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National Park week   by kristin on Apr 17, 2017   read full blog

It’s National Park week and a great time to explore some of the nation’s most stunning lands. Find a park that has car free days and get a unique opportunity to ride a bike through these amazing landscapes.


400 bikes, 70 locks, thousands of smiles   by jay on Apr 07, 2017   read full blog

March 29, 2017 was the culmination of six month’s hard work by Andy Quandt to bring Free Bikes 4 Kidz to Madison, WI. We gave away 400 bikes and helmets, 70 locks, and thousands of smiles.


More kids on bikes   by kristin on Mar 29, 2017   read full blog

The Youth Cycling Alliance is partnering with UC Berkeley in an effort to grow the number of youth cycling organizations throughout the country


Neuroscience, Bikes, and Kids   by jay on Mar 23, 2017   read full blog

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.


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

Don't let one missing part stop you from using a Planet Bike product. Buy what you need for cheap and get back to enjoying your ride!


2017 Wisconsin Ride Guide   by kristin on Mar 15, 2017   read full blog

The Wisconsin Bike Fed's annual Ride Guide is here and it's a beautiful publication with lots of great rides to choose from


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

Haven't convinced your city to build protected bike lanes yet? Well here's something you can do today to make things better for bikers.


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

A shout out to our local earn a bike program and all of the amazing things they are doing in our Madison, Wisconsin community.


Youth Cycling Alliance   by kristin on Dec 21, 2016   read full blog

Planet Bike has long supported organizations involved in encouraging kids to ride bikes. We are excited to participate in the creation of the Youth Cycling Alliance which aims to expand and enhance youth cycling programs across the country.


Superflash USB Update   by kristin on Nov 29, 2016   read full blog

A couple of changes to the USB model of our iconic Superflash tail light make it a great choice for all riding environments


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

Bikes with big tires require some specific gear. Check out our Big Buck fenders and our new Fat Max 15 Tire Gauge for all of your fat bike adventuring!


Blaze Headlight Updates   by kristin on May 27, 2016   read full blog

Our Blaze headlights have gotten some key improvements the last few months. Amber side lights and better optics plus the path friendly courtesy flash and some aesthetic updates. Check out all the changes


Double Wrapped Handlebars   by kristin on Apr 11, 2016   read full blog

Heath shares his secrets to achieve the vibration dampening comfort of two layers of handlebar tape


Don't get nasty. Get bicycle friendly   by jay on Mar 18, 2016   read full blog

The League's Bicycle Friendly America program is graduating college, planning its next moves


Backbone of bicycle education   by jay on Mar 18, 2016   read full blog

Why are LCIs the noisiest bunch?


Soglin Spotting   by jay on Mar 17, 2016   read full blog

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin at the National Bike Summit.


2016 National Bike Summit   by jay on Mar 14, 2016   read full blog

How do 535 bike advocates change a light bulb?


Radical parking   by jay on Mar 10, 2016   read full blog

When I visualize a big city, one of the things I see is cars: cars on the road, cars in parking lots, cars on the sidewalk


Aluminum fenders for every bike!   by kristin on Feb 19, 2016   read full blog

The spring thaw is coming. Get some Cascadia ALX fenders on your bike and aim for those puddles


This. Is. Awesome.   by mark on Feb 18, 2016   read full blog

It's amazing what the natural sounds of a good 'ol fashioned dirt ripping adds to the video over music.


Slow Roll Detroit   by mark on Jan 08, 2016   read full blog

Detroit has a lot of exciting and positive transformations happening each day. Slow Roll is one that we are amped to see!


Happy New Year!   by mark on Jan 04, 2016   read full blog

We wish you a splendid ride into the New Year!


Mark's Gift Guide for the Picky Gentleman   by mark on Dec 11, 2015   read full blog

I’m picky about the products I use. I want something that will last and I can use for years to come. I test a lot of different products and it’s a rarity when I don’t find something I would change about a product. My wife tells me that I’m difficult when it comes to gifts. If you have someone in your life like me then perhaps my gift guide will come in handy.


Riding Towards Winter   by mark on Dec 08, 2015   read full blog

Autumn can be an exhilarating time for traveling by bike. It can also be a little unpredictable. Daylight hours are quickly waning, the temperature is fickle and rain can string together for days.


Supermarket Streetsweep   by mark on Nov 04, 2015   read full blog

We're happy to be on board again as a sponsor for the Supermarket Streetsweep. For the past 9 years this race has produced thousands of pounds of food and thousands of dollars for the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank!


Grateful Red   by mark on Oct 08, 2015   read full blog

We introduced a slew of new products at Interbike last month, one of the most interesting being the Grateful Red. It's the evolution of our ever popular


Pickin' & Skiddin'   by mark on Sep 22, 2015   read full blog

This is too good to not share!


Love to Ride   by kristin on Sep 04, 2015   read full blog

Planet Bike employees are participating in the local Love to Ride Challenge which is a growing worldwide movement that connects community members and encourages people to go for a bike ride


Godspeed, Deb.   by jay on Aug 21, 2015   read full blog

Changing the world, one step at a time.


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Hauling Your Kids by Bike   by mark on Aug 18, 2015   read full blog

Arleigh, aka The Bike Shop Girl, is a passionate bike rider and new parent. She has been spending some time researching the best methods to take children along while biking (and writing about it).


Summer Super Commuter   by mark on Aug 12, 2015   read full blog

As a young adult, Ron Lessard moved to Princeton, NJ to study the art of casting sculpture in bronze at an area foundry. He immediately fell in love with the area for its tree-shaded lanes, historic charm and natural beauty. He came to town in a car but for more than two decades he has been enjoying life in Princeton by bike.


Bike Path Courtesy.   by mark on Aug 10, 2015   read full blog

It's summertime and the living is easy. You've likely noticed that your neighborhood paths are teaming with activity. The path that rolls past my front door is a human highway of cyclist, rollerbladers, joggers, dog walkers, birders and skateboarders. The nicer the day, the more the path bustles. To celebrate bicycling in the summer, we've come up with our top 5 list for what it takes to be an upstanding path user:


Heath's Trek 930 Xtracycle   by mark on Aug 07, 2015   read full blog

Heath rode this bike years ago before retiring it to his childhood home and taking off for college. Years later he discovered it was still hiding


This is awesome!   by mark on Aug 05, 2015   read full blog

Many avid cyclists take the very act of riding a bike for granted. We're really glad to see more and more adult bike riding classes popping up around the country!


Do It Yourself!   by mark on Jul 17, 2015   read full blog

A flat tire can put a big damper on a bike ride, especially if you aren't armed with the knowledge and tools to rectify the situation. Practice makes perfect as the old adage says.


Super Commuters   by mark on Jun 26, 2015   read full blog

The mailman always say, "I wasn't sure if you guys were open today. There weren't any cars in the parking lot." I'm surprised he's not used to it after all these years.


Bacon on the Bike Path   by mark on Jun 16, 2015   read full blog

We set out for our 9th Annual Bacon on the Bike Path last Friday with high prospects for rain. We did end up with a wet start to the event but by the end we were dry


Yolks & Spokes   by mark on May 19, 2015   read full blog

Yolks and Spokes documents breakfast culture along the Mississippi River through multimedia storytelling with an ovular lens: the egg.


National Bike to Work Day   by mark on May 14, 2015   read full blog

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   read full blog

The simple pleasures of starting your day with a bike ride (and the thrill of E assist!)


National Bike Month   by mark on May 01, 2015   read full blog

May is National Bike Month. Get out there and enjoy the ride!


Traverse City Bikes to School Day   by mark on Apr 22, 2015   read full blog

I'm continually impressed with Traverse City's Norte in their ability to get kids riding their bikes in all kinds of weather.


Don't make bicyclists more visible...   by mark on Apr 20, 2015   read full blog

Make drivers stop hitting them.Eben Weiss, aka The Bike Snob, had an interesting article in last weeks Washington Press.


Better Than New   by mark on Apr 07, 2015   read full blog

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   read full blog

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,


Super Commuter Preview   by mark on Mar 17, 2015   read full blog

Here's a preview on our Spring Super Commuter, David Pulsipher. David had so much useful knowledge on commuting that we couldn't fit it all into our profile.


Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling Opens Soon   by mark on Feb 17, 2015   read full blog

In this new exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, you'll travel through 130 years of Wisconsin cycling history. Showcasing the crucial role that Wisconsin has played in two national bicycling eras, the "Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling" exhibit features historic bicycles and artifacts, intriguing images, and virtual interactive experiences. Discover how the long, colorful, and sometimes contentious story of the growth and development of cycling in Wisconsin in the late 1800s is once again playing out today.


World Winter Bike to Work Day   by mark on Feb 13, 2015   read full blog

Today is World Winter Bike to Work Day and Planet Bike celebrated the occasion with our now annual WINTER Bacon on the Bike Path. We were joined by the good folks of Madison B-Cycle and cooked up several pounds of Nueske's bacon


Action Alert - Wisconsin   by mark on Feb 05, 2015   read full blog

Governor Scott Walker has introduced a two-year state budget that has tremendous negative implications for cyclists and for biking safety.


Winter Bacon on the Bike Path, reminder #1   by mark on Jan 27, 2015   read full blog

Madison's Bike Winter Week, formerly known as Winter Bike To Work Week, has been set for February 9-13. The agenda for the week is still being finalized


Embracing Winter   by mark on Jan 20, 2015   read full blog

In a perfect world I’d never have to spend more than 2 minutes getting dressed for a bike ride; getting frostbite on exposed skin would never cross my mind and the thought of road salt corroding my precious ride would be laughable.


So long, and thanks for all the lobster   by jay on Jan 13, 2015   read full blog

Leader of the Alliance for Biking & Walking bids adieu


Vortex Dress Code   by mark on Jan 07, 2015   read full blog

In the midst of a polar vortex I always like to put out a reminder on biking in brutally cold temperatures. This morning on my 45 minute commute to work, the temperature was hovering around -6F with the wind chill at -25F. However, I was completely comfortable riding in the proper attire.


2014 in Review   by mark on Jan 05, 2015   read full blog

For the past nineteen years we have collaborated in many meaningful bicycle advocacy initiatives across North America. This year was no exception as we continued to partner with advocates on key national initiatives as well as many locally-targeted programs that focus on getting more people on bikes.


Happy Holidays!   by mark on Dec 23, 2014   read full blog

Happy Holidays from the Planet Bike family to you and yours.


Throwback Thursday   by mark on Dec 18, 2014   read full blog

Planet Bike has long been committed to doing business in a better way. Aside from our mission to help strengthen bike advocacy we also aim to make our business as sustainable as possible.


