Our 2017 Interbike coverage continues today, with both Jim Langley and I providing our "best of the rest" rundown of products, trends and notes from North America's premier cycling showcase. (See those articles below.) We started our coverage last week with our Top 10 Products from the show. Also, you may – or may not – find it ironic that, a week after Focus's new e-road bike prototype was one of my show favorites, a 43-year-old French Cat 3 racer was busted for racing with a motor in his bike after putting in some eye-opening climbing efforts in recent races. Plus, drawing extended one more week. —John Marsh
By John Marsh As Jim Langley mentioned in passing in our report last week of our Top 10 Products from this year's Interbike show, the 2017 version was the smallest show either of us had seen. Many big companies that regularly exhibit were no-shows, and the tenor of the show was decidedly low-key and less energetic than any previous show. That's not to say there still weren't hundreds of interesting, cool, novel and noteworthy products and trends on display. In my Best of the Rest article today, and Jim's, we'll relate some of the other things we took note of at this year's show.
By Jim Langley I’d say that the road components everyone was most excited about in Vegas is still SRAM’s eTAP, which actually debuted two years ago at Interbike. Yet, while the coveted wireless electric shifting has been out there for a while, it’s still so pricey not everyone is ready to upgrade or purchase a new bike with it. Also affecting sales was that SRAM was late to finish their hydraulic disc brakes for the group. So, the good news is that their Red eTAP HRD (Hydraulic Road Disc) component package is now more available.
By Coach John Hughes All of my clients are middle age or older, have families, jobs and other interests besides cycling. Some just want to stay fit, while others race or train for specific organized events and tours. In other words, they’re typical roadies. They hire me because they want to be better roadies and want to be smart about how to become better. They don’t have time to spare and they don’t want to make mistakes that will set them back, or even worse, ruin a season. Every one of my clients trains by intensity! Some use perceived exertion, some use heart rate and some use power. Each approach works!
By John Elmblad We decided, as a service to all RBR readers, to pull together into a handy reference guide a rundown of the rear daytime running lights the Crew and readers have mentioned using, along with a few others. If you happen to be in the market for a new rear flasher or just want to update what you’ve got, this guide can serve as a starting point for you in your research. As always, we believe that rider safety – and anything we can do to promote it – is just about the most important topic we can cover.
By Sheri Rosenbaum I’m glad I asked my fellow club riders about their Funkier gear. They turned me onto a real find. With three different lines to choose from—Active, Pro, Elite—you are bound to discover the right style and fit to meet your needs. The company has ably achieved its goal of providing high-quality yet affordable cycling apparel. You could easily pay double or triple these prices for some other brands. And don’t let the name scare you off. If you tend to wear more conservative kits, the styles are not wild and crazy. There’s something for everyone—male, female or kid.
Today's QoW comes from Premium Member Scott Renz. As I noted to Scott, I don't recall ever doing a price- or spending-related Question like this one. Perhaps it opens up an entirely new line of QoWs on what we spend for various components and pieces of apparel?