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    Toronto Bike Show - What to expect?

    I'm interested in going to the Toronto Bike Show and I'm trying to talk a couple guys I work with into going, but being my first time what can I expect to see there in relation variety of bikes and parts (cross, mountain - high end, low end, etc) and sales (is it more like just a look but don't touch - have to order it event or is it like a swap meet with lots of cash and carry deals)?

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    Pretty much whatever you see in store, you can expect to see at the show, and then some. If it's on the floor on the sale side of the show, it's for sale. The best markdowns are on the higher priced bikes.

    There's always great deals on clothing and parts, but not always something for everyone.

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    Have a good idea of what you want (and what it's worth *to you*) before you go. There are all sorts of fun/good deals lurking around the show and it's a great way to get excited about the upcoming season.

    On another note, please drop by the Hamilton Cycling Committee booth and say hi. I'll probably be there most of the weekend (when I'm not in a meeting or shopping) and I'll have all sorts of shiny maps and such to hand out!
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    I've gone a few times here and there.

    Generally the number of companies with product displays and reps has gone down. So if you are looking to see the newest, latest and greatest, it's mediocre at best. There is the BMX jam sessions, dirt jumps/racing and usually a trials exhibition which can be fun to watch. There are usually some one off booths that can be interesting as well.

    A large chunk of the show will be local shops set up, with everything for sale. My general experience is

    1) If you want a mid to high end bike and want to save some money, this can happen. But, don't expect a specific brand model, just more a general style. Like if you want a XC machine, you'll find a deal, but it may be a Spec Epic, Giant Anthem, Cannondale Rize, Trek Fuel, etc, but the best deals/sizes for a specific item are a crap shoot.

    2) Bring some cash and look for random deals on random stuff. Generally if you go in looking for anything specific, you will probably leave disappointed (like I want a 2x10 XT crank). However I've left with great deals on clothes, tires, but it was always an on the spot decision.

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    Thanks for the info guys.

    Primarily I'm looking for a Cross bike that I can commute to work with and I'm sure you've heard the 'Hamilton' story - bombing down the Clairmont access on the way to work- so I want something that will be able to stop at the bottom (preferably with me still mounted to the bike in some manner), but then will be light enough to lug up the stairs after work on my way home. I doubt I'll do any racing (in the short term anyways) so I'm hoping there might be enough selection there that I'll be able to compare several bikes and pick the best option for my current needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XLNC View Post
    Thanks for the info guys.

    Primarily I'm looking for a Cross bike that I can commute to work with and I'm sure you've heard the 'Hamilton' story - bombing down the Clairmont access on the way to work- so I want something that will be able to stop at the bottom (preferably with me still mounted to the bike in some manner), but then will be light enough to lug up the stairs after work on my way home. I doubt I'll do any racing (in the short term anyways) so I'm hoping there might be enough selection there that I'll be able to compare several bikes and pick the best option for my current needs.
    I think that's exactly the right attitude for the show. You'll probably find a very good match for what you have in mind.
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    it's a good way to kill a weekend, i suppose. i rarely leave with any super deals on small parts or clothing but i suppose there are some to be found. usually it's the same shops with the same stuff year after year. sunday may be the best day to go for cash in hand deals, but it may also have the least amount of stuff.
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    - Have cash if you're planning to make a large purchase so you can negotiate.

    - Know what you want. It gets hectic and crowded + lines can get long (waited almost 1.5hrs to pay for my park stand last fall - and that's the "quieter" show of the 2).

    - Go early so you can catch all the best deals

    - Bring someone with you so they can stand in line while you look for other stuff.

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    The bike show is also a chance to meet new people and see old bike friends - Every race group, charity ride, touring group, advocacy group, etc. usuallly has a booth, with people milling around, stop by at the ones you are interested in and say hello! I think I'll be at the HCC booth for part of the weekend with GM (or maybe when he's not there!)

    For buying stuff at the show, 3 basic rules: Know what you want (and what it's worth), bring cash, and be ready for the unexpected - you'll usually see somthing you didn't plan on and will want to buy it (go ahead!!)

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    Also be aware of prices marked over SRP and then having 50% tags on them .
    Not a true 50% savings .
    Seen this happening more and more .
    Like mentioned , have a good idea of what things normally cost .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    Also be aware of prices marked over SRP and then having 50% tags on them .
    Not a true 50% savings .
    Seen this happening more and more .
    Like mentioned , have a good idea of what things normally cost .
    A device with wireless internet browsing and the patience to use it is an absolute must. I went last year, and at every booth I was astounded at the number of overpriced items with the words “HOT SHOW DEAL!!!!” plastered all over them.

