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Spin LDN urban cycle show teams up with London Coffee Festival for caffeine-fuelled Christmas freebie

Cool machines, hip gear and great coffee coming to Shoreditch

The second Spin LDN urban bike show will be held Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1 2013 at The Yard, Shoreditch. And picking up on the secondary obsession of just about every urban cyclist, the Spin crew have teamed up with The London Coffee Festival to brew up Spin X LCF XMAS.

Described as “the ultimate Christmas shopping experience for the discerning rider and coffee aficionado”, Spin X LCF XMAS will be free to enter, but only a limited number of tickets will be available.

The show will showcase smaller independent makers and forward thinking companies, with a selection of handmade frames, emerging cycle fashion makers, off-the-peg bikes, accessories and cycle-wear alongside a selection of single origin coffees and blends, brewers, grinders and espresso machines.

SPIN X LCF Xmas has teamed up with Brewers & Union to serve its own craft beer from the event’s heated outdoor beer garden – a limited edition unfiltered lager on tap. Mulled wine, DJs, art, entertainment and street food will provide a lively backdrop to the event.

Full details should be available next week, meantime, we suggest you sign up for the Spin newsletter to be kept informed.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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