Interbike Expo 2010

The annual Interbike Expo trade show, held last week, Sept. 22 to 24,
in Las Vegas, is a gathering of cycling brands, dealers, designers,
media and bike enthusiasts from around the globe. I traveled to Sin
City for a quick trip and took two days to walk the Interbike floor.
Here are a few items that caught my eye.

Light Bright — Do you bike at night? The Seca 1400 from Light &
Motion surpasses the brightness level of some automobile headlights,
the company touts. The handlebar-mounted blazer costs an astounding
$699 but can pump out enough white light to turn night into virtual
day. It runs for 2.5 hours on its rechargeable battery pack. Available
now. www.bikelightingsystem.com

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Flat-Less Bike Tire — Promising a Holy Grail of puncture-proof bike
tires, Hutchinson Tires previewed its solid-core Serenity series. The
“no-flat” tires have a foam-like material inside of a rubber outer
tire. Inflation is not required. You can run over tacks and nails and
the Serenity tires can’t pop. Available in 2011.
www.hutchinsontires.com

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Three-Seater Bike — Built by Brown Cycles of Grand Junction, Colo.,
the Triplet is an oversized bike made for one adult and two kids. The
bike has a steel frame and 24 speeds. It works with the adult
controlling the ride — steering, braking, gearing up — and the kids
in front aiding in pedaling for speed on the road. Available now for
$3,500. www.browncycles.com

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Carbon Bike Seat — In the running as the priciest bike seat ever
made, Selle SMP’s Full Carbon model costs $650. It is made of carbon
fiber and weighs a scant 105 grams. With an open central channel and
an “eagle-beak” nose, the seat is touted as anatomical as well as
aerodynamic. The unpadded seat, made for pro-level racers, is “suited
for thin people with narrow pelvises,” the company notes.
www.albabici.com

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Bike Gas Mask — Made for serious bike commuters in the worst urban
environments, the BioLogic Pollution Mask has replaceable carbon
filters to “scrub out exhaust fumes,” the company markets. Its dual
inhale/exhale ports aid in breathing while you pedal and attempt to
protect your lungs. $39.99, www.dahon.com

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Snow Bike — Based in Minnesota, Salsa Cycles knows a thing or two
about riding in the cold. The company’s new Mukluk is classified as a
“snow bike.” It’s a multi-geared monster that has super wide rims and
wide tires to aid in control and better flotation when your wheels are
cutting through the fluffy white. $1,499, www.salsacycles.com

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–Stephen Regenold writes about outdoors gear at www.gearjunkie.com.

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  1. edwin

    If you are exercising near traffic (especially traffic with diesel trucks) you are putting your lungs at risk. A separated bike path does not keep out airborne particles. The combination of proximity to pollution and deep breathing is very dangerous. Wearing a mask is a great idea, but get one that is government certified. In the US masks are certified by NIOSH. For bikers biking in pollution, P100 masks are the safest and not that expensive (under $20). BikeStreetJournal.com has a great article on this called: “Biking: Bad for Your (Respiratory) Health?”: http://www.bikestreetjournal.com/?p=274

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