Isnt that always the case? I know i promised an update and recap yesterday, but i ended up on a fixed gear bike on my new ride (more on that to follow)
Lets breakdown interbike 2008 by the numbers:
4.5 hours sleep
1 topless bar
2 pro races
7 Tour De France wins combined in the Cross Vegas Pro race field
4 Luxury suites at the Wynn (boom)
$300 won at roulette (double boom)
3 12 passenger limos
300,000 square footage of bike porn and provocative imagery
50,000 spoke nipples
1 non metallic nipple
2 sushi restaurants
What a trip.
Fixed gears everywhere. Fixies and belt driven bikes were alot like nipples in that regard, everybody had two.
This was, however for me the highlight of the trip, a series of bikes, some fixed and some freewheel, with two speed internal cranks. They shift via a push button at the crank arm attachment and can change your gearing as much as a multipier of the chainring of 2.5, or drop the chainring by .65 . Incredible range and compact. Seeing the crossection and working model was a gearheads delight. planetary gears, ring gears, awesome. This setup combined with a belt drive and internally geared rear hub (as the belt cannot be derailed) is looking like the future of commuters, if not most production bikes especially mountain applications.
Other trip highlights.
This bitchin PBR bike I scored from an independent working the show along with an additional pair of cranks (pictured). The bike is a tick small but seems to be light enough to throw around. Double flat on first ride out of the stable. Note to self: "the possibility exists that anyone with the type of fascination it takes to create a PBR bike, is more than likely a better drunk than mechanic."
Those giant rubber bands the guys at this booth were flicking at each other after they assembled this bike were undoubtedly my rim strips. Bottoms up boys.
And it wasn't just my cranks, white was IN this year at the show.
White tires,White solid stem/handlebar setup.
We spent so much time as a group looking at the goddam Pinnarello booth my eyes started to play tricks on me. Does it look like these forks are made of rubber?
Its like that old trick in grade school where you grab the middle of a pencil and shake it up and down. "Look a rubber pencil,"
"No its not, its a Pinarello fork."
Stiff schmiff...this biotch rides like its a rubber pencil.
I leave you with the Deep V Vegas edition wheel set. Until next year my fellow two wheel enthusiasts, until next year.