SF Bike Expo Randoms
The SF Bike Expo took place over the weekend and we jumped at the opportunity to check out everything the foggy city had to offer. Having attended the last few events as a spectator it’s been amazing to see the event grow into a celebration of all things bikes. From custom builders, to scrapers, freestyle fixies, classic BMX rigs, and a collection of the best dirt jumpers in the world – there was something for everyone.
Head past the break to check out the randoms we spotted. Christmas is coming and some of these items would make great stocking stuffers.
Bicycle art is fun but it doesn’t always have to be pricey. Liz Dickey had a wide array of affordable time pieces and jewelry on display.
She creates her art pieces using both bicycle and motorcycle components.
I might have to turn my worn out XTR cassette into a Christmas tree ornament…
As a former shop employee, one of our biggest headaches was what to do with all our old inner tubes since they’re not recyclable. In the past the shop has donated the inner tubes to the local harbor for dock bumpers or a pair of college kids making “vegan” S&M whips.
The folks at Green Guro prefer to upcycle old inner tubes into reasonably priced accessories. The bags themselves are incredibly durable and stretchy enough to accommodate anything you can reasonably jam in.
Some bags still bear patches from their former careers.
Via Green Guro
Zixtro has a full line up of scrumptious non-edible seat bags.
They also had a full line up of “normal” bags. This see through display unit was housing the owners spare taillight. Every time it flashed the whole back end of the bike lit up. We’d love to see them actually incorporate a taillight into a see through unit like this.
Recyclist Chain Lube
Re:cyclist was showing off their non-toxic “everyday” and “race day” chain lube. Their products are derived from plant and algae oils grown in the United States. We picked up a bottle of each and will report back.
Via Skip to Renew
The Nutcase helmet displays drew bystanders in with all their pretty colors but that’s about all I was able to learn. The rep’s couldn’t answer even the simplest of questions (e.g. sizing) and were extremely rude.
What I gathered is the company is charging roughly $60 for a catalog helmet, with cheaply glued in pads, because of the bright patterns and nice chinstrap. The Nutcase website doesn’t offer any safety information and a recent article on Consumer Reports gave them a “poor” safety rating after performing a series of impact absorption tests. You can read the full article on BikePortland here.
The one unique thing we noticed about the helmets was their clever latching system. The company utilizes a magnet rather than a typical latch for one handed clipping.
Whiskey Drome Bikes
The Whiskey Drome was still being put together when we did our initial walk through on Friday. We didn’t snap any pictures of the track in action but we did spot these frankenpixie/cruisers lurking in it’s shadow.