    There were much better deals available on-line, and not just from the big US and Euro places, but also from Canadian online shops.I do not want to burn any bridges, so I will not “name names,” but several of the shops appeared to have marked items UP from their own regular retail.

    Like another post points out, the BMX jam is great, and it’s a chance to say hello to a lot of smaller shops and clubs. But the big places running “blowouts” were pretty much a no-spend zone for me once I let my fingers do the walking online.

    p.s. I don’t want to seem like I’m anti-LBS. I’m just saying that the deals aren’t that great. When I shop at my LBS, I want to take my time and get great service. I don’t want to pay at the door just to get in, then pay through the nose for an indifferent snack at the concessions, then line up for an hour to pay for something. By all means go to the show, I’m just saying that if you’re going for the deals, be prudent about your research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raganwald View Post
    There were much better deals available on-line, and not just from the big US and Euro places, but also from Canadian online shops.I do not want to burn any bridges, so I will not “name names,” but several of the shops appeared to have marked items UP from their own regular retail.
    That does seem to happen, but there was some genuine good deals last year. D'Ornellas, for example, had the high end specialized carbon soled SPD shoes for $110 or so. The catch was, they only had white. Cycle Solutions often has some awesome deals on frames, but they're usually XL or XS. The Trek store always has a bunch of parts bins with great deals on mid range parts.

    Knowing what it's worth is very important.

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    cycle solutions usually has some good deals on forks, but not SO good that they are a must buy.
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    I look forward to going every year this year is no exception. I usually get beer nuts. And enjoy the day, I like bikes

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    Blue Mountain usually offers a special rate season pass (approx $169 whereas regular rate is $269)Which is a good deal considering the daily rate is $30

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    Quote Originally Posted by Near north View Post
    I look forward to going every year this year is no exception. I usually get beer nuts. And enjoy the day, I like bikes
    This is pretty much how I like to approach these bike shows.

    The spring shows were much larger around 4-5 years ago. More manufacture involvement and just bigger. It's still fun to go to and you will surely find New-Old-Stock that all the retailers are moving out to clear room for newer models(mostly accessories) coming in. There will also some NOS bikes that they will try and move too. However, sizes and options may be limited.

    I usually go and stock up on bar tape; tubes and apparel. Again, like others have mentioned it's always a good idea to know prices before hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Blue Mountain usually offers a special rate season pass (approx $169 whereas regular rate is $269)Which is a good deal considering the daily rate is $30
    This is the main reason I go to the bike show... It is a sweet deal indeed.
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    Don't forget a half a bag of beer nuts for $8 you would have to go to the Air Canada Centre to beat that

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    Expect to go buy your IMBA membership, swag and give them an opinion about the state of our trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Expect to go buy your IMBA membership, swag and give them an opinion about the state of our trails.
    I also usually get my OCA license at the show. One stop shopping for all your membership needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sirbikealot View Post
    I am constantly blown-away with part prices that are either ridiculously high, or completely random part prices that are cheaper than the dirt collected on the bottom of my shoes. Last year the only thing I bought was a Hope floating 8" disk rotor for $10, and some Fox gloves for $20, those were was the ONLY THINGS in the whole bike show that I though was worth my money. Deals on clothing/bikes/components is only a deal if it fits you and the riding that you really do do.

    The "show special" on Bike Passes at Blue Mtn happens regardless of the Bike Show, it's just an easier way to get your pass "in-hand" at that exact moment. Typical Blue Mountain, the price will keep going up $10 or $20 each year until you are too old to tell your grand-kids to stay away.

    I have super-low expectations for every year of the Toronto Bike Show, but I enjoy watching super-fit girls walk around in Spandex shorts & tight tops surrounded by lots and lots of bike porn. Save your money, park your car far off-site and ride the TTC in. Plenty of places off-site to grab a pint later on, and you will need it! The Convention Center has the humidity set to like negative-50% to help the Pizza Pizza guy sell more sugar-soda drinks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VR6ix View Post
    I have super-low expectations for every year of the Toronto Bike Show, but I enjoy watching super-fit girls walk around in Spandex shorts & tight tops surrounded by lots and lots of bike porn.


    Guess your expectations are even lower now..? Sorry.

