This should just about wrap up my take on Interbike 2010. Give it a read, then we can get back to shit-talking dopers, riding, and drinking.
By the time Thursday rolled around, I really had nothing else to do. My show was pretty much over as soon as I took a drink with Eddy. The experience was just that awesome. So I did what any red blooded American would do. I got myself two bottles of booze from the mini bar and wandered aimlessly. I instantly ran into some folks from T.B.A.G, my local bike organization, and start drinking. They tell me word on the street is that Alessandro Petacchi is signing autographs. I stumble over and wait my turn in line just to find out that he doesn’t drink. Ale-Jet is not a drunkcyclist. But he was super nice and even tolerated my horrible attempt at speaking Italian.
That conversation wasn’t over more than five minutes when I walk around the corner and run into a sure thing. Steve Peat is a drunkcyclist.
From there I wandered over to see my old friends from Kink bmx. I offered them a drink but they were looking a little green around the gills from the night before. Good job boys. I then sauntered around and found the boys from Ritte Racing. I just wanted to introduce myself and let them know that I’m a fan of their bust balls style. (like this and this) I never got a chance to talk to anybody but I did see their cross bike, and it was a good looking machine
For the most part, everything else was pretty standard from the past few years. There was a huge amount of worthless crap in the China section. Specialized still wouldn’t let you into it’s booth unless you were a dealer. Everything is coming with 10 or 11 speeds next year whether you like it or not. But there has been an entertaining addition the past few years with the large influx of hipsters roaming around looking ridiculous. Like this young man who was overheard complaining that he had to have plastic pink pedals on his bike that didn’t quite match because he forgot to pack his other ones:
But what was my number one surprise of the show? One word, Raleigh. Their new line of steel road bikes were impressive. Everything from a lugged International to the full fendered singlespeed One Way. It may have been my favorite bike of the show, with it’s Brooks saddle and trick new SRAM hub that goes from freewheel to fixed with the turn of a screw. Or the Sojourn touring bike that seems to be perfectly named and will be able to set you free just like another Sojourner that I am a fan of. They were all solid rides at great prices and I hear that the Raleigh guys and gals read this site. Class acts all around.
That about does it for me. The weekend is fast approaching and after the past month of activity, I think I am going to stay in town and be domestic. Well, I say that now but we’ll see what happens. Until next week…keep it dirtyby