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Old 03-08-08, 12:01 AM
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Toronto Bike Show (just came back)

Well I just came back a while ago from the Toronto bike show. They had some real fine machines there. I almost picked up a Norco Hybrid for $349. I backed out at the last minute... as it was more of a want than a need.

Anyhow, I did pick up a new helmet $100 (reg. $200) Specialized Decibal (team Gerolsteiner - 06 model)
I wish the colour was a bit more 'manly' but it's okay..baby blue will do.. lol



a Lobo Camelback $55 (reg $110)


Specialized ankle socks (2 for $20)

and a Discovery Channel Jersery (made in Italy) for $30.00 (down from $130) Mine actually is a bit different it has a yellow shoulder. They had the model in the pic as well but I preferred this one instead.


Overall it was okay. A part of me wishes I had purchased that Norco as a spring/summer/fall commuter because as it stands I can either continue to use my winter beater or my mountain bike for that.

Anyone else go?

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I went, just checking out what they had on friday, actual purchases for another day.
Hardly any interesting bikes in my size. I needed a 49~53 sized frame, but most of the lineup was 54~58. The only thing I saw in my size was a trek 1000, lol.

Somewhat disappointing, so I'll most likely just get some shoes and pedals.
Didn't see too many people locking their bikes up outside, but it was fun riding in the snow.
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Yeah....it was my first 'spring' show..it was okay. There definitely more people at the fall show, but i'm sure weather was a factor. The snow probably kept people away.

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I went, just checking out what they had on friday, actual purchases for another day.
Hardly any interesting bikes in my size. I needed a 49~53 sized frame, but most of the lineup was 54~58. The only thing I saw in my size was a trek 1000, lol.

Somewhat disappointing, so I'll most likely just get some shoes and pedals.
Didn't see too many people locking their bikes up outside, but it was fun riding in the snow.
AEO, nice picture album. Do you ride with your camera all the time? It looks like you had that camera handy to snap a pic at a moments notice...lol
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Yeah....it was my first 'spring' show..it was okay. There definitely more people at the fall show, but i'm sure weather was a factor. The snow probably kept people away.
I was planning on going today. However the 12" of snow forcast is keeping me away. I have a 40 minute drive from Cambridge. I'll check out the fall show.
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I was planning on going today. However the 12" of snow forcast is keeping me away. I have a 40 minute drive from Cambridge. I'll check out the fall show.
Alfster, maybe you can go tomorrow? The snow is expected to stop by this evening....so by tomorrow the roads should be okay. I find the fall show is more like a flea market...where the spring show was like walking into a new car dealership with specials here and there.
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Any good deals?

http://www.bikeforums.net/showpost.p...5&postcount=20

Thats my post locally. I need one or two winter items and possiblely a NYFU if I can get all that for $200. Hoping with the snow storm (some loss, others gain) less people will show up and the dealers overstocked for the show and are willing to negociate (sp?) with you for a better deal then to pack it all up and weigh down thier trucks in really bad snow weather driving.
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sporting life had the regular NYlock for 69 if that suits you. They did yesterday at least.
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Alfster, maybe you can go tomorrow? The snow is expected to stop by this evening....so by tomorrow the roads should be okay. I find the fall show is more like a flea market...where the spring show was like walking into a new car dealership with specials here and there.
I was really looking forward to going to the spring show, however Sunday is out for me too due to other obligations.
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damn i'd love a ny lock for $69... all i get for that price locally is the krypto evo.
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I'm heading to the show tomorrow... I've never been before, and I'm in the market for a new road bike so I want to see what's there.

I can imagine though that the snow today must be really keeping the crowds down.
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A lock..argh...I totally forgot to get a lock. That was on my list of things to purchase....oh well. I never got a stamp and I don't want to pay another admission fee just to buy a lock.
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Baby blue isn't manly? Someone please tell the Denver nuggets that.

Anyhow, I want a Gerolsteiner kit. I will have to keep an eye out for that helmet if I ever do purchase said kit.
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AEO, nice picture album. Do you ride with your camera all the time? It looks like you had that camera handy to snap a pic at a moments notice...lol
naw, I only decided taking a camera that day because the construction notice was absurdly poor in notifying the bike lane being closed. I was just tired of being honked and yelled at, also getting passed dangerously on a bridge.

