Disco is dead, and shortly the OutDoor Demo at Interbike will be too. As usual, today was a zoo out there. thousands of riders hit the streets and trails onbikes that weren’t theirs. Most of them even gave the bikes back to the rightful owners, eventually…

Here is the quick, funny story from yesterday: Skinny guy with French accent dressed head to toe in Mavic gear comes to the Parlee booth at the beginning of the day. He signs out a Parlee Z5 with Edge clinchers, new Hive carbon brakes, etc. and heads down the hill on a test ride. The Parlee guys took his show badge because he didn’t have a drivers license and left his passport back at the hotel. No worries.

About three or four hours later three’s a lot of chatter in the Parlee booth about “Where the hell did that bike go, the guys been out on it for hours,” I didn’t know what bike it was, but they didn’t seem stressed. Early in the afternoon we had everything we needed to do at the Demo done, so we left.

When we arrived there this morning I asked Jeffery (from the Canadian distributor for Edge and Parlee) if they ever got that bike back. Yeah, he said, “After about 6 hours I said to Bob, ‘You want me to at least go down the hill and make sure that the guy really works for Mavic.’ And Bob said, ‘Sure, If I go down there I’ll probably kill him.’ So I went down and there was the guy, riding it with Mavic wheels on it, he said “We’ve been using it to test wheels all day, is that a problem?”

The guy just swiped a Parlee and was basically using it as part of his own demo bike. Guy’s got guts. Bob Parlee is one person that it is not a good idea to screw with…

Anyway, more pics from Vegas…

Nice idea for a paint scheme for a cross bike, no? Tapered head tube, BB30, butted aluminum with a carbon stay - the Gin & Trombones has become the quintessential cross bike for people looking for a ridiculous deal. .

Nice idea for a paint scheme for a cross bike, no? Tapered head tube, BB30, butted aluminum with a carbon stay - the Gin & Trombones has become the quintessential cross bike for people looking for a ridiculous deal. .

They call it Hellafaster. I dig that.

They call it Hellafaster. I dig that.

A better look at the new BH - man, that is a pretty bike...

A better look at the new BH - man, that is a pretty bike...

The new limited-edition Raleigh Single Speed cross bike. Think I might need one to match the '09 Ranier that I was able to get...

The new limited-edition Raleigh Single Speed cross bike. Think I might need one to match the '09 Ranier that I was able to get...

One more picture of the Raleigh cross bike because it just looks so sweet.

One more picture of the Raleigh cross bike because it just looks so sweet.

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