Ok, let’s get the self-bragging out of the way. Interbike 2015 (and Eurobike) are both very large and very extensive bike shows with something for every kind of bike geek.

Tiago stenciling a panel.

Tiago stenciling a panel.

  1. But we think that one of the most exciting elements of both shows was our Unframed artists Carla Bartow, Tiago Dejerk, and Jobert Cruz painting bike-friendly mural to benefit the good folks at World Bicycle Relief. Unframed, our campaign to get fresh art on fresh helmets, is now in its second year, and it is proving to be one of the best parts of the shows, allowing show goers to get a bit of visual relief from looking at stuff to instead watch creativity in action.
Jobert's creates a cycling fiend.

Jobert’s creates a cycling fiend.

The art panels Carla, Tiago, and Jobert created in the first two days of the Interbike show were auctioned off at the Gala event on Thursday evening, while the panels these industrious artists created on Friday were all sold to Cyclone Bike Supply in Portland, Oregon. Proceeds from these panels will enable WBR to send an additional 24 of their Buffalo bicycles to those that need them.

In wandering the halls and corridors of the show we found quite a few cycling doodads that can add fun and flair to urban rides.

Perfect fit.

Perfect fit.

2) The bike baskets from Nantucket Bike Basket Co. caught our eye for their beauty and also for their roomy shape, perfect for quickly tucking your Nutcase helmet away when stopped for errand. (Anti-theft tip: keep a tiny lock linked to the basket’s attaching straps and loop in through the the v-shaped portion of your helmet strap.) Or keep your helmet on your head and take your dog in the basket instead!

Courtesy Nantucket Bike Basket Co.

Courtesy Nantucket Bike Basket Co.

Interbike5Things33) The new for fall 2015 line of GreenGoddess bags from Green Guru Gear are also a great fit with our helmets. They use recycled advertising panels and also recycled rubber for the zipper pulls.

CafeIndigorain gear

Cafe Indigo rain gear by Detours.

KnogPOPlight4) Knog super bright LED lights have become a staple for us on the bike, so it’s great that the new POP lights are just about a funkalicious match with our wilder new helmets. We had some great conversations with the awesome Knog people, more to come on that soon.

ShowersPass

Waterproof backpack from Showers Pass.

5) Showers pass, and then they come around again, especially in our (formerly rainy???) Northwest. So now’s the time to get the waterproof gear that will make you like, if not love, to ride in inclement weather.

Thanks Showers Pass (a brethren Portland, Oregon company) for making a good looking backpack that is waterproof and has a handy koala pouch for holding a helmet. This is something we’ve been looking for for a long time – a water proof commuter backpack with integrated organizational pockets and laptop sleeve for urban all-weather riders. (Previous it’s been waterproof backpacks that were just open sacks, or organizational backpacks that weren’t waterproof. Kudos to the good people at Showers Pass for figuring out how to do this well!) These backpacks should be available in US stores this November. Also, check out the rain gear from Showers Pass as well as the stylish, new Cafe Indigo collection from Seattle-based Detours.

Great to see new concepts from many Northwest innovators!

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