From Zeppelins to Bone Shakers Euro Bike 2010by scott - Thursday, October 7, 2010
I think the tides of change are a coming for cyclists everywhere. And change is good, especially if it gets you on a bike! Surprisingly to those who ride regularly, there are still many people out there who are reluctant to get on their bikes, or (GASP!) have not ridden one in years. This year’s EuroBike Expo in Friedrichshafen, Germany had solutions for every imaginable excuse not to ride including cunning designs for carrying things, dual-purpose clothing, lightweight locks, portable showers, oh and lest I forget, a plethora of bike types. Leading manufacturers, suppliers, movers, shakers, and thinkers, all seemed unified in one common interest – to see more people on more bikes.
Held in hangers where giant zeppelins were once born, the floor space was packed with cool commuters, efficient electric bikes, and serious city bikes purpose-built to get you, your kids, your groceries, and your dog out in the open air on your bike. The bikes attracting attention were simple bikes, easy to use bikes, convenient bikes, even cargo bikes. Bikes are a simple, green way of getting around and with air and noise pollution on the rise, people everywhere are feeling the health aches of a car-based culture. Fortunately for all of us, many are (re)turning to bikes as a means of viable transport.
Though I have not attended the US bike expo, InterBike since the early 90’s, I have followed the media crazed, Vegas-based spectacle it has become. The North American bike market has seen its fair share of fads throughout the years; from mountain bikes that look more like motorcycles to the latest in ultra-light exotic materials, from urban-bred track bikes with loud paint jobs to Tour de France winning, one of a kind race bikes. This fall, InterBike did see some of the “return to roots” that I saw at EuroBike including technical cycling wear that looks like fashionable, every day clothes from www.clubrideapparel.com. This is GREAT news for you and me. It means more ringing bells, more smiling faces, stronger lungs and sexier legs, and more two-wheeled community not just stateside, or across the pond, but the world over. You should consider yourself a trend-setter! After all, no amount of technology can create that feeling, you know the one…arrows pointing the way, wind in your vents, sun on your knees, crest of the last hill in sight, tired, hungry, and smiling ear to ear.
On Yer Bike!
scott - More of a talker than a writer, Scott joins the ExperiencePlus team after an 8 month motorcycle tour with his bicycle as a passenger. Between keeping tour bikes running smoothly, delivering rentals, and re-discovering his love for cooking in a big kitchen, he makes time to pen his way through thoughts and feeling inspired by his time wandering around the Italian Countryside by bicycle.