Winter PressCamp 2017, Part II

Winter PressCamp 2017, Part II

In most of my meetings at Interbike, I don’t usually have the opportunity to get into why a new product line was created. Usually, it’s more like, “Here’s our new Gonkulator. Here are the sizes, the spec levels and the prices.” It’s unfortunately brief. And that’s why PressCamp meetings are so great. I got to talk with Don and Paul at Panache about how their Rowdy line of clothing came to be. Panache its line of performance-oriented casual wear more than a year ago. You might say it’s their answer to Giro’s New Road line. I dig the name Rowdy, but I don’t care what you call it; I just like being able to ride my bike to a restaurant or the store and walk in without looking like Billy Blastoff.


The DS button down shirt is a slight re-cut of the first shirt that Panache introduced a couple of years ago. The fabric has changed as has the fit, with more room through the shoulders for when you reach forward to the bar.


The Rowdy Shell Short is an over short with enough room in the seat that you can wear them over a pair of bibs or just on their own.


The VTR Bib Short is a pair of bibs fine to be worn on its own but designed to work with the Rowdy Shell Short. It uses the same chamois found in their top-of-the-line bibs.


The VTR Bib includes pockets on the legs for food, or having consumed the food, wrappers.


The Chapman Henley is a casual shirt perfect for that grocery store run or an easy spin out for coffee with friends.


Speedplay didn’t have any products to show, but they did have some new wind tunnel data compiled by Ero Sports on the Speedplay Zero Aero pedal. Speedplay has been the most aero pedal on the market since its introduction, but with the Zero Aero, Speedplay allows riders whose primary foe is the clock to achieve even more savings. In a series of wind tunnel tests Ero Sports showed that moving to the Zero Aero from the standard Zero results in a 3-5 watt savings, which is more than a minute on the bike leg of an Ironman. Considering the kind of energy savings that one recognizes from moving from other pedal systems to standard Zeros, moving from a more traditional clipless pedal to the Zero Aero could be compared to adding a set of aero wheels. It’s a mind-boggling improvement.


Abus showed off a number of cool products, as usual, but in addition to traditional locks with keys, they showed off some new security products for bolt-on wheels and seatposts.


This seatpost lock only releases when the bike is laid on its side, not when it’s upright. So if the bike is locked up in such a way that it can’t be tilted horizontally, a thief won’t be able to steal the seat and seatpost. It’s the same deal for the hub lock. Lay the bike on its side and the cover slides up to reveal the nut, but when positioned vertically, you can’t pull the cover open. Pretty remarkable.

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  1. Lyford

    That must be a West Coast definition of “button down shirt”. I think of it as being a shirt with a button-down collar. 😉


    1. Author

      You raise a really interesting point. My perspective is that there are two definitions of “button down shirt.” There’s the traditional one you note and then what I’ll call the more colloquial or looser definition, which I used. I, perhaps incorrectly, believe that the difference is partly generational and partly regional. In the South and here on the West Coast, the usage does seem to be looser, but my experience of New England was that the more traditional definition held sway. It would be an interesting thing to chase.

  2. Andrew

    I still don’t fully understand why you can’t wear a t shirt and some regular shorts if you are just riding to get coffee.

    1. Lyford

      Because then you think of something else you need, and you see a road that looks interesting, or a friend shows up…….

    2. Author

      We’ve pretty well dispatched the Velominati, so T-shirt away. 😉

      For my part, I really like wearing clothing that is cut for more active people. Anything that can suggest I’m not just wearing the latest style from Old Navy resonates with me. I also like that this sort of stuff is made to last, unlike the stuff from most big-box stores. Honestly, some of my normal street clothes are flat-out uncomfortable on the bike. So there’s that.

    1. Author

      Bingo. The moment we let cycling be something other than what we like it to be, we’ve lost the plot.

  3. Dedicated servers

    The fourth Winter PressCamp nearly doubled in number of brands from last year’s 12, which meant a busy schedule on the first day. And this year, the event focused specifically on the road segment, including all-road, adventure, gravel and ‘cross.

  4. Dedicated servers

    January 2017’s completely sold-out PressCamp ROAD was declared by participating manufactures and editors alike to not just meet their expectations, but they called it a highly productive, interactive experience. One attending editor might have said it best with his post-event comment, “there will come a time when we try to remember the bike industry before PressCamp.

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