Yolks & Spokes by mark on May 19, 2015
Yolks and Spokes documents breakfast culture along the Mississippi River through multimedia storytelling with an ovular lens: the egg. Dana and Sara are riding their bicycles approximately 2,000 miles, beginning at Lake Itasca in the Minnesota North Woods, through the mid-continental United States and the cultural centers of Minneapolis, St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans, ending at the Gulf of Mexico. This route offers a dynamic natural, human, and food landscape. Yet the egg has a shape and a language that everyone shares. As they pedal along the river, they're sitting around breakfast tables with ordinary strangers who consume eggs in all of the ordinary ways – over hard or easy, boiled soft, scrambled, sunny-side up – and letting the ceremony of preparing and eating eggs hatch an array of unexpected human stories.
The stories they have collected so far are almost comforting. It could just as easily be me sitting across the table talking about making fried eggs and bacon for my family at home. A Good Mess is my favorite so far!
National Bike to Work Day by mark on May 14, 2015
Friday, May 15 is National Bike to Work Day. Are you ready to get your day off to a glorious start with a nice pedal into work?
Bike to School Day by kristin on May 06, 2015
Today is Bike to School Day and I used that as motivation to make it my first bike to work ride this year as well. School is only a 2 mile ride from home but PBHQ is 13 miles from there so when you throw in the chaos of trying to get two small children out the door in the morning, my bike commuting days have been on hiatus for a few years. I recently put an electronic assist system on my kid hauling long tail bike thanks to the help of Madison’s new niche shop - The Cargo Bike Shop. Riding with the extra boost is amazing and now I look for any excuse to get out and ride. My bike isn’t exactly light and where I used to have to grind up the hills before I now just increase the assist a bit and pedal smoothly up them. This easy speed is addicting and fun and I don’t feel like I’m “cheating” in the slightest. Anything that gets you riding a bike more is all good in my book. This morning’s commute had me reveling in the fresh air and smiling at fellow cyclists and pedestrians. Bike commuting is such an amazing way to start the day. More than anything I love riding with my kids and showing them that the bike is the best way to get around town. My 4 year old has declared car rides to be boring compared to bike rides; my heart beams. Logistically I know I just can’t ride to work every day but I’ll shoot for a day or two a week and maybe that will increase as the routine becomes established. Life is certainly better by bike.
National Bike Month by mark on May 01, 2015
Traverse City Bikes to School Day by mark on Apr 22, 2015
I'm continually impressed with Traverse City's Norte in their ability to get kids riding their bikes in all kinds of weather. They're currently gettin ready for their Bikes to School Day on May 6 but check out these stats from the last week!
Don't make bicyclists more visible... by mark on Apr 20, 2015
Make drivers stop hitting them. Eben Weiss, aka The Bike Snob, had an interesting article in last weeks Washington Press. It may seem a little shocking at first, but the more I think about it, he kinda has a point. What do you think?
Better Than New by mark on Apr 07, 2015
All of us here at Planet Bike are huge fans of Patagonia; our brands really mesh well together. This is definitely next level and super awesome!
What's a flat kit and why should I have one? by mark on Mar 31, 2015
Our spring newsletter was released yesterday. In case you missed it, our Learn Stuff article focused on flat kits.
Inevitably, it won't cross your mind until you're standing on the side of the road 5 miles from home with a flat tire and no way to repair it. Seasoned commuters and riders across the land have embarrassingly dialed their significant other, coworker or neighbor to pick them up after forgetting to grab their flat kit before heading out on their bike. Building a simple kit to throw in your bike bag will give you peace of mind and keep you self-sufficient. Visit the more >>>