Top brands, road bike demos and lots more

The 2013 Cycle Show opens at the NEC, Birmingham next weekend with new features including trials and roller racing and old favourites like BMX displays and the mountain bike demo track.

The show runs September 26-29, with a trade and press day on Thursday, September 26. From the 27th, the doors are open to everyone for what organisers says will be “the largest display of the latest 2014 bikes, cycle accessories, clothing, protective gear, health and fitness products, activity and adventure companies, and all the latest in gizmos and gadgets”.

For road cyclists there is a new road bike test circuit that runs in and out of the exhibition hall. Bike brands signed up to demo include Trek, Fondriest, Team Carbon, Rose, Bianchi, Condor, Spin and Cube. For more details and to register for a test session see the Cycle Show road demo page.

Last year’s show was the biggest in the Cycle Show’s 12-year history, and organisers are planning to build on that success. Attractions include the mountain bike outdoor demo track,  freestyle BMX pros and trials riders in action and the first chance for UK riders to take a look at lots of 2014 new gear.

Other features of the show include:

Electric Bike Village
Dare 2b Commuter demo Track
Children’s test track
MTB demo track
Quest 88 Inclusive Cycling Hub

Check out the Cycle Show website for full information and to buy tickets.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.