Headset Predictions for 2014

I’m lying about, no cycling to do and plenty of thinking time… It’s near the end of the year and we will soon turn the page for 2014. I like to think what will be happening in the world of cycling over the next twelve months… Here are some of my predictive thoughts for ’14; Cool colours for will be black and orange. Dayglo will be dull by the end of 2014 and apart from safety it will end, or maybe bright safety orange will kick it. Bike wise I expect plenty more all-road-gravel-grinders to go mainstream along with fat bikes. I think the all-road bikes will get the serious nod though. Biking events will go ballistic and this one worries me and hope things stay safe. Google glasses will be a flop and Strava will be pushing too aggressively with all of this. Touring style will get a huge nod in this year and expect to see more casual performance based cycling gear. I’m still waiting for some really good touring shorts, rather than lycra (hidden or otherwise). Handmade bikes market will continue to expand and more people will be looking to get something custom made. Adventure by bike, the outdoors is free ideal will be copied and hyped even further but most of us will be home by teatime. 26″ wheels will be in with the cool crowd by the middle of the year, although most of us will really want 650b as we just can’t make up our minds! Cycling is going to see a massive growth this year that could see some capital investments that are frankly absurd and I imagine by the end of the year there will be way too much stock of certain items languishing in sales. I for one would not like to predict sales patterns for the year. Hopefully though we will all enjoy what we have, not worry about any of this, ride a bike we can afford (and clothes too) and have a rad time on bikes. I’m going to say 2014 will be the year cycling becomes normal, rather than an abnormal hobby by middle-aged men – yea, that last bit might be a personal wish. Oh and did I mention the Tour de France? Three cheers for Yorkshire!

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