Advocate Cycles frames are hot off the press, each featuring custom decals designed by local artists on the top tube. Tim and Odia Krueger of Advocate Cycles shared a booth with Cycle Monkey, Sinewave, and Red Bear Products. The 27.5+/29 Hayduke is in the foreground, and would be a great bikepacking rig. It shares many features with my new frame.
Arriving on Monday morning, each of the five person Revelate crew had their own story of nocturnal misery at cruising altitude. Except Lael, who claims the “shortest plane ride of her life” as she slept from takeoff to landing. A summer of sleeping directly on the ground probably helps. By noon, everyone assembled at the Mandalay Bay convention center to reassemble the contents of a shipping crate into Revelate Designs booth #21186.
Interbike is a trade show. Everyone rolls their eyes about Las Vegas, about the nature of the show, about the cigarette smoke in the casinos, about the food, about the organization that operates the event, and the industry. Everyone complains about Interbike. However, it is the largest collection of cycling industry professionals in North America, eclipsed in size only by Eurobike and the Taipei International Cycle Show, and for the most part, a lot of productive things happen here. There are a lot of nice people, a lot of exciting new product, and for most attendees, there are new prospects. Lael and I enjoyed meeting many internet friends for the first time. We made new connections which we look forward to developing into the future. I met Charlie Kelly and after a teaser story from the first Iditasport event in the late ’80s, I bought his book. Lael met Rebecca Rusch, the legendary endurance cyclist best known for her 13 1/2 hour passage of the Kokopelli Trail. We huddled around pizza and beer to hear stories from Mongolia and secrets of new products, designs to make cycling better and more fun. We talked a lot about Revelate luggage, bikepacking, and adventure by bike. We met the Executive Director of the Adventure Cycling Association, Jim Sayer; Editor of Bicycle Times magazine, Adam Newman; and on more than three occasions, I passed Tom Ritchey in the aisles of Interbike. Is Tom Ritchey the most recognizable guy in the industry, or is he just everywhere?
Interbike was awesome. We spent so much time talking to people that the week passed much faster than expected. And now, in a last minute rush, we find ourselves trying to shift entirely into bike touring mode. I haven’t downloaded tracks for the AZT, scheduled a route from Las Vegas to St. George or from St. George to Kanab. Skyler and Panthea arrive in a few hours. We’ve located a nearby desert campsite for the night, expecting to return to town to pack and plan in the morning. It will be nice once we get rolling, but for now, my busy summer continues.
Unpacking the crate. The bare convention hall is transformed in less than 24 hours.
Outdoor Dirt Demo
The new Surly Wednesday.
27.5+, full-sus, Nobby Nic tires=traction, lots of traction.
18.9lbs, the new 9zero7 Whiteout Team Edition.
The new Fatback Skookum.
Icelandic Lauf forks, simple, light, maintenance free, and awesome. They feel really, really good. Best considered for gravel to light XC. Think Tour Divide race bike…
The Queen of Pain, Rebecca Rusch, and the queen of eating sandwiches and sleeping in the dirt.
Some bikepacking junk show at Interbike, for sure.
Charlie Kelly talked me into buying his book. He didn’t have to try very hard, especially with Joe Breeze just over his shoulder.
Big Adventures, and lots of Chinese carbon.
Hey, it’s me!
Vintage 1987 GT.
Marin Pine Mountain 1 rigid 27.5+.
Lauf leaf springs.
John Lackey, meet John Lackey. John set the Iditarod record to McGrath last year.
Lael trashed a tire commuting around Las Vegas. She borrow a Fatback Skookum for the ride home. Rolling a fatbike through a casino in Vegas is fun.
Each Advocate Cycle model features a different custom design, this is the new Lorax.
New SP 150x15mm thru-axle dynamo hub for fatbikes. SP hubs are now imported and distributed in the USA by Cycle Monkey. I’ve also got the new top-cap mounted Sinewave Cycles Reactor USB charger to test on the Arizona Trail.
Bikepacking junk show at the Giant booth. The framebag opens from the rear toward the front, and without any tension it immediately jams up when you try to close it one-handed.
Lael didn’t know these stickers existed. She said, “that’s what I did all summer”!
Adan Newman, the new editor of Bicycle Times magazine pretends to be a roadie for the new SRAM Red road wireless launch.
This is Advocate Cycles, Tim and Odia Krueger.
The Revelate Designs booth, while small, stayed busy for the three day indoor show. During most of the show the booth featured a Jones+ bike, a Co Motion Gravel frame, and a Fatback Skookum.
Interbike was a blasto Off to ride the Arizona Trail. Shipping the computer away for a while for a real vacation.