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.