Over the years we’ve heard many our cycling friends comment that they’d love to attend Interbike, which of course is a trade show and not generally open to the public. However, this September there might be a way for the public to partake in some of what Interbike has to offer.
Participants in this year’s RTC Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo, held in Las Vegas the day after Interbike closes, will be allowed in to the show for part of its final day.
“We view the Viva Bike Vegas event as the ultimate culmination of a week-long celebration of cycling,” said Pat Hus, Interbike’s managing director. “The RTC has done such a great job with this event and it has been growing nicely year after year for the last six years. The participation numbers are significant and now with the event taking place on the Saturday after the show, it just makes sense to invite this group to Interbike. The Gran Fondo customer is a passionate cycling enthusiast and exactly who we want in the halls.”
Interbike Official Website
Viva Bike Vegas Official Website
While it is unlikely that President Obama or even de facto health czar Michelle Obama would make a visit to the Interbike trade show, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit the opening day of this year’s international Eurobike trade show at the end of Augsut.
This move comes as cycling in German has seen economic growth. Merkel will reportedly open the show and then spend time getting to “know the latest trends and innovations from the biking world.”
Eurobike Official Website
[Via BikeRadar: Angela Merkel to open Eurobike 2013]
The largest bicycle trade show in North America is apparently up for sale. Nielsen Expositions, the company which produces Interbike and other trade events, is looking for a buyer. Other shows include ASD, the Hospitality Design Expo (HD Expo), the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), as well as the Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Markets. What this means for the future of the show isn’t clear. We’ll be sure to follow this story as it develops.
[Via Expo: Nielsen Expositions Up For Sale]
Interbike Official Website
Bob Dylan went electric so why not Interbike? The organizers of the largest bicycle trade show in North America announced this month that it will host electric bike manufacturers and journalists at an event that will showcase pedal-assist bikes.
The Electric Bike Media Event is set for February 12-13 at the Terranea Resot in Rancho Palos Verdes, and will allow companies to introduce their products and technologies to consumer media. SRAM, Prodeco, Easy Motion USA, Currie Technologies and Bikes Belong have announced that they will be attending the event.
The Electric Bike Media Event Official Website
This week Interbike, the largest bicycle industry trade show in North America, announced that for 2013 the show will allow select consumers to attend the event. According to the organizers the new program’s primary intent is to showcase the industry to some of its most loyal enthusiast customers.
This limited-access initiative, called Interbike by Invitation, will allow registered retailers to invite their best and most loyal customers to attend. These special invitees will be treated as special guests of that shop and will be afforded preferential treatment at the show. Interbike will not be adding a day for this initiative, and instead will be extending Friday’s hours and allowing access to both consumers and retailers on Friday, September 20, 2013. The show will now be extended to 6:00 pm on Friday instead of the previous 4:00 pm.
Interbike by Invitation Official Website
Most cyclists ride with their cell phone, usually stashed in the jersey pocket if it is not being used on the handlebar as a cycling computer. One ride is all it usually takes to realize that sweat builds up on the phone and regardless of the chance of rain, the following ride usually sees the phone placed in a zipper closure plastic bag before being put in a jersey pocket.
This is exactly the scenario that played out when I first purchased my iPhone. Since the replacement cost of that phone can exceed $600, every following ride saw the iPhone being protected by a Ziplock bag. Over time the zipper usually stops properly sealing and the bag breaks apart. While at Interbike this year, the crew from the 2013 Amgen Tour of California was giving away JerseyBins, the vinyl zipper pouch used to protect cell phones, cash, or anything else that may need to be protected while out for a ride. This little pouch seemed like the perfect solution.
