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Friday, October 3, 2014

The Most Ridiculous Things From the Biggest Bike Trade Show

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM


I read somewhere once that if you want to make a small fortune in the bike industry then you should start out with a large one. It makes sense that the bike industry’s biggest trade show is in Las Vegas every year: these people are making Hail Mary bets that their insane boutique bike contraption will make them rich – and they’ve got about as much chance as somebody playing dollar slots.

Here are some of my favorite wacky two-wheel related products from InterBike 2014.

click to enlarge SILCA SuperPista Ultimate Floor Pump - VIA SILCA
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  • SILCA SuperPista Ultimate Floor Pump

Silca’s $450 Pump
Silca is an Italian heritage bicycle pump brand. An American named Josh Portner recently purchased Silca from the family who had owned it for nearly a century. Now manufactured in minneapolis with turned rosewood, leather washers, “beautiful red urethane,” brass, zinc, stainless steel, and other “heirloom quality” materials, these are some fancy Made in the USA pumps. Like it or not, the most expensive version is $450, and it won Best in Show at InterBike and NPR did a thing on it. If you can call a bicycle pump beautiful, this would be it. 

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Leif Haven

Leif Haven is a writer and cyclist living in the Bay Area. He can be spotted dragging himself up a hill — literally and metaphorically.


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