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    Guess your expectations are even lower now..? Sorry.
    I think I'll be just fine

    going down with some biking buddies and I'm sure they'll be at everything since they've never been before.

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    blue pass for sure... other stuff who knows... whatever takes my fancy, cost be damned.
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    Back in the day - 20+ years ago - it was a deal-fest.
    Most places emptied their stores into cardboard boxes and sold stuff at crazy prices.
    Friday afternoon was a must go to catch all that stuff.

    Rip and Hammer - remember them?
    They would have $5 vests (it's a bit worn, but I still have it) $10 shorts etc etc

    Now it's a bit more corporate and knowing your prices allows you to tease out the real deals.

    That said it's still "a holy day of obligation" and bike-u-porn everywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pikester View Post
    Back in the day - 20+ years ago - it was a deal-fest.
    Most places emptied their stores into cardboard boxes and sold stuff at crazy prices.
    Friday afternoon was a must go to catch all that stuff.

    Rip and Hammer - remember them?
    They would have $5 vests (it's a bit worn, but I still have it) $10 shorts etc etc

    Now it's a bit more corporate and knowing your prices allows you to tease out the real deals.

    That said it's still "a holy day of obligation" and bike-u-porn everywhere!
    Now you've got me feeling nostalgic. I think it was the '95 bike show where Rock Shox introduced the Judy series of shocks. The dealer gave me a free T-shirt for being "Judy" It was a cool shirt ... It had an iron on the back,

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    Quote Originally Posted by bermluvr View Post
    This is the main reason I go to the bike show... It is a sweet deal indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    With a bonus of Cafe Doemstique stops and riding.

    Sorry. B wins
    Luckily for me, Domestique will also have a presence at the Show!
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    Hmm... options,

    A.. pay to much money overall to wander around in a dull grey dreary building.

    B. Go watch and hang out surrounded by the elite of University sport. With a bonus of Cafe Doemstique stops and riding.

    Sorry. B wins

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    I'm thinking of trying to pick up a discounted Giant or Trek or Specialized road bike to get everything I need for a frameset I have ready. Then, I would attempt to sell the Giant/Trek/Specialized frameset to whoever might possibly be found to take it. Any thoughts on whether this is a sensible alternative to piecing together the various components in several separate transactions that don't involve an unwanted frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay. View Post
    I'm thinking of trying to pick up a discounted Giant or Trek or Specialized road bike to get everything I need for a frameset I have ready. Then, I would attempt to sell the Giant/Trek/Specialized frameset to whoever might possibly be found to take it. Any thoughts on whether this is a sensible alternative to piecing together the various components in several separate transactions that don't involve an unwanted frame?
    With some smart shopping, this can be done very effectively. Back when 29er forks were a little rarer than they are now, nspace bought and entire Gary Fisher at a killer price just to get the fork. IIRC, he parted the rest out and sold it off piecemeal. Result: PROFIT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay. View Post
    I'm thinking of trying to pick up a discounted Giant or Trek or Specialized road bike to get everything I need for a frameset I have ready. Then, I would attempt to sell the Giant/Trek/Specialized frameset to whoever might possibly be found to take it. Any thoughts on whether this is a sensible alternative to piecing together the various components in several separate transactions that don't involve an unwanted frame?
    What component spec are you looking for? Excel Sports in Boulder CO set me up with a complete (everything but frame fork and headset) SRAM Rival build kit with Ritchey parts and Mavic Aksiums for $1100 in the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay. View Post
    I'm thinking of trying to pick up a discounted Giant or Trek or Specialized road bike to get everything I need for a frameset I have ready. Then, I would attempt to sell the Giant/Trek/Specialized frameset to whoever might possibly be found to take it. Any thoughts on whether this is a sensible alternative to piecing together the various components in several separate transactions that don't involve an unwanted frame?
    This would be the cheaper way to go instead of buying the components separately. You can re-coupe some of your cost from the frame.

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    I picked up the glamorous Hamilton Cycling Committee booth last night from City Hall... and four (freakin') cases of fresh maps plus other assorted paraphernalia!

    We're in the same spot as last year: in the manufacturer's section near the food court and Trek so don't be shy.

    I will also have an extremely limited number of our ever-popular Share The Road car magnets to give away. To qualify, I'll need some sort of proof that you live in the Greater Hamilton Area...

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    Getting kind of excited.

