2012 Sea Otter Classic Randomness – Sidi Shoes, Pivot Mountain Bikes & Smart Bike Washer
For 2012 Sidi added a mechanical adjustable heel retention mechanism. Apparently this was introduced in the fall trade shows, but this is the first we’ve seen of it…all they showed us there was there new Speedplay specific sole. It’s available on their Genius 6.6 Carbon Lite, Ergo 3 Carbon and Dragon 3 Carbon SRS shoes for now.
Pivot mountain bikes didn’t have anything brand new to show yet (but there are promises that new bikes are coming later this year, possibly as early as June). They are implementing a rolling change to their carbon fiber models first with the adoption of the new Direct Mount rear derailleur standard.
Founder/owner Chris Cocalis says it’s a pretty easy mold change to get it on the carbon bikes, but the alloy models will follow in due time.
The guys at Smart Bike Washer showed off their fully closed loop washing station and said it’s a cash cow for shops. Their special formula of cleaning fluid takes grease off the chain but is gentle (and safe) enough for any frame.
The unit uses bioremediation to break down hazardous wastes and pollutants. In short, crud from your bike rinses through a filter and is subjected to hungry microbes that make the run off benign. They say it’s safe for your skin and the air around you, and it eliminates the need for special handling or removal of chemicals. It also eliminates the need to run through aerosol degreasers and other solvents and chemicals in your shop, which should cut costs and clear the air a bit.