A Winter of Cyclists by mark on Nov 26, 2013
This new documentary just popped onto our radar. Looks pretty neato!
A Winter of Cyclists captures the inaugural Icy Bike Winter Commuting Challenge. The film follows twelve cyclists as they attempt to bicycle commute during the winter months.
Watch as they challenge each other during the cold, dark and snowy Colorado winter and experience the surprising comradery that forms as nearly 200 like-minded riders from across the USA, Canada, and other countries join in the Challenge.
For those who cycle in the winter now, this film is a tribute to you. And for those who are considering it, catch a memorable glimpse of what could await you.
Fat bike fever! by mark on Nov 20, 2013
Fat bikes are nothing new. Surly came out with their first model, the Pugsley, in 2004 or 2005. However, over the last year or two the popularity of fat bikes has exploded. This year several of the largest US bike companies entered the market. The WSJ even published an article about them last week!
I was certainly curious about the whole thing since day one. As a tinkerer with a wandering mind, I experimented with a franken-fat bike in the winter of 2006. I purchased a purple offset Surly Pugsley fork along w/ a Large Marge rim and an Endomorph tire. This fat front end setup was installed on my Gary Fisher Rig 29er singlespeed. Since my frame was not designed for a 4"tire on the rear, I improvised. I was able to squeeze in a 26" downhill tire that measured in at 2.7". The bike was a lot of fun but the rear end just didn't float the way a larger tire could. The whole experiment was scrapped after a 2 hour ride with 2 others on cross bikes through a foot of fresh powder. I struggled to keep up and lost interest in my frustration.
Over the last 3 years our former Shipping Mgr, Chris, and our Product Development guru, Heath, have been blasting through the winter on their fat bikes. Couple that with numerous friends getting on board and my interest had peaked.
This was to be the year that I would finally get a real fat bike. I sacrificed a high-end set of tubular cyclocross wheels to fund my Salsa Mukluk project but I couldn't be more stoked on it. After a few sessions on the singletrack at Cam Rock County Park and various other exploratory missions through uncharted territory I am having a blast. Can't wait to do some snow riding!
Complete Streets Seminars in Dane County! by jay on Oct 29, 2013
(1) Barb McCann, one of the architects of the national Complete Streets movement, will be presenting her new book on Complete Streets at Redamté Coffee House on Wed, October 30 at 7:00 pm
(2) CARPC, the Capitol Area Regional Planning Commission, is hosting a Complete Streets workshop for planners, electeds and walking and biking advocates. The date is Thursday, October 31 at the newly remodeled Madison Central Library.
Hope to see you there.
Employee Bike Profile by mark on Oct 17, 2013
Here we are smack dab in the season of changing leaves, falling temperatures, and rain (at least here in WI). It's the perfect time to take a peek at the rides in the Planet Bike garage!
Jesse came on at Planet Bike last winter. It had been quite some time since his last bike upgrade; new job, new bike. He spends a lot of time at his land in northern Wisconsin so he wanted a do-it-all sort of bike. Something he can commute to work on but still explore forest roads on. The Salsa Fargo was just the ticket (Salsa is a popular choice around PBHQ)!
Heck of the North by mark on Oct 14, 2013
The Heck of the North was started in 2009. As Jeremy Kershaw returned home from the Almanzo 100, and having recently finished the Ragnarok, he came to the conclusion that the Northland needed to represent. So started the many mornings before work pouring over county maps and the many sorties up dusty, dead-end roads. After a long and wonderful search process, he pieced together the gravel framework that would become the "Heck."
The Heck shares the premise of other great, adventure style events, namely...you are on your own and responsible for getting home by the skill of only your own hard work. No support from teams, bystanders or event volunteers. There is no prize money, no licenses, and definitely no entry fee. The Heck is an event that lives solely for the love of the cyclist, their rig and the country they ride through.
Though we weren't able to be on hand for the event, Planet Bike was happy to go along as one of the sponsors. We are excited by the revitalization of grassroots bike events. Thanks for keeping us inspired Jeremy!
Pedals and Steps by mark on Oct 08, 2013
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a fitness fanatic. I just don't feel quite right if I don't get a solid amount of exercise most days. My fairly recent introduction to the "Dad Club" has made working out a bit more tricky than it used to be. I'm short time, sleep and energy. My best solution thus far has been introducing running back into my life. I've also commandeered my lunch break into my run or ride time. Some days I reach for the bike shoes and pedal the country roads around Planet Bike HQ. Other days I lace up my kicks and explore the Edna Taylor Nature Conservancy. Fall in the midwest can't be beat, that's for sure! Get out there, explore, and find something new!
New products for a new season by mark on Sep 25, 2013
Interbike is traditionally the release of any new products for the coming year, and we have quite a few that we're excited about! In the coming weeks we'll be touching on some new tail lights, pump updates, and other little product tweaks. Until then, be our guest and peruse our online annual.
A Simple Solution to Many Complex Problems by mark on Aug 30, 2013
Being a company in the bicycle industry, it should be obvious that Planet Bike will support bicycles as a form of transportation. However, we go much beyond that in our efforts to reduce our impact on this earth. We were recently featured on Madison Gas & Electric's Green View. Much of the footage was filmed during our annual Bacon on the Bike Path event. We hope you enjoy!