    I should be there Saturday Afternoon. I'm guessing that'll be peak time with no parking or room to move inside the place, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I also usually get my OCA license at the show. One stop shopping for all your membership needs.
    OCA will not be processing licenses at the show this year, as they've finally moved that online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    OCA will not be processing licenses at the show this year, as they've finally moved that online.
    Oh great, that means I probably can't renew in time to get into the AGM on Sunday! Guh!

    Maybe I can charm my way in the room...

    EDIT: Just read the fine print on the OCA site, I have until midnight Saturday to apply on-line. Super.
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    My sympathies...

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Luckily for me, Domestique will also have a presence at the Show!
    Nope.. not me. I'll go by their real location wile dialling in the position on the new weapon.

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    Looking to buy a couple hardtails for my 2 sons. We'll drop by the show on Saturday.
    How much is parking?

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    I think it's $13-$15... I'm going down this afternoon. Hopefully it's not a gong show...

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    Now that day1 is just about done, can anyone report on the highlights and where the deals are at?


    ps. Im interested to her is there was much in the way of single speed frame-sets floating around.
    pss. Im already impatient waiting till i go tomorrow.
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    Went today and saw some decent deals to be had IF you knew what you were looking for.
    LaBicicletta had a 2011 Specialized S-Works Epic 29er (this is the cats meow) which was a demo bike(looked new) selling for $5900.00! This is a $9500 bike.
    I saw two other bikes that stood out which I would have been happy to buy then sell as a parts sell off and could have made some money from that. I'm sure there we'd other "good buys" but I really just wandered. Came home with 2 water bottles. LOL! Not many accessory deals; many inflated (msrp) marked down to look like a deal. Better deals at the fall sell-off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Now you've got me feeling nostalgic. I think it was the '95 bike show where Rock Shox introduced the Judy series of shocks. The dealer gave me a free T-shirt for being "Judy" It was a cool shirt ... It had an iron on the back,
    I wish I still had my purple Judy shirt! (toaster on back)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    Looking to buy a couple hardtails for my 2 sons. We'll drop by the show on Saturday.
    How much is parking?
    Something near $20 to park there.

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    Parking is exactly $13
    Small haul this year ....floor pump , bar tape , $150 Biemme jacket for $75 .

    Got there at 1 , not that crowded .
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjohn64 View Post
    many inflated (msrp) marked down to look like a deal. Better deals at the fall sell-off.
    I saw the same thing. FRAUDS!

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    As usual, I'm loving the show.

    Parking is $13. Pizza is $4. Whaddayagonnado?

    Bike of the show so far is the S-Works McLaren Venge. *SIGH*

    Didn't have a whole lot of time to walk around though - too busy handing out maps.

    I have a dangerous amount of money sitting around in my savings account. I wonder what the weekend will hold...
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    As usual, I'm loving the show.

    Parking is $13. Pizza is $4. Whaddayagonnado?

    Bike of the show so far is the S-Works McLaren Venge. *SIGH*

    Didn't have a whole lot of time to walk around though - too busy handing out maps.

    I have a dangerous amount of money sitting around in my savings account. I wonder what the weekend will hold...
    Yum ... $4 for a slice of pepperoni flavoured desiccant.

    With Harper around you better save those pennies for Jr's university fund! Who knows what tuition will cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    With Harper around you better save those pennies for Jr's university fund! Who knows what tuition will cost.
    RESP is fully locked and loaded.

    Did I mention that the "non-exhibitor" coffee is $2.50 a cup and Domestique, it ain't?
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    Parking: Free - Park on Dufferin or a side street off Dufferin near the CNE grounds, it's a short walk to the Better Living building where the show is.

    Deals: I was looking for clothing deals and I found plenty. Most of the clothing was marked down by 50%. I also picked up a pair of Specialized MTB shoes that were marked down from $150 to $50. LaBicicletta (sp?) had tons of great deals. I picked up a specialized jersey for $25, and a new Bell Volt Helmet that was marked down by 50%. Be prepared to do some digging for deals. I didn't pay any attention to the bike prices and didn't notice many mtb frames. I was looking for a new 29er fork, but only saw one booth that had one and it was a Reba, and not a great price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garboui View Post
    Now that day1 is just about done, can anyone report on the highlights and where the deals are at?


    ps. Im interested to her is there was much in the way of single speed frame-sets floating around.
    pss. Im already impatient waiting till i go tomorrow.
    I didn't see much in the way of ss frames.

