Saturday, September 18, 2010

Padova ExpoBici

I've never been to a bike show before and I've got cabin fever because it's been raining for 4 days straight, so I decided to head to Padova for the expo.

A ton of bike companies had exhibits (see http://www.expobici.it/catalogo/10ebc/meroot.html ) and there were other fun things as well.   Companies were letting folks borrow bikes  and enjoy a cyclocross course.  It was fun watching kids and grandparents alike riding the whoopty-doos around the pavilion.  Another pavilion had mountain bikes and road bikes available for test rides- this was very popular and I admired the trust they had allowing people to take these expensive bikes out of the building to cycle the fair grounds.

Still another pavilion had 3 or 4 games of bike polo going on.  Hate to get one of those mallets jammed between my front spokes- I'd be flipping.  There were demonstrations by trials bikers and half-pipe stunt riders too.  Tomorrow I believe Ivan Basso will be visiting, signing autographs, etc

I tried to take pictures of some of the beautiful frames but they are all blurry, even with flash.  So you'll just have to imagine all the beautiful Bianchi, Look, Scapin, Carrera, Guerciotti, etc curvy carbon frames.  But the bikes that really caught my eye were a row of Columbus Spirito custom frames by Bressan.  Those really stood out from the crowd.  Also a display of old woolen championship jerseys won by their namesake at the Learco Guerra exhibit.

I did manage to get a non-blurry picture of a Campagnolo Hyperon wheel, with carbon rim, spokes and hub.  It is sick light,  580 grams- how is that even possible?  Another lightweight standout was a 5 kg Kuota bike.

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