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Interbike: A Few of My Favorite Things

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Interbike is like this vast cave filled with shiny toys. You wander around lost and confused until your eyes glaze over and your feet fall off. Oh tired toes! Around every corner lurks another beautifully painted frameset. I promise, I did not drool on them, though I was sorely tempted. Oh so tempted. We've spent the last three days in the cave and we've returned at last to the light, bringing gifts. Here, my friends are a few of my favorite things from Interbike. Because I would not want you all to be left out.

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Interbike 2011, Artcrank

Behind the massive installation from Chrome, the San Francisco-based messenger bag and shoe company, stood one of my very favorite parts of Interbike. The people from Artcrank mounted a showing of original posters. The posters hung like laundry, one after the other. So much fun art. Artcrank hosts showings around the United States, where local artists can display their bike-themed work.

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Though I ride a carbon bike, I have a deep lust for painted steel. The hipster fixie scene has adopted these bikes as their own. So trendy! And thanks to trendy, there were some lovely steel fixies on display. I was on the way to the Shimano booth to be all responsible and learn about gears and such. I came around the corner and there stood a bright yellow steel Pegoretti. So shiny.

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The other trend that caught my imagination is the new urban bikes. So much sexy colors and lines on these things. I think my blue Schwinn is feeling inadequate suddenly. I mean, this Linus, it's even blue. And I only ride blue bikes. This is a rule.

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On the subject of steel bikes, can we just stare at this black Pinarello again? Yes, I saw it once. Then, I went back and saw it again. And then? I think I might have gone back a couple more times. I would so totally not kick this bike out of bed.

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Obviously, trade shows are a massive marketing effort. I did say, obviously. Every company burns the midnight oil looking for that special angle to grab attention and stick in the memories of the glazed droids staggering about the building. Quite the challenge.

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SRAM went full nerd with QR codes on every bike in their display. The codes jumped by cell phone to video and stories about the bikes and their sponsored riders. The display included a Saxo Bank bike from Alberto Contador. It also included some killer original art, which will be auctioned for charity. Yes, I like art. Can you tell?

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I feel... watched. I turn around, and there's a Green Movistar Pinarello with two beady eyes staring me down. It also has prototype electronic shifting from Campag. But really, I'm just wondering why it's staring at me like that.

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It's a bird, it's a... Specialized wants to make sure you remember that this bike is really really light. Sword of Damocles style, it was hanging over the entrance to their ginormous booth. It sorta swayed in the breeze. Which, was slightly un-nerving since it cost like a zillion dollars. Don't. Drop. The. Bike.

We've got a few more stories on the way from our adventures. Watch for them next week!

Photos by Christopher See. As always, he retains rights. Look, but don't touch the pretty pictures.

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Those Pinarellos

all looked like they were waiting to attack. Which is a good thing, I suppose, for a race bike.

Any dumb f#*k who looked at Garmin’s roster could figure that out, it wasn’t exactly rocket-science. Hell, it wasn’t even lutefisk-science.

by Chris Fontecchio on Sep 16, 2011 8:50 PM EDT reply actions  

Thanks for sharing some favorites...

Not sure if I would lust over Interbike as much as the hand-built bicycle show or what…either way, eye candy abounds…

by JustJoshinYa on Sep 16, 2011 9:31 PM EDT reply actions  

think I figured out what service Interbike serves

(aside from disorienting me for a week):
  
provides eyeball and finger time with stuff.

And provides an opportunity to learn the difference between people who know what they make and why they make it and the marketing guys who might be devising branding strategies for something else in 6 months.

by R Mc on Sep 16, 2011 9:42 PM EDT up reply actions  

And provides an opportunity to learn the difference between people who know what they make and why they make it and the marketing guys who might be devising branding strategies for something else in 6 months.

…all of that stuff, makes me think I’d enjoy the hand-built bike show instead. Perhaps a little less marketing guys and more “know what they make”.

by JustJoshinYa on Sep 16, 2011 10:13 PM EDT up reply actions  

and

it makes me glad I’m not one of R Mc’s students. A good Texan has a nose for bullshit, I guess.

Any dumb f#*k who looked at Garmin’s roster could figure that out, it wasn’t exactly rocket-science. Hell, it wasn’t even lutefisk-science.

by Chris Fontecchio on Sep 17, 2011 2:25 AM EDT up reply actions  

guess you haven’t seen the candidate debaOOOOPSNOPOLITICS ;)

I'm feverished, or the way you want to spell it

by plinytheelder on Sep 17, 2011 1:00 PM EDT up reply actions  

Key word = good.

Perry = doubleplus ungood.

by R Mc on Sep 17, 2011 2:18 PM EDT via mobile up reply actions   1 recs

These bikes go very well with 'the sound of music'

Thanks for the eye candy

"It's a lovely thing, feeling that momentum. If you're lucky, it's also about grace." Tim Winton

by sminer on Sep 16, 2011 9:58 PM EDT reply actions  

High on the hill

with a lonely Sminer . . .
Lay ee pardl lay ee opardl
lay hee hoo

by Sui Juris on Sep 16, 2011 10:18 PM EDT up reply actions   1 recs

"It's a lovely thing, feeling that momentum. If you're lucky, it's also about grace." Tim Winton

by sminer on Sep 16, 2011 11:30 PM EDT up reply actions  

Thanks for the eye candy...!

Loved it…! Hey Gavia dont worry you are not alone when it comes to steel frames… One day I post a pic of HarryHav ( my new old bike)

Join the PdC Club at strava.com And help us take the KOM challenge...!

by pablo777 on Sep 17, 2011 7:27 AM EDT reply actions  

I like the steel bikes

because I lurve me some paibt jobs and the workmanship gives them a jewellery-like feel.

I have a story Monday with more up-to-the-minute carbon roadies. This was the stuff that made me happy in a looking at beautiful colorful things way. Also, I liked these photos.

And yes, I’d love to go to the handmade show.

~ Gavia ~

by Jen See on Sep 17, 2011 7:40 AM EDT via mobile reply actions  

the 3 of you should go to handmade, would be some great reports if this is any indication ;)

I'm feverished, or the way you want to spell it

by plinytheelder on Sep 17, 2011 1:01 PM EDT up reply actions  

Wow, sweet pics.

Me wants a new steelie.

"In road cycling tires 25mm is the new 22mm"
-Chris Fontecchio, PdC April 2011-

by Mr Van P on Sep 17, 2011 9:47 AM EDT reply actions  

yeah my sentiments exactly

actually makes me want to get a new paint job for the one I already have ;)

I'm feverished, or the way you want to spell it

by plinytheelder on Sep 17, 2011 1:02 PM EDT up reply actions  

I’d allow Gavia to raid the PdC petty cash for a steel bike - as long as she rides it to Europe (Belgium, Neth., France, Italy, etc)

moo

by Willj on Sep 17, 2011 4:28 PM EDT reply actions  

I’m not sure how one attends a conference like this, with a credit card and alcohol, I’d go home with 3 bikes. :)

enjoy

moo

by Willj on Sep 17, 2011 4:33 PM EDT reply actions  

I think I’d better favourite this and come back for a look later on – Mrs. Cyclopunk gets jealous and angry when I drool over this sort of thing, and since she’s much harder than I am it’s a big risk to take.

by John Cyclopunk on Sep 19, 2011 11:41 AM EDT reply actions  


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