Advice Stage schedule announced for this year’s The Cycle Show

Maintenance demos, Q&As, the life of a bike tester and more

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The Cycle Show kicks off on Friday 13 September at Birmingham’s NEC, and it’s packed full of shiny bikes, new tech and inspiring talks.

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Alongside the main stage, BikeRadar is sponsoring the Komoot Cycle Advice Stage and we’ve got an array of speakers lined up to discuss a range of topics. 

Whether you’re looking for practical maintenance tips, advice on how to buy a bike, or how to bring everything but the kitchen sink on a bike tour, there’s bound to be something for you. 

You’ll also get to hear from BikeRadar‘s tech editors about what they do.

Here’s the full line-up of talks at the Komoot Cycle Advice Stage sponsored by BikeRadar, as well as featured speakers on the Main Stage and V12 Retail Finance stage.

Komoot Cycle Advice Stage – Friday 13 September

Bike maintenance — front gear adjustment

This demo will cover everything you need to know about adjusting your front derailleur, from alignment to cable tension and routing. You’ll learn about the different styles of front derailleur as well as how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot them.

  • Time: 10:10–10:40
  • Speakers: Jules Thrasher, technical manager, Shimano
The Cycle Show 2019 bike maintenance demos
There will be bike maintenance demos teaching you how to index your gears.
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New product showcase

The team from BikeRadar have picked their favourite products from this year’s The Cycle Show. Find out what they chose and why, and ask them your questions on buying cycle gear.

  • Time: 10:50–11:20
  • Speakers: Robin Weaver, technical editor-in-chief, BikeRadar, MBUK, Cycling Plus and Rob Spedding, content director, BikeRadar, MBUK, Cycling Plus

How do you design a bike?

Ribble’s Jamie Burrow gives an insight into how his road racing career launched his career into bike design.

  • Time: 11:30–12:00
  • Speakers: Jamie Burrow, head of product, Ribble Cycles

Komoot route planning workshop

Whether you’re off on a bikepacking trip or just want a change from the same local loop, this workshop will show you how to use Komoot to discover, plan and share your rides. 

  • Time: 12:10–12:40
  • Speakers: Eleanor Jaskowska, community manager, Komoot

Are e-bikes a force for good?

Do e-mountain bikes make the sport more accessible or do they ruin it for everyone else? Olly Wilkins, known for his jumps and downhill racing, will be talking openly about his opinions on this often divisive topic.

  • Time: 12:50–13:20
  • Speakers: Olly Wilkins, British MTB legend
Olly Wilkins
Olly Wilkins is a British MTB Pro and columnist for MBUK.
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The truth about bike fit

Experienced physiotherapist and bike fitter Phil Burt joins Rob Spedding for a frank and honest discussion around the bike fit industry, which has grown rapidly in the last 10 to 15 years.

  • Time: 13:30–14:00
  • Speakers: Phil Burt, lead physiotherapist, British Cycling

Lifestyle, Vlogging and Cycling Adventures — a Q&A with Keira McVitty

Since taking a sidestep from pro racing, Keira McVitty has used YouTube to promote her passion for cycling. In this Q&A, we’ll explore the adventures from her racing career and how she grew her YouTube channel, plus more.

  • Time: 14:10–14:40
  • Speakers: Keira McVitty, pro cyclist and vlogger

Strength training tips for cyclists 

Having coached Olympians and Paralympians with British Cycling, Scott Pearson knows exactly how to minimise injuries and maximise performance. He’ll be answering all your strength and fitness questions, and giving some valuable tips that you can take with you.

  • Time: 14:50–15:20
  • Speakers: Scott Pearson, strength and conditioning coach, British Cycling

Bike maintenance – rear gear adjustment

This demo shows you how to set up and adjust the rear derailleur, check for damage and recognise misalignment. You’ll get to know the different types of rear derailleur and how they relate to cassette sizes, and learn how to replace the cable.

  • Time: 15:30–16:00
  • Speakers: Jules Thrasher, technical manager, Shimano

Main Stage – Friday 13 September

If you’re at The Cycle Show on Friday 13 September, don’t forget that there’s an array of guests lined up for the main stage too. 

Sir Chris Hoy — Olympian, business owner, author, mental health advocate, motivational speaker, family man — will be sharing his inspirational story on the main stage at 12.30pm. Be sure not to miss it.

Sir Chris Hoy
Sir Chris Hoy will be appearing on the main stage on Friday.
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Komoot Cycle Advice Stage – Saturday 14 September

Bike maintenance — front gear adjustment

Another chance to see this demo, which will cover everything you need to know about adjusting your front derailleur, from alignment to cable tension and routing. You’ll learn about the different styles of front derailleur, as well as how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot them.

  • Time: 10:10–10:40
  • Speakers: Jules Thrasher, technical manager, Shimano

Breaking barriers — increasing women in cycling

Join some of this year’s inspiring 100 Women in Cycling  to celebrate the fun, friendship and freedom that cycling provides.

  • Time: 10:50–11:20
  • Speakers: Anna Glowinski, TV presenter, Anna’s Legs designer
Anna Glowinski
Anna Glowinski is a cycling polymath, and radio and TV presenter.
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How to buy a bike

BikeRadar’s experts explain what to look for when you pick your next bike, and answer all your bike-buying questions.

  • Time: 11:30–12:00
  • Speakers: Warren Rossiter, senior technical editor – Road, BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and Rob Spedding, content director, BikeRadar, MBUK, Cycling Plus

How you can use Tour de France science to be a better rider

The training secrets of the world’s best cyclists and how you can benefit from them too.