Kid Bike Love   by kristin on Dec 02, 2014   read full blog

The speed, the feeling of flying, the freedom; watching a kid learn to ride a bike is a reminder that riding bikes is just plain fun.


The Best Way to Carry Cargo by Bike.   by mark on Nov 20, 2014   read full blog

A bicycle is a beautiful thing and to optimize all if its benefits, we all want to be able to carry some stuff with us as we head down the road of life. So, what's the best approach? Is it your trusty backpack, a classic highlighter yellow Ortlieb pannier or are


Madison's Electronic Bike Counter   by mark on Nov 07, 2014   read full blog

The City of Madison installed its first visual electronic bicycle counter just under a month ago on October 9th. It's located on the heavily trafficked Southwest Path


Light Finder   by mark on Oct 13, 2014   read full blog

For years we've published a Light Finder that shows the actual beam throw that our lights have. Sure, you can measure in lumens


Magical Bicycle Tour   by mark on Sep 29, 2014   read full blog

Heath, our Director of Product Development, set Alan and Karen up with some of our new waterproof saddle covers prior to their big tour. Below is a note that Alan sent post-tour:


WisNic Partners   by mark on Sep 23, 2014   read full blog

WisNic Partners works to enhance the quality of life in Wisconsin & Nicaragua through people-to-people programs promoting cultural awareness & sustainable community development.


More than Stores   by mark on Aug 18, 2014   read full blog

Golden Saddle Cyclery in LA seems to be doing things right; having fun and getting more people on bikes in Los Angeles.


Employee Bike Profile   by mark on Jul 17, 2014   read full blog

While many of us at Planet Bike are bike geeks, I am usually the one to take it a few notches higher. I'm always tinkering with parts and switching things from one bike to the next.


Barns of Wisconsin   by mark on Jul 10, 2014   read full blog

I've been fascinated with barns for a long time. Living in Wisconsin one quickly grows accustomed to seeing barns across the countryside. It's easy to just pass them by without a second thought


Protected Intersections   by mark on Jun 23, 2014   read full blog

This is definitely an interesting concept for intersections. What do you think? Would you support protected intersections?


Calling All SUPERCOMMUTERS   by mark on Jun 16, 2014   read full blog

Each quarter Planet Bike likes to honor what we refer to as the silent hero, aka the SUPERCOMMUTER. This person rides through every season, in all weather, day


USB   by mark on Jun 10, 2014   read full blog

USB rechargeable lights are really starting to come to the forefront of the bike lighting market. We've joined in on the full with a couple of USB rechargeable tail lights.


Sideload Cages   by mark on Jun 04, 2014   read full blog

We are always trying to improve our current product line-up and add thoughtful/useful new products. A recent addition to our bottle cage lineup is the Sideload Cage. The aluminum cage is lightweight and perfect


Royal 162   by mark on May 19, 2014   read full blog

After a day of digestion I’m still completely clear on one thing: the Royal 162 is a beast of a race. After few hours of much needed sleep on Friday night we were


Spring Mountain Biking   by mark on May 07, 2014   read full blog

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Southern Wisconsin. With temps forecasted in the mid-60s I decided to take the day off of work and get in a good


Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It.   by mark on May 02, 2014   read full blog

Yesterday was the kickoff of the 5th Annual Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign and the beginning of National Bike Month.


The Big Apple   by mark on Apr 30, 2014   read full blog

I just returned from a sales trip to New York City. It was a great chance to meet and talk with some great Planet Bike dealers in the NYC metro area. I also had the


Thereabouts   by mark on Apr 24, 2014   read full blog

Over the summer Port Macquarie brothers Gus and Lachlan Morton, the latter of whom rides for Garmin-Sharp, got back to basics in an attempt to recover the lost magic of the sport. This is their story; a story about the concept of 'Thereabouts'. Read more on


Bicycling for Life   by mark on Apr 22, 2014   read full blog

Mark Martin is our Spring 2014 SUPERCOMMUTER. He is passionate and informed about bike riding and commuting. He is involved in changing the bike climate in his community. If you have 12 minutes to spare, please check out his TED Talk. It's motivating.


Employee of the Month   by mark on Mar 13, 2014   read full blog

Our buddy Chad of Planet Bike distributor J & B Importers has recently garnered the honor of Employee


Alliance Announces 2014 Advocacy Award Winners   by mark on Mar 04, 2014   read full blog

Since 2009, the Alliance has solicited public nominations for the Advocacy Awards, which recognize the exceptional efforts of individuals, organizations, and business leaders in advancing active transportation in North America. This year, the Advocacy Awards were presented by Bicycling Magazine.


Spring Thaw   by mark on Feb 19, 2014   read full blog

I've been taking advantage of the mid-February thaw Madison has experienced the last two days. The sun on my face and melting snow spraying below my fenders holds


Winter Bike to Work Day   by mark on Feb 05, 2014   read full blog

Bike commuters in Madison are a different breed. I’ve spent many winter mornings pedaling to work in below zero temperatures. Thanks to the efforts of Madison Bike Winter, Winter Bike to Work Week has continued to grow. Planet Bike is always fired up to support our local bike commuters, both fair-weather and diehard.


Winter Ride   by mark on Feb 03, 2014   read full blog

Check out this great video that Transportation Alternatives just released!


I'm a bike geek, what's your excuse?   by mark on Jan 31, 2014   read full blog

The other day I had a very interesting question posed to me in regards to bike frame material, "What kind of guy are you?"


Progress in Wisconsin!   by mark on Jan 22, 2014   read full blog

The state Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously this morning to recommend our vulnerable users bill (SB-307) for passage. All three Republicans and two Democrats voted for the bill. The bill now moves on for scheduling for a vote before the full Senate.


Employee Bike Profile - Kristin's Big Dummy   by mark on Jan 21, 2014   read full blog

This edition of Planet Bike Employee Bike Profile features Kristin's do-it-all long tail cargo kid-hauler! Surly is known in the bike world for no nonsense steel bikes; bikes build with a purpose that will stand the test of time.


Taking the Lane   by mark on Jan 08, 2014   read full blog

Last year we linked up with Elly Blue to help support her Taking the Lane zine. Elly has been writing about bicycle transportation since 2006. Her work has appeared


Fender Flute   by mark on Dec 13, 2013   read full blog

I've been sitting on this one for a while (aka, forgot to post something). Our pals over at Problem Solvers came up with a nifty solution


A Winter of Cyclists   by mark on Nov 26, 2013   read full blog

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.


Fat bike fever!   by mark on Nov 20, 2013   read full blog

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 the last week!


Complete Streets Seminars in Dane County!   by jay on Oct 29, 2013   read full blog

Not one, but two chances to learn more about Complete Streets.


Employee Bike Profile   by mark on Oct 17, 2013   read full blog

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!


Heck of the North   by mark on Oct 14, 2013   read full blog

The Heck of the North was started in 2009. As Jeremy Kershaw returned home from the Almanzo 100, and having recently finished the Ragnarok,


Pedals and Steps   by mark on Oct 08, 2013   read full blog

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.


New products for a new season   by mark on Sep 25, 2013   read full blog

Interbike is traditionally the release of any new products for the coming year, and we have quite a few that we're excited about!


A Simple Solution to Many Complex Problems   by mark on Aug 30, 2013   read full blog

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.


Camp Bluedog   by mark on Aug 20, 2013   read full blog

Planet Bike has been a proud supporter of Camp Bluedog for the past few years. The three day camp put on by Bluedog Cycles in


Fading Summer Days   by kristin on Aug 12, 2013   read full blog

It's the time of the year to enjoy the simple pleasures of summertime riding


A SUPERCOMMUTER First   by mark on Jul 25, 2013   read full blog

Josh Simms is as passionate about recumbents as he is hardcore; he teaches others riding skills and most weeks


Shockmate 2.0   by mark on Jul 15, 2013   read full blog

The Shockmate Suspension Pump has been a staple of mountain bikers for the past decade. Now, we are pleased to announce that it just got better.


Eat Play Bike   by jay on Jul 08, 2013   read full blog

The original concept was to do placemaking in southern Madison and it morphed into a month long festival at the Villager Mall parking lot. A few pictures cannot capture it all.


Employee Bike Feature   by mark on Jun 27, 2013   read full blog

Dave has been getting a lot of trailer and tag-a-long duty on his bike lately so he finally added a geared bike to his quiver. He decided on the


Build it. Bike it. Be a part of it.   by mark on Jun 17, 2013   read full blog

Adventure Cycling Association's Build it. Bike it. Be a part of it. Campaign once again surpassed its goal for 2013. In its inception in 2012, they set a lofty goal of $50,000.


Cultural Trail   by mark on Jun 13, 2013   read full blog

Very cool and progressive bicycle infrastructure that was just completed in Indianapolis!


Customer Love!   by mark on May 31, 2013   read full blog

We love our customers and we love when they send us pictures of their awesome bikes! Thanks for the note Keith!


Guest Blog: The Alexander 400   by mark on May 21, 2013   read full blog

I learned a few things over the course of the weekend. Coming into a 400 mile gravel road race a little green about what to expect is both a blessing and a curse. So my plan was outlined in my previous blog post.


Makin' Bacon   by mark on May 20, 2013   read full blog

Our 7th annual Bacon on the Bike Path was a huge success. A gorgeous day helped bring out a massive amount of bike commuters.


Last Call   by mark on May 15, 2013   read full blog

Last call everyone. Planet Bike's 7th Annual Bacon on the Bike Path takes place tomorrow morning!


Haulin'   by kristin on May 09, 2013   read full blog

Kristin finally took the plunge and got a long tail cargo bike to haul her son, groceries, and whatever else she finds along the way!


Back 40 Haiku V   by jay on May 08, 2013   read full blog

Poetry delivers where technology fails.


Single speed coffee pot, zero speed brain   by jay on Apr 30, 2013   read full blog

Wherein Jay discovers the Coffee Chasm


Call of the Bacon   by mark on Apr 29, 2013   read full blog

Wisconsin will be celebrating Bike to Work Week for the year from May 13-17. What? You thought Christmas was the most wonderful time of year?


Spring Classics   by kristin on Apr 17, 2013   read full blog

Kristin and her husband recently got back from a vacation in Europe. They got to experience two of the most famous one day races - Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix. The cobbled classics didn't disappoint.


Jeff Jones City Bike   by mark on Mar 25, 2013   read full blog

If you're not a mountain biker, you might not be familiar with Jeff Jones. Being a huge fan of "off the beaten path"


Passive Transportation   by mark on Mar 18, 2013   read full blog

Freedom of mobility is important to human beings. There is dignity in being independent, in being in control of one's movements and one's time.


