After the CMT Stuttgart our way to the north of Germany should lead to Hannover, where we wanted to pursue the development of the bicycle and mountain bike industry at the leisure fair abf with particular interest.
The fair abf in Hanover came to a successful conclusion on Sunday, 4 February, with another large crowd of visitors. A total of 92,000 people came to Hannover's huge exhibition center to find out about the latest trends and products.
550 off-exhibitors presented novelties on five days as well as a variety of classics from the areas of bicycle & outdoor, caravaning & camping, car, travel and holidays.
In addition, the exhibition Garden, Real Estate, Construction und Interior Design (B.I.G.) also ran in other halls. From Friday to Sunday, short events Supreme Peds as well as the Photo and Adventure were added.
The area of interest for us offered a unique selection of bicycles and accessories - whether city bikes or road bikes, e-bikes or cargo bikes, mountain bikes or BMX, bike locks or clothing.
Once again, the so-called BTurtle invented by the company GentleTent from Vienna, a bicycle trailer that featured an inflatable tent on the back of the truck bed, was particularly popular, enabling bicycle tours to be carried out independently of hotel bookings and weather conditions.
On the large bike test track, the visitors were able to test drive their bike directly at the fair, which was also extensively used by the present police squadron. To feel the power of an e-bike or pedelec, there was also a ramp available!
BMX is still very much in vogue and is an essential part of the bicycle scene. Highlight once again was the large BMX action area with daily BMX shows, contests, workshops and BMX courses for beginners and advanced.
There are numerous well-known manufacturers and dealers with a unique range of brands, ranging from Hercules to hare bikes to Pegasus, Scott or Bulls. Of particular interest was the stand of Tegernsee-Bike, which offers conversions of conventional bikes to e-bikes, whereby a variety of drive techniques is used.
Whether city bikes, trikes, recumbents, cargo bikes, pedelecs, e-bikes, rehab bikes, cross bikes, cruisers, children's or racing bikes - here every two-wheeler fan found his personal dream model.
Carola Schwennsen, Managing Director at the trade fair organizer Fachausstellungen Heckmann: "It was the second time that abf and B.I.G. took place in parallel on the exhibition grounds and it has once again shown that both fairs complement each other perfectly and that both events benefit from each other. "