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Interbike 2013: Banjo Brothers

We met up with our pals Mike and Eric from Banjo Brothers in Las Vegas. They were gracious enough to spend a good chunk of their time shooting the breeze with us and telling us about some of their new products.

But first, the costumes. As you may remember in years past, Mike and Eric often had the very best costumes on the show floor…from tracksuits to loungewear. This year, they went with what I am referring to as “hayseed chic”:

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Their most exciting new product is this convertible backpack-to-pannier:

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The top flap swings both ways, serving to cover the pannier hooks on one side, and the backpack straps on the other. Presto changeo!

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This bag will retail for around $89, if my memory serves.

Banjo Brothers also had a couple of very chic dry-waxed-canvas bags…urban style and lots of functionality in a sleek package:

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Let’s not forget their Minnehaha Bags line, too — classic styling in waxed canvas and leather:

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It was great to talk to Mike and Eric — they’re good guys who are passionate about what they do, and they are always SO nice to us! Check out their full lineup by visiting their website.


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Interbike 2013: New lights from Planet Bike

One of the highlights of our Interbike trips every year is to visit the kind folks at Planet Bike. They’re always happy to show off their new products, and they ALWAYS fill our sweaty hands with great swag (we got t-shirts and PB-branded Sockguy socks this year). And, we finally got to meet Mark LaLonde in person…he’s been our contact at PB for a couple of years and has been instrumental in donating products for RL’s Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit.

Here’s Mark at the PB booth:

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Planet Bike’s big news was a couple of new microlights and some updates to the ever-popular Superflash series of lights. Let’s dive in and take a look, shall we?

First up is the Superflash Micro…the same great visibility as the original Superflash, but in a smaller package. These lights take “N” size batteries, and a USB option may be coming soon:

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Speaking of USB, Superflash now comes in a USB-rechargeable version…handy for quick juice-ups at work:

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Here are a couple of Superflash Turbos, but in the new mini-size:

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Planet Bike has updated their popular ALX floor pump…new wooden handles and great features that make these rock-solid for home or shop use:

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Planet Bike has a giant collection of commuter-friendly accessories for almost any application. Head on over to their website for a full look at the many light, fender, and pump options and a whole lot more.


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Interbike 2013: Park Tools

Every cyclist worth their salt recognizes the distinctive blue vinyl coating of Park Tools, arguably the largest bike-specific tool manufacturer in the world.

We swung by their large display at Interbike and marveled at the myriad of professional- and consumer-grade tools there. For folks who are out on the road all the time, some hand tools can be lifesavers. You ARE carrying a basic toolset, aren’t you? If not, Park Tool has you covered; they make a really wide variety of take-along tools for every budget:

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New to their lineup is the SPK-1, a tool guaranteed to help the hungry lunchtime commuters among us:

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No self-respecting commuter travels without a spork, amirite?

Interbike 2013: Electra’s new e-bike

Electra’s big news at Interbike was the release of their Townie Go! e-bike:

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This pedal-assist bike, featuring SRAM’s E-Matic System, seems like a no-brainer for the urban bikes juggernaut. When we received the press release on the Townie Go! prior to our trip to Las Vegas, we wondered, “why didn’t Electra jump on this sooner?” A pedal-assist kit seems the perfect fit for the Townie. In any case, we’re glad to see Electra got into the e-bike market with this model. It’s available in men’s and women’s versions, with color-matched fenders, dynamo front hub, cargo rack, and a lot of other utility-friendly features.

We didn’t get a chance to ride the Go! out in the Paddock…we simply ran out of time. Hopefully we’ll be able to get our hands on a tester to share with you at some point.


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Interbike 2013: KHS Bicycles

From the KHS Bicycles family comes the Manhattan Cruiser line. These beautiful classic styled bicycles will be available in both Men’s and Women’s (mixte) frames and various colors. I really dug the colors they had. I’m sure these will be a big hit.
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Fender freaks, notice how these models have fenders! Check out the rack on this one. Best of all, both rack and fenders are color-matched to the frame.
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The KHS TR101 is ready for your bike commute! It’s got rack and fenders; all that’s missing is you, the rider.
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For you single speeders, the Flight 100 has been part of the KHS catalog for over 7 years. It remains a popular bike for them.
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