As usual, Quality Bicycle Product’s Frostbike event comes at a time of year where we’re getting a bit excited for warmer weather and the return of spring. In keeping with that tradition, it seems that Mother Nature likes to remind us that it IS still winter. Just days before Frostbike, which is hosted at QBP’s Bloomington, Minnesota headquarters, the Twin Cities received the biggest snow storm of the year with somewhere around 10 inches on the ground, followed by a frosty dip in the temperatures! Take a look at some of the things we saw at this year’s Frostbike.
Park Tool likes to have fun, and they don’t take things TOO seriously. Their spork came out last fall, and whether it’s a trailside meal or fancy dining, we think the Spork from Park is worth keeping handy.
Short on space? Dahon bikes are designed for the urban rider, the ship dweller, traveler, or anyone who likes to hop on a bike, but needs it in a smaller package. Skip ahead for a more compact photo.
Many kids fall asleep in a Burley, so Burley’s got the smooth ride thing figured out through an adjustable suspension – whether you’re hauling one little one, or two older kids, suspension setup is intuitive.
Everything about the D’lite is designed at making riding as a family easier. Push button wheels remove safely but quickly, and extra room at the shoulders means less fighting between your two passengers. We hope.
The D’lite seat folds down easier than ever, allowing it to double as a cargo trailer for camping or errands
Ever improving, Burley recently updated their triggers for foldiong down a D’Lite trailer, and we were pleased with how easy it was to fold this unit down. At no risk to your fingers too!
This LIghtning Bug comes with a silicone strap for easy on and off, and at 100 lumens is a powerful little contender.
Looks tame right? Don’t look directly into the beam. Seriously.
For 2014, Niterider adds the Lumina 700. 700 lumens at an awesome price make this the most powerful commuter type light in their lineup – Niterider considers this part of their performance category for good reason, but at Erik’s we consider it our most popular light. It works well for mountain biking too.
It was inevitable given the tie-in to Realtree that a snow camo version was coming before too long. only 250 of these were made, so if you want one, come in and order it soon!
The Scabbard from Cogburn means you can mount a gun, fishing rods or like here, a bow with ease.
Various mounts on the CB4 allow you to bug out for a weekend of camping, hunting, or whatever you desire with only what you need to live and nothing to complicate the experience.
There’s no mistaking the Realtree Camo finish on the CB4s from Cogburn, and every inch of this bike is meant to get you out to hunt, fish, camp or forage.
With rack mounts in place, the CB4 is positioned to be a go-to for people who would otherwise hop on an ATV. With Ice Fishing Gear loaded up, this version is a winter sportsman’s dream.
With fork braze-ons on both sides, the only limit to what you can carry is your imagination. Well, that and what still allows you to steer, but minnows are no problem.
GoPro might be what you think of when you think action camera, but Garmin is looking to change that with the Virb. Available models can be paired with your GPS to add in hear rate data, elevation and location to your videos and then some.
Surly always has something new to see at Frostbike, and this year was no different. The new Ice Cream Truck (ICT) is considered a “trail” fat bike – great for aggressive riders, or those who use their fat bike year round.
The Wölvhammer singlehandedly re-imagined the winter riding boot. Not clunky, purpose built and warm, it’s here to stay and is a popular item for winter riders at Erik’s
The FasterKatt boot from 45NRTH along with its cousin, the Wölvhammer have been very popular at Erik’s locations because of their warmth and waterpoofing.
The Cobrafist gives a roomy space for your paws during the winter, and mounts securely to your handlebar giving you top notch control and comfort while riding in cold temps.
Word is that the sweet Hawaiian floral patterns were selling out quick, but Odyssey is always putting cool designs on their Twist PC (Polycarbonate) pedals.
The Bordo and Bordo Lite locks from Abus provide great security, but more importantly, a convenient and flexible locking solution for your valuable ride.
Edge Jersey from Bellwether under a Sol-Air vest and topped off with the new cycling cap from Bellwether.
We’ve really gotten behind what Bellwether is doing in clothing these days. The Optime is new this year and one we’ll be looking forward to telling more about in the future.
What trade show is complete without some hot colors? We’ve done some great builds in the shop using Industry 9 hubs.
What color would you choose? The King of Bling when it comes to bike parts, there may be nothing new to see from Chris King here, but it sure looks good.
If you haven’t ridden with a dropper yet, stop. You need to!
Where just a few years ago there were few dropper post options, Rock Shox Reverb post is a great option to complete your Rock Shox suspension setup and a worthwhile upgrade to any mountain bike.
Got a great looking car? Carry your bikes in style with the Whispbar setup from Yakima
With sleeker and more artistic lines on vehicles these days, many are looking for a more elegant rack solution.
Fat Bike products are increasing every year, and we recommend trying it out if you haven’t – they’re more than just winter riding. If you see anything you like here, stop in one of our shops, or check it out online at www.eriksbikeshop.com. Not everything shown above is stocked in stores, but we’d be happy to get it for you!
What was your favorite item above? See anything we missed? Tell us in the comments.