More from our wander round this week’s iceBike* show in sunny Milton Keynes (of course it was sunny, there was a bike show in a windowless show hall to attend!)
Starting with Bliss Protection, there are some new minimal knee pads and some more rugged versions.
Mule Bar was bought last year (don’t worry, by one of its shareholders and the original duo are still involved) and there are plans to shake things up a bit. We tried a very palatable Peanut and Raspberry bar (all the bars have been slimmed down a bit to be a little less meal-like) and we also saw these new gels. Unlike most gels, these have re-sealable flip-top lids to save waste and ‘sticky pocket’. Even better, they’re refillable and there will soon be a 12 gel master bottle that you can re-fill these with, mess-free.
Garmin has all sorts of clever stuff coming out. There’s this ‘bike radar’ (no pun intended, eh, BR?) that monitors traffic behind you and gives you a visual warning (on your bar mounted Garmin) about approaching traffic as well as flashing its rear light to warn the driver as they get closer.
And then there’s this bit of sci-fi reality. This little Varia Vision gizmo will fit onto your existing glasses and it’ll give you a heads-up display. Because it’s simply mirroring the data from your bar-mounted Garmin, it’s a lot smaller and lighter than existing units and it’ll give you about four hours of use on a charge. It’ll fit above or below your line of sight and stroking it (yes really) will change the screen it shows. No word on goggle compatibility yet.
Ogio makes some good bags of all sizes. We were particularly impressed with the waterproof rucksack on the left here and the very Mission Workshop looking soft-feel urban commuter rucksack on the right.
And if you’ve ever been sat at the baggage carousel at Geneva Airport and seen countless and identical Fox, Dakine and Ogio bags spin round, wondering which is yours. these new colours should solve that one. Also, great as the Ogio 9800 Sled is, it weighs 6kg empty! So there’s a new bag (far right) that comes in at half that weight and leaves more capacity for Milka and Toblerone.
K-Edge makes all sorts of machined gizmos you didn’t realise you needed, but you do. It is now combining its forward-mount Garmin mount with the now-nearly-universal GoPro mount for riders that want to record AND record their rides.
This little unit is a boon for the enduro-crowd whose painfully short stems allow no room for a Garmin mount (hence top tube mounts and all sorts going on). This simple and low-pro stem cap mount lets you keep the Garmin visible, but safe.
And here with a stunt Garmin 25
The best bit about the new Thule ProRide 598? Your bike can’t accidentally (or by the hands of the nefarious) slip out of the downtube clamping jaws when you don’t want it to. As a bonus, it doesn’t need to grip tubes as tightly and so shouldn’t crush anything delicate. Look for a review here shortly.
Pearl Izumi showed a neat new enduro race/fast trail shoe off. Featuring an out-the-way Boa dial and a decently grippy SPD sole, we reckon it’ll find a few fans in the trail riding world once things warm up a little. We have a pair in so stay tuned!
Numark/Oko Magic Milk
Oko is a UK company that makes Magic Milk – a tyre sealant that it reckons has many advantages over a certain other sealant. And it’s made in the UK too. It won’t corrode your spoke nipples and it won’t make little monsters in your tyres as it coats the tyre rather than clinging to itself. Fighting talk that we hope to test out soon.
And finally, for now… Lazer’s new Revolution helmet has turned some heads, so to speak, with its bolt-on ear guards and chin-guard. Well, it’s now offering all of those extra bits in myriad colours to suit your oh-so-enduro rig.
It also seems to be a lot closer with production on its bolt-on chin guard and it offers a new, longer peak for when you bolt-on, so that you don’t look under-peaked.