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You didn’t think we were all done with our coverage from this year’s
Eurobike show, did you? We are starting to wrap things up, though, and this round of coverage includes a whole bunch of odds and ends, such as one company’s quest to make eco-friendly kid seats, a couple of novel ways to put an eye in the back of your head, a slick solution for adding major cargo capacity to just about any bike, a neat way to keep your panniers organized, and more.
Stay tuned — we’ve got one more (big) round of images on the way, and in the meantime, you can check out the rest of our coverage from this year’s show
Spurcycle is getting into the rearview mirror game with a tricky little prototype that clips on to a helmet or hat visor.
When not in use, the mirror folds up nearly flush.
Abbey Bike Tools’ new BB SCT is designed to offer a precise fit on Shimano direct-mount chainring lockrings. And yep, that’s just about the coolest display stand ever – made in house, and no, they’re not for sale.
Giro’s new Ethos MIPS commuter helmet has built-in lighting that can be controlled via a bar-mounted remote.
Turn signal capability is built in, too.
What’s up with all the helmet visors, you ask? They’re not for aerodynamics. Visors are apparently gaining favor among commuters, particularly in Europe, and especially amongst the e-bike crowd.
Giro’s new Formula (left) and Formula Pro (right) trail shoes look to combine the convenience of Boa with otherwise semi-casual styling.
The outsoles of the Giro Formula and Formula Pro shoes are notably aggressive for secure footing when scrambling on loose ground.
Both shoes also incorporate ample protection around the periphery.
Kids want to be stylish, too, no?
Ortlieb debuted a new top tube bag called the Fuel Pack.
The Ortlieb Fuel Pack features a handy magnetic closure that’s easy to open and automatically snaps shut for convenient one-handed operation on the fly. The interior is padded to keep things from rattling around, and there’s an extra pocket to help you organize your stuff.
Sturdy straps secure the Fuel Pack to your top tube if you don’t already have threaded mounts in place. The large rubber feet are apparently enough to keep the bag from rotating on the top tube without needing to secure it to the fork as usual.
Ortlieb also showed off some new packing cubes for its panniers, designed to help you not only cram more stuff in the limited space, but also help you keep that stuff better organized.
There’s even a toiletry bag insert – with a mirror!
The Old Man Mountain Elkhorn rack looks incredibly stout and offers a multitude of ways to carry your gear.
A three-pack of threaded inserts on the rack legs offer another place to attach bags if you don’t want to run traditional panniers.
Robert Axle bought Old Man Mountain back in 2019, and it was a natural pairing. The custom axles offer threaded ends that are purpose built for cargo duty, and allow for the attachment of heavy-duty racks even when the frame or fork isn’t equipped with proper eyelets.
Trying to outfit a full-suspension rig? No problem. The rear Robert Axle offers anchor points down below, while these universal fittings will work with most seatstays.
TriEye’s intriguing sunglasses offer one of the best integrations of a rear-view mirror I’ve seen to date.
I see you…
TriEye also has a prescription insert for riders that require corrective lenses (and can’t wear contacts).
Bikes aren’t just a means of recreation for many regions; it’s a primary mode of transportation, especially for kids. And seeing as how kids need to get their stuff around, too, Supersuper offers a range of cargo-style townies with smaller wheels for younger folks.
The N-Lock isn’t new, but it still strikes me as utterly clever. A mechanism inside the stem decouples the extension from the steerer so that the bike can’t be ridden. That won’t keep someone from potentially just carrying your bike away instead, of course, but it’s another tool to thwart casual thieves.
Dutch brand Bobike is investing heavily in sustainable manufacturing practices, including using a variety of materials for its kid seats that don’t rely on petroleum.