Interbike 2016: Weird, wacky, and wonderful

There's no such thing as a bad idea... most of the time

Interbike
Micro vibration audio.

Micro vibration audio.

Some of the more unusual ideas at the show were kind of brilliant. Do you remember pressing a vibrating tuning fork to your head in science class? Domio uses the same concept to pump music into your helmet. No ear buds required. The device could be smaller, but the idea is genius. — SM

Bopworx bike protection.

Bopworx bike protection.

Speaking of genius, Bopworx was showcasing a wide range of products designed to protect your bike when traveling. We’ve been using hacked up pool noodles for years, but this solution looks simpler and more protective. — SM

Light up pixie bike.

Light up pixie bike.

Kids love light up shoes. How about a light up bike? — SM

Rambo Bikes: Takes you places you’ve never been.

Rambo Bikes: Takes you places you’ve never been.

No comment. — SM

Every bicycle needs a rubber ducky.

Every bicycle needs a rubber ducky.

The concept of a bathtub for bicycles may seem strange, but it may make sense for shops in urban retail locations. — SM

Follow me tandem.

Follow me tandem.

The Follow Me Tandem offers parents the same benefits as a traditional trailer bike, plus the option of allowing their child to venture off on their own. It looks a little kooky, but word on the street is it works well. — SM

Endo power meter prototype.

Endo power meter prototype.

In addition to the paying exhibitors, there are also a number of inventors walking the show with their products. We didn’t stay for this guy’s full spiel, but he was hawking this v-brake power meter to anyone who would listen. — SM

Bimp Air.

Bimp Air.

A big theme of this show was re-usable compressed air systems. Several brands, including SKS, have recently released versions of this technology. One of the most unusual systems we’ve seen was developed by Bimp Air. It uses either a small generator or an adapter attached to your front wheel to compress air into a portable canister. — SM

For more pictures and info, check out the WhiteCrow website.

For more pictures and info, check out the WhiteCrow website.

The WhiteCrow hub/wheel system uses a similar idea as the BIMP Air system. However, instead of mounting a device to the front wheel to compress air, the hub itself houses an air compressor which is driven by wheel rotation. Inside the tire, there is a small inner tube (think Schwalbe’s Procore) where this highly compressed air is stored. When needed, the pressurized air in the inner chamber can be released. — SM

Paddle boat.

Paddle boat.

Why stop at compressing air when you pedal? Why not make a wake? — SM

Integrated Tube Tech.

Integrated Tube Tech.

If the current tubeless systems aren’t doing it for you, how about Integrated Tubeless Tech? — SM

This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2016 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

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