End of August I headed down south with my camper for Eurobike 2017, the largest bike fair in the world.
2017 Eurobike statistics >1,400 exhibitors presented to 42,590 industry visitors from 101 countries and 1,654 media representatives plus an additional 22,160 bike fans who attended the Eurobike Festival Day.
After a five hours drive I reached Friedrichshafen, Germany, and my picturesque camp site with direct access to the banks of Lake Constance.
Friedrichshafen is located on the German side of Lake Constance which borders the three countries of Germany, Switzerland and Austria on all sides of the lake.
If you ever have the chance to come to Europe, you should give the area a visit – preferably of course during Eurobike season, which is shifting from end of August to mid July for the future.
A pleasant hilly countryside with apple plantations distinguish the area around Friedrichshafen, Merseburg etc. on the German lake side from where you get a perfect panorama view of the Alps on the opposite side of the lake.
It is worth mentioning that Friedrichshafen is the historic home of German Zeppelin air ships. The Zeppelin was invented in this area at the end of the 19th century and most Zeppelins including LZ 129 Hindenburg, which tragically endend the Zeppelin era in Lakehurst in 1937, were home based in Friedrichshafen.
For touristic round trips around the lake and over the alps Zeppelins have started flying again and that since 1997. Watching these giants slowly crossing the skies of Lake Constance or while take-off and landing is kind of impressive. The Zeppelin port is located alongside Friedrichshafen airport in close vicinity of the Friedrichshafen fare ground.
However, I was not here for spotting Zeppelins but bikes and cycling related stuff.
The first three days of Eurobike (Wednesday through Friday) were reserved for trade visitors and only Saturday was open to public.
Sneak Fare Preview
The media was already granted access on Tuesday for a first press conference and a stroll around the fair ground where busy workers gave the booths a finishing touch.
We were taken to a hand full of selected booths and after a nice lunch most of the press headed home for the day.
Garmin Edge 1030 and Vector 3
I took the chance to sneak around the fair ground. Garmin had already announced their intent to launch the new Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer as well as Vector 3 power meter pedals on the next day.
At their booth all new products were already in place and I took the opportunity to look around taking some photos.
I was immensely satisfied being the first and only to snap some pre-launch photos.
Both products, by the way, are well improved compared to their predecessors. The Edge 1030 with its external battery pack, fully integrated via the Garmin mount, lasts in theory up to 40 hours. In reality we estimate around 22 to 24 hours of battery life while navigating . I would say this is a thumbs up!.
The Garmin Vector has lost its pedal pods with Version 3 and looks remarkably slim for a set of power meter pedals. Battery life is estimated at 120 hours, according to Garmin, which is also an improvement. Here again, I give thumbs up.
Back at the camper trailer I had a Belgian Kwaremont cycling beer (or two) with Jörg Lachmann, Head of Marketing and Head of Sales Europe of Carbon Sports, the manufacturer of the legendary Lightweight wheels.
Lightweight had planned the launch of new Meilenstein Disc Clinchers the next day and Jörg unpacked the beauties the night before exclusively for CyclingClaude. Sometimes I feel privileged as a blogger :-).
With 24 mm rim width these new wheels can cater for wider tires and are 10 % stiffer than the previous version, which already was the stiffest wheel on the market.
Can you imagine how awesome these wheels will look on a Litespeed T1 SL Disc frame? Breathtaking!
Stay tuned for more stories around Eurobike 2017.
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