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Toronto Bike Show - Worth Going?

Old 03-01-20, 11:13 AM
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Toronto Bike Show - Worth Going?

Worth going? I heard its a waste of time and very busy. I also heard the fall show is the one that has some good deals, not the spring show coming up this Friday.
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The spring and fall shows are different. If you want deals then it is the fall show you want. Bike stores are selling off their excess inventory and there are spectacular deals. The spring show was more about showing new product, very little marketplace items.

With that said I haven't been in a few years so maybe it has changed.

Is it worth going? Well if you like bikes, it is $13 CDN ($10 American) if you buy in advance for a cheap night/day out to go look at eye candy. At least parking is free at the news site.

Thanks for the post because I think I just talked myself into going next weekend.
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If you plan to go based on some thought of getting good deals on stuff that you might not otherwise buy, forget it. Go, if you want to see some new stuff and perhaps connect with people you might know if you are invested in your local bike scene. Spring bike shows are about new stuff, not stuff that local shops and distributors need to get rid of
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If you go and see the Dahon booth ask them where the heck the GB-1 is they have been promising for 2 years! Rant over

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I do plan to go on Friday, but I'm more interested in looking at new products and talking to industry people than I am in looking for killer deals in the marketplace.
I don't know if it will be the start of a trend, but at least one Toronto retailer that has been there for years will not be present this year.I have a connection with this shop, and they have talked about pulling out for years.
I had my own exhibit at the 2016 show, but have not done so since, and probably won't again.
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I'm about 80% likely to go on Friday. A friend of my has an exhibit for his gravel racing series this year. I'll probably go to check that out as well as to look at all the stuff... but I have no intention of buying anything.
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Well, I did go today (Saturday) and I am glad I did. Plenty of booths promoting their regions for cycling. Somehow I think it is tied to the gravel/adventure type of riding which is the current trend. Got plenty of maps for places I would have never thought about cycling in along the back roads. There were companies such as Bianchi and Pinarello showing off their bikes. E bikes were big at the show.

Then there was the marketplace. It was huge with tons of bikes on sale. I saw plenty going out the door. I was pleasantly surprised on how big the marketplace was. I did manage to pick up a pair S Works shoes, energy bars and I even got some local Ontario honey.

The funniest thing I got (not funny ha ha but something you wouldn't expect) was NARCAN kits for opioid overdoses. You just don't expect this at a bike show. I work with a lot of fentanyl users at work and we have them there but I never thought about having them outside of work. You never know when you can save someone's life.

All in all it was a great show and it was packed. It was difficult to find parking there were so may people. The venue change was interesting as you really had to drive there unlike the CNE where you could ride your bike. I am glad I went.
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