Interbike 2010: Club Ride Clothing

As many of you know, “cycle chic” is gaining traction…heck, even the New York Times published another in a handful of articles about the movement.

So, we were pleased to meet Mike from Club Ride Apparel on the show floor at Interbike 2010. I’m a huge fan of the western look, so many of the items on display in Club Ride’s booth were right up my alley. The best thing about this line of apparel is that it looks great but also offers a host of high-tech performance features (fabrics, moisture management, venting, etc.) that are built in. Take a look for yourself in this video we shot for our sister site Mtnbikeriders.com:

Interbike 2010: PDW and Their New Goodies for 2011

We had the chance to talk to Dan Powell of Portland Design Works (PDW) at Interbike last week. Dan was gracious enough to allow us to shoot a short video of the product highlights in the pipeline for the coming months…personally, I’m very excited by the front rack and clip-on fender Dan showed us. Take a look for yourself:

Panniers & Peanut Butter

Longtime readers of Bikecommuters.com may remember Russ Roca, our good friend and contributor to the site. Russ and his partner Laura sold most of their belongings a little over a year ago and embarked on an open-ended bicycle journey across the United States.

Now, with all that experience under their wheels, they compiled a bunch of their tips, tricks and observations into Panniers and Peanut Butter:The Path Less Pedaled Bike Camping Gear Guide:

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The book is a PDF-format e-book, and it is available for $20.00 by clicking this link (to secure PayPal shopping cart). Help support Russ and Laura as they continue their journey…if the writing on their website and Facebook presence is any indication of the contents of Panniers & Peanut Butter, this e-book should be pure cyclotouring gold!!!

Honor the Fallen in Tampa Bay

Straight off our friend Alan Snel’s blog…and republished in its entirety. This event is a response to the rash of cyclist deaths…something like once a week…that the Tampa area is currently experiencing:

If you ride a bicycle in the Tampa Bay area, you know the feeling when you hear about yet another bicyclist who has been killed while riding a bike around here.

It’s a kick to the stomach.

Since July 29, the fallen cyclists have ranged from a retired 75-year-old two-star admiral in Tampa to a restaurant dishwasher in St. Pete to an elementary school teacher in new Tampa to a 30-year-old PhD cancer researcher near the USF campus.

Everyday people — not unlike you or me.

The way I deal with issues is by hopping on my bike and cycling it out.

So another bicyclist, Josh Holton, and I are leading an “Honor The Fallen Bike Ride” on Friday (October 1) at 7 PM from the Seminole Heights Garden Center, 5800 Central Avenue just north of Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa.

It will be a respectful 15-mile bike ride to downtown Tampa and through Channelside and Ybor City and back to Seminole Heights.

Nothing fancy — kind of like a low-key Critical Mass, kind of like a Ride of Silence.

A reverent ride to remember those bicyclists whose lives have been claimed on the streets around here.

Helmets and lights are required. Easy 10-12 mph pace.

All riders ride at their own risk and assume responsibility for their personal safety.

Editors’ Choice Awards

Not too long ago, we gathered the staff of BikeCommuters.com for a meeting to discuss which products they had tested that deserved recognition. Once we tallied up the votes, we then presented the Editors’ Choice Award during Interbike.

Without further adieu, we present to you the award winners.

Urbana Bicycles
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Though they weren’t at the show, we still wanted to honor them with the award.
Soma Double Cross DC
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Torker T-450
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Congratulations to all the companies that received these awards.