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Rapha’s Pop Up shop goes Pop!

The party is coming to an end.

Report backs from Interbike

There have been a lot of good report backs from this year’s interbike in Las Vegas.

Prolly’s been all over it, giving good commentary on new products and loading his site with photos and information.

Also Urban Velo, has had tons of postings about this years show.

Go to their full coverage: here.

Lara a buyer for NYC’s bike shop Bicycle Habitat, was kind enough to file this report with me.

The bike expo was pretty crowded again this year. We didn’t see a whole lot of new product from a cycling perspective. Probably most impressive was SRAM, which has some gorgeous components and good info coming out. They really have a nice product line.

We did like the new models coming from Linus. We think they will be a great fit for urban riders.
I’m excited about the computer pannier they’re coming out with in the spring of 2011. More functional than their previous panniers and less intense than the Ortlieb brand, though they still have some engineering to do on improving the latches, hooks and such.

Interestingly, the big “trend” the show emphasized this year was e-bikes or electronic bikes. Apparently they are growing significanty in popularity, but we don’t see this occurring as much in the city – it seems to be more of a fit in the suburbs where roads are more open and the lifestyle is more conducive to that need. Regardless, the bikes were everywhere. We have sold a few ebikes in the past year, but we have yet to be much smitten with them, so it was entertaining to us to see them everywhere. The year before, bamboo bikes were the fancy feature of the show, but I saw much less of them this year.

Kryptonite locks are coming out with “skins” for their most popular U-locks, which I think will be really nice for everyone. They’ll come in a few colors, and allow some personalization for what has traditionally been a pretty utilitarian-looking product.

We also selected some nice new baskets, autumn clothing, saddle seats, awesome helmets (we’re finally going to carry Nutcase!), and cycling shoes. We’re working on ordering the cool SPD-compatible street shoes I mentioned; not sure when we’ll get them in stock.

Live from the Blvds of Death

There was an alleycat recently hosted by Rafael and Stone Tone featuring the deadly Ave’s of Queens.

Check out the latest video from Diablo.

Live from Interbike

Trade shows. They’re a chance for companies to show off new products, build hype, fill plastic bags full of crap and hopefully get free drinks…I mean stuff. For gadgets, it’s the Consumer Electronics Show, for Mac users it’s the Mac World expo and for us bike nerds, its Interbike.
(photo from belmont distribution)

I had a my foreign corespondent Nona Varnado on the scene in Las Vegas. (Right, actually she was already going, just to dispell any rumors that I have any kind of staff what so ever.) Nona was on hand to promote her line of cycling apparel for woman, she filled this report on the current state of bike fashion from Interbike central.

Interbike 2010 Fashion Report

Interbike is overwhelmingly “back” according to the number of exhibitors and attendees after last year’s ghost town. From components manufacturers to apparel there seems to be a big gulf between companies updating existing lines and companies pushing out innovative new stuff, largely in response to the huge growth in new cyclists and fashion conscious urban riders.

Not surprisingly the coolest stuff seems to be coming from small new companies trying to make a name with stand out products. And where fashion is the usual all male concentration becomes decidedly more female. I’m at interbike to launch a fall/winter line of women’s cycling apparel (nonavarnado.com) and it has been awesome to meet a bunch of super talented young women producing gorgeous quality products; from Po Campo’s bags to DZR’s amazing street cycling shoes (originally designed only for women, but they were so hot she added a men’s line).

Dzr….. Shoes that everybody who rides wants Now. from James Adamson on Vimeo.

Riyoko from Canada had some very cute pieces.

Spandex, pink stuff and more floral prints were strongly represented, so for ladies who joy those established looks, have no fear of a total revolution in bike chic. For that category, Dude Girl is my clear favorite. Sticking to the comfortable classics my favorite jersey’s were from Swobo; comfortable fabrics, minimal (but cute) details.

Men’s choices, being a far more developed business, are both more varied and nuanced. Campagnolo, unsurprisingly has the most minimal garments – from spandex to outerwear with both the men’s & women’s lines coordinating. Chrome has some gorgeous men’s apparel and accessories out now that will be classic enough to look great a few years from now too. Wheelmen’s bags & shirts looked whimsical & fun.

Speaking of bags, there are a few companies (Ortlieb. Timbuktu) making small rectangular backpacks that are gorgeous. They look comfortable & hip even outside of a bike context.