Hockey Hair All-stars   by mark on Mar 14, 2013   read full blog

It's no secret that the midwest states take their hockey seriously and there's none more serious than Minnesota. They live by the puck and die by the puck.


High School Mountain Bike Leagues   by mark on Mar 12, 2013   read full blog

It's really exciting seeing mountain bike racing taking off at the high school level. Singletrack High is a documentary following the Northern California league.


Bikeportland's National Bike Summit Coverage   by mark on Mar 05, 2013   read full blog

As was mentioned last week, the National Bike Summit is going on this week. We have once again partnered with BikePortland's Jonathan Maus to sponsor his amazing


Young people kick out butts, II   by jay on Mar 01, 2013   read full blog

Come see what the youngin's are up to...


National Bike Summit   by mark on Feb 28, 2013   read full blog

The National Bike Summit is the premiere advocacy event of the year. More than 800 advocates, government staff


CIRREM 2013   by mark on Feb 26, 2013   read full blog

Planet Bike has been a sponsor of CIRREM for several years now. It's a great grassroots gravel


Every day is a great day to ride a bike!   by dave on Feb 13, 2013   read full blog

Madison Bike Winter is a small but dedicated band of cyclists who are determined to keep their bikes out of storage when the temperature dip and snow starts to fall. In a effort to acknowledge the efforts of the area's winter commuting community, Madison Bike Winter declared this week to be the 2nd annual Winter Bike to Work Week!


Live Forward Club   by mark on Feb 11, 2013   read full blog

This month, we're teaming up with our friends at Sustain Dane to give away five free bike light sets to Live Forward Club members!


2013 Youth Bike Summit   by mark on Feb 08, 2013   read full blog

The 3rd edition of Recycle-a-Bicycle's Youth Bicycle Summit commences one week from today in New York City. This year's summit will again build on the overwhelming success of the preceding two gatherings.


Cyclocross Worlds on Home Soil   by mark on Feb 06, 2013   read full blog

Last weekend was an historic event in the cycling world. For the first time ever, and surely the last time for many years, the UCI World Cyclocross Championships were held in the United States.


Superflash Turbo   by mark on Feb 05, 2013   read full blog

I'm back after two weeks out of the office and I've got some serious catching up to do! Let's start off with an easy one, the Presidential Inauguration.


Community Homestead   by mark on Jan 15, 2013   read full blog

A few weeks ago we received a request for light donations from Community Homestead in Osceola, WI. Community Homestead


Champions among us   by mark on Jan 14, 2013   read full blog

Those familiar with cyclocross know that Planet Bike founder Bob Downs is an enormous supporter of the sport as well as a force to be reckoned with on the race course. Over the weekend Verona, WI hosted the national championships.


Adventuring   by mark on Jan 07, 2013   read full blog

It's hard to capture the invigoration in a crisp, winter morning bike ride. Today, this was my best effort in showing the feeling.


Ringing in...   by mark on Jan 04, 2013   read full blog

So long to 2012. 2013 has cycled in seemingly unnoticed here at Planet Bike. But that doesn't mean we're not keeping busy.


Teenagers Kick Our Butts, Pt. 2   by mark on Dec 20, 2012   read full blog

Planet Bike was a proud sponsor of Recycle-A-Bicycle's 2012 Youth Bike Summit. We are stoked that the Youth Bike Summit is returning and have signed on as a featured sponsor for the 2013 edition this February!


Every kid needs a bike   by kristin on Dec 18, 2012   read full blog

All kids deserve to feel the magic that is riding a bike and our friends in Nashville are making it happen.


Miles in the Saddle   by mark on Dec 13, 2012   read full blog

Next in line on the new products front are our Pro and Comp saddles. These are a bit of a departure from our saddle line. Both saddles are


Your Words for Our Products   by mark on Dec 07, 2012   read full blog

We had a small, limited edition run of the Courtesy Bell Classic produced recently. This is your chance to get one for free! Here's how:


Courtesy is as Courtesy does.   by mark on Nov 29, 2012   read full blog

Over the past several weeks I've been calling to attention some new offerings for this year. The third item and perhaps the prettiest is


biking = joy   by jay on Nov 26, 2012   read full blog

* This may improve your life


Happy Thanksgiving!   by mark on Nov 21, 2012   read full blog

From the Planet Bike family to you and yours, we wish you a splendid Thanksgiving.


The Air Smith will keep you on the Road   by mark on Nov 19, 2012   read full blog

Another two items fresh to the Planet Bike warehouse are the Air Smith ALX and Comp mini pumps. There are similar items on the market, but we've made some superb upgrades and still managed to keep the Air Smiths affordable.


Road Wrap Tachyon   by mark on Nov 15, 2012   read full blog

A few new products have started rolling into our warehouse over the past week. First in line we have the Road Wrap Tachyon tape


Mousetrap to the Extreme   by mark on Nov 14, 2012   read full blog

Who says that Mousetrap is a children's game?


Keep on truckin'   by jay on Nov 12, 2012   read full blog

Depressed now that the cold has come and it's "too cold to ride"? These folks will show you how to keep riding all winter long


Re-think the Auto   by mark on Nov 12, 2012   read full blog

Who is Mark Gorton? Anyone recall an online music sharing program called Lime Wire that was the focal point of a massive music industry lawsuit?


Caring for the Less Fortunate   by mark on Nov 08, 2012   read full blog

Our pal over at BikeCommuters.com, RL, got in touch with us a while back with an idea. RL had volunteered helping the homeless in Santa Ana


Out of reach   by jay on Nov 06, 2012   read full blog

Across Africa people race the sun every day to meet basic needs: healthcare, education and economic opportunity


Bike Industry Pitches In for NYC   by mark on Nov 01, 2012   read full blog

The bike industry in New York and nationally is pitching in to help commuters use bikes in post-Sandy New York City this week.


Busted!   by mark on Nov 01, 2012   read full blog

The Madison Police Department's Special Event Unit descended upon Planet Bike HQ last week.


There's always someone harder.   by jay on Oct 30, 2012   read full blog

Radical exercise.


NACTO Conference Off to a Bold Start   by mark on Oct 24, 2012   read full blog

"We're here to mark the flowering of urban design in our cities and to break down the institutional barriers that stand in our way."


Support What You Love   by mark on Oct 19, 2012   read full blog

We've had a wonderful response to our "Support What You Love" graphic we've been using this past year. We just got a small run of these shirts in


Proud Supporter of Adventure Cycling Association   by mark on Oct 16, 2012   read full blog

Jay Ferm, our director of advocacy, shares why we support Adventure Cycling Association. We've been a silver-level corporate member of the organization for 5 years.


Get out the Door...NOW!   by mark on Oct 05, 2012   read full blog

In many parts of the country, the season is turning. This is especially true in Madison! The trees are covered in Autumnal fire.


Interbike is a Wrap!   by mark on Sep 24, 2012   read full blog

The 2012 Interbike Tradeshow has passed once again. Planet Bike was in attendance and it was another successful show. We have a bunch of new goodies that will be coming out to market in the next several months.


Help Bikes Belong!   by mark on Sep 11, 2012   read full blog

Bikes Belong is up for a $250,000 Chase Community Giving Grant. If they win the grant, $125,000 will go to help PeopleForBikes.org reach its goal of one million people (currently at 600,000 supporters now) and the other half will go toward the Green Lane Project, a new campaign to fast-track the installation of protected bike lanes in U.S. cities.


Perfect Inflation   by mark on Sep 06, 2012   read full blog

Last year at about this time we introduced a 25g CO2 cartridge. The size is larger than the standard "road" size CO2 but smaller than the huge mountain bike canisters. Well, now we're offering it in a 2-pack.


12 Time Management Tips   by mark on Aug 14, 2012   read full blog

Our friends over at Women's Adventure Magazine have got some really great blog posts on a myriad of subjects.


Cardboard Bicycle   by mark on Aug 06, 2012   read full blog

This is unbelievable. The amazing cardboard bicycle.


How Bikes Make Cities Cool   by mark on Jul 30, 2012   read full blog

Sweet new video from Kona Bikes.


Federal RTP Trail Funding Secured for Two Years   by mark on Jul 19, 2012   read full blog

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP), the federal funding program that supports natural surface trails, has been reauthorized for two years in a bill that the U.S. Congress


Crusher in the Tushar   by mark on Jul 17, 2012   read full blog

As a bike racer, I often have a hard time describing the pain of a race that translates to satisfaction at the finish.


New MTB Ride Center in WI?   by mark on Jul 12, 2012   read full blog

Well, not yet, but the idea is further along than I knew of.


This land is our land   by heath on Jul 02, 2012   read full blog

Ok, sure. I’ll sleep on a deck chair under the stars!


The Chequamegon 100; lovely, dark and deep.   by mark on Jun 25, 2012   read full blog

I've been looking forward to this event all year. A free event close to my hometown that boasts over 7k feet of climbing and probably 70% singletrack?


Weekend Adventures Lie Ahead!   by mark on Jun 21, 2012   read full blog

Chris and Heath are taking the ferry over to MI for some fat bike beach touring over the next few days. I'd be really jealous if


DC Bikeshare a big Money Saver   by mark on Jun 20, 2012   read full blog

We stumbled upon this story about how Washington DC's Capital Bikesharing (CaBi) is saving its members a whopping


Fundraiser Raises More Than $50,000 for U.S. Bicycle Route System   by mark on Jun 14, 2012   read full blog

Adventure Cycling Association's third annual Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign raised more than $50,000 for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) during National Bike Month (May 2012).


Fewer wheels, more fun   by jay on Jun 12, 2012   read full blog

It's not often we blog about cars.


Raising awareness for Bicycle Safety   by mark on Jun 06, 2012   read full blog

Many Wisconsinites have heard the news that cyclist Tammy Gass was struck and killed by a motor vehicle a little over a week ago


Last Day to donate to USBRS goal!   by mark on May 31, 2012   read full blog

Adventure Cycling Association is closing in on reaching its $50,000 National Bike Month fundraising goal for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). Today is the last official day in the campaign and your gift can make all the difference.


I never leave home without it.   by mark on May 30, 2012   read full blog

I’m an avid bike commuter and a bike racer. In an average week I log 12-15 hours on the bike. That’s a pretty solid chunk of time spent pedaling around the backroads and mountain bike trails of Wisconsin. I’m also a social media junkie.


