LAS VEGAS, NV – Each year, thousands of venders from the bicycle industry gather for one week to advertise new and upcoming products to help make your cycling experience that much sweeter.
From September 12 to 13, 2011, OutDoor Demo, which precedes the 30th installment of Interbike, North America's largest bicycle industry trade show, draws industry members outside the bright lights of Las Vegas to experience first-hand what’s new on the market. In this mini series, Momentum Magazine brings you fresh information about what’s hitting the lifestyle cycling market in 2012.
One thing that caught our eyes at the OutDoor Demo grounds in Bootleg Canyon, just a 45 minute bus ride outside of Las Vegas, NV, was a Tern folding bike.
Tern is new to the market and offers a variety of folding bikes, including the Eclipse P71. The Eclipse comes with fenders, internal gears, a rack and a front dynamo hub that powers a built-in front light – perfect for getting the urban commuter on the road in a flash. The adjustable stem allows you to rotate the handlebars to attain an optimal riding position and can fit a variety of riders, so you can share your bike with your friends.
Trek has a new Cocoa bike for 2012, with a Dutch-inspired feel. Designed specifically for female riders, the Cocoa has a three-speed rear internal Shimano Nexus hub, skirt guard, full fenders and kickstand. It also has mounts for a front and/ or rear rack and comes in 15- and 19-inch models.
The styling of this bike is reminiscent of Treks of old. The retro saddle and headbadge take the rider back to a time when bikes were built sturdy and with simplicity and comfort in mind. The seat hugs you and the upright position of the bike and wide handlebars almost makes you feel like your reclining in a comfy couch.
Origin-8 offers affordable folding bikes in its 2011-2012 line. The Origin-8 F-series folding bikes come in single-speed, three-speed and seven-speed coaster brake models ($317.99-380.99 USD). The three- and seven-speeds are equipped with fenders and racks. The Sun Bicycles Altas Cargo Bike is compatible with Xtracycle running boards and pannier, as well as disc brakes ($667.99-689.99).
The L.U.X.E. CamelBak bag is just right for the commuter who wants a versatile pack that they can also bring camping and on other excursions. The lightweight design is perfect for using with or without the built-in bladder, which carries three liters (100 ounces). The new design is easy to clean, lighter than before (at 0.64 kilograms) and comes with a main zip bag, as well as several smaller zipper pouches – to keep loose items from getting lost – and a stretch pocket for a helmet or other items.
New Belgium Brewing, a big supporter of the event, quenched the thirst of attendees and offered free postcards and the option to mail one to a friend or family member. A nice way to say “wish you were here” from the 2011 OutDoor Demo.