Our randoms roundup continues with this titanium flask and derailleur/friction shifter clipboard from King Cage. No, you won’t actually be able to buy them, but they’re pretty cool. The clip board works by shifting the rear derailleur to open up the piece of gear. Shift the other way and it clamps it down on the paper. Cool.

From here, things stay kinda weird (and neat. and ridiculous) if not useful…


Effetto Mariposa has made Carbogrip to help keep your composite parts from slipping. Now, they’ve got Carbomove to help loosen stuck bits for easier adjustment or removal.


Bikmo’s new case us a mix of a firm surround with soft-shell sides. The really nifty feature is the solid base that provides a mount for both axles and holds the entire frame securely in place:


The solid base protects the chainrings, letting you adjust the mounting height. Just remove pedals, wheels and handlebar. It’s strikingly similar to the Evoc case with the addition of the sturdier mount, so it could be a collaboration At the moment, neither site shows this particular model, and this was yet another walk-by shooting.


Riesel Design will wrap your bike in graphics through a combination of transfers, paint and coatings.



Check their website for more stunning examples of their work.


Rivet Cycleworks, which we first found at NAHBS this year, has introduced a red color option for their leather saddles and handlebar satchels.


The QBike Washing Station is a fully automated bicycle washer. Just put the bike in, hit start, and your ride should come out shiny. It’s aimed at busy retailers and bike parks or other destinations with high foot (tire?) traffic. You’ll need that traffic to recoup the roughly $2,000 price tag, but if you have a market for it, it’s probably quicker and more eco-friendly than a bunch of hoses and mats outside. There’s no harmful chemicals in the water used to spray the bikes, so waste water is harmless. Watch it in action:


Slidepad is an ingenious little brake adapter that uses the rear brake pads to automatically pull the front brake just enough to safely slow or stop you with just a single lever. It works by using their custom brake pad carriers in the rear that allow the pad to slide forward during braking. As they do, they pull the cable coming out of the back of the carrier, which runs to the front brake and actuates it.

It’s pretty cool to see it work, and it’s effectively an antilock braking for the front, making it a really safe option for commuter bikes. Retail for an upgrade kit to retrofit any bike with linear pull “V” brakes is just $49.95, and they’re OEM on some Jamis bikes now.


We spotted this Iglhaut Allrad Mercedes Sprinter conversion in the parking lot at Eurobike and just stood there slackjawed for a while. Ready to waste some time dreaming of your next adventure wagon? Just search “Iglhaut Allrad Sprinter 4×4” or “Mercedes Sprinter 4×4” and kiss the next hour bu-bye.


  1. @Chader, the idea behind the Slidepad isn’t necessarily to run two brakes on one lever, but to provide an “antilock” system for the front wheel. It’s different than the need for polo players to brake but also hold onto the mallet or handlebar while maneuvering.

    That being said, I am still not convinced such a thing is needed for bikes — several companies have tried their hand at antilock systems, but 5 minutes of proper braking instruction by an LCI/concerned friend/experienced cyclist would do the trick even better!

  2. Isn’t the golden rule, never use a high pressure hose on your bike? The QBike Wash Station high pressure jets would reek havoc on your bearings.

  3. Bikmo’s case design is cool. Other soft shell case manufacturers need to take notice and make a base with front and rear axle holders integrated into the case like Bikmo’s and Evoc’s soft case design.

  4. If they make a portable version of the QBike, I could see a market trucking it around cyclocross races. Cleaning all that mud off with a hose is a major PITA and bearing damage is less of a concern since you expect to replace your bearings and chain after a muddy season anyway.
    The Slidepad seems like the wrong answer to the question of people not using front brakes properly. This is adding cost and complexity to solve something best handled by training. Then again I don’t like linked brakes on motorcycles either.

  5. I’d be interested in knowing if the quoted price of the QBike Washing Station is accurate. Other internet sources are also using the 1500 Euro/2000 dollars price tag but that’s a fair bit of engineering and fabrication for 2 grand. Maybe that’s a leasing fee?

  6. forget the q wash thing. Bike has to be really muddy for me to bother washing it and when I do it’s ordinary dish soap, sponge and a light misting from the garden hose. too Much water to get into places I don’t want it.

  7. im pretty sure that’s a Biknd case, not Bikmo. unless it’s a total rip-off.
    the slidepad thing is rehashed every 7-10 years. maybe for beginner hybrids, but that’s it.

What do you think?