    Deals seem to be same as always, lots of clothes, shoes and helmets on sale. I left with an specialized echelon helmet for $42, and picked some demo time atac carbon pedals for $40 from the trek store. Pedals were in a bucket at the cash.

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    Did anyone see any fat/snow bikes there? before I make the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by temporoad View Post
    Did anyone see any fat/snow bikes there? before I make the trip.
    Only one, a surly that looked like it hade been ebiked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by temporoad View Post
    Did anyone see any fat/snow bikes there? before I make the trip.
    There were 9 zero 7 framesets hanging in the Muskoka Outfitters booth. Also had knobby fat tires (not the Nates) mounted on a wheelset there as well.


    The Intense Carbine hanging just around the corner from the M9, stopped me dead in my tracks. I also thought the new KHS Dh and Freeride bikes looked good. I couldn't find any decent 60-70mm stems so had to settle with a Blue pass, chainlube and spd cleats.

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    I enjoyed the show. A lot of walking back and forth though.

    My initial impression is that if you wanted a Specialized bike, you would have been in heaven. There were a ton of them in all disciplines, models and sizes though I have to admit I was not aware of pricing on them, so I don't know if there were any hot deals or not. As someone else mentioned, there were a ton of clothes too.

    I also got to put a few faces to screen names. I met Garage Monster and who I assume were his family and was pointed to Langford who was manning the "Hamilton" booth. As an added bonus to the visit I also got the Hamilton map which should come in handy.

    At the end of the day I ended up grabbing a bike that I never thought I would get - a Trek Cronus cx "Demo" bike. I wasn't sure about them prior to this show, but being there and seeing the bike with a pretty decent build (for a reasonable price to boot) I decided I'd jump in. Now I just have to figure out this BB90 thing.....

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    i just got back. if you've been before it's pretty much the same as every year. there seemed to be some decently priced bikes. i picked up a pair of fox gloves for $15 and a buddy grabbed a camelbak min mule for $25. few things were must haves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickboers View Post
    What component spec are you looking for? Excel Sports in Boulder CO set me up with a complete (everything but frame fork and headset) SRAM Rival build kit with Ritchey parts and Mavic Aksiums for $1100 in the summer.
    I kept an eye out, and noticed several bikes with more or less full Rival builds for not much more than $1100. Saw some very very good deals.

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    Just back from helping GM representin' the Hammer at the Bike show. Had a look around at stuff, even if you don't buy anything, there are some great looking bikes to see. Some Bianchi Pista track bikes on the Bianchi stand just looked "right" for some reason. Some nice carbon hardtail Niners around too,coulda saved $500 on one, marked down to only $5500!!
    I did find a bargain, picked up a Camelbak Rimrunner for $60, cheaper than buying off the net!

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    Quote Originally Posted by temporoad View Post
    Did anyone see any fat/snow bikes there? before I make the trip.
    Muskoka outfitters had two 907 frames and a set of drilled Darryl's with HuskerDU's. .no complete bikes that I saw though

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    Originally Posted by nickboers View Post
    What component spec are you looking for? Excel Sports in Boulder CO set me up with a complete (everything but frame fork and headset) SRAM Rival build kit with Ritchey parts and Mavic Aksiums for $1100 in the summer.
    I kept an eye out, and noticed several bikes with more or less full Rival builds for not much more than $1100. Saw some very very good deals.
    I did come across a demo bike with an Athena group and nice wheelset, going for about $1300 assuming I would manage to resell the frame for its approximate value. Didn't pull the trigger on it, partly because I was a bit snowed by the state of the art in road bikes, but today I decided I probably should have taken it. May check in with the shop this week in case no one else took it. Failing that I may well look into a mail order deal as you suggested.

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    so why did all the bike show pictures get deleted?
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    so why did all the bike show pictures get deleted?
    Give it another shot if you still have the pics around. We'll see if it sticks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Give it another shot if you still have the pics around. We'll see if it sticks.
    no problem...

    a bike show report!

    this vehicle would look better if it had a more special type of bike on top, intense 29'er perhaps hmmmm (see pic below)...



    good effort here though i like this one better... NICOLAI Maschinenbau GmbH



    cool 29er...




    kids looking at this bike... man i want that bike. it is so sick!



    went up the street to the gladstone for tunes and good eats...

