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