Category: Interbike 2012

Do you recall the prize package that Planet Bike donated for our Interbike Giveaway? It was beautifully packaged in this Eco-friendly (recyclable) container that handsome Chris Follmer is holding?
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Well, we’re giving that away along with some extras such as BikeCommuters.com socks, wool cap and a T-shirt (you get what you get on sizing). So the way this works, we’ll make the announcement later today and I’ll even lay out all the items that you can win. Only one winner, must be US resident and can’t be ugly. You must be as handsome as Chris Follmer. I know it won’t be easy to be as good looking as he is, but you have to be close.

Once the contest is active, you MUST go to our Facebook Fanpage to enter. You’ll need to hit LIKE and SHARE the contest. We then will blind fold Jack Sweeney, have him spin 20 times, and if he picks your name from the board, you win! Simple enough right? So stay tuned! Should be a fun day of prizes.

I’m a huge fan or Torker Bicycles for the mere fact they produce bikes that are reliable, functional and very affordable. I was pleased to take photos of the new line up for 2013. Please forgive the unfocused shots, not sure what happened to my camera, but I’m sure you can get an idea on how the bike is supposed to look.

Check out this beauty, this is the Torker T29. It’s basically a beach cruiser, but a 29er.
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I’m really digging the color!
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Here’s a nice Interurban Mixte, but my camera decided to focus on the woman in the background.
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I love Mixte frames.
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This is the Graduate Mixte
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Interurban
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U3, It’s a 3 speed with drop bars. From what I can tell, this is a new offering by Torker.
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Earlier, I know we covered another helmet cover called the “Helmet Hoodie” but some still are looking for something that fits their wardrobe better.

When I started bike commuting a couple of years ago, I remember not wanting to wear a helmet. I wanted to look cool. I thought helmets made me look stupid. Every helmet I tried on, besides those that cost around 100 dollars, I thought, made me look foolish. So I went on riding a bike for a few weeks without a helmet until I saw a PSA about cycling head injuries. That weekend, I went to Wal-Mart and purchased the cheapest helmet (I’m a bit of cheap-skate) despite how it made my head look.

Now I may have been lucky enough to be convinced by a safety video. But what about those that haven’t been convinced to get a helmet? This is where RockiNoggins comes in.  Elissa Heller, an Acute Care Nurse for 30 years saw there was a need for cyclists to wear helmets. According to Elissa, 20% of traumatic brain injuries are of people not wearing helmets when riding a bike. So she teamed up with a hat maker to create helmet covers that would address people’s reluctance to wear a helmet.

Elissa Heller, ACN

I could have gotten the photos from their website but I wanted to showcase how their hats look with my own camera phone. I’ve found that professionally done photos are usually not the best way to gauge whether something will look good on me. My impression? It’s hard to notice that someone is wearing a helmet with these on–they look like slightly oversized hats. As a matter of fact, while I was interviewing a couple of the exhibitors from RockiNoggins, a few people asked with a SMILE (Yes, I put the word in bold, italicized capitals), “Is there a helmet under that?”

To me it was obvious that it had to be a helmet cover. But to the few that stopped the interview to verify if it was just a hat, they could not tell the difference!

All helmet covers have a clip for bike lights to increase visibility at night.

Look closely and you can see the Helmet brim.

Here are a few additional styles from their site.

Women:

Annie

Rayne

Men/Unisex:

Ryan

Storm

Parker

So, what started out as trying to find a solution to decrease the number of people with traumatic brain injuries, Elissa Heller, found a good way to increase helmet use while providing a way to be fashionably forward. And for those that are looking for a more fashionable option than, say, a Helmet Hoodie, RockiNoggins is a good alternative.

Cost: $24.95-$33.95

Size: One size fits all.

Company Site: RockiNoggins.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockiNoggins