Neuroscience, Bikes, and Kids   by jay on Mar 23, 2017

At the 2017 National Bike Summit in Washington, DC earlier this month I learned about many new and innovative bike programs happening around the United States. One of the programs that caught my attention dealt with the intersection of neuroscience, bikes, and kids.

Mike Sinyard, founder of Specialized Bikes, suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a disorder that many kids in our communities struggle to overcome. Mike credits bicycling with helping him overcome the limitations imposed by ADHD. This allowed him to gain the life skills that eventually led him to found one of the largest bike companies in the United States.

Mike wanted to share the healing power of biking with other kids who suffer from ADHD, so he founded the Specialized Foundation’s Riding for Focus program. Riding for Focus uses lessons from neuroscience, physiology, curriculum design, and The League’s Smart Cycling program to design and implement an evidence based bike education program. This program provides mental and physical health, academic, and behavior benefits to participants.

Designed for PE teachers in schools, Riding for Focus conforms to national PE curriculum standards and integrates easily into existing curricula. The Specialized Foundation hopes their program will become the national standard for teaching biking in schools throughout the United States.

Rebuild your gear, shipping is free!   by kristin on Mar 23, 2017

All of us here at Planet Bike try to be conscious of our impact on the earth and we design our products to be easily rebuildable. We offer loads of small parts on our website (132 to be exact!) so that one missing bit doesn’t mean you have to throw something away and start over with a new product. The best part? We offer free shipping on all small parts.

That’s right, we really and truly want you to fix rather than replace and we want to make it easy and affordable to do that. Thus, we keep the prices on the parts reasonable and we don’t charge any shipping to send them to you.

Need an extra bracket for your tail light? We offer them here for $5.

Need one of those little bolts that holds your fender stays to the fender? We’ve sell those in a pack with a rubber cap and nut for $1.

Found a rack at a garage sale without any hardware? Here’s everything you need to get it installed on a bike for $4.

Maybe your old floor pump just doesn’t seal around the valve like it used to? Get a new updated auto head updated auto head for $7.

So, if you’re doing a little spring cleaning and find some Planet Bike gear in need of a little love, check out our small parts page and get it back up and running as good as new without breaking the bank.

2017 Wisconsin Ride Guide   by kristin on Mar 15, 2017

Bicycling plays a prominent role in our home state of Wisconsin. From the many rail trails and other paths that are prevalent through much of the state, to the numerous bicycle related industries that call Wisconsin home; we take bicycling seriously here in Wisconsin. We also have a terrific advocacy organization in the Wisconsin Bike Fed . They’ve really upped their game the last few years with their publications, which use stunning photography and well crafted content. With pages and a binding that are a step above most magazines, their issues earn a coveted spot on my living room end table. The Bike Fed just released their 2017 Wisconsin Ride Guide which is chock full of every bicycle related event in the state for the year as well as several engaging stories. It’s definitely worth paging through, whether in the gorgeous physical copy or the also striking online version. Take a look here and plan a trip to our fine state.

It's the little things   by jay on Mar 03, 2017

We all know the genius of the Dutch transportation engineers that have created a people-focused transportation system beloved by bicyclists, pedestrians and car drivers. It’s not just separated bike lanes and low car speeds that make cycling safe and fun in the Netherlands, it’s the little things too.

Today, I found one of those things:
The Dutch Reach. This small maneuver can make a BIG impact on making our streets safer with no investment in infrastructure. Check it out today, save someone’s life tomorrow!

We encourage you to support your local, state and national bike advocacy organizations working hard to create world class bicycle infrastructure (Find your organizations here).

Wheels for Winners – The Big Share 2017   by kristin on Mar 01, 2017

Planet Bike has been a longtime supporter of our local earn-a-bike community program Wheels for Winners. We love their unique model because it takes a deeper community approach than most other programs. The Wheels for Winners participants volunteer with area non-profits to earn-a-bike. To name a few, their good deeds include tutoring students, shoveling sidewalks and volunteering at local food pantries.

Over the years, Planet Bike has been involved with Wheels for Winners in many ways. We’ve donated bike locks so the refurbished bikes can stay safe with their new owners. When it came time to move into a new location we volunteered hours to help move Wheels for Winners into a new space. There was also the “Great Fender Cleanup” of 2006 when we sent our stockpile of refurbished fenders to Wheels for Winners so they could put them back to use on refurbished bikes.

