Life on the Mountain
Highlights from the Interbike Health + Fitness Expo
Every September, thousands of world’s best manufactures meet in Vegas to show off their latest and greatest at the annual Interbike Health + Fitness Business Expo (HFB). Since 1997, the HFB has been the premiere place to see the latest and greatest gadgets, inventions and burgeoning trends in the health and fitness industry.
Idaho resident and inventor of the incredibly comfortable RideOut Tech bicycle seat line, Jeri Rutherford, attended this year’s expo and passed along two new products that really fit the Gem State lifestyle.
Jackknife Vertical Hitch Rack from Swagman
The newest rack from Swagman allows bikes to be loaded vertically instead of the typical horizontal orientation. The advantage to the Jackknife is the zero frame contact, very small size and over all footprint along with a weight of just 43 lbs. The cool factor comes when the Jackknife is folded. The top arms and rear wheel holder arms fold simultaneously, a very unique and eye popping design that must be viewed to believe.
Lazer Sports Eyewear’s Magneto
Magneto is a revolutionary new sunglass/helmet interface that offers the user improved comfort and superior fit. Recognizing that traditional sunglass temples cause trouble for some wearers in terms of fit, contact with the helmet’s retention system and added pressure to the side of the head at the contact points, Lazer has eliminated those temple pieces and replaced them with a clever magnetic attachment system. The helmet straps feature two clips with a small piece of rubber coated metal at the center, this allows for an attachment with magnets that are imbedded in two short tabs that connect to the sunglass lens. The result is a superior fit of the lens on the face but with the ability for adjustment both up and down and in and out. With Magneto in use there is no possibility for interference of the helmet retention system and the side of the head is left unobstructed to keep cool and comfortable. The absence of normal sunglass arms also results in very little pressure on the wearer’s temples, which can cause headaches and fatigue during a long day in the saddle.