By Yokota Fritz
Watch for the second annual Urban Legend Fashion and Art Show, presented by Giant Bicycles, at Interbike 2009 on the show floor, Thursday, September 24 at 5:00 p.m.
"Interbike uses the Urban Legend Fashion Show to showcase the industry's growing enthusiasm for urban cycling and the exciting products that the segment supports," said Rich Kelly, Interbike marketing manager. "As with all of the products exhibited at Interbike, urban cycling gear and apparel is best appreciated in action."
Instead of a traditional catwalk, a road loop surrounded by bicycle-inspired art will be laid out on the main show floor in hall D of the Sands Expo Center. The Urban Legend audience will gather in and around the loop while models ride through it. The innovative layout allows attendees "front-row seats" to watch the models show off the function and fashion of urban bikes and cycling apparel.
"We loved what Interbike did with the fashion show last year and thought sponsoring it this year would be a great way for Giant to highlight its new lifestyle products," said Elysa Walk, general manager of Giant Bicycles. "There is a lifestyle boom taking place in the consumer market and Giant wants to be part of it."
Inspired and styled by Momentum Magazine, the Urban Legend Fashion and Art Show will be a celebration of urban sustainability, culture and style. Highlights will include stylish, smart, sexy and professional clothing for every season that fits into everyday life and works great on a bike. Instead of typical athletic shorts and jerseys, models will sport practical urban and casual cycling wear while riding urban, folding, utilitarian and commuting bikes.
To complement the cycling fashion on the runway, cycling-inspired art by a variety of artists will be on display at the fashion show venue.
By Yokota Fritz
I took over 400 photos last night at the Las Vegas Criterium, and this is the only one that turned out.
I was standing directly underneath Ken Conley, who's much better at this than I am. Thank you to JT of Bicycle.Net who let me borrow his camera last night.
Jim Langley is looking over my shoulder right now and he's asking me to post to his blog: So here's the link. Jim's been a bike mechanic for over 20 years and he freely gives his bike fix advice on his blog. He's a really nice guy that lives and bikes not from where I live, so it's really ironic that we meet in Las Vegas for the first time. He also has an ebook for sale (you can find the link at his blog) on the home bike workshop that looks very very good.
Vegas Cyclocross: Lance Armstrong finishes about 20th
By Yokota Fritz
Ryan Trebon won the first Cross Vegas cyclocross race this evening as thousands watched. The main draw for many spectators was, of course, Lance Armstrong, who flew in from New York on a private jet and finished somewhere in the middle of the pack. I'll be at his press conference in the morning.
By Yokota Fritz
I'm leaving town in the morning for Interbike. You can expect a few hundred photos of good bike porn and the people of Interbike over at my Flickr photostream. Most of my updates will be posted to Commute By Bike.
You can expect to see coverage about Bianchi's 2009 lineup, the new "Ascend" Iso Truss bicycle that Delta 7 will introduce Wednesday, the Lance Armstrong press conference on Thursday, the small players such as Handsome Cycles, Momentum Magazine's "Urban Legends" fashion show, CLIX quick release, a quick meeting with Specialized, a meeting with the inventor of the Safety Illumination light for cyclists, and tons of other goodies.
Interview with Tim Parr, Brad Quartuccio, Tim Jackson
By Yokota Fritz
Tim Grahl posted a video of Tim Parr (owner of Swobo), Brad Quartuccio (Urban Velo) and Tim Jackson (Masi Bikes) in which they talk about how the bike industry is encouraging people to use bikes for transportation. Watch it here.
The Bicycle Leadership Conference started this weekend in San Diego. Trek chief John Burke will talk about increased industry involvement in advocacy in his keynote tomorrow morning.
Rich Kelly of Interbike is there, as well as somebody from SOAR Communications (which does marketing for Interbike). Tim Jackson of Masi is also there and says he'll try to post news from the conference if he can get Wi Fi access there. He already posted his thoughts on Rob McSkimming's talk. McSkimming is VP of Business Development for Whistler Blackthorne, and he talked about what the bike business can learn from the ski industry to improve business.
One of the things that came out at the Conference was a new Bicycle Owners Manual that meets new European standards for bike sales. The new manual focuses on actual product usage, riding and includes a lot of how-to. It also takes owners through topics such as “What happens if” and includes instruction on suspension, disc brakes, materials, torque, and maintenance.
Anything would be a big improvement over most of the owners manuals I've seen that come with bikes. The best I've seen comes from Breezer Bikes -- besides going into detail on basic bike maintenance, Breezer Bikes owners' manual covers fit, general riding tips, braking technique, flat fixing and so forth. Instead of the usual CYA lawyer speak, Breezer manuals include specific and useful information on how riders can ride safely. Most manuals, for example, caution that riding at night is dangerous and should not be done; Breezer's manuals advise riders to use their lights and give instruction on how to adjust the lights. The manuals also give tips on wet weather riding.
Besides the general riding tips in the Breezer owners' manual, each Breezer Bike also comes with John Allen's Street Skills pamphlet on riding legally and safely. You can download PDFs of the owners manuals at Breezer's resources page.
Interbike Outdoor Demo East scheduled October 21-22, 2008
By Yokota FritzInterbike Outdoor Demo East - October 21-22, 2008. Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI
Interbike announced today that they will host the first annual Interbike Outdoor Demo East Tuesday, October 21 to Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Roger Williams Park in Providence, R.I.
The Interbike Outdoor Demo East event is based on the Interbike Outdoor Demo held in conjunction with the Interbike International Bicycle Expo in Las Vegas and will include product testing, National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) seminars and networking events. The new event is aimed at servicing retailers who do not attend and/or additional staff members who are not able to participate in the Interbike International Expo and Outdoor Demo.
"We recognize there are members of the industry that have difficulties attending the Interbike Expo in Las Vegas," said Lance Camisasca, Interbike's industry consultant. "Interbike Outdoor Demo East is a hands-on, no-hassle, inexpensive regional style event that allows retailers to not only test new products but also educate staff members on the latest trends and network with industry members in a historic and event friendly location."
Manufacturers who have already committed to exhibit at the event include Advanced Sports (Fuji, SE Racing, Kestrel), Fox Racing Shox, Giant Bicycles, Kenda USA, Pacific Cycle (GT, Schwinn, Mongoose), Pedro's Total Bicycle Care and Santa Cruz Bicycles, with more expected to follow in the coming weeks.
"Interbike always produces a great trade event," said Pat Cunnane, president of Advanced Sports "We're confident OutDoor Demo East will be a great event as well and we are looking forward to giving our East Coast retailers another opportunity to learn about and test ride our products."
"The genesis of an opportunity to reach out to the other half of cycling is perfect," said Chris Zigmont, general manager of Pedro's Total Bicycle Care. "We will now be able to meet with the guys and gals who work the shop floor and who can't attend Interbike's Las Vegas trade show because of time and money constraints."
"We've had great feedback on our Super Seminars around the country and attendance has exceeded expectations," said Fred Clements, executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association. "By partnering with Interbike at Outdoor Demo East, we feel we'll be able to offer high quality sessions in a convenient setting that will allow us to reach an even larger audience in a region that deserves the support."
The 450 acre Roger Williams Park is located just south of downtown Providence and has been the host city for the 2006 and 2007 National Cyclocross Championships. In addition to being a great place for cycling, Providence is a central location for Northeast and Mid Atlantic retails and is easily accessible by most forms of transportation.
By Yokota Fritz
Donna of Kryptonite works out of Boston, Mass, so you'd think she'd be all over the proposed Interbike East Coast Demo. She notes, however, that several bike vendors are west coast companies, and getting all of the bike companies to put on two sets of demo days within weeks might be a bit much for them. More at Unbreakable Bonds.
I need to promote this to its own article. In case I forget: The SF Bay Area Air Quality Management District distributed a memo prohibiting bicycle transportation for employees "in the course of their work duties" because "the potential for serious injury is much greater riding a bicycle than driving a car." Grrrr....
Go speed racer: Over Drive is an anime series on a Japanese cyclist winning the TdF. Maybe he's the only one who can pass the dope tests. Check this plot description: "The top racer is a Japanese boy named Shinozaki Mikoto. 'Why dont you join our bicycle club?' said Fukazawa, Shinozaki Mikotos secret love. Unfortunately, despite being a high school student, he doesnt know how to ride a bike. With no real idea of what the bicycle club is, he earnestly practices." In Japanese with English subtitles.
By Yokota Fritz
I looked for Sheldon Brown at Interbike. I did see him across the way once, but he was whizzing away on his electric scooter and he disappeared.
I missed this earlier, but Sheldon posted his own Interbike 2007 updates at his website. He notes the trend toward commuter bikes, especially high end expensive commuters bikes, and he likes what he sees.
Sheldon highlights a handy-dandy emergency derailleur hanger from Wheels Manufacturing that might have come in handy when I trashed my hanger. But then again maybe not, since I also destroyed the rear derailleur and my chainring bolts.
There's lots of good stuff at Sheldon's Interbike 2007 report. Give it a read when you have the chance.
By Yokota FritzThis article in Bike Europe about Interbike 2007 has some interesting tidbits about the show and the future of Interbike:
Attendance: 22,515 unique badge-holders, of whom 11,054 were buyers. This is up from 21,682 and 10,378 respectively in 2006. 3,787 unique businesses (retailers) represented at the show, up from last year's 3,239.
Vegas sucks? On a possible change of location after 2008, the Interbike team will gather research and feedback in the coming months and put forward proposals to the industry at the Bicycle Leadership Conference in January.
Public days: Officially a trade-only event, Interbike is clearly infiltrated every year by many enthusiasts, begging the question of instituting public days. "We're moving towards a majority that wants this," said show director Lance Camisasca, "but retailers are still resistant to the idea."
Tim Grahl addresses the question of Vegas in his Crooked Cog blog, in which he notes that "just like the women, Las Vegas is cheap and easy. The major airport is five miles from the event and the hotels/flights are to expensive. The city is built around large events and large amounts of people." Interbike uses 600,000 square feet of floor space and draws over 20,000 attendees.
While several people want to move Interbike to Colorado, the Colorado Convention Center in Denver has a 500,000 square foot exhibition area and can only provide about 10,000 hotel rooms in the immediate area around downtown Denver. Other contenders might be Interbike's previous home in Anaheim, or Chicago, which boasts the largest convention center in the world. The Morial Convention Center in New Orleans might be worth consideration with its million square feet of exhibit space.
Everybody has 29er bikes. Even low-end vendor Dynacraft has full suspension and single 29er bikes for the mass mart market. Read Guitar Ted's Floor Highlights at Twenty Nine Inches.
The Ibis Tranny hardtail mountain bike was an interesting concept. The rear triangle can be completely removed for compact packing for travel. You can fairly easily convert this bike from geared to singlespeed operation through it's adjustable length chainstay.
Does anybody remember the Brigham Young student who created the "isotruss" carbon fiber frame with the open design? Well, a production frame with that technology is now reality in Delta 7 Sports. A complete frame (sans fork) comes in at just over two pounds and is rated for "any rider weight." I can't gush about how amazing this frame feels.
I was there to cover "utility" bikes and didn't get a chance to look at these beautiful bikes a lot, but I did gawk just a little. MTBR covered some of the road stuff here.
I caught some of the action at the night-time Las Vegas Criterium -- night time race crashes are spectacular, with sparks flying high and bright as metal and plastic bits disintegrate while grinding across pavement. At least two of the crashes I saw occurred when a Specialized tire literally exploded on the track, which isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of that brand.
Urban bikes, utility bikes, performance cruisers -- whatever you want to call this large category, just about everybody has something to offer in this huge category. See much more about this at Commute By Bike. I have a couple of more updates on this category coming up, so stay tuned.
There were some very nice utility and cruiser bikes at Interbike -- you can read about the Civia and Breezer lines at Commute By Bike -- but there were also two titanium bikes I saw. The first is the blue bike pictured here -- a wonderful wonderful titanium cruiser that is an absolute dream to ride. The Lynskey rep didn't have a price for this bike, but he told me they're willing to build it up for any customer with the cash.
I've been harsh on Montague's CLIX quick release before, but I tried this out on a real bike and it actually works really well. I like it, and if it was available for the aftermarket I'd replace all of my QR front skewers today. Montague has licensed the CLIX to Trek, Cannondale, Kona, Excel and Pacific. Pacific's GT people in particular were excited about the CLIX quick release and will introduce some bikes next year using Montague's technology.
The Japan Bicycle Promotion Group was there sharing a booth with Sugino, Nitto, MKS and other well known Japanese bike parts vendors. The Japan Bicycle Promotion people run and regulate the Keirin races in Japan and approve the NJS designations. They all told me the current popularity of NJS parts and boutique parts for urban fixie riders has been very very good for the Japanese bicycle industry.
The five people from Planet Bike will introduce at least a dozen new colors of bar tape, brighter lights -- including 1W and 2W ultra bright headlights, some moderately priced "performance" saddles, and these new lightweight gloves for mild temperature winter riding (that I absolutely LOVE). These tiny "micro" pumps pictured here looked very useful. They're designed to fit in a bottle cage bracket with the crazy frame geometries that are available now.
I tried the famous NuVinci CVT and I gotta say I kinda like it. Easy to use, easy to shift, and it feels nice and smooth.
Stay tuned for a post on what Brad @ Urban Velo calls the "Clown Corner."
The company owner, Rich Singer, was riding Bayfront Park in Menlo Park when he spilled and tore up his arm. He put something like this kit together afterwards and now here he is at Interbike selling it.
The kit comes with antimicrobial cleanser, tape, surgical sponges, hydrocolloid dressing and elastic bandage to hold the dressing in place.
Shown here is the Zigo Leader, a combined bike and stroller in which the child rides in front of the adult cyclist. It's actually a nicely designed product. The stroller can be separated from bike and a front wheel put on, and disassembled the the whole thing is fairly compact.
In case you missed this earlier:Specialized president Mike Sinyard and some of his employees rode their bikes the 600 miles from Specialized HQ in San Jose to Las Vegas. I thought about doing that, but it's either high mountains or hot desert for the entire journey, which kind of scared me. It's a tough ride.
Interbike 2007 Expo begins next Wednesday and I'll be there to report on product news, trends, and photos on behalf of CommuteByBike. I'll drool over the high dollar race-worthy gear, clothing and training aids, of course, but I'll take a close look at:
Be sure to watch for a special VIDEO edition of The Spokesman Cycling Podcast in which I will appear with other cycling bloggers and the usual Spokesman gang of Tim, Dave, Carlton, and Tim. I was hoping to meet Elden the Fat Cyclist, but he can't make it. My sources do tell me that I might be able to unveil the identity of BSNYC, though, which would be a treat.
Bicycle Design who, incidentally, posted some great action photos from the US Pro Race in Greenville over the weekend. The race featured Levi Leipheimer and other members of Team Discovery in what will be one of the last time this team will race together as a team.
Interbike is just three weeks away. I'll be there on behalf of Tim Grahl's Crooked Cog Network and Commute By Bike, but I'll post plenty of yummy bike porn and updates on a daily basis here also. Watch this space for Interbike updates.
Interbike 2009 fashion show
So looking forward to more of your great photos from this upcoming show!
Las Vegas Criterium photos
Nice picture, can I use it on my website at www.travelvegas.info on the Sports Page.
Can I go ahead and do this and link to you as the credit/source website URL..?
Certainly, Vegas - thanks for asking.
People of Interbike 2008
pau (rockthebike!) from fossilfool is a doll. he brings the party with him everywhere in sf <3's to him and his wonderful vibe
Hey - Thanks for the mention! It was nice to finally meet you. I had a really good talk with Dennis as well - great guy.
--Ron at Bike World News
Vegas Cyclocross: Lance Armstrong finishes about 20th
...tried to save ya on this one, pal (check yer e-mails) but this year was the second cross-vegas race...last year being the first...
Interbike 2008 coverage
are you going to watch Lance race tonight?
Interview with Tim Parr, Brad Quartuccio, Tim Jackson
...that, in a nutshell, is why i have so much respect for joe breeze's well thought out products...the extra attention to detail is intrinsic to all aspects of breeze's work...
Interbike Outdoor Demo East scheduled October 21-22, 2008
Rhode Island in late October? What are Interbike's promoters thinking?
You know, anywhere outside of Southern California and the Southwest weather is a concern for outdoor events. We East Coast natives are a hearty bunch, though, and won’t let a little weather get in the way of a good ride! Seriously, though, October in the Northeast is pretty mild - and has been getting milder recently… Not to jinx us in our first year, but I would guess that rain would be the only real worry. And to gauge the impact of weather on a successful bike event, just look at Sea Otter. It’s the rare year when the weather cooperates and it’s always a great event.
Donna on East Coast Demo Days
Interbike: East coast demo days?
"Interbike: East coast demo days"
The idea makes so much sense it should be just a matter of when and where. Nothing like hearing manufacturers offer you $5000+ bikes to try in the first minute of discussions for two full days like at Las Vegas.
"That deluge over the Pacific Northwest also covered Portland, Oregon in rain and wind."
Good. There has been too much cheery cycling news coming out of Portland. I wonder if footage will be included in the next Portland is #1 video.
...great links, fritz & yes, the 'air quality management' article deserves it's own featured prominence...amazing stuff but beautiful follow-up letter to micheal rich...
...motorhead link deserves a perusal as it describes the malaise towards cycling consciousness in america...
...i'm gonna rant here for a minute, so feel free to edit me if needed...
...no matter all the inroads made by various bike coalitions & organizations, until there is a concerted publicity effort regarding raised bicycle consciousness, beginning at the preschool level & maintained throughout a young person's school life & THEN further re-enforced by institutions like the dmv & newsprint, tv & internet media sources, cycling will never be considered w/ any 'real' validity & people die on an almost daily basis because of that fact...
...why can't the concept of "cycling safety" be reinforced on a consistent, ie; daily, basis in the media & on the internet...
...anyway, thanks fritz, guess i'm feeling idealistic...
Thanks for the link. :-) We know that we're really head over heels with bike culture when our "personal" blog is refered to as a "bicycle blog". :-P There has been increasingly less time and space for other things not-bike in my blogging. But hey, as long as we're really digging what we're doing, all is well. :-)
See Fritz on video
Man, it's no wonder you guys are never in front of the camera. Seriously, despite the hairy legs and gratuitous plugs, it was good to put some faces to the blogs. In fact, I recognize some the faces from the media center at the show. We must have been like two ships in the dark.
Fyi, I've made that Spokesmen interbike interview segment my "Video Clip of the Day" on my home page.
It was pretty cool, I thought. It was fun then, but I was just so tired and beat from the show itself that it was just kind of a blur, so it's good to see it with fresher eyes.
Steephill... I was trying to not be gratuitous... for the record... ;-)
I'm just too afraid to watch it...it's kind of a blur, but steephill is right, there's a reason I'm not in front of a camera...oy...I couldn't figure out where to look (at David or at the camera)...we should have practiced or something...oy...but I'm sure everyone else looked fine. Maybe someday I'll get up the nerve to watch it..after some spiked eggnog, of course. :)
My legs are hairy, but at least they were covered! :-) Thanks for the props, Steve.
And Donna, you looked fine and sounded like you know what you're talking about! (unlike me.... "IT'S SO MUCH FUN! I'M A BIKE DORK! HEE HEE HEE!"
Sheldon Brown's Interbike 2007 report
Sheldon was a guest on our Good Morning Interbike show in the Media Center this year. I'm still working to get it up on our on-demand video player, but it was a fun interview and let's us see the man behind the vast knowledge base.
I too ran into Sheldon at the show and made a beeline over to him to thank him for his site. Over the years I probably have visited the site a 100 or more times for information that I couldn't find anywhere else.
Move Interbike to ... somewhere else?
I wish cleveland could have it. We have a 1 million square foot International Exihibit Center. However Cleveland is not even close to the west coast heavy bicycling industry, so there is virtually no chance of that ever happening.
Vegas does have the very low probability of rain.....
Philadelphia! 1,000,000 square feet in the convention center!
Philly and Cleveland probably would be halfway decent locations. Weather might be an issue in late September, though, right?
Chicago! Mayor Daley is very pro-cycling, we have the space and hotel rooms and just a short distance away (by beautiful lakefront bike...er...multiuse path) is Jackson Park, where there is an annual cyclocross race.
I love Chicago; that has my vote.
We have to go to Vegas every year for the world's largest digital media event NAB2008. Vegas is fine if you need to house 130,000 people, so they have no choice.
As a diversified company, going to Vegas AGAIN for InterBike would leave me cold. In fact, I'd rather stick pins in my eyes.
Apart from that, leaving other potential registrants out of a trade show is madness. Call them public - but really they are enthusiasts, semi-professionals, sports people, bike shop owners, aspirants.
The idea that the bike industry is somehow a closed shop is old-world and elite-ist. As a distributer, I want as much foot-traffic as possible - otherwise it is not worth the effort or cost to set up a stand anywhere.
Time to move into the new world. Charge these 'public' visitors $10 to enter and you build a marketing list the size and value of which you cannot compare. Letting the public in at some point drives demand for products. This is the MOST IMPORTANT and best thing InterBike can do for its industry, cause, bike manufacturers and members, and distributors worldwide.
Early adopters go to these shows, not ma and pa. Early adopters get products out to the market place and are evangelists - FOR NOTHING! You grow, the industry grows. Take a look at NAB - they've got the revenue model for events like this sorted.
Hold it somewhere interesting please. We're not all interested in scaling Mt Everest on a bike no matter how we love it. I like Portland - at least its a progressive bike city.
The bloggers of Interbike
You have a great collection of photos there. I can't believe we were all in the same place at the same time and didn't have time for a get-together. Bummer. I guess there is next year....
Interbike 2007 overview of bikes
Interbike 2007 videos
Interbike 2007 links
Great Interbike coverage Fritz! I wish I were there too.
You forget to mention this post on the Wired gadget blog. I only mention it because it links back to one of my personal favorite bike blogs.
Bicycle rock and roll tour
I am not sure my son just yelled that it was too loud
so I am not sure that I am giving it a fair listen
I will have to say these are not exactly the Ditty Bops!
Road rash repair kit
brave soldier's been selling these for years.
even assembling it on your own is a good idea
keeping something like that in the car would come in handy after the spill on the trail or the crash in the race
some clean up in the parking lot before the serious clean up in the shower at home
If you look at the contents of the Brave Soldier Crash Pak, it is completely different. The Crash Pak supplies Band Aids and the Repair Kit heals with hydrocolloids. Hydrocolloids are what the pros use.
True that about hyrdocolloids -- there's no comparison between that and bandages.
After a bad spill I've cleaned up using my water bottle for the initial flushing.
Interbike 2007 photos
That thing is rad. Wish I could be at the show. Have fun.
Interbike 2007 photos and more
If Cannondale is taking the same approached as Specialized, expect them to show up at Interbike nine days late...
Interbike 2007 preview
Looking forward to meeting you there- I assume you'll stop by the booth? Photo op, and all that...
See you soon.
Fritz, Looking forward to meeting you for the first time. Will you be at the OutDoor Demo? I'll be out there again Tuesday morning starting with the Tour of Lake Mead ride (on a new Masi 3v, thanks, Tim!). BTW, Trek IS at Interbike. They have a huge 20' x 110' display at the Demo. They've been handing out red Trek cowboy hats to retailers. Rich
LOL at Cycling "faggot" dude. He's going to be so excited.
To Paraphrase the Immortal Tricky Dick:
I am NOT a Faggot! ;-D
Unlike the former Prez, though, I'm being truthful. ;-D
For those who are scratching their heads, over our amusement, read the piece Fritz links to.
My piece links to that of the good "Doc" Logan, who... ah, heh, um, just read. ;-D
I'm so glad you'll be at Interbike!!! So, when are you stopping by our booth to say 'hello' in person?!?! I don't want to miss you.