Between now and March 7th, Wheels for Winners is again participating in The Big Share. This is an online giving event supporting non-profits across Wisconsin. Wheels for Winners has partnered with many local companies for matching grants for the Big Share campaign. They are hoping to raise $6,000 to help fuel their program and get more kids on bikes. Please consider helping this great community program by contributing today.

If you want to see all the great stats on what Wheels for Winners achieved last year, check out their 2016 annual report

Youth Cycling Alliance   by kristin on Dec 21, 2016

Over the last 20 years, Planet Bike has been committed to supporting organizations working for sustainable transportation solutions. An importation part of that mission has been to encourage youth cycling. Over the years we have partnered with organizations such as Trips for Kids, the Youth Bike Summit, BikeWorks, and more than 30 other organizations by providing bike locks, bike lights and financial contributions to promote youth cycling.

With our deep history and commitment to youth cycling Planet Bike was invited to participate in this fall’s inaugural meeting to create the Youth Cycling Alliance. Over 30 industry and advocacy folks representing 11 different national organizations convened to identify opportunities for strengthening partnerships and aligning youth programming efforts nationwide.

Along with Planet Bike’s Advocacy Director, representatives from Trips for Kids, People for Bikes, League of American Bicyclists, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and other organizations discussed how best to improve access for youth cycling. What emerged were ideas about best practices for teaching kids to ride, forging industry-advocacy partnerships and creating a shared goal and vision of teaching life skills to kids via the power of the bicycle.

Our gratitude goes to Kim Baenisch (Trips for Kids) and Nat Lopes (Hilride) for convening this meeting and doing the heavy lifting to form the Youth Cycling Alliance. Although the Alliance is in its infancy, the conversation has started and will continue to grow. If you would like to be involved or follow the progress for this effort, we encourage you to follow the movement on their Facebook page: Youth Cycling Alliance

Superflash USB Update   by kristin on Nov 29, 2016

The legendary Pow! Blink, blink, blink of Planet Bike’s Superflash tail light has been keeping cyclists safer and more visible for over a decade.

Since its inception, we have worked to continually improve the tail light’s function and durability and a couple of years back we introduced a rechargeable version. Now, the Superflash USB USB comes with two new updates. They include upgrading the USB charging port to a Micro USB connection and adding a third light pattern called the Courtesy™ pulse.

The Courtesy ™ pulse reflects our goal to create cycling products that make cycling safer and more enjoyable. This new mode is designed for use on group rides, bike paths and quiet neighborhood streets. The slow pulse is more considerate to other path users while still attracting the attention of motorists, pedestrians and other cyclists.

Head over to your local Planet Bike retailer and check out the latest evolution of our iconic tail light. We think you and your pathway neighbors will like what you see.

Fat Bike Fenders and Tire Gauge   by kristin on Oct 25, 2016

We’ve come out with quite a few new products this fall. I’ll be highlighting them in the coming days/weeks. First up is our fat bike specific gear.

For the last three years (maybe more!) we’ve been getting questions from shops and customers about when we were going to make fat bike fenders. We spent a fair amount of time designing and testing different styles before we came out with our Big Buck fenders. They may not be the complete coverage fenders (with stays) that some people were dreaming of, but it’s tough to produce that large of a full fender that is sturdy and safe and that comes in at a reasonable price point. We’ve found a happy medium with our individually sold Big Buck fenders. Easy to take on and off, these fenders mount securely and provide a solid amount of coverage to keep you clean and dry. And at $25 for the front fender and $28 for the rear rear fender you don’t have to break the bank either. If you'd prefer to be more minimalist on a front fender, we also offer the down tube mounted Big Buck Board.

As tires have gotten bigger, finding the right tire pressure given the rider/conditions has become a scientific process. The difference of 1 PSI can drastically change how a tire will perform. Thus it’s crucial to have an accurate gauge to know what pressure you’re starting at and what pressure works well in certain conditions. Enter our Fat Max 15 Tire Gauge. The same bomber design as our tried and true standard Dial Gauge, the easy to read face has a max psi of 15 and allows you to precisely measure down to the ¼ pound how much pressure you’ve got in your tires. And no need to get on your hands and knees to read the pressure - the gauge will hold the reading after pulling the gauge off the tire until you press the reset button.

The snow will be flying before we know it. Get the gear you need to make it an enjoyable ride!


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