For high tech garments, the Mavic shoes and apparel look great, incredibly well made and super minimal. Their shoes & jackets are all one color, plus the yellow logo. Showers Pass had some really lovely rain jackets for men and women in the fashion show that were attractive enough to be worn to work or on a date.

Chrome & Swrve have some great bike specific pants for both men & women, though I can’t speak as to the fit (soon hopefully!) Swrve has a pair of riding pants that seem insulated enough to be worn on your next commute through Siberia.

With a few worthy exceptions apparel seemed to be a low point amongst all the bikes and components. The most intense fashion experience seemed to come from accessories, such as the gorgeous BASIL bags from the Netherlands. Between those and some of the new commuter bike lines (Linus, Globe) you could probably wear a plastic trash bag and still look good.

Lazer helmets seems to have heeded the call of ‘helmet covers’ and has come out with a really attractive plaid helmet that comes pre-covered.

It’s a significant leap from some of the DIY craftsmanship but with all the styling. Nutcase has also upped their offering to include the really silly (watermelon?) to the simply pretty (Gold & sparkles).

Caption the photo

I kind of laid this gimmick to bed, but with this photo, sent by one of my most vocal commentors…I can’t help put revive…

CAPTION THE PHOTO.

Penny Farthings gone wild

This race of high wheelers takes place in Knutsford, UK September 5th. Hard not to snicker with that name.
Wait for it, wait for it…at the end there is a crash, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Winner of Bike Shorts: Rachel Brown looks at 1st Ave. bike lane.

In case you missed it.

I missed the last Bike shorts, Ken Stanek’s ongoing short film festival in Brooklyn. Even though there were two opportunities to see the movies, due to a rain date. RATS.

There was a lot of buzz about the winning film, Rachel Brown’s short about bike lanes.

It doesn’t take a great documentarian such as Errol Morris (Thin Blue Line, the Fog of War) or Michael Moore (Sicko, Capitalism a Love Story) to make a concise investigative film. Rachel just grabbed a camera and interviewed some riders of the new bike lane on 1st Ave. This is an excellent look at the debate about whether bike lanes in NYC are actually safer.

718 Cyclery is opening a shop

Joe Nocella, of 718 Cyclery has this really cool concept about outfitting people with the perfect urban commuter. He calls it collaborative builds and it basically works like this: You pick out a frame, generally an old school ten speed or some gem either you find or he finds it, mostly on ebay or craig’s list. Then you discuss parts, wheels, what you want to use the bike for and your riding style. Then Joe orders the parts, lays them out and then you schedule an appointment to build your bike. Joe builds the wheels.

According to his blog, it looks like Joe is getting a store front, scheduled to open at the end of October. (pending the signing of a lease) 461 7th Ave. In Park Slope Brooklyn.

Luckily, Joe is also an architect so he’s put up some concept graphics of the new space.

Things Republicans hate…big surprise.

Ok, first there was the immensely popular and hilarious, stuffwhitepeoplelike.com. Take a look at this blog, in case you had any doubts, or need a good laugh.

Then I stumbled upon this little gem. It’s good to know we made the list of Things Republicans Hate.

#37 Cyclists.

“Riding a bicycle has become fashionable for extreme liberals known as ‘Bohemians’ or ‘Hipsters’. These hipster cyclists can often be seen with their right pant leg rolled up. This fashion statement is the equivalent of a pierced right ear (they’re gay). Hipsters enjoy riding their bikes to useless, liberal arts courses and head shops.”

Read more here.

Bike Sharing, now on Campus

Thought this was the best way to get around school?

Looks like college campuses across the US have adopted bike sharing programs.

Check out this article in USA today.

Bike-sharing programs spin across U.S. campuses
By Didi Tang, USA TODAY

Photo caption: Jason Dallam, left, adjusts a bike Blake Bodendorfer checked out for the semester from Drury University on Aug. 30.
Photo by: Bob Linder, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader

Drury University junior Garret Shelenhamer ditched his car and gets to his classes and volunteer commitments using a shiny, new bike provided by the school.

Shelenhamer, 20, is one of a number of students across the USA taking advantage of free or low-cost bike sharing programs, which have become increasingly popular. Drury students agreed to pay a $20-a-year sustainability fee, which funds the bike program. The Springfield, Mo., school purchased 40 new bikes for use by students in time for the fall semester.

“It’s helped me so much,” Shelenhamer said. “It’s been fun.”

Nearly 90 American universities, from New York University to the University of Alaska-Anchorage, offer some form of campus bike program, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Read the article here.