Tandems to Fat-bikes: Best products from ‘Frostbike’ show

It’s the black heart of winter in Minnesota. But bikes are on the minds of the thousands of dealers, shop owners, and reps who congregate at the Frostbike show, an annual event organized by Quality Bicycle Products to offer a peek at what’s soon coming to market. We were on the Frostbike scene today for a few hours to kick tires and scope out new wares. Here’s an inside look at some of the two-wheel tomfoolery and innovation we found. —Stephen Regenold

We rode our frosty bikes to the show. Typical Minnesota winter commute

Lazer time trial Wasp helmet — “Need for Speed!”

Through the looking glass: A peek at the Frostbike show floor

On a monitor in the show hall; typical class for the day

John Deere aesthetic, Surly fatbike guts

Salsa tandem bike

Bike tube vending machine

Custom Salsa Warbird bike, Almanzo edition. Chris Skogen, founder of the Almanzo 100 race, sizes it up

Fyxation Gates Pedal Strap kit

Bike boots on ice. 45Nrth Wolvhammer winter boots

SRAM gets into the snow biking world with fat-bike oriented cranks

Thule makes a handlebar mount for the iPad. Google Maps, anyone?

Really? Brooks’ “leather trouser straps”

Built-in blinker: Arrow points to adjustment knob on Lazer helmet that also houses a tiny red LED light

Shimano shows off its Zee components in a rippin’ little freeride bike build

All City goes with disc brakes on its latest steel cyclocross bike

Drool. . . Ritchey’s C260 Superlogic Carbon Stem

Obnoxious 65 lumen flashers from Knog to keep you visible on the road

Pearl Izumi X Project shoe (flexes when walking, stiff when clipped in to spin)

Contributing editor T.C. Worley grips some “royal antler” handlebars on a Surly bike build

—GearJunkie covers cycling every week on its Biking Category channel.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.