Primal hosted the third annual Colorado Bike Expo this spring and pulled out all the stops to entice, educate, and entertain. If you’d only recently heard of a contraption called the bicycle or if you were a seasoned pro, there was something for everyone. Gear, bikes, demos, bands, food trucks and beer had you covered with over 100 vendors on hand. The two day event also had an educational component featuring seminars on bike touring, bike maintenance, fix a flat, learn to ride clinics, yoga, and a fashion show.
But what I was looking for was more elusive, I wanted to be wowed and I wanted to see something new and innovative. That’s when I found the following 3 bikes…
Connor Wood Bicycles
Master woodworker, Chris Connor, brings art to his passion by hand building wooden bicycle frames. Combining old world hand tools with new world automation, his functional and beautiful designs have an immediate organic appeal while also being tough enough to get the job done. (His frames have competed in the Leadville 100!). The wood naturally absorbs shock and gives a smooth ride. I think they’re some of the most beautiful bikes I’ve ever seen! Find out more here:
Connor Wood Bicycles.
Based in Portland, Oregon and sold worldwide, Metrofiets crafts cargo bikes capable of hauling up to 400 pounds. (Fiets is the Dutch word for bicycle and is pronounced like ‘feets’.) Uses include kid, goods, and dog transport; they can even customize the box with a door to make entry/exit easier! Metrofiets found that putting the weight in front of the bike, (rather than pulling it behind), made it easier to move and more stable. These cargo bikes are all party in the front and business in the back! “Keeping you safe while moving precious cargo.”
They also custom build business bikes – check out the Metrofiets website to see the Hopworks Urban Brewery bike bar (which holds 2 kegs, a pizza rack, and a sound system), the Suppenkuche German picnic bike, and the Trailhead Coffee Roasters bike. All are workhorse working works of art!
When I first saw this electric mini bike from Boost Ebikes I immediately thought it was a Rambo-ized-Hummer-macho machine. With burly fat tires, a hefty frame, and cargo box this baby is ready for ACTION! Powered by an electric motor with a top speed of 20mph to get you up the the biggest hill, (or heck even just to the grocery store), this baby beast is still considered to be a pedal bike so no license required. Best of all, when you’re done conquering the world, just fold it up and put it away for another day. “Boost your energy; boost your fun; boost your freedom.”