The JerseyBin is a heavyweight zipper closure pouch that is available in four different sizes. The 10-gauge vinyl is cold crack tolerant to below -10 degrees Fahrenheit, yet it allows the use of a touch screen without removing your phone from the pouch – that can be difficult to do through a normal Ziplock bag. Read the rest of this entry »
Stroll into any bike shop looking for a chain lubricate and prepare to be inundated with numerous choices. From synthetic to ‘biodegradable’ options, picking a lube usually comes down to a recommendation from a shop mechanic or a friend who works on their own bikes. Each year at Interbike there seems to be a new lube making its debut, but is there really any need to change from what already works? This year there was one company bringing a lube to market that maybe worthy of trying something new. Slick Lube of Newark, Delaware has a product line with a laundry list of features, some of which have not appeared in any other chain lubes. Read the rest of this entry »
The modern disc brakes used on bikes today have dramatically improved performance and safety. In conjunction with those improvements, disc brakes have also freed rim makers to push the envelope regarding design since that do not have to incorporate rim brake surface anymore. With the abandonment of the rim brake design, mechanics have lost the ability to adjust the angle in which the brake pad hit the braking surface, referred to as ’toe’. Adjusting the toe was how the mechanics were able to quiet rim brakes that would squeal – this is not an option with disc brakes.
So what is a mechanic to do if they have properly installed disc brakes and they still squeal?
SwissStop has an answer. Developed for use in the railroad industry, the SwissStop Disc Brake Silencer is a metallic-based release agent with a biologically degradable carrier fluid that is very sparely applied to disc brake pads to stop the squeal. It is not an oil, but a liquid that dries. What is left behind is an agent that reduces brake dust and polishes the braking surface to minimize brake chatter – the chatter is what can cause the squealing problem.
Along with reducing brake squeal, SwissStop claims that their Disc Brake Silencer also dissipates heat better than none treated brakes, prevents non-uniform wear, and eliminates vibration – all while not impairing brake power. The Disc Brake Silencer is compatible with all disc brake systems on the market and brake pad types, including both organic and metallic. SwissStop states that one half-second application per pad will last well over 1000 miles. This should mean many happier miles for you and your friends! Video after the jump
Training rollers used by cyclists have remained largely unchanged for years. Set your resistance, hop on, and ride. With most rollers, the resistance unit, whether it was a fan, magnetic unit, or simply the diameter of the roller drums, can not be adjusted while riding. To make the workout harder or easier, changing to the next gear was pretty much to only option while in the saddle. The Italy manufacturer, Elite, has changed all of that with the introduction of their Arion Digital rollers for 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
The words ‘whole food’ are not just reserved for the name of a grocery chain, but is a term referring to food that is eaten in its purest, unprocessed form. Without ingredients like partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, or many of the chemicals that we can barely pronounce, the body can digest whole foods much easier than those containing processed ingredients. As a bonus, whole foods often taste much better than their processed counterparts and are much easier to stomach during a physical activity lasting several hours.
There are many solid, whole food type of energy bars on the market that can be carried easily in a pack or cycling jersey pocket. There are even unprocessed drink options. But when it comes to gels, there are not many choices for those wanting a compact, easy to carry, quick energy boast. While strolling the floor at Interbike this year, I was able to sample a number of different flavors of the whole food type of energy ‘gel’, PocketFuel, a 100% all natural energy product. Video after the jump
It is hard to believe that Interbike was a week ago. It came and went so fast, but it remains among our most favorite shows of the year. We went through the camera one more time and have posted our final photos from the show floor, including this one above of our own Brian O’Connor and pro cyclist Tom Danielson. Read the rest of this entry »
For years Chris King of Portland, Oregon has been producing some of the finest cycling components on the market. Sometimes they are at the forefront of a new idea and sometimes they choose to wait on the consumer to see which new innovation they will embrace. Up until recently, the only bottom bracket shell “standand” that they have supported has been the ISO/English or BSA threaded 1.37 in x 24 TPI in the widths of 68mm and 73mm – the U.S. standard for decades. It looks like that is about to change. Read the rest of this entry »
Giro has built a not so small empire with its line of helmets and shoes, and at Interbike last week the company unveiled the Empire, a new custom shoe developed specifically for Taylor Phinney to use in the 2012 Giro d’Italia and Olympic Games. Video after the jump