Planet Bike's 6th Annual Bacon on the Bike Path   by mark on May 21, 2012   read full blog

Another Wisconsin Bike to Work Week has passed, leaving bike commuters across the state in an endorphin-infused high. The crew at Planet Bike once again pulled out all the stops for our 6th annual Bacon on the Bike Path. The catchy name certainly hints at the carnivorous aspect of the event, there was something there for all to enjoy.


The Making of a Bike   by mark on May 14, 2012   read full blog

Here's an old video from Raleigh that's been making the internet rounds. If you haven't


Renewed riding with a new partner   by kristin on May 11, 2012   read full blog

Kristin rediscovers her love of riding after a hiatus following the birth of her son


Gravel Metric   by mark on May 09, 2012   read full blog

Every year North Central Cyclery in Dekalb puts on a gravel race/ride, the Gravel Metric. They release a preview video prior to the race each year as well.


The sun rises in Milwaukee   by jay on May 04, 2012   read full blog

Bringing bikes and lights to where they are needed.


Steve's Smashing Raleigh!   by mark on Apr 26, 2012   read full blog

Excuse my lame attempt at British lingo. Steve was kind enough to share


Bike Safe Boston   by mark on Apr 23, 2012   read full blog

Planet Bike has formed a partnership with Bike Safe Boston for distribution of their Bicyclist’s Accident Report.


Limited Edition Cascadia Fenders   by mark on Apr 19, 2012   read full blog

Last Fall we asked for preorders for our White Cascadia Fenders.


Back 40 Haiku IV   by jay on Apr 18, 2012   read full blog

This is where haikus come from


"Teenagers kick our butts.", Dar Williams   by jay on Apr 17, 2012   read full blog

Check out video of young folks taking responsibility for themselves and our community life at Recycle-A-Bicycle's 2012 Youth Bike Summit that Planet Bike sponsored back in January.


The Fantastic Cleveland Tweed Ride   by mark on Apr 17, 2012   read full blog

Check out this great promo video! We're glad we could be one of the sponsors for this fantastic event. If you happen to be in or around Cleveland on April 28th, this is a must!


It Pays to Pay Attention   by mark on Apr 16, 2012   read full blog

We love to give away stuff in contest at Planet Bike HQ. If you're not following either our Facebook page or Twitter account


Speeding Slightly   by jay on Apr 13, 2012   read full blog

Recent research out of The Netherlands reveals that speeding by cars not the big deal bikers carry on about.


Reveal the Path   by mark on Apr 11, 2012   read full blog

Reveal the Path is a forthcoming film from the makers of Ride the Divide. It features several winners of the Great Divide race


Understanding PTSD tour   by mark on Apr 09, 2012   read full blog

Our friend Thomas Skinner (he's utilizing the full spectrum of our products) and his service dog Scrubs have been touring across the country for a few months now


2012 Saris Poster Contest Finalists   by mark on Apr 02, 2012   read full blog

Help choose the National Winner. Vote for your favorite poster at the bottom of this page. Votes will be accepted until April 6th at noon (CST).


2012 Advocacy Award Winners Announced   by mark on Mar 22, 2012   read full blog

The National Bike Summit is always one of the most exciting times of the year for bike advocates. Our own Director of Advocacy


Inventory   by mark on Mar 20, 2012   read full blog

The photo below represents our stock of small parts, 179 separate SKUs to be exact. Small parts are anything from


Lovely Bicycle   by mark on Mar 13, 2012   read full blog

One of the favorite blogs around PBHQ is Lovely Bicycle! It focuses mainly on transportational and recreational cycling


Campvibes   by mark on Mar 09, 2012   read full blog

Looks like Chris is going camping after work tonight.


To The Thawing Wind   by dave on Mar 06, 2012   read full blog

It's 61 degrees here today and no one welcomes spring better than Mr. Frost. Everyone, head for the door!


A Tandem, red leaves and more...   by jay on Mar 01, 2012   read full blog

Take a look at the winners of the Alliance for Biking & Walking's annual photo contest


Classics Season   by mark on Feb 28, 2012   read full blog

For those of us that are fans of bicycle racing, the Classics Season is one of the most exciting times of the year. The weather is cold, windy


The Final Verdict   by mark on Feb 09, 2012   read full blog

We sent Guitar Ted a couple of our latest offerings a while back. He just posted his final review of both the Borealis Gloves and the Snack Sack


Tradeshows on the Mind   by mark on Feb 03, 2012   read full blog

A lot of "bike people" know about the largest North American bike tradeshow of the year, Interbike, but there are a lot more than just that.


Instructional Video of the Year   by mark on Jan 31, 2012   read full blog

Problem Solvers is a dandy of a company over in MN that does what? Solves problems.


Ask Your Representative to Preserve Biking and Walking   by mark on Jan 26, 2012   read full blog

On Thursday, February 2, we expect the House Transportation Committee to vote on the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a bill that eliminates crucial funds


Snack Sack and Borealis Reviews   by mark on Jan 23, 2012   read full blog

For those unfamiliar, Guitar Ted is a bike geek that hails from IA. He always offers a fair and unbiased opinion on products that he tests.


Michael's Big Fat Bike Adventure   by mark on Jan 23, 2012   read full blog

Friend of Planet Bike, Michael Lemberger, shot this awesome fat bike video this winter!


Catching up with the Kiwi Chronicles   by mark on Jan 19, 2012   read full blog

Russ and Laura are on quite an adventure in New Zealand. Catch up on the last two episodes!


Two deep breaths and one step forward.   by heath on Jan 17, 2012   read full blog

As I quietly rolled down the dark bike path I can hear dogs barking at us and the cold crunch of the snow under our 4 inch wide tires. It starts to sink in


Cyclocross Nationals comes to Madison   by kristin on Jan 12, 2012   read full blog

Cyclocross Nationals in Wisconsin? in January? It wasn't what many were expecting . . .


Wisconsin Trails in Jeopardy   by mark on Jan 04, 2012   read full blog

The trails at Upper Hixon Forest in La Crosse, WI, could be closed by a potential sale of city-owned property. Human Powered Trails, a member-based club in the La Crosse area, has put tremendous effort into creating a wonderful shared-use trail system on the bluffs above the river city. The club is fighting hard to save the trails — please join them.


That's a Wrap.   by mark on Dec 28, 2011   read full blog

As 2011 draws to a close, I've taken some time to reflect on the past year. I have countless things to be thankful for and a few experiences I'm glad are in the past.


Fun and Cheap   by jay on Dec 21, 2011   read full blog

Madison's Ride The Drive and other ciclovias are cheaper than you think.


Information Super Highway   by mark on Dec 21, 2011   read full blog

I recently became aware of a great resource for cyclists, old and new alike. The Bicycles-Stack Exchange is a simple forum for posting questions or sharing your knowledge.


Captain Safety Super Fun Reflective Stickers   by mark on Dec 19, 2011   read full blog

Just a heads up y'all. Our new Captain Safety Super Fun Reflective Stickers (CSSFRS for short) are in stock!


The Hardest Part...   by mark on Dec 16, 2011   read full blog

My morning commute offers a wonderful block of time for reflection. During my solo hour long spin to Planet Bike HQ my mind jumps wildly from this to that like a bouncing ball.


Kiwi Chronicles Episode 1   by mark on Dec 12, 2011   read full blog

Russ and Laura Check in from New Zealand.


Inspiration   by mark on Dec 09, 2011   read full blog

On October 15th 2011, Sasha DiGiulian became the first American women to climb the grade 9a (5.14d) with her historic ascent of "Pure Imagination"


Bird's Nest Project   by mark on Dec 07, 2011   read full blog

In its third year, the Birds Nest Project is a collection of volunteer Arc’teryx employees who donate their time to sew the capes at the company’s Burnaby factory.


Join in the National Launch of the 2012 Benchmarking Report   by mark on Dec 05, 2011   read full blog

The Alliance is finalizing the last details of the 2012 Benchmarking Report: Bicycling and Walking in the United States and invites you to join the Alliance for Biking and Walking as they prepare for a national release of the report in January.


Russ and Laura Go to New Zealand   by mark on Dec 02, 2011   read full blog

Friends of Planet Bike Russ Roca and Laura Crawford are taking their Path Less Pedaled tour international as they head to New Zealand.


Up Nort'   by mark on Nov 28, 2011   read full blog

Up here in Wisconsin, we do things a little different than many other places in the country. When the months are split pretty evenly between snow


People Powered Movement Contest   by mark on Nov 23, 2011   read full blog

There's just ONE WEEK LEFT for online, public voting in the 2011 People Powered Movement Photo Contest.


Delivered by Bike   by mark on Nov 22, 2011   read full blog

Just Coffee Cooperative is a worker-owned coffee roaster dedicated to creating and expanding a model of trade based on transparency, equality, and human dignity.


Trail-a-bike!   by mark on Nov 21, 2011   read full blog

Check out this awesome video that the guys over at COG put together!


Bicycle Tune-Up Bill Signed   by mark on Nov 17, 2011   read full blog

Yesterday, Wisconsin's Governor signed a bill to implement various updates to bicycle laws. Among the updates


Hauling by Bike   by mark on Nov 16, 2011   read full blog

Alan at EcoVelo just posted a roundup of various products to help you carry your goods by bike.


At Last!   by mark on Nov 14, 2011   read full blog

At last our hugely popular Protege 9.0 Wireless computer gets the update many of you have been waiting for, STEM MOUNT COMPATIBILITY!


Beautiful Self-Reliance   by jay on Nov 11, 2011   read full blog

Kids practice walking in riding in miniature city


The Cyclocross Diaries   by mark on Nov 10, 2011   read full blog

Planet Bike's lone sponsored rider, Jonathan Page, is writing journals on his cyclocross season on Bicycling Magazine's website


Increased use of bikes for commuting offers economic, health benefits   by mark on Nov 09, 2011   read full blog

Cutting out short auto trips and replacing them with mass transit and active transport would yield major health benefits, according to a study just published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives.


Rideblog   by mark on Nov 07, 2011   read full blog

It's always nice to hear the perspectives of a wide range of cyclists. We feel that our products are great for cyclists across the board


Erin's Around the World Adventure   by mark on Nov 04, 2011   read full blog

You may remember our blog about a year ago on 18-year-old Erin Nelson's quest to become the youngest person to


Nominations Open for Alliance 2012 Advocacy Awards   by mark on Nov 03, 2011   read full blog

The Alliance for Biking & Walking has opened the public nomination period for its 2012 Advocacy Awards. Now in its fourth year, the Alliance's Advocacy Awards recognize excellence in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy.


WORBA Merge With Wisconsin Bicycle Federation Still Pending   by mark on Oct 31, 2011   read full blog

Looks like we jumped the gun. IMBA sent out the below correction to the WORBA news from last week.


