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We stopped by the Velo Orange booth to take a look at their offerings…the allure of polished stainless steel and gleaming aluminum alloy drew us in like moths to a flame.

VO had a few of their framesets built up with a full complement of their components, including wheelsets, handlebars, brakes, cranks, bags, racks and fenders. The overall effect was staggering: beautiful bikes tailor-made for commuting, long-distance touring, randonneuring, or simply going for a spirited ride out in the country. Take a look for yourself!




I may have drooled a little while photographing these bikes…luckily, I don’t think anyone noticed.

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We had the pleasure of running into our friend Adam Ziskin, the creative force behind O2 Rainwear. He and his father were manning their booth on the show floor, and we had a great conversation:


Adam mentioned that he has leveraged his manufacturers a bit, and in fact is able to lower the prices on some of O2’s products! You may remember our review of the excellent O2 Rainwear Calhoun jacket a while back. The product line is great, and we wish Adam the best of luck!

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We ran into our pal JT at the Serfas booth today — and he was happy to show off a variety of commuter-friendly accessories.

The handsome JT:

A HUGE array of headlights in various outputs:

A matching array of taillights and front/rear light combos, including some with flexible mounting options:

Even more taillights:

Here’s a great headlight (to be released soon) where the battery pack doubles as a powerful taillight:

Serfas lights are known for their true lumen outputs. The light pictured above is rated at 1000 lumens, and when Serfas claims an output, that’s what you get — no fudging the numbers like other companies do.

Need to light up the night on a dark commute? Serfas offers this 2500 lumen monster, complete with bar-mounted remote control!

There were tons more accessories for the commute and for the home shop. Take a look at the wide variety of floor pumps and travel pumps Serfas offers:

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You may have heard of a popular new segment in cycling circles…the class of bikes known as “gravel bikes” (also referred to as gravel-grinders, gravel racers, etc.). This class of bike seems to offer commuters the best of both worlds: the efficiency of a road bike, coupled with stouter construction and the ability to fit wider tires, racks, and fenders.

This really isn’t that new of a concept, though…the “monstercross” category has been around for a few years, but is only now coming to the forefront with the popularity of events such as the Almanzo 100 or the 3 Peaks USA.

We’re going to get a lot more details of new bike models in the coming days, but here are a few we spotted at the Outdoor Demo:

Redline Conquest Disc:

This is mostly a mid-priced disc cyclocross bike, but with fender mounts front and rear. It is priced around $1600.

Van Dessel Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:


My favorite part of this bike is the phosphated raw frame finish…clearcoated for protection. The frame/fork/headset retails for around $699, and complete bikes start around $1199.

This is Van Dessel’s monstercross offering, but designed with versatility in mind. Go singlespeed…add a derailleur…or even go wild with a NuVinci CVT. Here’s last year’s bold model with the NuVinci installed:


Tomorrow at the indoor show, we are going to track down the Raleigh Tamland, the Surly Straggler, the new Niner RLT9, and whatever else we can lay our eyes on. Please stay tuned!

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