We’ve already shown you the Best of Interbike (MTB and Road). But just as interesting (or at least entertaining) are all the unique ideas and offbeat products that debut in Vegas. Some are pure genius, some not so much. But you can’t deny that the cycling industry continues to be a bastion of risk taking and technological envelop pushing. Here then are some (but certainly not all) of the wackiest products from Interbike 2015. Have a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Giro Silo Biodegradable Helmet
Giro is doing its part for the planet with the biodegradable/recyclable Silo commuter helmet ($50). Instead of the traditional EPS liner, this new lid’s interior is made of a compostable material, which the straps and shell can be recycled. “The liner is basically a natural version of Styrofoam,” explained a Giro rep. “But it took us four years to figure out how to make sure it didn’t degrade during the natural useful lifecycle of the helmet — and pass all the impact test. Now the hope is that in the next 5 years we get to a place where all our helmets are like this.” More info at www.giro.com.
The $300 OutBraker device limits the maximum power of your brakes so don’t need to learn how to modulate them. Unfortunately, modulating brakes is part of learning how to ride mountain or road bikes. Pass. Read more here and check out www.outbraker.com.
Otto Tuning System
For those not practiced in the art of rear derailleur adjustment, the Otto Design Works Tuning System could provide smooth shifting salvation. This iPhone-guided bike maintenance device uses a pair of plastic gauges, your phone’s camera, and Siri to walk you through the steps of adjustment and fine tuning. The Otto app allows you to create multiple bike profiles and even check hanger alignment. Price is $39 for the app and gauges. Learn more at ottodesignworks.com.
Bell Ramble Kid’s Helmet
Forget towing your kid — and a trailer — behind your bike. The new Blackburn Co-Pilot Cabbie (right) lets junior ride up front with mom or dad. A four-screw universal mount attaches to your bike’s seat tube, allowing you to easily mount or take-off the kid carrier with a quick release. Fore/aft adjustment permits position fine tuning , and the seat pad peels out for easy clean-up if Little Timmy drops his ice cream. Weight limit is 33 pounds and your child needs to be able to hold his/her head up. Price: $100. More info at www.blackburndesign.com/copilot.