Bicycling is not just for kids anymore. Millions of Americans are using bikes to get to work, have fun outdoors and even for exercise. This years annual Interbike trade show showcased some of the best bicycle innovations the bike world has seen in years. We picked some of the gear from the show that stood out from the pack.
Bike Tech from Interbike
The Brompton Light Up Bike (shown above) utilizes Lumilor, the worlds first spray on electroluminescent coating painted directly onto the bikes frame. This will make riding bikes in the city at night a whole lot safer! And someone page spacecamp in Crested Butte time to upgrade thoose townie bikes.
An Elby Hybrid Electric Bike is capable of going farther on a full charge then today’s popular electric cars. Considered to be the worlds first “one-size-fits-most” electric bicycle. We love the use of “most” in their marketing. At $3699 the Elby Hybrid Electric Bike is competitively priced and who knows may just replace that old Subaru in your driveway.
The OTTO home bike Tuning System works with the iPhone to dial in your bikes gears. This is surely going to save some $$ on tunes at your local bike shop while at the same time empowering you the rider as a technichian. Dialing in your rear derailleur just got much easier along with almost every other adjustment, some of which can be done in under 60 seconds.
Solos will change the way cyclist access data on the go thanks to the worlds smallest smart glass display. Solos uses Kopin’s tiny VistaTM screen which is the same size as a human pupil, yet displays an impressive 5-inch virtual screen that can pull in data from your smartphone or wearable sensors. As with driving a car, please keep your eyes on the road and save the Netflix videos for your couch.
Scottoiler Cycle S1 fully automatated chain lubrication system for bikes is sure to be a big hit in the years to come. Say goodbye to cleaning messy greased up bike chains. The Scottoiler system works by lubing your bike chain on the go while the bike is in motion. The system is adjustable and will guarantee smother changes within gears thanks to the high frequency low friction lube. These guys have been dialing in motorcycles for years, bikes should be easy for them!
Technology is making riding bikes a blast these days. Hopefully this article inspired you to get up and go for a ride.