It’s been a week — a week! — since Josh Lipton and I got home from the annual North-American bike trade show known as Interbike with a wheelbarrow full of business cards, hundreds of photographs, and a bit of swag too.
Think of this as not just another Interbike photo dump, but a foreshadowing of future posts, reviews, and topics we will be covering here on Commute by Bike.
A full gallery of photos is below, but here are some highlights:
I met Arleigh Jenkins — for about 30 seconds. Long enough to get this photo.
I was looking for women’s cycling products that weren’t just superficially plastered with flowers. I was looking for some perspective on how the cycling industry regards women, and how it ought to. I’m seeking my own special XY spin on a topic with which I am unqualified to comment, yet I intend to anyway.
And somehow I ended up at Basil, the epicenter of Interbike flowericiousness.
Awhile back I ranted about the conspiracy to make us all like bright green products. Remember? Nobody paid much attention to that post, but I’m not dropping it!
I was talking to the guy from SST, which was allowing people to vote for and against the new colors for their line of BMX cables. I told him that the popularity of bright green was a direct result of mass mind control.
SST guy backed carefully away from me, like I was some street-corner 9/11 truther waving pamphlets in his face. I wasn’t even on a street corner, and I’d left my pamphlets back at the hotel.
The next guy to vote after me — I swear this is true — said, “Show me the brightest green you’ve got.”
Josh, being a veteran of more than 10 of these trade shows, wasn’t particularly impressed with any of the new offerings — until we got to the Xtracycle booth.
And because Josh is my boss, I totally agree!
Xtracycle has come out with a bunch of new improvements and innovations, including a SideCar that gives you a third wheel and a cargo platform, but folds up and out of the way when not in use.
And now the full photo dump:
Click on any of these thumbnails to see a larger image, and more commentary.