Expo to offer glimpse into future of biking Nov. 4-6
Cycle Mode International 2016 is slated for next month, highlighting the popularity of cycling in Tokyo as an economic, healthy and eco-friendly way to get around town.
Young riders can be seen pedaling down the street for pleasure as well as to commute to and from work. It is this interest that has led exhibition officials to predict the show will draw more than 30,000 visitors to Makuhari Messe during its three-day run from Nov. 4 through 6.
One of Japan’s biggest sports entertainment events will show off more than 500 bicycles, frames, parts, clothing items and other related goods from more than 454 name brands throughout the world. There will also be craftsmen on hand showcasing their specialized handmade bikes.
The 2017 models of Pinarello, De Rosa, cervelo, factor, Colnago, Specialized, Litespeed, Bianchi and other custom manufacturers of high-performance bicycles in the above $10,000 price range are expected to attract the most attention. This is not just because they will be on display.
Unlike ordinary exhibits, Cycle Mode International will offer visitors a chance to test-ride more than 400 new road, MTV, electric-power-assist, foldable and other types of bikes.
On opening day, hundreds of bicycle enthusiasts are expected to line up for a chance to ride a variety of high-end bikes. A 1,115-foot oval test track will be set up indoors at Makuhari Messe; riders will be allowed to do one lap on each bike. Many riders, however, may take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and ride an extra lap. Some riders will bring their own helmets to get a better feeling of just what their ride would be like on the bikes.
Among the different booths, power-assist bikes that can travel up to 30 miles on a one-hour battery charge will be popular. Prices for these models range from $980 to $1,950. Advances in the technology of batteries have led to increased travel distances (195%) and decreased battery charging time (-400%) since a motor-assist bike was first introduced in 1993 by Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd.
Cycle computers that include GPS systems, monitor speed, distance, cadence, heart rate will also draw great interest. Priced at $160 to $560, they will be featured along with a few inexpensive, or even free GPS smart phone apps.
The expo will also feature outdoor bike performances on the specially installed course at Makuhari Kaihin Koen, as well as road-bike races on a street course nearby.
Classes on cycling techniques and maintenance for beginning adult cyclists and children are scheduled. There will be tips on how to ride in triathlons and on long-distance road trips as well as panel discussions, fashion shows and other events on tap.
Tickets are 1,200 yen when purchased in advance (online, at Ticket Pia or convenience stores), or 1,400 yen at the door. Admission for middle school students (with student ID) and those younger is free. 1,900 yen for two-day ticket purchased in advance, 1,000 yen for women.
In all, Cycle Mode International 2016 will demonstrate the modern bicycle’s vast potential in today’s world, while offering fun and excitement for the novice rider and hard-core enthusiast alike.