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

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

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

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

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

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John Deere aesthetic, Surly fatbike guts

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Salsa tandem bike

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Bike tube vending machine

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

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Fyxation Gates Pedal Strap kit

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Bike boots on ice. 45Nrth Wolvhammer winter boots

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

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

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Really? Brooks’ “leather trouser straps”

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

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

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

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Drool. . . Ritchey’s C260 Superlogic Carbon Stem

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

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

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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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