You’ve still just got time to pop along to the Alexandra Palace and visit the Ally Pally Bike Show; it’s on today (28 February 2008) and tomorrow.
As I had a day off, I took a trip up there yesterday. To be honest, it was a bit disappointing for the £15 on the door charge. Advanced bookings were only available by post which was a bit of a pain. Still at least with the attendance being a bit thin, the queue wasn’t too long.
None of the manufacturers were there except for KTM, there was nothing “new for ’09” that I spotted, and if you want to clamber all over bikes you can forget it as virtually all the models on display had “keep off” signs on them.
There was a reasonable selection of stands offering discounted kit, with some good deals being offered on end of range helmets. One had an Airoh flip like the one I’ve been using for the last few years for under £50, unfortunately it was a size too big or I’d have snapped it up!
Aside from a tub of bolts, I did pick up some Akito gloves for £15. Not brilliant quality but hard wearing enough for lightweight summer jobs, and identical to ones I’ve been wearing for the last couple of years.