The Outdoor Demo was fabulous this year. A video will be posted here soon.
The show itself is great, of course, but it’s made even greater by the after-hours parties and events. Anybody got video of the Sinclair Party? There’s streaming coverage of it over at Cycling.tv (brilliant work at the show, guys) but nothing on YouTube yet.
Check out the huge crowds in this video of the CrossVegas cyclo cross event held close to Mandalay Bay hotel:
And here’s some Quickrelease.tv footage of the Tour of Lake Mead, the 24-mile lung-buster that kicked off day two of the Outdoor Demo:
The Quickrelease.tv bicycle short video competition had a whopping 134 entries by the close of play on August 30th. These 134 were whittled down to nine. The finalists were judged at Interbike by Tour de France TV commentators Phil Liggett and Bob Roll.
Tire Ball introduces ‘air cell’ flat-proof tyre inserts at Interbike.
Scottish-born Belfast-based JB Dunlop created the pneumatic inner tube in 1888 revolutionisng the world of bicycles, making bikes faster and more comfortable. But then as now, the one-piece rubber tubes were prone to punctures. Many flat-free systems have been introduced then.
The newest on the block - and an innovation that would pleased Dunlop - is the Tire Ball. Already used successfully in motorbikes and ATVs, Tire Balls are small, squidgy 2.5inch air-filled balls which fit into existing tyres and rims. If one flats no big deal there are 20+ more to keep the tyre ‘inflated’. Pressure forces the rest of the Tire Balls to fill the empty space.
The Tire Ball Development Company is a spin-off of SRC Summers Racing Components, a motorbike and ATV specialist run by Wade Summers, father of off-road motorbike racing champion Scott Summers.
At Interbike’s Outdoor Demo, the Tire Balls booth was mobbed from morning to night with beta testers being signed up to iron out any wrinkles in the system for MTBs. Tire Balls will cost about $150 per wheel but can wholly prevent punctures and rim flats, of vital importance to racers. The Tire Ball system has been created for XC and DH bikes.
Wade Summers said Tire Balls offer “not only virtual flat-proof characteristics but simultaneously improves traction and improves suspension performance. Tire Balls are designed to last for years not hours of use.”
For those not able to attend the 2007 Interbike Expo in Las Vegas, Cycling.tv will be beaming show coverage in the expo halls and across the internet. Each day’s shows will be archived and viewable the end of each day.
Alongside media giants such as Bicycling and VeloNews, Quickrelease.tv will be hosting one of the live half-hour shows. Carlton Reid - also editor of BikeBiz.com - will be announcing the winners of the Shimano/YouTube competition, and interviewing celeb guests such as Phil Liggett, Bob Roll and anybody else he can grab from the show floor.
Reid will also be on the Spokesmen show, normally an audio only podcast but now watchable.
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The bicycle is still having trouble imposing itself in the European urban environment. Getting around town on a bike is still all too often a real battle. Projects, financed by the Intelligent Energy- Europe programme, helped the development of the use of bicycles in Bucharest, Bolzano and Bromley.
EU-Tube is the YouTube space of the European Commission. The bike video above has just been loaded and has been placed to promote European Mobility Week.
Ten seconds after the video was posted online, three million motorists were inspired to give up their cars for good. The power of YouTube, hey?
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Over on BikeBiz.com there was this story on Orange’s belt drive prototype. This bike wowed industry execs with its solid carbon belt drive manufactured by Gates in Dumfries.
Spot Bikes of the US also has a belt-driven bike, and it’s also a carbon belt drive from Gates. 30 of these bikes will be at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo and they’re sure to be booked solid.
This Spot video was only finished yesterday and Quickrelease.tv is airing it on the internet for the very first time (although it was pumped out to QR.tv podcast subscribers first, of course):
Later today Quickrelease.tv, and BikeBiz.com, will be shown around the Gates factory in Dumfries and there will also be a test ride of the Orange prototype. Watch out for a video real soon. Belt drive transmission could be the future. There are some interesting comments about the Spot bike – and pluses and minuses of belt drives - on Twentynineinches.com.