Privateering we did go

There. A photo of an actual bike, from the actual show. Happy now?

There. A photo of an actual bike, from the actual show. Happy now?

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (MDM) — Some people watched CrossVegas. Others tuned in to “Mister Trump’s Neighborhood” (“Won’t you be my neighbor? No, of course you won’t, we wouldn’t let you, because you’re a loser! And anyway, I’m building a great big beautiful wall!”)

Me, I enjoyed a Mark Knopfler concert.

interbike-bugThe Adventure Cycling Association’s King of All Media, Mike Deme, proposed the idea some months back and handled all the arrangements, so last night off we went to the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.

Good show. The man still has it at 66, and the band was tight, although the sound was poor; the bottom was over the top, smothering the lesser stringed instruments (cittern, ukelele, mandolin); overpowering whistles, flutes and even the uilleann pipes; and at times nearly obscuring Knopfler’s voice entirely.

The two-hour show unearthed a couple of what Knopfler called “historical relics,” including “Sultans of Swing,” the first song of his most of us ever heard. But there was plenty of newer stuff, too, from “Privateering” and his latest album, “Tracker.”

There was another show, of course, involving bicycles. I paid it little mind, day one always being heavy on the how-y’doing, what’s-up, still-working-for-eejits-o-yes* side of the ledger.

But Mike, Adventure Cyclist boss-fella Alex Strickland and I managed to fall by Pearl Izumi; Bollé (which is now doing helmets); Nutcase (which is doing some cool scooter helmets); Brompton (slick build-to-order Brit folders); and Jamis (check out their nicely spec’d and affordable Renegade series).

More of the same today, including a chat with Novara manager Cyndi Mundhenk of REI and a big skull session with the Adventure Cyclist staff and contributors over dinner this evening. I’ll try to post something from the show floor today. **

Next: Not all those who wander are lost. Just me.

* No eejits were harmed in the making of this post, especially those eejits who are paying the tab.

** Notice how well that worked out? Yeah, me too.

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10 Responses to “Privateering we did go”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Patrick–here is a serious question (I apologize….). Do any of the helmets being shown at the bike show incorporate the angular acceleration mitigation features that have been discussed recently. Your basic styrofoam brain bucket is supposed to slow the in-line deceleration as your head hits something, but does little to mitigate the rotational shearing that can also occur.
    Here is a link. I have another one, but its a pay site that I get free courtesy of Big Gubbmint.!angular-acceleration-/cwnn

    • khal spencer Says:

      If you can get to this, one….

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Can I chime in on MIPS technology Khal? When I bought my first POC helmet, a Trabec, I almost spring for the MIPS version, but didn’t because the evidence, in every thing I could read about this tech in bike helmets, was not convincing. POC was first to offer it in bike helmets, I think. I wear Trabec helmets on mountain and road rides. I might buy a MIPS helmet next time as the testing result become clearer. RKP did a piece on it a while back.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I think I missed the RKP piece. Bicycling had a piece a while back that Randy Swart at BHSI panned. I see Randy has updated his MIPS page. Will have to read it.

        I think the science is clear on rotational brain injury. Question is whether the helmets are good or if they suck.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        POC has lots of other safety features, besides MIPS that sold me. Smooth exterior with no sharp projections to snag and cause rotation. Foam not exposed on the edges to prevent chunking or catching during impact and sliding. Foam density and thickness vary to protect vulnerable areas, and webbing molded into the foam to prevent splitting and provide extra strength. Plus much better coverage. It feels like it is around your head, not sitting on top of it. Still comfortable and cool. Damn, I should go to work for them.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Thanks, Pat. Just took a look at the POC site. The Trabac and Octal look nice. Have to read more to understand the price difference.

  2. Sharon Says:

    Mark Knopfler. Wow, that’s bucket list for me. How did you get tickets? Did you have them ahead of time. He sold out in Austin rather quickly.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Dire Straights! Screw the bikes, I would have paid a serious hotel bill to see that concert. Pisser about the sound system though. It is difficult task, but come on, it’s a concert, in Vegas. WTFO? Are you making a run east to Flag tomorrow afternoon?

  4. Herb Clevenger Says:

    I couldn’t get out of Vegas fast enough. INTERBIKE 2015 looked just like 2014 and for that matter 2013 with aisles of useless products that no one really needs to truly enjoy cycling. And admit it Dog, the mountain bikes are looking more and more like motorcycles by the minute. But it sure looked like electric bikes are here to stay with over 15 different brands before I tired of counting.
    My highlight was seeing the venerable John Howard strolling around looking like he could still kick my ass.

  5. Says:

    Others side effect I’m having, and I’m pretty sure
    it is related, is sleeping problems.

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