We've just got back from a day at the Cycle Show, in Birmingham.

As anticipated, the hall at the NEC centre is packed full of exciting bike beauties to drool over - but unlike some of the enormous shows in the industry - it's manageable enough to get from one end to the other without needing five espresso shots and a couple of energy gels.

The show opens to the public tomorrow (Friday) and remains open until Sunday. Tickets are still available - and you can save £1.50 by using the code 'TWC' at the checkout.

We've pulled out just a few of our favourites items from the exhibitors... enjoy.


Our mates at Road Cycling UK told us about this saddle recently. Looking at it online, we weren't sure it looked too female friendly - but we changed our minds when we saw it in the flesh.

The Cell uses air-sprung technology, and the colourful cover hides a gel like cushioning that moulds to the body to reduce pressure where needed. Clever. And only £49.99.


We've seen solid bicycle tyres before, but never really been tempted to try them - but these from Tannus looked ALMOST normal in black, which made us wonder if they might feel normal, too.

They've convinced us to give some samples a try - we'll update you. We did find we needed a second pair of hands when fitting them to a rim... but we can deal with that since it'd be a once in a life-time fit with all risk of puncture removed.


We can't believe we missed this one at Eurobike. Garmin have been so busy making new GPS units, it totally slipped through the net.

This is Garmin's first step into the lighting market- and they've made it count. The headlight works in conjunction with a GPS, becoming brighter as you speed up, so you use max battery only when it matters. At its brightest, it's 600 lumens, and can also be controlled via a handlebar mounted system.

The rear light 'Radar' has a built in sensor, and becomes brighter when a vehicle approaches. Not only that, the rider also gets a warning as large metal objects come closer. We're not sure about how useful this feature actually is.

In addition, you can also attach lights to the seat stays - one left, and one right. These can be controlled via the handlebar, acting as an indicator. Clever stuff!

The front is £159.99, as is the rear, and the remote is £39.99.


Topeak's new Ninja range includes the Ninja P (pump), Ninja C (chain tool) and Ninja TC8+ (bottle cage/multitool holder).

All three items are designed to fit to the bike discreetly, without getting in the way of the ride. The pump attaches to the seat post, and this is the one that we thought we'd get the most use out of. No need to clutter the downtube, or your back pocket.

The TC8+ stores a multitool underneath the bottle cage - also a handy idea, but multitools are by nature pretty small, so we're quite happy having one in our back pocket. And, to be honest, we rarely carry a chain tool and haven't needed one mid-ride yet...


When we first saw this stand, we noticed it was dedicated to clothing designed to protect in the event of a tumble, and we thought it might be maternity cycle wear... We were wrong.

Pro Bump Wear is kit designed with a silicone layer built into areas where riders often suffer skin damage in crashes - the elbows and hips in particular. The kit remains stretchy, and breathable, and looks perfectly normal. We like the idea and it's nice to see something genuinely different.


Rapid racer have got a wide range of mudguards, made from lightweight, easy to fit plastic. The fork guards pictured have been around a while, but they've added some new shapes for road bikes, cross bikes and fat bikes for 2016 - all discreet and under £10 - worth a look.


It's not new - but man, is it pretty...


The range also includes Mr Bump - which might be more appropriate for some of us...


Ok - so this isn't our own picture - but you get the idea.

Watt Bike have made it possible for users to upload data from their sessions to the interwebs for some time, but they've just announced new software which allows users to download pre-set sessions to their phone or tablet, and follow them on the bike. They provide 16 week training plans, and the programme tells you what intervals to do, at what heart rate and power - so you literally just have to do as you're told!


Ohh - snuggly. We saw this fetching night shirt and other options on the VeloVixen stand.


We were pretty dotty over this set (sorry..) and there are arm warmers, cap and shorts to match...


Urbanist have beefed up their range with Polk-a-Dot and leopard print options in their chamois panties - comfort on the bike just got more stylish!


We're noticing more and more brands offering women's models, but they're not all shortening the top tubes as has been the traditional approach - apparently the industry is starting to question if anyone actually has any data suggesting women have shorter torsos than men.

Stork, like many, have added women's options with an identical frame to their performance unisex bikes - but the handlebars, cranks and stem can be altered to a woman's requirements.

We're still trying to get to the bottom of why we need a different stem if we don't have shorter bodies.


We just thought these were kind of cute..


Basically just beautiful


We've seen these bikes before at TrekWorld, but here they are again.

Stunning designs, which you can customise to your hearts content - all with 'flat foot technology' for easy pedaling and stability.


For every rider.


Changing the way we see data - literally. These show you everything you'd traditionally see on a swanky GPS (heart rate, power, calls and SMS) - right in front of your eyes. No need to even look down.


We need these. In life.


The Cycle Show is exhibiting the biggest selection of e-bikes ever at a trade show. We liked this one from Roo Dog the most.


There were loads of saddles that interested us - but these looked fairly 'normal', and follow a theory a little like the ISM concept we discussed recently.


We've seen this urban friendly bike with integrated light before - but it's still cool. And yes, it still reminds us of The Clangers.