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We’re off to the 2018 London Bike Show

Posted by Matt, February 19, 2018 Leave a comment

London Bike Show 2018
Believe it or not, the 2018 London Bike Show marks the 12th year we’ve been going to these things.

12 years! I can’t believe it but, the evidence is right here on Flickr. I sure wish I’d labelled all those damn images of Specialized Epics and Whyte E5s and everything else. Looking back, everything was 26″ I think, and even funky titanium bikes came with Mavic 317 disc wheelsets:

Marin 2007 titanium hardtail at the London Bike Show 2007

Did tubeless even exist in those days??

So, Friday is the first day of the 2018 London Bike Show at London Excel. I have the day off and my camera charged, ready to capture the current cream of 2018’s crop of bike exotica and keep up our noble mid-February loafing tradition.

More importantly, I have a couple of targets I’d like to see. First off, Bird Bikes, whose Zero AM Boost hardtail looks awesome (and their 145 Aeris too). Second, I want some clipless flat pedals (possibly something like the Funn Ripper) that I can put on my XC Kona Big Unit. Why?

Well, my teenage son is taller than me but not a regular rider – flat pedals would make the bike something he can throw a leg over and ride whenever, without too much trouble. For me of course, clip-in is my default pedalling mode, and a big platform clip-in pedal interests me. It also gives me the chance to experiment with flat pedals myself.

Watch this space – expect 2018 mountain bikes, but also a keen eye for some gravel/adventure bikes and maybe even some road bikes…


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years he's recently switched to a YT Industries Jeffsy, alongside a 2016 Marin Pine Mountain.

Lurking in the back of the stable, waiting for it's next chapter is a Kona Big Unit 29er hardtail, while an early On-One Inbred still whispers sweet things to him. You can even find him on road bikes - a Specialized Secteur and a Trek District 1 so far.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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