  • Time: 12:10–12:40
  • Speakers: James Witts, author of The Science of the Tour de France

Tales of endurance racing and bikepacking

Come and hear Jenny Tough’s tales of ultra-racing. As well as being the first woman in the inaugural Silk Road Mountain Race she’s had plenty of bikepacking adventures, and you can learn about the mistakes and discoveries she’s made along the way.

  • Time: 12:50–13:20
  • Speakers: Jenny Tough, adventurer, writer, film-maker
Jenny Tough
Jenny Tough is an all-round adventurer.
The Cycle Show

Are e-bikes a force for good?

Another chance to see this talk that asks whether e-mountain bikes make the sport more accessible, or do they ruin it for everyone else? Olly Wilkins, known for his jumps and downhill racing, will be talking openly about his opinions on this very divisive topic.

  • Time: 13:30–14:00
  • Speakers: Olly Wilkins, British MTB legend

Komoot route planning workshop

Whether you’re off on a bikepacking trip or just want a change from the same local loop, this workshop will show you how to use Komoot to discover, plan and share your rides. 

  • Time: 14:10–14:40
  • Speakers: Eleanor Jaskowska, community manager, Komoot

How do you design a bike?

Ribble’s Jamie Burrow gives an insight into how his road racing career launched his career into bike design.

  • Time: 14:50–15:20
  • Speakers: Jamie Burrow, head of product, Ribble Cycles

Bike maintenance – rear gear adjustment

This demo shows you how to set up and adjust the rear derailleur, check for damage and recognise misalignment. You’ll get to know the different types of rear derailleur and how they relate to cassette sizes, and learn how to replace the cable.

  • Time: 15:30–16:00
  • Speakers: Jules Thrasher, technical manager, Shimano

V12 Retail Finance Stage – Saturday 14 September

Bob Haro
BMX legend Bob Haro will be taking to the V12 stage on Saturday.
The Cycle Show

At 1pm, BMX legend Bob Haro will be talking about his extensive career: from pioneering freestyle riding back in the seventies and eighties, stunt riding in that infamous BMX chase scene in E.T., through to founding Haro Bikes and collaborating with Nike for the 2008 Olympics.

At 1.45pm, Paul Jones will be in conversation with Michael Broadwith, who currently holds the End to End record. Paul photographed Michael’s ride, and his forthcoming book End to End explores the social and racing history of this iconic route.

Michael Broadwith End to End record
Michael Broadwith, who holds the End to End record, will be talking with photographer and author Paul Jones.
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Komoot Cycle Advice Stage – Sunday 15 September

Bike maintenance — front gear adjustment

This demo will cover everything you need to know about adjusting your front derailleur, from alignment to cable tension and routing. You’ll learn about the different styles of front derailleur, as well as how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot them.

  • Time: 10:10–10:40
  • Speakers: Jules Thrasher, technical manager, Shimano

How to buy a bike

BikeRadar’s experts explain what to look for when you pick your next bike, and answer all your bike-buying questions.

  • Time: 10:50–11:20
  • Speakers: Warren Rossiter, senior technical editor – Road, BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and Rob Spedding, content director, BikeRadar, MBUK, Cycling Plus

How do you design a bike?

Ribble’s Jamie Burrow gives an insight into how his road racing career launched his career into bike design.

  • Time: 11:30–12:00
  • Speakers: Jamie Burrow, head of product, Ribble Cycles

A day in the life of a bike tester

It sounds like the dream job, doesn’t it? Hear first-hand from one of our bike testers about the reality of the work and whether testing bikes for a living is as glamorous as it looks.

  • Time: 12:10–12:40
  • Speakers: Alex Evans, technical editor, BikeRadar
BikeRadar Technical Editor Alex Evans rides his long-term Orange Stage 6 RS enduro mountain bike over some roots in the forest
BikeRadar Tech Editor Alex Evans gives an insight into the life of a bike tester.
Andy Lloyd

How not to pack light

Kate Rawles cycled the length of South America on a bamboo bike to raise awareness and inspire positive action on biodiversity loss. In this talk she explains why she chose to travel heavy, while offering valuable long-distance touring tips.

  • Time: 12:50–13:20
  • Speakers: Kate Rawles

Are e-bikes a force for good?

Do e-mountain bikes make the sport more accessible or do they ruin it for everyone else? Olly Wilkins, known for his jumps and downhill racing, will be talking openly about his opinions on this often divisive topic.

  • Time: 13:30–14:00
  • Speakers: Olly Wilkins, British MTB legend

Fuelling your ride: Michelin Star nutrition advice

Former Michelin starred chef Alan Murchison explains how he’s used his culinary knowledge to improve the performance of some of Britain’s best riders, plus he’ll be sharing the nutrition tips you’ll need to take your cycling to the next level.

  • Time: 14:10–14:40
  • Speakers: Alan Murchison, author, The Cycling Chef

Bike maintenance – rear gear adjustment

This demo shows you how to set up and adjust the rear derailleur, check for damage and recognise misalignment. You’ll get to know the different types of rear derailleur and how they relate to cassette sizes, and learn how to replace the cable.

  • Time: 15:30–16:00
  • Speakers: Jules Thrasher, technical manager, Shimano

V12 Retail Finance Stage – Sunday 15 September

Jody Cundy, Rio Olympics
Don’t miss the Q&A with 7x Paralympic and 19x World Champion Jody Cundy OBE.
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At 11.15am there will be a Q&A with Jody Cundy OBE, seven-time Paralympic champion and 19-time world champion. Not to be missed!