After spending five days in Las Vegas for Interbike and the Outdoor Demo, I came across a lot of cool new bike stuff that I wanted to share with my readers. These are products that are now available or in the case of some of them, will be available soon from your local bike shop. This is part one of a three part series where I will highlight some of the items that caught my attention.
Sticky Fingers are rubber brake lever covers that add extra grip and confidence while braking. In chilly conditions, especially Winter riding, they provide some protection from that cold metal brake lever so your fingers can stay warmer longer and also make it easier to grab onto when wearing gloves. Installation is easy and they can be placed in a horizontal position to increase the surface area of the brake lever for an easier grip or in a vertical position (shown above) that increases the thickness of the brake lever and provides more cushion.
Sticky Fingers come in Black, Grey and Neon Green for $10.99/pair direct from the company. Visit Sticky-Finger.com for more information.
Crank Brothers Double Shot
Crank Brothers' new pedal, the Double Shot is a hybrid pedal design that allows riders to clip in or use it as a flat. One half of this new pedal features "moulded traction ribs & pins and a diamond plate traction area" while the other half allows for clipping in like on it's Candy and Eggbeater models. This dual design makes it a perfect choice for Winter commuters and fatbikers that don't want to switch out pedals from flats to clipless depending on the riding conditions.
This pedal features an igus LL-glide inner bearing and an enduro cartridge outer bearing just like the new Candy 7 that was also introduced at the show. While the Double Shot is not available yet, look for it coming this Winter at your local bike shop or supply your email on the Double Shot page under the "notify me" section of the page to be alerted when it is available. The Double Shot retails for $89.Wolf Tooth BarBag
Wolf Tooth Components introduced their new BarBag after several years of prototype development. This bag which comes in left and right mounting options for nutrition refueling during races but also is ideal for commuters that want easy access to keys, wallet or cell phone. This flat bar only bag installs securely to the bar/stem and clears the top tube in the event of a crash so it won't be torn off. A magnet/velcro fastener makes for one handed opening/closing of the bag allowing the other hand to be kept on the bars.
The BarBag also comes with a bumper for spacing the bag away from the stem to use with a gps device or bike computer. Bars must have 30cm of bar space available between the stem and grip. Comes in Black with a clear top and has .6 Liters of capacity and only weighs 98 grams. While not available yet, pre-sales will be opening in a few weeks and it is expected to be in stock in November for a list price of $39 each.
Muscle cramping has long been a problem of cyclists and now the Pickle Juice Company has come out with Extra Strength Pickle Juice Shots and Pickle Juice Sport to stop muscle cramps. Containing 10 times more electrolytes than other sports drinks and with a scientific study that reveals that "pickle brine might be more effective than sports drinks at treating muscle cramps, confirming a longstanding assumption in the sports world" this may be the cramp buster you have been looking for. Available direct from the Pickle Juice Company online shop.
Surly My Other Brother Darryl
Surly showed off their new My Other Brother Darryl 80 mm wide tubeless-ready rims in three options. They are 170 grams lighter than the Rolling Darryl putting them at the same weight as the 65 mm Marge Lites. These rims will accommodate 3.8 to 4.8 tires and come in Black or Polished Silver. MSRP is $150 and they are expected to be available in late October or Early November.