I’ve got to get back out onto the show floor, but I wanted to share some of the bits and bikes I checked out yesterday.
Basil bags from The Netherlands are very solid and attractive. They’ve got a full range for daily riding. Their business “Select” line is water resistant (comes with rain cover) and has a new hook system that has an extra lock for security. They also make colorful baskets and sturdy front racks.
Another bag company I like is Arkel . From Quebec, Arkel is well known among tourers for their excellent quality, features, and durability. The Dauphin 48 is a case in point. It’s made out of a durable nylon with seams that are taped, sealed, and laminated. This (and other tricks) makes the bag waterproof without the design constraints of typical waterproof bags (like Ortlieb), meaning it can have tons of pockets and other useful features.
Also from Arkel is a very cool rear seatpost-mounted rack ($89 retail). They use just a strap on the seatpost and and the real clamping happens up on the seat rails via a quick release lever. This means your seatpost won’t get damaged and the rack comes on and off in just a few seconds.
Nutcase helmets debuted a few new things yesterday. They had several new designs to show off, as well as a new buckle system. Thanks to a magnet, the new buckle can be snapped with one hand. And for those of us with little ones, the new buckle is also pinch-free and lockable (awesome!).
Linus bikes from Venice, California continue to impress me. I’ve seen them at Clever Cycles, but yesterday I got a chance to take a closer look and learn more about the company.
I actually ran into Clever co-owner Todd Fahrner at their booth. He said he loves Linus too because of their “design restraint” which he explained as them not pretending to be more than they are and keeping their designs simple and basic.
The result of this approach are not only bikes that look elegant, but that are also low-priced (they’re made in China which helps with that a bit too). A company rep explained that their bikes are inspired by French bikes from the 1950s and 1960s. Their basic three-speed “Dutchi” bike sells for $589 and their single-speed “Roadster Classic” sells for $409. The new “Gaston” ($789) is a looker with its whitewall tires, mustache bars, leather saddle, brass bell, and five-speed Sturmey Archer rear hub.
And now, for a few random sightings..
A nifty bike-part chair in the Keen booth:
The Knog (a light and accessory company) booth was bubble-wrapped. Hmmm…
This hand-painted track bike was a thing of beauty:
This is how some folks deliver mail in the U.K.:
And finally… Sharrows in Vegas!
Lots more to cover and I’m running out of time… so off to the aisles to find more neat stuff. Check out more shots from the aisles of Interbike — including clothes from Swrve, bikes from Globe, and more — in the slideshow below: