Interbike’s indoor show is truly overwhelming; getting lost and being late and forgetting to eat are par for the course, as is the feeling that you can’t possibly cover everything. Here we bring you the most interesting things our editors saw from each day of the indoor show.
Banjo Brothers has long been able to meet your bike bag needs at a lower-than-most price point. This year, it launched three new offerings: two, waxed canvas frame bags and a bikepacking-style seat bag (“saddle trunk”).
The XL Waterproof Saddle Trunk is 800 cubic inches / 13 liters (can be compressed down to 350 cubic inches). It features a removable waterproof liner and a rigid hull inside the bag for secure support even when the bag isn’t full. Retail is a wallet-friendly $65. Look for it to be available in February.
The canvas frame packs are made of heavy-duty, dry-waxed canvas for weather resistance. Cut-t0-length straps fit most frames. The large is 200 cubic inches and the medium is about half that size. Prices are $45 and $40 respectively.
CatEye continues to expand its line of cycling lights, including the Rapid X2 Kinetic (above) which has a built-in accelerometer. It is basically the same as the Rapid lights we liked very much after a testing period, but this one brightens when you hit the brakes. It’s not a perfect system (not a reliable “brake light”) but adds a little layer of security. CatEye recommends using it on the seatpost, only, as it doesn’t work as well if mounted somewhere on the frame.
The new Volt 500 XC gets you 500 lumens for $50–a great value. CatEye’s goal was to offer a commuter light at a reasonable price and light level, so it stripped down its popular Volt series and simplified it for you.
We’ve long been a fan of Green Guru Gear, which is all made from recycled materials (check out the tour we took of the company’s Colorado shop). This year they brought a bunch of new, fun stuff for your everyday cycling adventures.
Right on trend, Green Guru is offering a small hip pack with some bike-specific touches. The rear has straps to both hold the waist belt out of the way and attach the pack to your handlebars.
This is exactly what you want it to be: an insulated top tube bag shaped just so for beverage cans, sub sandwiches and whatever else. Price is $40.
If you prefer glass bottles, check out this carrier that slings over your top tube. It Velcros together underneath and also attaches with a strap to your bike’s head tube. Price is $40.
This little mini frame bag is just big enough for your phone, wallet and keys. It has dual zippers and multiple attachment options. Price is $30.
The Double Dutch panniers will go for $100. Like all of Green Guru’s stuff, they are made in the USA from upcycled materials. It is ready for your groceries and can be easily removed and carry with a strap.
Surly showed off its new Moloko bar at Interbike and it has all of the bends! It’s made of ChoMoly steel and weighs 709 grams. Bar clamp diameter is 31.8 mm, width is 736 mm, rise is 27 mm and sweep angle is 34 degrees.
New to the U.S. is Thule’s ProRide roof rack (it’s “big in Europe” like that band you’ve never heard of). This rack has tool-free attachment, a down tube clamp that makes securing bikes of all wheel sizes very easy, a torque indicator to prevent over tightening the padded clamps on the frame, and rear wheel trays to accommodate bikes of all persuasions. Thule says this model is more secure than those with an arm clamping down on the front wheel.
Also on display at the show is Thule’s new Double Track Pro, a less-expensive hitch rack ($349) with trickle-down technology from the company’s high-end models. It fits both 1.25 and 2-inch receivers and includes a bolt that actually locks the rack to your hitch. The padded claw-like clamps swivel and slide to adjust for easy positioning on your bike’s frame, no matter if it has a weird shape or not. You’ll notice that adjustment and tightening levers resemble things you’d see on a bike, like quick-release skewers. That’s on purpose–Thule wants to make securing your bike a familiar operation. Weight is 35 pounds.
Thule also updated its Chasm duffel bags, which will interest those of you who travel with your smelly, dirty riding gear. They are waterproof and include backpack straps. There are snaps on the sides of the bag that hold down the handles for when you check it with an airline. Those snaps also keep the handles out of the way when you’re using the backpack straps. The bags come in four sizes (40-130 liters) and multiple colors.
These tools have been teased for awhile, but the wait seems to have been worth it. The T-handle hex set is lovely to look at and feels great your hand. The set is a cool $130 but for most home mechanics these are the last hex wrenches you’ll ever need to buy.
The ride Prep tool kit is also $130. It looks small, but some of the dual-purpose tools really pack a lot of function into this small TPU case.
The big boy tool kit is the Team Edition. Other than a set of hex keys/T-handles, this is a incredibly complete set of tools packed into a small space. It also mounts to a work stand and is held very solidly in place with a few straps. This set might be the one the gets me to get rid of my collection of old, random tools and start over.
Origin8 significantly expanded its product line this year to include tires and other sundries like more bar tape options (including the camo color pictured). What caught our eye most was the updated Gary handlebar: another option in the small-but-growing field of “dirt drops.” The Gary Ergo Sweep OS has a 620 mm drop width and 480 mm top width, 31.8 mm bar clamp diameter, 110 mm drop, 76 mm reach and 21 degrees of flare.