Park Tool's Trailhead Workstation, or the THS-1 of you prefer the less glamours official name, is designed to be an on-site repair stand, complete with the most common, basic tools to get your bike rolling. Just in case its name wasn't a giveaway, this blue setup is made to be bolted in place at a trailhead, park, or any spot where riders congregate, and I'm told that it's mostly cities and trail organizations that install the THS-1. Just imagine rolling up to a singletrack intersection to find one of these bad boys there for you, just in case you have a flat or need to make some adjustments. Also, many shops have picked one up as a public workstation; customers buy the parts required for basic repairs, and the tools are all right there for them. If you've worked as a mechanic, you know how annoying it can be to have customers constantly asking to borrow tools.
The THS-1 is made from steel, and it is plated before being powder coated to withstand being outside 24/7, then it's assembled with tamper-proof hardware because, well, there are a*sholes everywhere. A whole bunch of basic tools are attached via coated steel cables, including screwdrivers, wrenches, hex keys, and tire levers, and you can hang your bike on the padded steel support arms while you work on it. The tools can also be hidden inside the steel box if needed.
This thing isn't light, and while it can be mounted onto any sturdy post, Park Tool also sells a square steel post and steel base plate if you need it.
I'm pretty sure this one would be considered a luxury item but, having a bit of a tool fetish myself, I can appreciate these purpose-built limit screw drivers. You know, because regular screwdrivers are for peasants and peons, right? The DSD-2 is a Phillips driver, and the DSD-4 is the flathead; both are extra-long to clear the derailleur and get into hard to reach spots. A lot of long drivers have large handles to provide a bit of extra leverage, something that isn't needed when it comes to limit screws and can actually get in the way, so both of Park Tool's drivers feature small diameter handles with this in mind.
Lizard Skins has a new version of their Charger grip out, appropriately called the Charger EVO, that's manufactured with a single compound and a dual-pattern design. Yes, the Charger name has been in their catalog for years now, but this new version forgoes the flange to make them more mountain bike-friendly. They attach by way of a single inboard lock-on collar, and the closed ends mean that you don't need bar plugs to keep your bike from taking a core sample of your flesh. That always hurts.
With a 32mm diameter, the EVO's aren't the thinnest out there but rather strike a middle ground between the two extremes. They're also nice and wide at 140mm in length, and Lizard Skins says they weigh 132-grams.
Orange Seal, that other tubeless sealant company, had a few small but interesting items in their Interbike booth, including their VersaValve tubeless valve stems. These aluminum valve stems do have a trick up their sleeve, however, with the VersaValve package including two different rubber grommets, one with a conical shape and the other with more of a square profile, that can be matched to the shape of the rim bed to provide the best seal possible. The anodized orange locknut is also aluminum, and there are a bunch of different lengths available as well; I brought home the 48mm stems to review down the road.
Whatever mix Orange Seal uses for their tubeless sealant, it's said to last quite a bit longer before drying up compared to other options on the market. Even so, it's still good to check what's going on inside your tires every now and then, and now you can do that the Dipstick. The plastic Dipstick has gradient markings on it, much like a, uh, dipstick, so you know when it's time to pour in some fresh tubeless juice. Sure, a lot of other things would do the same job, but who isn't looking for another purpose-built tool?