2013 RoadBikeReview.com Eurobike Blog – Day 2

Eurobike

Welcome to the 2013 RoadBikeReview.com Eurobike Blog coming to you from Friedrichshafen, Germany. It’s day 2 of the world’s biggest bicycling industry trade show (1,250 brands representing 49 countries). All this week we’ll be bringing you photos and info on the latest road bike gear, apparel and new technology. Make sure to check back early and often. The newest updates will always apear on the top of the page.  Also check out Mtbr.com‘s 2013 Eurobike content here for all the latest mountain bike gear updates.

By Jason Sumner

Another day in the books, another delicious German beer.

By Jason Sumner

Not sure what he was doing here, but Team Katusha was also in the house on the first indoor day of Eurobike.

By Jason Sumner

Companies love promoting relationships with WorldTour teams, and few teams have as much cache right now as Team Sky, who loaned a car to the folks at Rapha (the squad’s official apparel supplier).

By Jason Sumner

The race bike of 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome was on prominent display at the Shimano expo area. No sighting of the Brit himself yet, but don’t be surprised if he turns up before the week is done.

By Jason Sumner

The size of some of the “booths” at Eurobike is beyond description. Actually small house would be a good description. At Shimano HQ, their space is so large they have small street signs.

By Jason Sumner

Our first major cycling celebrity sighting, multi-time Tour de France stage winner and sprinter extraordinaire Marcel Kittel.

By Jason Sumner

Garmin-Sharp’s Peter Stetina is coming soon to the Cervelo expo area.

By Jason Sumner

While inside the Canadian company was celebrating the launch of the updated S3, its new aero road bike.

By Jason Sumner

The final touches were still being put on the outside of the Cervélo expo area…

By Francis Cebedo

From the Netherlands comes a bike that comes to your house in a box not much bigger than a box to ship two wheels. The Sandwich bike is inspired by the Ikea packing efficiency and ease of assembly. The manufacturer claims it can be assembled in 30 minutes with just simple tools. With a singlespeed drivetrain and coaster brakes, this striking bike is a sure conversation starter at the coffee shop.

Weight is 35 lbs and price will be around $1050. More info at http://sandwichbikes.com.

By Jason Sumner

For a little more perspective on where we are, here’s a bird’s eye view of Friedrichshafen, Germany. According to the all-knowing source that is Wikipedia, it’s a university city on the northern side of Lake Constance in southern Germany very near the borders of Switzerland and Austria. Population is around 58,000. And that big cluster of buildings in the lower left corner, that’s Messe Friedrichshafen, home of the Eurobike trade show.

By Jason Sumner

Organizers claim nearly 44,000 people will pass through the show halls this week. From the looks of the crowds on Day 1 they may not be far off.

By Jason Sumner

There are hundreds of eye-catching “booths” here at Eurobike, but CamelBak is leader in the clubhouse for most innovative thus far thanks to this re-circulating water wall.

By Francis Cebedo

Hovding Airbag for Cyclist’s Head – It looks like a fashionable scarf but it’s really an airbag helmet for cyclists. The Hovding has sensors on the front and rear that monitor movements at 200 times a second. In the event of an accident, the shock and abnormal movement of the cyclist will trigger the airbag helmet to deploy in 1/10 of a second and the whole back, top, side of the head is protected by an airbag helmet.

It’s a serious product from Sweden and their claim is it offers more protection than a standard helmet while not having the dreaded helmet head for bike commuters. Price for the system is $450 euros and it weighs about 750 grams. See more photos in the gallery below and go here for a more extensive look of the Hovding Airbag Bike Helmet.

By Jason Sumner

For bike junkies, EuroBike is truly Valhalla. Even in three days, there’s no way we’ll be able to take it all in.

By Jason Sumner

BMC and Gates Carbon Drive were showing off this electronic-shifting equipped rig, billing it as the world’s fastest commuter bike.

By Jason Sumner

French wheel and component maker Mavic has gotten back in the pedals game with full lines of mountain and road offerings. If these look like Time pedals to you, you’re not far off base, as they are indeed all made by Time for Mavic.

By Jason Sumner

Eye-catching displays such as this one for bike maker Rose are everywhere.

By Jason Sumner

The first three days of the show are restricted to the cycling industry. Then on Friday it’s open to the public.

By Jason Sumner

Ground zero for EuroBike is the Messe Friedrichshafen, a collection of about a dozen airline hanger size convention halls. It’s massive on a scale the needs to be seen to be believed. One official told us that the entire facility measure 150,000 square meters, which if our math is correct is about half a million square feet. Whatever the case, if you ever come, bring a pair of very comfortable shoes.

By Jason Sumner

We haven’t been inside yet, but were told there is indeed a real live zeppelin in there. And we are not talking the Jimmy Page/Robert Plant variety.

