A big story at Interbike this year was visibility. There was a noticeable decrease in the amount of all-black clothing on offer, but more impressive were the products that featured all-over reflectivity.
Giro showed off road and mountain versions of its lace-up Empire shoe.
This new kid’s helmet from Kali looks sparkly in normal light, but when hit with bright light pops like it’s being seen through infrared goggles.
The new Extreme from Northwave weighs in at only 235 grams and features a double dial closure plus one velcro strap. In normal light the upper is silver and green but in bright light the silver portion does, well it does that. The Extreme goes for $374.99.
Abus showed off the Centium ($129.99), part of its excellent Bordo series of locks. It’s perhaps the most attractive bicycle lock ever made. That may not be the best reason to buy a lock, but the six-linkage Bordo provides great security and can accommodate a bike over a much larger area than a U-lock can. Big tubes or a long wheelbase are not a problem with this lock.
Wippermann showed off a new 11-speed chain for use with Campagnolo, Shimano and SRAM drivetrains. The newly shaped plates are said to allow the chain to move off of a cog more easily and to be picked up by a cog more quickly, making shifts not just faster, but smoother and increasing chain life as a result.
Limar is offering a new aero road helmet. The lines are clean and it looks like it should be comfortable on all but the hottest days.
Nalini is tasked with making the leader’s jerseys for many stage races. I was amazed to learn just how light the material is in the jersey for the Vuelta. Given how hot the weather is there, it’s a nice thing for the rider leading the race.
Our friends at Finish Line have introduced a new set of grippy gloves for mechanics. They’re waterproof so you can keep your hands clean no matter how nasty the work is you’re doing, but they improve on the grip and dexterity of nitrile gloves. I may not need to keep Lava in my bathroom anymore.
Finish Line has also introduced a new mat called the Absorb-It. It comes in two sizes; the large is shown above and will hold up to two gallons of fluid, so spilling a Coke while you’re on the trainer is no problem. The small mat goes for $14.99 while the big one is $29.99.
For all those of us who have struggled to keep a carbon frame’s matte finish looking matte, and not glossy, or worse—dull—White Lightning now offers a matte finisher spray for $8.99.
Feedback Sports introduced a new portable trainer for pre-event warmup. The $449 trainer uses two small rollers and can accommodate quick releases and thru-axles alike. It packs up in an easy-to-stow carrying case that could reasonably live in a trunk.
On the off chance that you both want the world’s greatest floor pump and don’t ever pump tires north of 60 psi, Silca now offers a low-range gauge which would be a handy thing for folks riding plus-size tires and fat bikes when the difference between 15 and 16 psi can be a bit hard to read.
Silca also introduced a mini-pump, the Pocket Impero, which goes for $120.
As cool as those are, what was even cooler was the barrel of an Ultimate that was being signed by stars of the cycling world (such as Tim Johnson above) for auction at an upcoming Davis Phinney Foundation event.