Preparing for Fall   by mark on Oct 28, 2011   read full blog

The approach of Daylight Savings is a sure sign that cooler temperatures and dreary weather are on the way. Madison’s


WORBA Transitions to Wisconsin Bike Federation   by mark on Oct 27, 2011   read full blog

The latest IMBA newsletter just popped into my inbox and was happy to see the headline 'WORBA Transitions to Wisconsin Bike Federation' halfway through.


Cure for the Bicycle Ban   by mark on Oct 25, 2011   read full blog

Over the past year, there have been several townships in the cycling headlines either banning or attempting to ban cyclists on their streets.


Supercommuter Part II   by mark on Oct 24, 2011   read full blog

Our most recent Supercommuter, Cecily Walker, has a personal website that is well worth


Supercommuter   by mark on Oct 13, 2011   read full blog

Cecily Walker of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, certainly qualifies as a supercommuter. Whether riding to work, the store, or just


Return of the White Cascadias!   by mark on Oct 12, 2011   read full blog

You may remember our limited run of white Cascadia fenders a few years back. They went over quite well and were a fun and useful item for those looking for something a


Bicycle Bucket List   by mark on Oct 11, 2011   read full blog

We noticed a pretty comprehensive “cycling bucket list” on Bicycling Magazine’s website. I feel pretty fortunate that I’ve been able to ride the following from the list:


What's New?   by mark on Oct 04, 2011   read full blog

An old favorite of winter cyclists just got better. The Borealis winter cycling glove has been redesigned with a windproof outer shell


What's With the Pop-up?   by mark on Sep 29, 2011   read full blog

Over the last few weeks you've noticed a pop-up window asking you to sign the People for Bikes Pledge each time you visit our homepage.


Late Interbike Coverage   by mark on Sep 28, 2011   read full blog

Bikecommuters.com stopped by to check out our "fresh produce" at Interbike a couple of weeks ago. In addition to snapping som


Seriousness   by mark on Sep 27, 2011   read full blog

We're a pretty laid back group here at Planet Bike, but one thing we're serious about is our bikes. Here's part


Home Sweet Home   by mark on Sep 27, 2011   read full blog

In a list released Monday by the State Smart Transportation Initiative, Madison is tied with Portland, OR for the greatest


Ride for Reading   by mark on Sep 26, 2011   read full blog

Planet Bike offered swag and moral support to Ride for Reading's Interbike Book Delivery. Here's what they had to say about the event.


It's our home for a reason   by mark on Sep 23, 2011   read full blog

It's no surprise to us that Madison, WI can be consistently found on "best places to live" lists.


A Word on Durability   by mark on Sep 02, 2011   read full blog

It's always nice to get an email like the one below.


Madison MTB!   by mark on Aug 18, 2011   read full blog

The folks at CORP, the local Madison non-profit Mountain Bike Club, are no strangers to progressing the mountain bike scene in the greater Madison area.


People Powered Movement Photo Contest   by mark on Aug 17, 2011   read full blog

The Alliance for Biking & Walking invites you to enter your best photos of biking and walking in the 2011 People Powered Movement Photo Contest


Get in the Saddle   by mark on Jul 29, 2011   read full blog

Planet Bike is stoked to be on board for the Levi's/Urban Outfitters Get in the Saddle tour.


Cycling in the European cities   by mark on Jul 19, 2011   read full blog

Today's blog comes by way of a guest writer Carlo, the community manager of Cycle Cities, the main website that promotes bicycle tourism in Europe. Carlo offers some great insight into creating your own cycling adventure in Europe.


Biking and Walking Funding Under Attack   by mark on Jul 08, 2011   read full blog

In the last few days, federal funding for biking and walking programs has been under attack. We urge you to send a short email TODAY to your members of Congress.


Follow up to Cycling in Cambodia   by mark on Jul 06, 2011   read full blog

Here is a cross-post from Quality Bicycle Products Facebook page on their effort to support cycling in Cambodia


Spreading the love   by mark on Jun 29, 2011   read full blog

Through our friends at QBP, we were recently presented with the opportunity to help support a group of student-cyclists


Project Bike Trip   by mark on Jun 24, 2011   read full blog

Stevil of All Hail the Black Market fame posted this video this morning.


The Meat of the Story   by mark on Jun 15, 2011   read full blog

It’s been close to a week since we closed out the 5th annual Bacon on the Bike Path as part of Wisconsin’s Bike to Work Week. As I sit at my desk on this rainy day,


Cross Country   by mark on Jun 14, 2011   read full blog

Last week I received an email from a bike industry pal in Milwaukee about a fellow named Lowell Smoger. Lowell is a recent grad


Success!   by mark on Jun 09, 2011   read full blog

We just finished hauling our Bacon on the Bike Path set-up back to PB HQ (by bike!) but here's a few photos to tide you over until I'm able to write up a full report.


Our frig runneth over.....with bacon!   by dave on Jun 08, 2011   read full blog




Who's getting stoked?   by mark on Jun 07, 2011   read full blog

We are! Bacon on the Bike Path is just a few short days away!


Learning to Ride   by mark on Jun 02, 2011   read full blog

This kid has got the right idea, enthusiasm for bikes!


Making a Mark   by mark on May 26, 2011   read full blog

I'm ready to make my mark on the bicycle commuting population in the United States and there's no better time then National Bike Month.


CO2 Cartridge Production   by heath on May 24, 2011   read full blog

I’m constantly wondering how things are made.


Spring cleanin'   by mark on May 23, 2011   read full blog

With an unusually slow Friday afternoon, I took it upon myself to clean up the Planet Bike bike parking garage/work area. It wasn't pretty, but the job got done


Catch and release on the bikepath   by jay on May 18, 2011   read full blog

$35 in lights or a $76.20 ticket...you choose...


Don't just eat your asparagus, ride it!   by jay on May 18, 2011   read full blog

See a bicycle wheel made from asparagus and other tripadelic imaginings from the minds of 5th graders.


The Crop   by mark on May 13, 2011   read full blog

Farmer Billy decided the asparagus growing in the PB back 40


Spring Newsletter out now!   by mark on May 10, 2011   read full blog

We've just released our Spring Newsletter. Perfect timing for National Bike Month. If you'd like to


Brompton World Championships   by mark on May 04, 2011   read full blog

This looks like a hoot! Might be a good one to put on your bucket list.


PRO photography   by mark on Apr 26, 2011   read full blog

Our friends at Hawley USA take some pretty nice photos.


Fender Haiku Contest Winners   by mark on Apr 21, 2011   read full blog

We had so many great entries we decided to pick 3 winners. Thanks for playing! And the results are


Chasing Legends coming to Madison!   by mark on Apr 14, 2011   read full blog

Don't miss out on this! Get your tickets before they sell out.


Spring Fender Contest   by mark on Apr 13, 2011   read full blog

Time for another contest folks. Send us your best fender haiku! What's that?


April Fools!   by mark on Apr 04, 2011   read full blog

As a lot of you guessed, the below post wa


Serious Business   by heath on Apr 01, 2011   read full blog

The Light Suit™


The Last Lap   by mark on Mar 28, 2011   read full blog

If you're a regular reader of our blog, or a follower on facebook, then you've likely seen Kristin's past blogs on Women's Adventure chronicling her pregnancy


First Impressions   by mark on Mar 24, 2011   read full blog

We sent our friends over at bikecommuters.com a new Superflash Turbo to test out last week. First


What's new?   by mark on Mar 16, 2011   read full blog

After a brief snafu with the blog that had us locked out, we're back! Spring is looming on the horizon and we're getting ready for the busy seaso


Moving Beyond the Automobile   by kristin on Feb 22, 2011   read full blog

Our friends over at Streetsblog are doing a series of videos on the changing face of transportation. This episode focuses on how bicycles are impacting the way people get around in American cities.


The Turbo Flash   by mark on Feb 16, 2011   read full blog

Many are wondering what the heck our new Turbo flash pattern looks like. We took two short videos today to show you what it's all about. The first is in our bike parking area (I realized there's a strange clicking noise in the background, it is not caused by the light) and the second video shows the light in daylight.


It's contest time...   by mark on Feb 14, 2011   read full blog

Time for a contest. How do you enter? First, "like" us on Facebook


Kristin's Women's Adventure Blog   by kristin on Feb 08, 2011   read full blog

Kristin writes more about her pregnancy and trying to be an active tourist while in San Fransisco and 7 months pregnant.


Restless Collective   by mark on Feb 08, 2011   read full blog

This looks like an amazing project.


Superflash Turbo   by mark on Feb 04, 2011   read full blog

Charles Darwin would approve of our new Superflash Turbo. It's an evolution in bicycle safety! We synthesized our time-tested design with a powerful 1 watt LED


New Comfort GEL Tape colors   by mark on Feb 04, 2011   read full blog

For 2011, we’ve added a few nice new colors to our line of Comfort Cork Tape


Ride the Divide   by mark on Jan 31, 2011   read full blog

Chris, Billy, Heath, and I were lucky enough to be able to see Ride the Divide last Friday as a screening came to Madison.


Patch Kits are in!   by mark on Jan 27, 2011   read full blog

As Ben Franklin once wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." We would also like to include to the list: “an occasional flat tire!”


Bike Winter   by mark on Jan 26, 2011   read full blog

Dave passed on a great winter cycling resource, Bike Winter. There's


Road Wrap is here!   by mark on Jan 20, 2011   read full blog

Our new Road Wrap Handlebar Tape harkens back to the days of Italian cycling legend Fausto Coppi.


Mission Accomplished!   by mark on Jan 19, 2011   read full blog

Four years ago, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz proposed a challenge: reduce Madison’s carbon footprint by 100,000 tons by April, 2011. The Mpower Campaign hoped to achieve


Pregnant on Skis   by kristin on Jan 18, 2011   read full blog

Kristin continues her blogging for Women's Adventure Magazine with an entry about trying to stay active through the Wisconsin winter.


Iceman   by mark on Jan 17, 2011   read full blog

PB warehouse guru Chris has been putting the miles on his Surly Pugsley this winter.


Corky Grips   by mark on Jan 13, 2011   read full blog

For 2011, we have some new products coming down the pipeline. One or two are top secret for now, but some we already have in our warehouse. One of the in stock newbies are the very stylish Corky Grips.


Elite women, U23 & junior men's squads named for 'Cross Worlds   by mark on Jan 12, 2011   read full blog

USA Cycling is pleased to announce the first round of nominations to the United States National Team for the 2011 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, slated for January 29-30 in St. Wendel, Germany.


