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
Want your kid to wear a helmet when he or she rides? Get them one of these Bell bad boys. Enough said. Price: $60. More info at www.bellhelmets.com.
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.
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Knog Got Guts
Knog had a wacky (and somewhat gross) display in their booth at Interbike. Shown here is the Knog Blinder ARC 640, a 640 lumen Cree LED light that can pull double duty on pavement or on the trail. The Blinder ARC is 100% waterproof so rain and mist are no problem. This light will mount on either your bar or helmet, has 4 light modes and max run time (flash) of 15 hours and a minimum run time (high beam) of 1.7 hours. And no, it wont actually bleed if you drop it. Price: $120. More info at www.knog.com.au.
Solos Heads Up Display Glasses
The new Solos heads-up-display glasses allow you to track speed, elevation, heart rate, etc. without taking your eyes off the road or trail. There are also built-in speakers and a microphone so that you can have real-time data transfers and communication with your coach, even if he's on the other side of the world. The Solos sync via Bluetooth with your smartphone. They're in pre-production mode now, but the company is aiming for a spring 2016 launch. Pricing is yet to be determined. Learn more at www.solos-wearables.com.
Designed by a team of scientists in Israel, the SoftWheel was originally conceived to provide a more comfortable and controllable ride for wheel chairs. They're now taking that technology and focusing on the bicycle. By using three shocks to create the "spokes" the SoftWheel incorporates a suspension mechanism that acts only when an impact above a certain threshold is encountered. That threshold is pre-set according to user requirements and is easily changed. We saw it in action and still didn't quite get it.
More info at www.softwheel.technology
Xtracycle 36er with Lefty Fork
Xtracycle is an Oakland, California-based company that's one of the originators in the cargo bike category. But rolling around the show floor at Interbike, Bryan Keener was showing off this project bike with 36" wheels, a custom Lefty fork, and custom dual caliper front disc brakes. Looks… interesting? More info at www.xtracycle.com.
Santana Drop Fat Tandem
It would be easy to dismiss the new Santana Cycles Drop Fat as just a tandem fat bike. But it's actually intended to tackle gravel roads and epic rides. Continental Divide, anyone? Santana built this prototypes around fat bike components, but is planning on experiment with plus size tires as well. Read more here and check out www.santanatandem.com.
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Klein Designs Honey Comb Pedal
Klein's new $275 honeycomb patterned pedal/shoe interface is designed to deliver the security of riding clipped in with the flexibility of flat pedals. The interlocking surface is claimed to increase retention over existing flat pedal designs. Check out the Kickstarter campaign for more info.
No this isn't an old flip phone. It's the Hiplok FLX, a wearable "café style" combination lock and bike light. Security is provided by a 3-digit combo lock paired with a thin braided steel cable. An integrated clip allows you to secure the device to a bag or the back of your jersey. More info at hiplok.com.
Look out world, we have yet another new bike category: Gravel Plus! Taking a page from the Cannondale Slate, Open's new U.P. (as in unbeaten path) has massive tire clearance, either 700x42mm or up to 2.25's on a 27.5 wheel. Ride the road, ride dirt, ride anywhere! More info at up.opencycle.com
Louis Garneau Dream Factory
We love the idea of custom painted bikes, but let's hope no one ever actually chooses this particular Louis Garneau Dream Factory look. More info at dreamfactory.louisgarneau.com
This article is part of RoadBikeReview coverage of the 2015 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.