Allfixedgear goes to the Toronto International Bike show.
There were tonnes of overpriced road bikes and more mountain bikes than you could shake a stick at. Seems that there are lots and lots of people with a shit tonne of money to throw at elite bike frames that they are hardly qualified to ride. We call them “Fred’s” or “Dentists”.
There were some good offerings from Cyclemotive, they have a huge booth and seem to be getting it right with the track frames they sell. I even spotted a very limited edition custom BLB [Bricklane Bikes] steel triple triangle track bike with some sick carbon 88’s. or were they 90’s?
I really like what the folks at YNOT cycle are doing with their multipurpose messenger bags, knapsacks and pouches. They’ve recently opened a store on Queen St. West in Toronto and opened Gallant Bicycle on Bloor mid year last year. Lots of expansion happening from YNOT / Gallant. I’m looking forward to seeing what else they come out with this year. Look out for an #allfixedgear x YNOT collaboration bag soon. Their booth was pretty sick. Lots of traffic and smiling faces.
Met a new company owner, Jacob from Pierrot Cycles. They seem to be trying to fill a gap in the entry level fixedgear market, with price points at $399 and $499, for flippy floppy hubs and matchy colours. It’s worked with Purefixcycles and Statebicyles and Bigshot Bikes, but all of those are American Companies with parts made in Asia. Pierrot is trying to make this offering in Toronto / Canada, in a very busy marketplace. But like Bigshot bikes, they are keeping their offerings strictly online. No physical store. Saves on overhead but sometimes ends up these online bikes are needed to be put together in brick and mortar shops with real mechanics instead of at home. Many of those interested in these entry Fixedgear bikes don’t have a clue how to put them together. I’m interested to see how this pans out.
All in all, a good show. Wishing the market would catch up with the amount of track stuff wanted / needed vs. whats available. The shops that stay ontop will win the race.
Lastly, there were a couple of shops claiming to be Toronto’s best bike shop. None of which I had ever heard of. What’s your thoughts on self proclaiming, “Toronto’s Best”? Doesn’t NOW magazine do that officially?