one expect at the show? For bikes specifically.

    And can someone recommend any dealers that offer good service/price? Someone said on pinkbike about staying away from Cheapskates. I have no problem with that, they are a local dealer. I've had nothing but bad experiences with them.


    So let's have some recommendations. Thanks.

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    13$ is cheap
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    Quote Originally Posted by lagwagon9
    Does anyone know if there are any coupons for cheap admission?
    The $13 entrance fee is really cheap considering you can save $200-? on a new bike, and the deals on clothes and parts. I hope I can make it this year, bought a bike at the last spring show, now looking for some lightweight parts or cheap Sidi Dominator 5s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine
    i keep hearing about a huge bike store sale at someplace in toronto, but i can't remember the name. the commercial runs on 102.1 every day.
    Bike Zone in Mississauga.

    Lakeshore and I think Cawthra

    I'll be hunting for a road bike at the show.
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    The short answer

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    Newbie here. Is the server always this slow?
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    Hi Guys, due to the potential terrible weather on Saturday, I was thinking of driving to the show on Sunday. Does anyone know if a lot of the shops are pretty much cleaned out by Sunday?

    I've never been to the show before and I would have a 3 hour drive to get there. With this winter I have a huge itch to get out biking and this is the next best thing. Basically I just want to see in person whats new for 2008. Do you think its worth the drive?

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    Some of the shops exhibiting have $1 off coupons. Duke's would have been the closest shop to pick one up but due to the fire that destroyed their store and half the block, I'm not sure who else might have them in the vicinity. I'm just glad to hear that they will have a booth at the show still. Want to drop by and say hi to everyone there.

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    Well was down there today and bought some shoes from Dukes

    I was a little disappointed by the amount of vendors, i was expecting more of a "sale" and compared to U.S. prices given the high dollar Just my 2 cents, but did score a few goodies from the Trek warehouse store (14.99 nike arm and knee warmers come on...). For those of you wanting to buy bikes...well there's plenty of dealz to be had.

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    Just got back from the bike show. Not bad got a camelbak mule 3L limited edition for $75, a Thomson Masterpiece Setback seatpost for $110, and some clothing. Lotsa bikes are available and some components, but mostly full bikes.
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    I was there today, lot's of bikes - Couldn't find the right clothes though.

    I did get a chain stay protector just so I wouldn't leave empty-handed

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    I thought cycle solutions had an impressive selection of components, including forks and frames. But mostly clothes and complete bikes. Doesn't ryan leech do this show??????/ man that sucked.

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    Anyone that went to the show remember what the best deal going on 2008 Giant Anthem 1 was?

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    The Trek outlet has some good deals. Picked up some Bontrager 29er 2.2 tires for 20 bucks a pop, and a Bontrager race saddle for 10 bucks, as well as Bontrager big sweep wide flatbar for 10 bucks.

    If anyone is looking for brakes,,,,the Trek outlet thing had Avid Juicy Carbons (complete set front and rear) for 279..... Usually those are something like 170 per wheel?

    I am not just sayng this because I was helping out/affiliated with the Misfit Psycles booth, but the new Ti prototype was the highlight of the show for me. What a f***king beautiful frame and build!

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    I did pretty well at the show.

    I picked up a road bike, MTB tires, MTB shoes as planned.

    Road pedals and shoes, a jacket and a Camelbak Dream for my GF.

    I got a Specialized Allez Elite from Dukes as well as Specialized Expert MTB shoes.

    I got a pair od Adidas road shoes for $50 and Camelbak for $40 from Browns.

    Shimano 540 road pedals for $60 and 4 Nike T-shirts for $20 from Reynolds.

    A Nike windstopper jacket form the Trek Store for $40.

    Specialized Fast Track Pro tires from Cycle Solutions for $25 each.

    Lots and lots of bikes to be had.
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    the scott gambler looked f'in badass.
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    Thinking of trying to get there Sunday as the snow is flying now and it wouldn't be a nice drive. My question to those that have been there are the prices that good when compared to American prices? Because of the high dollar my main gripe with Canadian retailers is the huge difference in pricing. I was thinking about getting a new bike and there currently is a 400-600 dollar difference on the Canadian and US pricing. Are the prices good enough at the bike show to bring them inline with each other?

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    some are, some aren't
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    The Trek outlet had a 9.9 and 9.8 for 1600 and 1500 (both demo'd). I thought they were among the best deals at the show.

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