The BikeRadar mountain bike test track is proving a big hit today, Friday, now that the doors to London's Cycle Show have been opened to the general public.
The off-road course is surprisingly varied considering its setting, i.e. inside an exhibition hall that resembles a hangar. The track builders have cleverly managed to fit in a number of berms and jumps, along with some 'north shore' and ladder drops, just to keep those who like to live on the edge a little bit happier. Of course there's no point in having a course with such obstacles without the right bikes to test it on, and there's no shortage of these.
Saracen, Scott, Bergamont Trek, Iron Horse, Diamond Back and Bionicon are all on hand with models from their range available for everyone to try. And don't worry if you're coming to the show and haven't got a helmet - there are plenty for you to use on the test track. You never know, you might like one of the lids so much that you buy one.
Or you could keep your money for some of the other goodies in the enormous kit tent where there's a whole range of stuff from makers like Oakley, Gore, Endura and Adidas. In fact you may just find yourself leaving the Cycle Show at Earls Court with far more gear than you arrived with - that tent is a dangerous place for the wallet!