I dropped by the Toronto International Bike Show for the first time in several years. As per usual, it was a hodgepodge of vendors and other bike organizations, along with a vast array of bike shops mainly clearing out old stock.
Wandering around, the first thing that caught my eye was this suitcase trailer for folding bikes at the Wike stand, made out of a Samsonite F’lite case. Here it is shown with a Dahon folder inside. If I didn’t already have my bright orange F’lite case, I’d be tempted. At $399, it is pretty competitively priced, considering the Bike Friday trailer kit without F’lite case is $225. However, they couldn’t absolutely tell me that it would work with a Friday. I guess this is a case of try before you buy.
I also couldn’t help notice that they were selling bakfiets type bikes from China that were pretty aggressively priced.
There were a couple of e-bike vendors. I’m not sure if this was just a self selected set of vendors, but most of them were showing bicycle type e-bikes, rather than the scooter type. The sales rep couldn’t tell me how much the black one in this photo weighed (I could lift it without too much trouble). It retailed for just over $900.
Allo vélo, a bike shop from Montréal, had all sorts of cool stuff on their stand. They are now the distributor of Bullitt cargobikes for Eastern Canada.
Behind the cargo bike was a Triobike, a tricycle with a large plastic tub for carrying kids that they import from Denmark.
They were selling a line of city bikes called Creme from Poland that you see in the background. They also had the Cleverhood rain cape that I had only seen in magazines and on the web. Being a big fan of raincapes, I couldn’t resist getting one. Here in this flash photo, you can see the reflective lines in the pattern they call “Electric Houndstooth”.
Around the corner was a large stand featuring both Ynot and Gallant Bicycles, which I did not realize were sister companies. Ynot makes their stuff in a studio in the neighbourhood, and I’ve had my eye on their pedal straps for a while, since mine on the Xtracycle have gotten pretty beat up.
Also at the end of their stand was this sign, showing that they are testing the waters of the economy cargobike market. From the outline, it looks like the same bike that Wike is already selling. I was told that this is a pilot project. I heartily agreed with them that getting a decent quality cargobike at this sort of pricepoint would be key to their much wider adoption.
One more company selling brightly coloured fixies.
Finally, it was good to see Joe and Bob from the Human Powered Transportation Association in Brantford. Here they are showing off Joe’s latest velomobile: an e-assist sociable trike in a shell from Reg Rodaro.
These are the good folks that bring you the Niagara Velomobile Happening, a great event that I haven’t been able to attend for a couple of years since it happens the same time as Battle Mountain.
Here are the purchases from today. I’m very glad that both items were made in North America!