    Hotel | Gladstone Hotel

    i have a few watershed meetings in here, very cool place and great food.

    jerk chicken pot pie with foie gras on top... awesome



    vegetarian fare



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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth View Post
    I wish I still had my purple Judy shirt! (toaster on back)
    My vintage Judy shirt was a coral colour. Wish I kept it too! Hope you enjoyed the show this year. Its the only time I get to see everyone from CS

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    Went to the bike show on Saturday. Got there early, so at that point it wasn’t so busy. (It got insane buy 2:00pm)
    Found lots of good deals on clear-out bikes. Purchased 2 bikes for my boys: a Rocky Mountain Fusion and a Trek 4500. Hydraulic discs on both. Saved $600.

    We met the great Curt Harnett He was very cool and his legs are still the size of tree-trunks.

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    We ended up handing out about 1,000 maps and we were completely cleaned out of our "10 Best Cycling Routes of Hamilton" booklets. Waterfall maps and booklets were also quite popular.

    Snuck away just in time to see Drew Bezanson pull off an icepick/barspin off a 10' window sill at the BMX comp.

    After all the bombast of the $20k Venge and the $21k Dogma, it turned out that the bike I spent the most time ogling was an unassuming little prototype tucked into the Domestique/Canadian Cyclist booth... Gotta start saving those pennies!

    The OCA AGM was actually quite lively and informative, if you're at all into road racing there are some great new things on the horizon for this season so stay tuned!
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Show Thoughts........

    This show is a must for me every year.

    For me the bike of the show was the S-Works Mclaren Venge. I love everything Specialized but how in the hell can they justify a $19,000 price tag? The bike was also marked "sold".

    Also have to agree with other posters in that you have to be careful what you buy. Before you focus in on the "sale price" do a quick search on your smartphone. I've been disappointed before thinking I got a sale when in fact I hadn't. I don't understand why retailers do this but it's a good idea to make a mental note and not buy anything from them again.

    Overall I lost count of the many sweet rides I saw and will be going again next year.


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    And now for something completely different!!

    I noticed Royal Distributing (big on atv, motorcycle and snowmobile stuff) had a booth there selling Marin bikes and some accessories. Just checked the Royal website, no mention of selling bikes.... Marin website doesn't mention Royal Distributing.

    I didn't get a chance to have a close look or talk to anyone...Were they just checking things out, or are they making a giant leap for a different flavour of bike marketing??

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    Quote Originally Posted by langford View Post
    And now for something completely different!!

    I noticed Royal Distributing (big on atv, motorcycle and snowmobile stuff) had a booth there selling Marin bikes and some accessories. Just checked the Royal website, no mention of selling bikes.... Marin website doesn't mention Royal Distributing.

    I didn't get a chance to have a close look or talk to anyone...Were they just checking things out, or are they making a giant leap for a different flavour of bike marketing??
    I checked them out. The kid that I talked to was pretty clueless and the prices were tipically LBS prices. (no good deals)

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    When does this end?

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    the insanity or the bike show? because one of them ended on sunday.
    RIP Adam Yauch

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    Picked up a 3T carbon bar for the road bike for a good price.

    Resisted buying a Cervelo S5 - barely.

    Would have bought a super-trick Mavic jersey if it had fit. Damn Euro sizing....

    The booth layouts don't make for easy browsing in many cases, but there were some decent deals to be had - mostly in clothing and complete bikes.

    DG

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    I noticed some bikes marked way up then "discounted" to appear to be on sale for a great price. One in particular that I remember was a 2012 Norco CCX3. I bought this bike earlier in the year for the MSRP of $875. At the show I spotted one marked down from a "regular" price of $1300 to $875. Would seem like a great deal to some unsuspecting sap when really its not a deal at all.

    Did find a good deal on Hoss Ponderosa shorts for $20, too bad I could only find one XL

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    Quote Originally Posted by RatchAttack View Post
    I noticed some bikes marked way up then "discounted" to appear to be on sale for a great price. One in particular that I remember was a 2012 Norco CCX3. I bought this bike earlier in the year for the MSRP of $875. At the show I spotted one marked down from a "regular" price of $1300 to $875. Would seem like a great deal to some unsuspecting sap when really its not a deal at all.
    Wow. Who was the vendor? I would have walked up to him and called that biatch out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    Wow. Who was the vendor? I would have walked up to him and called that biatch out.
    all of them
    RIP Adam Yauch

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    Some body has to start cracking down on the dishonest prices at the show

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    i'm pretty sure it's already against the law to do that. if nobody else cares, what to do?
    RIP Adam Yauch

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