Interbike 2016, Part IV

Interbike 2016, Part IV

If there’s been one recurring theme of this year’s Interbike, it has, unfortunately, been the constant refrain of how small the show is, who isn’t here. I’m just going to go ahead and not that I don’t care. Even as people were talking about how Trek, Specialized and Giant had no presence in Las Vegas at all, people were also discussing how exhibitors were down at Eurobike as well. I don’t find either of those useful conversations.

I’m going to take this a step further and point out that for the most part, Eurobike isn’t useful to American cyclists. Many of the brands at Eurobike don’t sell to the U.S. Of those that do, many of them feature models they don’t import to the U.S. And of those models imported to the U.S., some of the colors displayed on those bikes aren’t featured here in the U.S. In other words, going to Eurobike is as useful as going to a topless bar: it’s shopping for something you can’t purchase.

For that reason, I continue to appreciate the service that Interbike provides.

I began today with a visit to Showers Pass. While they’ve been known for fantastic rain wear, this year they displayed some new products that focus on increased visibility. At one point in the presentation, after hitting a jacket with a flashlight, I joked that they should name the jacket the Jupiter, because it reflects more light than it receives. These aren’t high performance rain jackets for go-fast types. they are more for commuting or slower recreational rides. The reflective fabrics shed light better than they shed water vapor.

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3 comments

  1. cash

    Thanks for the reports.

    The layout of the photos is difficult to read. The text nearly runs together and isn’t the easiest to read or most visually inviting. Jut an FYI. Could be my computer.

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