The Interbike Expo trade show, held this week in Las Vegas, is the largest annual gathering of the bike industry in North America and a peek at what’s coming to market for next year. From star-tread tires to a bike that glows in the dark, here are a few interesting items that’ll debut on the Interbike show floor.
Crash sensor — ICEdot announced a button-sized sensor to stick on a bike helmet that has a built-in accelerometer. In a crash, the sensor can send a signal to your iPhone. An app then can text or call a loved one to send for help if the crash victim is unresponsive to a countdown on the phone screen.
Glow bike — Safety conscious night bikers can look to a new bike from Pure Fix Cycles. The company’s Kilo Glow series includes frames that use paint that is solar-activated. It “charges” up in the daylight and glows at night, keeping you more visible on dark city streets.
Stick pedals — Touting the lightest bike pedals ever made, Ultralite Sports LLC has a rod-shape design that mates with a shoe cleat. The aluminum barrel clicks solidly to a shoe and spins, offering a connection to your cranks that weighs mere grams.
Star tire — Made originally for use on the sole of a shoe, the tread of the StarGrip tires from Michelin is said to grip on wet pavement, snow and oily ground. A large number of rubber star-shape motifs extend in all directions, gripping the ground from many angles and ostensibly keeping a rider upright where he or she might otherwise skid out and crash.
Torch helmet — Big, built-in LED lights on the front and back of this helmet make a rider more visible after dark. A white light on front, a red light on the rear, the company touts 360-degree visibility for cars whizzing by riders at night.
WD-40 bike line — The standby oily spray brand WD-40 unveils a bike-oriented line. Its products are not just a repacking job — the company has designed solvents, sprays and chain lubricants made specially for keeping your two-wheeler clean and in top form.