Gasoline Tax Myth   by mark on Jan 11, 2011   read full blog

A very interesting read on how roads are funded.


Warm Feet Revisited   by mark on Jan 10, 2011   read full blog

As we all get settled into our winter commuting routines, I figured now is a good time to revisit our winter riding footwear choices. Here's a little review we did last year on what works for us.


Shreddin'   by mark on Jan 07, 2011   read full blog

I don't know about you, but this video really makes me want to go earn some turns. As Dave would say, "it's totally blower!"


Recycle-a-bike   by mark on Jan 06, 2011   read full blog

Ever wonder what happens to all those unrepairable bicycle tubes and worn out chains that make their way through bike shops? Many times, shops will send


Something Completely Different   by mark on Jan 05, 2011   read full blog

As an aspiring banjo player, I'm always searching for tips. I came across Chris Daker's YouTube site.


A very Euro Xmas.   by mark on Jan 04, 2011   read full blog

Well folks, I'm back. In addition to being a Planet Bike employee, I'm also a professional cyclist. I use professional loosely as I'm not paid to do it but I do hold a professional license.


Tis the season   by kristin on Dec 17, 2010   read full blog

How bikes are spreading some holiday cheer this year.


Riding for two in the cold and dark   by kristin on Dec 15, 2010   read full blog

Check out Kristin's latest blog entry at Women's Adventure Magazine about riding in the cold and dark during her pregnancy


Making Bicycle Commuting YOUR Norm   by mark on Dec 14, 2010   read full blog

Ask ten different bicycle commuters why they choose the mode of transportation and you'll likely get ten different answers. It boils down to a personal decision and no one reason is better than the next.


Cycling Conservatives   by mark on Dec 13, 2010   read full blog

Our friends at commute by bike have an interesting article on how to talk about cycling to a conservative, written by a conservative.


What is a supercommuter?   by mark on Dec 10, 2010   read full blog

From time to time we put out requests for supercommuter nominations. We feature one person each quarter that we feel truly is a supercommuter.


Hello Sacramento   by mark on Dec 09, 2010   read full blog

We're big fans of "get lit" programs. That's why we support countless efforts across the


Copenhagen Bicycle Superhighway   by kristin on Dec 08, 2010   read full blog

In an effort to reduce bicycle traffic congestion Copenhagen plans to build a network of bicycle highways to serve an estimated 36,000 cyclists per day.


Fall 2010 Newsletter   by mark on Dec 07, 2010   read full blog

We released the Fall 2010 edition of our quarterly e-newsletter last week. Click to view the newsletter.


DIY studded tires   by kristin on Dec 03, 2010   read full blog

Here in Madison we're about to get our first snow of the season this weekend. Time to winterize the bike and get ready for riding in the snow!


The Freak   by mark on Nov 23, 2010   read full blog

One of my favorite bike advocates is Kevin "The Freak" Freeman. Kevin has spent an enormous amount of time and effort making his community of Fayetteville, TN a more


District Hardware and the Bike Shop   by mark on Nov 22, 2010   read full blog

In what I hope will become a regular blog topic, I sent out a request for Planet Bike dealers to get in touch for a bit of a profile. The first to respond was Jarrett over at District Hardware and the Bike Shop in Washington D.C.


Thanksgiving Parades   by dave on Nov 18, 2010   read full blog




Sometimes, you just have to leave it all behind.   by heath on Nov 17, 2010   read full blog

That’s just what Chris and I did yesterday. Loaded up the camping gear and hit the road. Actually


WBR   by mark on Nov 15, 2010   read full blog

Planet Bike is a proud supporter of World Bicycle Relief. If you are able to contribute, they can always use your support!


More Cowbells and More Smiles   by mark on Nov 11, 2010   read full blog

Kristin's blog #2 is now posted on the Women's Adventure website. Check it out here!


Around the World   by mark on Nov 05, 2010   read full blog

Today, eighteen year-old Erin Nelson will begin her attempt to set the world record of becoming the youngest person, as well as the first African American female, to bike around the world. She intends to bike 19,000 miles over the next 24 months.


Fixing Sprawl 101   by jay on Nov 02, 2010   read full blog

Tired of mall land? Can't bike to the grocery? Want to live in a sane place again? Check out New Urbanism


Giving lights instead of tickets   by jay on Oct 29, 2010   read full blog

In a friendly sting, Madison cops give bike lights to riders without


Ditch the Van Tour   by mark on Oct 28, 2010   read full blog

A couple of months ago we got an email from Ben Sollee's crew wondering if we'd help them out with some product. The basic idea


Get your freak on your bike and ride   by jay on Oct 25, 2010   read full blog

Ride the night with your fellow creatures (and friends of creatures) on Friday, October 29 in Madison, WI.


NYC Settles in Critical Mass Civil Rights Lawsuit   by mark on Oct 19, 2010   read full blog

A $965,000 settlement has been reached and was made public by the court on Monday in a civil rights lawsuit brought against the City of New York by 83 cyclists


Actively Expecting   by mark on Oct 18, 2010   read full blog

Kristin Wentworth is the sole female staffer at Planet Bike, a professional road and cyclocross racer, and now


Cru Jones   by mark on Oct 14, 2010   read full blog

Check out this custom Trek singlespeed made for Colorado's Rad Ross Schnell! If you're a fan of old school BMX


Forget bottles. Kan it.   by heath on Oct 13, 2010   read full blog

I just picked up some Klean Kanteen products and they are great! The insulated coffee


Bicycle Eye Candy   by mark on Oct 12, 2010   read full blog

Whether you're a fan of beautiful bikes or you're looking for tips on bike commuting, our friend


100,000 Americans sign bike pledge   by jay on Oct 11, 2010   read full blog

What do more than 100,000 Americans want?
Better biking! Peopleforbikes.org recently surpassed 100,000 pledges...


Free Upgrade!   by mark on Oct 07, 2010   read full blog

Our office mail box got a free upgrade the other day, courtesy the USPS. You can see our old box on


Fall is in the Air   by mark on Sep 27, 2010   read full blog

The 2010-11 cyclocross season went off with a boom this past weekend at the U.S. Grand Prix Planet Bike Cup held in Sun Prairie, WI.


Container Jenga   by mark on Sep 01, 2010   read full blog

Planet Bike HQ is powered by a handful of employees, 7 to be exact. We all help out wherever needed. When a container of product comes in, everyone helps unload the boxes to stock up the warehouse.


Pedal for Good!   by mark on Aug 12, 2010   read full blog

Yesterday Jeff Miller, President of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, stopped by PB HQ to fill us in on new happenings. He let us in on a way for YOU to get involved!
Clif Bar has chosen three non-profit organizations blazing the way for bicycle advocacy


Compton Powers to World Cup Podium   by mark on Aug 02, 2010   read full blog

Planet Bike team member Katie Compton continues to impress the cycling world, showing that her mountain bike skills are among the best in the world. This past weekend, Katie turned in her best World Cup mountain bike performance


Back 40 Haiku III   by jay on Jul 26, 2010   read full blog

A tulip's Spring, Summer and Fall...(A little late this year, but here's the annual tulip haiku issue.)


World Bicycle Relief Commercial   by james on Jul 23, 2010   read full blog

We thought we would share a second video today, heck it is Friday! The folks at World Bicycle Relief have been providing bicycles to underdeveloped regions since 2005. The bicycle donations drastically increase access to "healthcare, education, and development opportunities". The video spot is running now during the Tour de France with 15 air dates.


Cycling Copenhagen Through American Eyes   by james on Jul 23, 2010   read full blog

See one of Streetfilms latest productions following the 2010 Velo-city Conference which was held in Copenhagen this summer.


Robot Stoker   by james on Jul 20, 2010   read full blog

Building a robot as a tandem partner may seem a bit overkill to most of us but not for retired electrical engineer Carl Morgan.


Problem Solvers   by james on Jul 14, 2010   read full blog

The last thing you want to do is snap your derailleur hanger when you're miles from your destination. You may be gluing those new tubular tires a couple of days before the big race and realize your valve stem isn’t long enough to match your new deep carbon rims. Or, you may need a new Shimano center-lock disc brake rotor when all you have lying around is a standard 6-bolt Avid. We’ve all been on our last wit when it comes to bike maintenance and that’s why Problem Solvers has a brand new website for you to browse solutions for bike compatibility. See a necessary part that they don’t offer? Try shooting them a proposal and see if they’ll name it after you.


Bike49 Update   by james on Jul 13, 2010   read full blog

Our friends at Bike49 have been on the road for almost 4 months covering a total of 2,400 miles and have hit 4 of 49 states. They have presented to 12 classes along to way promoting healthy lifestyles for a healthy planet.


5 Minute Friday Photo Contest   by james on Jun 25, 2010   read full blog

Our friend Dave of Over the Bars is hosting a photo contest with an opportunity to win some great prizes. The rules are simple: Take two or three pictures of people riding bikes within a 5 minute period and submit the images to overthebarsmke@yahoo.com.


Planet Bike Endorses   by james on Jun 24, 2010   read full blog

Laplander Roll-up City Bicycle Panniers. We’re constantly seeking out new products to make our commutes more enjoyable. Recently, we came across Laplander, a two-person company in Pennsylvania who designs and hand-makes classic aesthetically pleasing bicycle bags that are good enough for a day of pounding gravel or descending down a mountain pass.

If you’re looking for the newest, most advanced waterproof panniers on the market then look elsewhere. Laplander sticks to the classics by using waxed duck canvas which has been proven for hundreds of years. Each piece of vegetable tanned leather used on the bags is treated for water resistance in house! They even offer a vegan version for you non-bacon eaters out there. Another nice feature is the roll-up style which keeps them out of harm’s way when not in use.

The $195 investment may seem steep at first but when you consider the amount of use they’ll get it’s an investment that will mature beautifully.


6/23   by james on Jun 23, 2010   read full blog

With this week's weather we've been getting our 2010 cyclocross training in sooner than we thought.


NEW Planet Bike K.O.K.O Rack!   by james on Jun 17, 2010   read full blog

Our new K.O.K.O. rack is in our warehouse and ready to ship. The K.O.K.O. Cargo Rack stands for Keep On Keepin’ On, and we designed it to be a utilitarian workhorse while maintaining clean lines and a simplicity of design. Its triple strut, 6061aluminum construction makes it super rigid and light – perfect for touring and commuting. The K.O.K.O. rack helps cyclists expand their horizons by allowing them to carry more and ride farther.

• Fits 26”, 700c, and 29” bikes
• Includes alternate mounting stays for smaller frames
• Pre-installed stainless steel mounting hardware for quick, hassle-free installation
• Flat cargo deck for oversized loads
• Rear light bar works perfectly with our rack light bracket (#3108)
• Load capacity is 55lbs
• Weight is 570g


Bacon on the Bike Path   by james on Jun 14, 2010   read full blog

We had a great turnout last Thursday for our 4th annual Bacon on the Bike Path. 25 pounds of Nueske's Bacon was consumed. Thanks to Willy Bikes, 20 by 2020, Bike Federation of WI, Nueske's Bacon, Just Coffee, Greenbush Bakery, and everyone else that stopped by to enjoy the great day!


Ride to Work with Mayor Dave   by james on Jun 09, 2010   read full blog

Several of us took part in the annual Ride to Work with Mayor Dave event. It kicked off this morning at 8:30 a.m. at Hillington Green and followed the Southwest and Capital City Bike Paths to downtown. The ride ended with a press conference on King and Pinckney. A quick reminder that tomorrow is Planet Bike's 4th Annual Bacon on the Bike Path. The event runs from 7 to 9 a.m. and is located on the Capital City Bike Path near the Broom St. intersection. Join us for Nueske's bacon, Just Coffee Co-op Coffee, Greenbush Donuts, fresh fruit and water!


Ride the Drive   by james on Jun 07, 2010   read full blog

Planet Bike participated in Madison's annual Ride the Drive this past Sunday. The event was the first of two Ride the Drive events that will happen in Madison this summer. About 30,000 riders participated yesterday. Planet Bike had a tent offering water and ping pong. Thank you to everyone that stopped by! If you missed yesterdays event look for the second date which is Sunday, August 29th. Admission is free.


Sprint Finish   by james on Jun 04, 2010   read full blog

Our man Marko made his seasonal debut in the Wisconsin mountain bike scene last Sunday at 9-mile State Forest near Wausau. See the video below of the epic sprint finish between some of Wisconsin's finest Pro riders. Mark is the first one to pass by the camera.


Planet Bike's Bacon on the Bike Path 2010   by mark on Jun 02, 2010   read full blog

On the morning of Thursday, June 10, be sure to hop on your bike a few minutes earlier to join Planet Bike and the Wisconsin Bike Federation for the 4th Annual Bacon on the Bike Path! This is a free event and is a part of the week-long Bike to Work Week festivities.


Take your Brat to Work Day   by james on May 28, 2010   read full blog

We rode through the Brat Fest Drive Thru early this morning and didn't feel an ounce of guilt as we spun down the bike lane past the long line of cars. We were greeted by the friendly folks from 20 by 2020 who provided the first 50 cyclists with a free brat and t-shirt!


  by james on May 26, 2010   read full blog

Our friends at Bike 49 set out on the road earlier this month. The crew of five will be bicycling to 49 of the 50 United States in one continuous 15,000 mile trip. Along the way they will be speaking to Elementary and High School students about bicycling, healthy lifestyles, and sustainable solutions, as well as filming a documentary and writing travel pieces for Adventure Cyclist Magazine and Momentum.


Spok Versatility   by james on May 17, 2010   read full blog

It can never hurt to have an extra light on your bike. We've come up with some alternate mounting options for our Spok lights. Don't feel you have to limit it to our suggestions though. You can get as creative as you'd like.


Bicycle Rush Hour   by james on May 11, 2010   read full blog

Does your rush hour look like this?


Planet Bike Spring Newsletter   by james on May 10, 2010   read full blog

We released the Spring 2010 edition of our quarterly e-newsletter late last week. Click here to view the newsletter. To subscribe to future e-newsletters please add your e-mail here.


Trans Iowa V.6   by james on Apr 27, 2010   read full blog

The idea of riding your bike for 300+ miles down Iowa style "B Maintenance" roads in 50 degree rainy weather isn't very motivating. I'm sure the 58 competitors who started the Trans Iowa Race this past weekend would tell you differently. Little did they know that 88 miles later into the 6th annual grueling, energy sucking, muscle deteriorating race that it would be called off. Only 8 racers remained at the time the call was made.

Check out the photos we received from our friend Ryan at Twin Six.


Tulips...   by jay on Apr 21, 2010   read full blog

Just saying...


Local Hero   by mark on Apr 20, 2010   read full blog

James, the young buck in the office, is a man of many talents. Having previously been employed as a bike messenger for 4 years, he's good with directions and super fast to boot.


From the Archives   by james on Apr 19, 2010   read full blog

We dug this photo out of the Planet Bike Archives this morning. Dave in a serious game against Dale from Bike Wagon (Salt Lake City) at the 2010 QBP Frost Bike.


European Bicycle Infrastructure to Hopefully Inspire Madison Leaders   by james on Apr 09, 2010   read full blog

Madison's Mayor, Dave Cieslewicz, along with 19 other civic leaders are traveling through a handful of cities in the Netherlands and Germany next week to learn about the policies and infrastructure that allows an incredibly high percentage of trips to be taken by bicycle. The hope is to inspire new ideas that can be applied to Madison. Currently, 3% of commute trips in Madison are made by bicycle with hopes to increase that number to 20% by 2020. The trip has been made possible by Saris and Bikes Belong.


MBM Spring Classic   by james on Apr 07, 2010   read full blog

It must be spring time as the MBM (Madison-Basco-Madison) Spring Classic otherwise known as the Hater 100 is upon us! For a lot of us this race is the entrance to the long season ahead - a tune-up after the drawn-out cold winter. There is nothing quite like exhausting yourself for 100k so year after year we sign up and kick the season off right. If this weekend is anything like the past few days we’ll be in for a treat because 46 degrees and rain is our thing.


Sometimes Safety Requires Creativity   by james on Apr 02, 2010   read full blog

I’ve always been attracted to the intensity of large cities. I recently returned from New York City earlier this week. New York projects an explosive motion of color and noise and amidst all of the screeches, horns, sirens, and mobs of people all modes of transportation flow in unison, amazingly. Whale size buses rumble down the streets, yellow cabs sprint from light to light like cheetahs and cyclists make dashing ninja like moves as if it were choreographed. It was great to see NYC using green colored bike lanes and bike boxes or “safety blocks” as they are known to some which drastically reduce crashes and near misses between bicycles and automobiles. European cities have been using color for bike lanes for a decade again setting an urban cycling safety trend as San Francisco and Portland have also experimented with colored bike lanes over the past few years.


Atomic Light   by jay on Apr 01, 2010   read full blog

No worries about a dead battery, until after you're dead.


California Bicycle Coalition reboot   by jay on Mar 31, 2010   read full blog

$35,000 in 15 minutes (and win a Blaze 2-watt)


High Cost of Free Parking   by jay on Mar 29, 2010   read full blog

How does a city eliminate 29% of traffic, beautify the streets, pay for maintenance, increase access to businesses by car drivers, without raising taxes?


Behind the Scenes   by mark on Mar 26, 2010   read full blog

Here at Planet Bike, we love all types of riding. Many of us are partial to a nice mountain bike ride though. Some of the best trails in Wisconsin are are just 50 miles from our HQ. The Southern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest houses around 50 miles of uber sweet singletrack.


1,254 miles in 365 days   by jay on Mar 25, 2010   read full blog

It sure feels good to ride to work.


In Search of the Lost Cyclist   by james on Mar 22, 2010   read full blog

We're really excited about David Herlihy's new book, The Lost Cyclist which will be available June 18th of this year. The story follows American Frank Lenz, one of the first people to attempt riding around the world on a bicycle. Today it's still an accomplishment but setting out in 1892 definitely takes the cake.


1,000,000 bikers   by jay on Mar 18, 2010   read full blog

Ride your bike...make your heart so strong hospitals can take Tuesdays off


The Numbers Are In!   by james on Mar 16, 2010   read full blog

The growth of the 10th National Bike Summit has generated positive vibes across the nation this week. Over 700 bike enthusiasts marched up "the hill" to lobby for national issues related to our favorite mode of transportation - the bicycle. The League of American Bicyclists did a nice recap on the top ten highlights. For an insight into this phenomenal event please take a few minutes to view the video below produced by Streetfilms.org.


Spring Cleaning   by james on Mar 15, 2010   read full blog

With temperatures peaking well above freezing the past few days it seems we have begun our spring thaw. Spring is a beautiful time but with that thaw comes the exposure of months and months of accumulated debris and trash. Our main man Walt at QBP takes it upon himself annually to make this world a better place by cleaning up aluminum cans with his B.O.B. trailer and custom hopper.


Ringing Madison's bell at the National Bike Summit   by jay on Mar 15, 2010   read full blog

There's a reason the Planet Bike (and Trek, Saris, Madrax, etc.) call Madison, WI home...


The floors are hard and the corridors long   by jay on Mar 12, 2010   read full blog

What democracy looks like


Culture, not color   by jay on Mar 12, 2010   read full blog

In many cultures, biking is a "white thing". How do we change that?


(700 x biker) + Congress = Action   by jay on Mar 11, 2010   read full blog

Fuzzy pictures of sharp-minded bikers, aka National Bike Summit


Is There an App. for That?   by mark on Mar 10, 2010   read full blog

The bicycle is gaining more and more steam in being seen as a viable means of transportation. Many of us have viewed the bike in this way for years, but it's always nice to see the "mainstream" start catching on.


National Bike Summit   by james on Mar 09, 2010   read full blog

Today marks the opening day of the 2010 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Our man Jay headed out over the weekend to shake hands with the folks on Capitol Hill and explain how transportation by bicycle can help shape our nation. We're happy to support this great event as well as Jonathan Maus from BikePortland.org who covers the event day by day. Please visit Bike Portland's blog for up-to-date coverage on the summit.


Winter 2010 E-newsletter   by james on Mar 05, 2010   read full blog

If you're not on our e-mail list check out our newest issue our quarterly e-newsletter here.


Join the Fun   by mark on Mar 04, 2010   read full blog

Ride your bike, win swag. It's as easy as that. Go sign up at Greenlightride and create a 1 person team, then join the Planet Bike St. Paddy's Day Challenge.


Rude Awakening   by mark on Mar 02, 2010   read full blog

With temperatures hovering in the mid-thirties, spring fever has begun in Madison. Being an optimist (perhaps overly), I shed the studded tires from my commuter bike. I went with a small knobbed mountain bike tire just in case we get another snow or ten.


We like bikers with skills   by jay on Feb 24, 2010   read full blog

Middleton, WI get Bikes Belong dough for a urban mountain bike skills park


Employee Bike Feature   by james on Feb 18, 2010   read full blog

Mark had this custom 953 stainless singlespeed built several years back by the infamous Bob Brown. It carried him to the 2007 singlespeed cyclocross national championship. Interestingly this bike does not have rear eyelets or a drilled brake bridge but Mark worked his magical mechanical skills to outfit this rig with full-coverage Cascadia fenders!


