16 Cool, Mostly Bike-Related Things From the Outdoor Retailer Show

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9. Po Campo bags bridge gap between on-bike function and off-bike style

Po Campo’s Maria Boustead couldn’t find a bike bag that fit her stylish sensibilities so she started a company to make her own. The Pilsen handbag (top right, $75), the Logan tote (top of rack, $90) and the Loop pannier ($115) highlight her versatile line.

“Brainy and stylish” describes both Po Campo’s line of urban bike bags and the woman behind them, Chicago-based owner/designer Maria Boustead. PC’s clever Connect straps securely attach bags to handlebars, frame tubes and racks, but virtually disappear when off the bike, even doubling as a yoga mat holder for all but the smallest model. Subtly feminine patterns add a classy panache to the line which recently added a man-patible unisex messenger bag and pannier as well. pocampo.com

10. Clever new version of Goal Zero Switch 8 combines reserve power, lighting

Goal Zero marketing director Jonathan Munk shows off the Switch 8 Light Kit—a combination solar recharger cell and flashlight.

Goal Zero’s built such an impressive ecosystem of solar products it feels unfair to highlight just one. But the diminutive Switch 8 Light Kit ($100) serves as an indicator-species of GZ’s knack for thinking it through and designing smart stuff with multiple dimensions. Last year, the Switch 8 was “just” a really cool recharger/charge extender for your phone or tablet, powered-up by solar panel, or home or car USB. This year they brightened it up by including a 160 lumen flashlight head, pushing the clever factor to 11. goalzero.com

11. All-natural Hide Outdoors sunscreen is SPF-Dirty

Jennifer Adams Bunker (center) and family own and run TruKids, the company behind Hide Outdoors dirt scented sunscreen, which like their kids line is made from all-natural ingredients.

At first, I thought dirt-scented sunscreen was a joke. But then it struck me that smelling like dirt seems a whole lot more compatible with mountain biking than the tube of lavender honeysuckle whatever in my gear bag at home. We mountain bikers love dirt after all, and that Hide Outdoors is produced by a family-run company like TruKids makes the whole idea more embraceable—as is the company’s commitment to making skincare products from non-nasty ingredients. The real reason for dirt scented sunscreen? So hunters can cover their scent. The water-resistant SPF-30 “scentscreen” comes in 3.5-ounce tubes, costs $16 and hits the market in November of 2013. trukid.com

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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