Words and pictures by Jun Nogami
Today was the first day of the annual spring Toronto Bike Show. A lot of the trends that were apparent last year are continuing. There is a lot of activity in the e-bike area, and the technology is incrementally improving.
The Amego booth had their usual broad range of e-bikes.
These Riese and Müller cargo bikes caught my eye.
This one has a rear facing child seat for a larger kid.
Speaking of cargo bikes, Bob Bell from Wike was proud that their Salamander convertible bike won a gold award at Eurobike 2018. They are starting to sell into Europe as well.
Even Bianchi's kids bikes come in celeste.
This is Tern's 2nd generation Vektron. They revised the battery mounting position so that the rear rack could be lengthened. It also has feet on the rack so that the bike can be stood on end when its is folded to save floor space.
Speaking of floor space, Revelo was back with a prototype of a 700c wheel size folding bike. It is due to be released this spring.
It is also equipped with their thin stem so that it folds to a very small depth.
Industrial Bicycles is a large recumbent dealer in Dearborn, MI. Apparently they have a lot of Canadian customers. They were representing Terratrike at the show.
Blacksmith Cycles had their usual stand of high end bicycles. This one was very pretty and it was marked down as well.
This bike had a carbon fibre leaf spring fork.
There were plenty of accessories also. Yakima now makes a tent platform.
I'm a big fan of rain capes, some of the best ones are made by Cleverhood. It was great to talk to Susan, who designs their products. I told her about how I've modified my capes with a little patch of velcro on the front hem. All their products are sewn in New England. Their capes are carried locally by the Spacing store, but they are cheaper this weekend at the show.
She said that if you drop by their booth and mention that you heard about them on Dandyhorse, you'll get a free bandana or hat (until she runs out).
Lots to see, people to talk to, and some opportunities for deals as well. The show runs through Sunday.