By Jason Sumner

Sadly, most days at Eurobike begin with an apocalyptic helping of traffic jam. It took us about 45 minutes to go 5 miles this morning.


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2013 RoadBikeReview.com Eurobike Blog – Day 2 Gallery
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Beer

Another day in the books, another delicious German beer.
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Katusha

Not sure what he was doing here, but Team Katusha was also in the house on the first indoor day of Eurobike.
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Team Sky

Companies love promoting relationships with WorldTour teams, and few teams have as much cache right now as Team Sky, who loaned a car to the folks at Rapha (the squad’s official apparel supplier).
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Froome

The race bike of 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome was on prominent display at the Shimano expo area. No sighting of the Brit himself yet, but don’t be surprised if he turns up before the week is done.
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Shimano

The size of some of the “booths” at Eurobike is beyond description. Actually small house would be a good description. At Shimano HQ, their space is so large they have small street signs.
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Kittel

Our first major cycling celebrity sighting, multi-stage winner sprinter Marcel Kittel.
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Signing

Garmin-Sharp’s Peter Stetina is coming soon.
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Cervélo S3

While inside the Canadian company was celebrating the launch of the new S3, it’s all new aero road bike.
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Painting

The final touches were still being put on the outside of the Cervélo expo area…
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Sandwich Bike

From the Netherlands comes a bike that comes to your house in a box not much bigger than a box to ship two wheels. The Sandwich bike is inspired by the Ikea packing efficiency and ease of assembly. The manufacturer claims it can be assembled in 30 minutes with just simple tools. With a singlespeed drivetrain and coaster brakes, this striking bike is a sure conversation starter at the coffee shop.
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Sandwich Bike

Weight is 35 lbs and price will be around $1050. More info at http://sandwichbikes.com.
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Heli-View

For a little more perspective on where we are, here’s a birdseye view of Friedrichshafen, Germany. According to the all-knowing source that is Wikipedia, it’s a university city on the northern side of Lake Constance in southern Germany very near the borders of Switzerland and Austria. Population is around 58,000. And that big cluster of buildings in the lower left corner, that’s Messe Friedrichshafen, home of the Eurobike trade show.
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Crowds

Organizers claim nearly 44,000 people will pass through the show halls this week. From the looks of the crowds on Day 1 they may not be far off.
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CamelBak

There are hundred of eye-catching “booths” here at Eurobike, but CamelBak is leader in the clubhouse for most innovative thus far thanks to this re-circulating water wall.
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Hovding Airbag for Cyclist's Head

It looks like a fashionable scarf but it's really an airbag helmet for cyclists. The Hovding has sensors on the front and rear that monitor movements at 200 times a second.
×

Hovding Airbag for Cyclist's Head

In the event of an accident, the shock and abnormal movement of the cyclist will trigger the airbag helmet to deploy in 1/10 of a second and the whole back, top, side of the head is protected by an airbag helmet.
×

Hovding Airbag for Cyclist's Head

It's a serious product from Sweden and their claim is if offers more protection than a standard helmet while not having the dreaded helmet head for bike commuters. Price for the system is $450 euros and it weighs about 750 grams.
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Mavic Wheels

For bike junkies, EuroBike is truly Valhalla. Even in three days, there’s no way we’ll be able to take it all in.
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BMC Cruiser

BMC and Gates Carbon Drive were showing off this electronic-shifting equipped rig steed, billing it as the world’s fastest commuter.
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Mavic Pedals

French wheel and component maker Mavic has gotten back in the medals game with full lines of mountain and road offerings. If these look like Time pedals to you, you’re not far off base, as they are indeed all made by Time for Mavic.
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Create Bike

Eye-catching displays such as this one for bike maker Rose are everywhere.
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Prices

The first two days of the show are restricted to the cycling industry. Then on Friday it’s open to the public.
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Main Entrance

Ground zero for EuroBike is the Messe Friedrichshafen, a collection of about a dozen airline hanger size convention halls. It’s massive on a scale the needs to be seen to be believed. One official told us that the entire facility measure 150,000 square meters, which if our math is correct is about half a million square feet. Whatever the case, if you ever come, bring a pair of very comfortable shoes.
×

Zepplin

We haven’t been inside yet, but were told there is indeed a real live zeppelin in there. And we are not talking the Jimmy Page/Robert Plant variety.
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Traffic

Sadly, most days at Eurobike begin with an apocalyptic helping of traffic jam. It took us about 45 minutes to go 5 miles this morning.

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  • Davist says:

    1 square meter is almost 11 square feet, so 150k m2 = 1.65 million sq ft. great article, keep it coming.

  • Don Haywood says:

    The reason Froome was not there is because he’s hanging out around Boulder, CO. He and a couple of his teamates passed us by outside of Lyons last Sunday, Sep 1.

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