I'm not entirely sure where March went, it's been super busy here at HQ. Plenty of cycling has been done- an absence of longer rides, but come rain or shine, I've been out there for my commute and generally enjoying life on 2 wheels.
I was lucky enough to win tickets to a bike/cycling festival for the weekend, SpinLDN, and so this afternoon, off T and I rolled to the old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane for a look at all things urban cycling. Why thank you Cyclescheme for my tickets.
There were a whole swathe of exhibitors- everything from bike polo to manufacturers of some awesome accessories brands. We had a really good wander through which was great, recognised a few brands, including the one who make my own little fixie and generally soaked it all up.
I put a punt in to win this beauty from Tokyo Bike with my #SahnSelfie
And met a few other stand out exhibitors:
The rather lovely lady at Hill & Ellis was showing of some gorgeous pannier bags, I fell in love with this satchel as available for pre-order, but they also had some great handbag styles that had reversible straps and attachments- 1 side reflective, the other leather to fit the rest of the bag.
The awesome people from Lflect specialise in reflective fashion, the scarf is reflective in flash photography- or more importantly, headlights. They also stock iron on reflective patterns, for shirts, accessories or anything else- they had a few last stock t-shirts of their own, sadly nothing in my size. But I'm still lusting this, this, & this.
And we also found an awesome company, Felvarrom that make upcycled products from bike parts. T fell in love with these belts, and when he couldn't find one to fit, they resized one for him, showing that stallholders and exhibitors who were prepared to engage were the ones to win business.
One thing that I found hugely disappointed in was the willingness of exhibitors to engage. There were a number of stands we stopped to look at, showed an interest in, and wanted to ask questions at, but we were completely ignored by the people manning them. All of the mentioned exhibitors above are people who spoke to us, who answered questions or who simply smiled and said hello and let the conversation flow.
So there we are- a SpinLDN edition of MWO2W, and my (almost) total for March... it's not been a bad mileage month especially since I didn't manage any longer rides.