London Bike Show preview: ‘Time to test, or drool over, some gorgeous bikes’

London Bike Show people standing around looking at a new frame

In the frame: take your pick from over 300 brands on display at London’s largest bike expo

London Bike Show
29-31 March
Where ExCel
Tickets £16, students £10, under-15 free

As the curfew of winter begins to shift, I feel that familiar urge to get back on my bike and head for the hills. And whether you are a committed pedal junkie or are thinking about getting back in the saddle for the first time in years (if you are, you’ll find the sport has moved on just a bit), then there is no better way to dust down your Lycra and put some air in your old tyres than by visiting next month’s London Bike Show. It’s one of the UK’s largest cycling exhibitions and takes place on 29-31 March at London’s ExCel. It’s located alongside the Triathlon Show – your ticket gives you access to both – and this year the event is being opened by Olympic champions Jonny and Alistair Brownlee. More than 300 brands will be on display, featuring the latest and most innovative products from many of the sharpest and chicest cycle firms on the planet. You’ll have the chance to test ride, or just drool over, some of the most gorgeous bikes and gear available. There’s an e-bike track, an obstacle course for kids, an extreme bike battle arena and a roster of experts on stage. Love bikes? This one’s for you.

Cool kit

Loffi smiley gloves against a green background black with white faces
 Spread the glove: cheer up with a pair of Loffi bike gloves

Bike gloves to warm your fingers and your heart – and help spread a little goodwill on the road. Smiley cycle gloves, £32.95,