On Tuesday, I begin my travels to meet up with Moe, Joe, RL and Priscilla to attend Interbike 2010 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. Starting Wednesday, we’ll be posting right from the show floor here on Bikecommuters.com and on our sister site Mtnbikeriders.com, so tune in to see what’s new in the commuting and mountain biking worlds. We’ll have lots of video and photos to share as well as thoughts about trends, tech highlights and hopefully a lot of new products to test.
When we return, we’ll resume posting our series of commuter profiles…so if you’ve submitted a profile and haven’t seen it yet, please be patient. I’ve got a backlog of things to publish including the profiles, a couple of book reviews and other items.
And, if there’s anything special you’d like to see from Interbike — something you may have read about or seen elsewhere — drop a note in the comments below and we’ll see if we can get more details for you.
This appeared in my mailbox yesterday — a sneak peek at Breezer’s Uptown Infinity commuter bike. Rack and fenders? Check. Full chaincase? Check. Dynamo-powered lights? Yep. Internally-geared hub? Uh huh…in this case the NuVinci N360 Continuously Variable Planetary Transmission. This is one smart-looking machine and one that will ring all the appropriate bells for commuters who want the full turnkey package for an all-weather, all-conditions bicycle.
We’ll be swinging by the Breezer booth at Interbike in a couple weeks and will round up more information about this bike (and the rest of Breezer’s commuter line) when we do.
Well, Eurobike — Europe’s largest bicycle trade show — kicked off yesterday, and as many of you know the U.S. equivalent Interbike is coming up in a few short weeks.
A few of us are signed up and ready to go for our annual coverage of Interbike for Bikecommuters.com and our sister site Mtnbikeriders.com…this will be the first year that I get to join RL and Moe and the other folks from Mtnbikeriders.com. Now that we’re signed up to attend, we’ve been getting bombarded by dozens of previews, press releases and invitations to vendor meetings at their respective show booths. It’s a great “sneak peek” at what we can expect at the show.
Overwhelmingly, the press releases for both Eurobike and Interbike focus on so-called “urban commuting” bikes (less racy, more practical) and electric/electric-hybrid bikes. Supposedly, this is the big year when E-bikes reach a sizeable market penetration into the U.S. They’re already wildly popular in many Asian countries and there is a decent market in Europe, but currently they still hold a tiny percentage of the U.S. interest. That’s fixin’ to change, if the PR is accurate…
What do YOU think? Are E-bikes going to take off here in the U.S.? Are there still too many skeptics here? Rest assured, we’ll be taking a look at the offerings at Interbike and sharing our thoughts with you…and will hopefully get to report on some promising technologies. Stay tuned!