65th Milan Bike Show Report Part One
To counter criticism that by moving the 65th edition of EICMA (Expositione Internationale Ciclo Motociclo Accessori) to last place on the bike show season calendar would mean a poor turn-out by bike fans and exhibitors alike, the organisers had to come up with something to pack them in.
Their solution was to build a track right in the middle of the hall and to sign up the likes of Bettini, Pozzato, Ballerini, Bortolami and Popovich to ride the novel "Bikes4Show" event.
The racing had all the crowd-pleasers; Dernys, Madisons, Devils, in fact everything you'd find in a six-day race in one convenient four-day package!
Got wood? San Patrignano have! This crowd-pulling creation is a full bamboo-tubed frame, with the 'lugs' formed by wrapping sheets of unidirectional and multidirectional carbon fibres around the joins. Claiming to give a ride like no other, the range features road, MTB and city/hybrid versions.
Just to show their skills extend to more traditional methods and materials, it would be difficult to find a more exquisite example of hand-cut lugwork from today's framebuilding scene.
Racing legend Francesco Moser was on hand on the first day to press flesh and say cheese. Here he poses with his new "666" model.
Meanwhile, the heavily-sculpted lines of his new "Go" TT/triathlon rig was setting pulses racing.