I think it's supposed to be at least 200m notice of construction up ahead, but that sign was less than 50m and hidden.
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Baby blue isn't manly? Someone please tell the Denver nuggets that.

Anyhow, I want a Gerolsteiner kit. I will have to keep an eye out for that helmet if I ever do purchase said kit.
You know what...I take that back. I've been admiring the helmet since last night, and I love it. Absolutely love it, especially the colour....I think it is unique and just awesome looking. Not sure if i'd want to wear the entire uniform as i'm not part of their team...I think i'd feel a bit weird..almost as if I haven't earned the right to wear the entire uniform.

I googled the kit, and this is what I found.

http://www.bicyclinghub.com/gekitbyna.html


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Yes, that is the one. Nice and simple. I have a csc jersey and with all the logos it looks like something from nascar. yuck
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Yes, that is the one. Nice and simple. I have a csc jersey and with all the logos it looks like something from nascar. yuck

The more I look at that kit the more I think I wanna get it...I can mix and match those types of colours with others I already have lying at home. I can't wait for Spring...just can't wait!!!

Only problem is ordering online...im gambling a medium will fit. Sometimes with cycling clothing I need to go for a large.

I wish I could find a real store that stocks them so I could try them on.
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sporting life had the regular NYlock for 69 if that suits you. They did yesterday at least.
Brad,

Which model are you refering to there?

http://www.kryptonitelock.com/Produc...id=1000&page=2

I am assuming the ' 3.25" x 6" (8.3cm x 153cm) ' model?


How can I confirm a store is selling the newest NYFU, NY Noose, or NY chain? What do I need to look for? I am still in a toss up of either going to the show or not.
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Is it really worth the $13 to go for possible deals on a winter jacket seeing as the season is about a month or less from snowing anymore? I'm looking to prepare for next year to extend my riding by getting gear cheap then buying it in season and paying more for it.

Anyone know of any good deals on the PI Insulator jackets at thier local LBS and can drop prices here for comparison? BTW I'm from T.O for reference. I'm also thinking of a PI Vegabond jacket for cooler temps and a summer rain jacket.
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I wasn't looking for a jacket, so I can't say if they did or did not have any. That being said, there is nothing wrong with preparing for next year. I wish the entrance fee was lower though.
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Brad,

Which model are you refering to there?

http://www.kryptonitelock.com/Produc...id=1000&page=2

I am assuming the ' 3.25" x 6" (8.3cm x 153cm) ' model?


How can I confirm a store is selling the newest NYFU, NY Noose, or NY chain? What do I need to look for? I am still in a toss up of either going to the show or not.
It was the std nylock- not the fahgettaboutit.
I doubt there would be any left by this point since that's roughly 50% off (reg is ~120)
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It was the std nylock- not the fahgettaboutit.
I doubt there would be any left by this point since that's roughly 50% off (reg is ~120)
I think that's just the show special. I somehow got passed to two CSR people at thier bike store location and they said they did nto have any NY series locks in stock and only had a box of fresh Evolution locks in but when I mentioned the discount both guys seems clueless to the sale of the NY series and suggested it may have been only at the bike show.

Speaking of the bike show...

For anyone out there that is a geek is there wifi in the bike show or short distance around the building that you can 'sniff' out?

Would be very handy to post findings at the show or email or IM people on BF or friends deals found nearly real-time or shortest delay. Cantenna ranges welcome.
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I didn't make it because of the weather (I live in Guelph). Probably could of made it today, but thought twice about the admission, parking, and gas.

Was Devinci there? Did anyone see the new Devinci Toronto commuter with the internal hub?
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I didn't make it because of the weather (I live in Guelph). Probably could of made it today, but thought twice about the admission, parking, and gas.

Was Devinci there? Did anyone see the new Devinci Toronto commuter with the internal hub?
I ended up not going. Was sore from 3 days of snow shoveling and still had to shovel out today. When I was done it was like 15:00 already.

I've not been in the beach for many many years like 20yrs or so but if I recall what someone said before right that you can park on the beach but it will be about a 2-3 block walk to the C.N.E but it would be free if my info is correct. Parking is ~$8 at Fort York. I'll have to explore this for future reference when the weather warms up and I can ride again.
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I just got back, picked up my first road bike, a 2007 Trek 1500!
Got it for 1000 at the Bike Sports booth, with 105/ultegra mix

Now if there weren't 30 cm of snow on the streets right now, I'd be out riding!
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