Employee Bike Feature   by james on Feb 10, 2010   read full blog

Heath's titanium commuter is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing.


Automatic Hill Lift?   by james on Feb 05, 2010   read full blog

I've always been intrigued by how much of an impact the bicycle has on European cities. Dave came across this video the other day and it definitely takes the cake. It comes from a website called Eco Ideas which focuses on ecological ideas from around the globe.


Biking Contributes to State Economy   by james on Feb 02, 2010   read full blog

Kevin Hardman, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation was kind enough to share the following information with us today:

"A report released today by the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that bicycling tourism combined with Wisconsin's world-class bicycle industry contributes $1.5 billion to our state's economic every year! To put this in perspective, the report compares bicycling to deer hunting which contributes $926 million and snowmobiling which contributes $250 million.

The report also states:

• Bicycling creates 13,000 Wisconsin jobs
• Non-residents spend $535 million on bike-related events, food, and lodging
• 49% of Wisconsinites participate in recreational biking
• A 20% increase in biking could increase economic activity by $107 million and create 1500 more jobs


One Step Closer to Rail Transit in Madison   by james on Jan 29, 2010   read full blog

The city of Madison and Southern Wisconsin are one step closer to making rail transit a reality. Wisconsin is to receive $822 million for passenger rails - which would allow you to leave your car at home the next time you want to travel between Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago. The project is still in its developmental stages, but the rail advocates will continue to push on. Read the story here.


Things That Get us Excited   by james on Jan 28, 2010   read full blog

Mark's new Nimatsu Scorpion proves he's a force to be reckoned with on the table!


Employee Glove Choice   by james on Jan 22, 2010   read full blog

When the weather fluctuates, so does our choice of gear. Next to boots, gloves are one of the most important choices to make when commuting in the winter. Keeping the extremities warm can be tough. This past week has been nice. It seems that we're experiencing our mid-winter thaw with temps in the lower 30's. Below you will find a random selection of gloves/mittens as seen on the hands of Planet Bike employees Friday, January 22, 2010.

Planet Bike Borealis Gloves - Chris

Today I wore the Planet Bike Borealis winter gloves. I like the XXL sizing, so many cycling gloves just don't quite fit me. For me they are good in the 10-40 degree weather, depending on how long the ride is. They are very comfortable and I'm able to use mountain shifters and road shifters without an issue. The one thing I don't really like about them is they take a while to dry out. They are hard to pull inside out and get back in easily, but other than that, they are great.

Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts - Mark

For temperatures below 25 degrees F I use the Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts with a thin, loose fitting liner glove. The mitts are windproof and water resistant. The biggest advantage for me is that there is ample room to move my hands/fingers inside the mitts. I suffer from chronic "cold hands-cold feet" syndrome, and this is the first setup I've found to keep my digits warm through the nasty 25 below days that Wisconsin inevitably experiences several times each winter. The only disadvantage of my personal set-up is the overall bulk. These mitts don't allow a great deal of manual dexterity.

Craft Thermal Split Finger Gloves - James

Traditionally used as a Nordic glove these work great on the bike. There is a 5 finger fleece removable liner which is really nice if your hands get too hot and you can wash it. In the late winter I often find myself riding wearing only the liner. I think the 5 finger liner and the outer windproof lobster style mitt is the perfect combination for Wisconsin winters. As I mentioned they are versatile and for me they work well in 10 to 40 degree F temperatures.

Windproof Fleece Gloves - Heath

Keep it simple. Riding 4 miles to work in 30 degree weather doesn't really require specialized gear. This morning I road to work in jeans, a sweatshirt, hat, and these windproof fleece gloves. Warm, breathable, and great for a game of pond hockey, which I plan to put make happen on the way home today.


Employee Bike Feature   by james on Jan 21, 2010   read full blog

Chris built this rigid 29er Salsa El Mariachi up just before the snow started to fly. It makes a great commuter for the winter and will be a blast through the single track come summer. The 1x9 gear configuration is perfect for winter commuting whether the streets are clear or covered in ice and snow.


See the Light!   by james on Jan 15, 2010   read full blog

We're happy to announce the publication of our 2010 Light Finder! For those of you who haven't seen previous light finders, what we do is demonstrate our lights in a dark setting so that you can see the beam it projects against set distance markers. Dealers - call us for a copy and we'll send it out to you. You can also view it on our website here.


Homemade Boot Inserts   by james on Jan 11, 2010   read full blog

Mark brought a great winter biking tip to my attention this morning. Seeing as how we just reviewed a few pairs of winter cycling boots I thought it would make an appropriate post. On really frigid days I found that my toes were still getting cold regardless of what I did to try to keep them warm on the morning commute. The Lake boots I have been using have a really nice Thermosol composite insulating insole but it can only do so much to prevent air from coming in at the cleat. Mark advised I place a thin piece of cardboard underneath the insole to help prevent air from entering. The cardboard insert helps cold air from coming in and because it's so thin doesn't effect the position of your foot while the boot is on. Please see the photos for a quick tutorial.


World Tour   by james on Jan 08, 2010   read full blog

We recently read an article about Erin Nelson, a 17 year old girl from Turlock, CA planning on riding her bicycle around the world solo! It got us thinking about bicycle touring. What was your favorite bicycle tour?


Bike Swap!   by james on Jan 06, 2010   read full blog

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Cronometro/Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap is this Saturday, January 9th at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. Hours are from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Get there early for the deals, the good stuff goes fast!


Karma Army   by james on Jan 05, 2010   read full blog

A few months ago while I was in Providence, RI I met a gentleman promoting the Karma Army. It's a free website where you can create a log-in and register your bike and instantly notify the community if it is ever stolen. It's not just for bikes either - you can register your kayak, instruments, motorcycle and much more. Have a look at the website and sign up.


Employee Review 2 - Winter Boots   by james on Dec 29, 2009   read full blog

One of the first priorities to be concerned with while riding or commuting in the winter is warm feet. We've tried a variety of different shoes, boots, covers, and socks. Yes, you can always jam toe warmers into your boots but if you commute daily the cost of warmers really starts to take a toll on the wallet. Below you will find reviews of three different types of winter boots.

Pearl Izumi Barrier GTX – Worn by Mark

Having used both the Lake winter boots and the Pearl Izumi boots I can point to a couple of distinct differences. First and foremost the Pearl Izumi boots do not come up as high as the Lake boots, however, Pearl Izumi boots use a GORE-TEX® outer layer as opposed to Lake which uses leather. This may increase the overall water resistance, but that is about it. The zip up the center of the front, although waterproof, still allows cold wind through. The Pearl Izumi boots have a lugged sole similar to a standard mountain bike shoe. They definitely have a stiffer sole than the Lake boots, but the overall warmth seems to be about 5-10 degrees less than the Lake boots.

Answer Kashmir – Worn by Heath

These boots have good closures and a high neoprene cuff which helps with layering and keeping the snow out. When you’re off the bike they offer good traction on the ice. The steal cleats are a nice touch.

With a pair of wool socks, these things are good to about 20 degrees. Add a good pair of shoe covers and some gators and the toes will stay toasty down to 0 degrees. When temps go below 0 degrees I add a sock liner under the wool socks and a small plastic bag over my toes to help with wind protection.

Lake MXZ302 – Worn by Chris and James

I was impressed with these boots from the day I pulled them out of the box. Before you wear them make use of the included Nikwax packet and treat the leather. You will be thankful in the long run as it will prolong the life of your boots and help with all-weather protection. The high neoprene cuff ensures warmth and dryness if you ever need to portage through deep drifts. A combination of the BOA® lacing system and leather Velcro flaps over the front of the boot allow a nice tight fit and increases the probability that your foot will be dry when you get to your destination. The Vibram® sole allows the boot to fit more like a real boot and less like a cycling shoe allowing increased comfort when you want to walk around off of the bike.

I wear a pair of wool socks in them and have no issues. If it gets below zero, I put a pair of cycling socks on under the wool socks and stay warm until about -15. Riding in snow and slush, I have had no issues of my feet getting wet at all. My toes don't get that cold on the commute with wool socks, but if I go for a longer ride, I will unclip and move my foot and toes around for a little bit to get the blood flowing back to them and then clip in and do the same with the other foot.


Planet Bike Employee Winter Tire Selection   by james on Dec 23, 2009   read full blog

When I started working at Planet Bike the amount and variety of bicycles and accessories each and every employee rode baffled me. We are constantly tinkering and swapping out parts and components to make the daily commute a little more comfortable. More recently with recent snowfall the daily fleet of commute bikes starting appearing with bigger knobbier tires. Below you will find 4 of the tires we have chosen for the worst winter conditions.

1. Nokian Hakkeplitta - 700 x 32 - 72 Studs
At about $45 a tire they are definitely on the lower end of the studded tire price spectrum. The tread provides a fast commute while the 72 studs per tire keep the mind at ease. On raw pavement you don’t have to worry about sliding out around corners and they don’t weigh much more than a regular tire. They are perfect for the winter cyclist who may be trying studded tires for the first time.

2. Kenda Klondike - 700 x 35 - 110 Studs

These things are narrow enough to cut through the snow and bite the hard pack below. They cost about $64 a tire. Generally the greater the stud count, the greater the price. The tread pattern is relatively deep and generously spaced so they do well in the powder, hard pack, or ice.

3. Nokian Hakkeplitta – 700 x 40 - 240 Studs
This tire hooks up in snow/ice better than any tire I've ever ridden. It's narrow enough to cut through powder and avoid the "snow plow effect". It has a stud on almost every knob, giving tremendous grip whether you're turning or riding in a straight line. The overall knobby tread works great for snow and ice covered paths. Nokian tires also allow the replacement of the studs once they've worn out.

While the large amount of studs is great for snow and ice, they are not the best on solid pavement. I haven't noticed a whole lot of sliding on pavement, but it is definitely something I watch out for when turning on pavement. The 240 steel studs add a substantial amount of weight/rolling mass. At 940 grams, they are close to 3 times the weight of a standard (non-studded) cyclocross tire. However, the piece of mind I get rolling over the icy streets of Madison is well worth the weight penalty. As with any studded tire, there is an increase in rolling resistance. This is especially noticeable on bare pavement. The Hakkapelitta is widely viewed as the standard in studded tires. With that title comes price. These tires are expensive. You can expect to pay about $120 for a set.

4. Nokian Gazza Extreme - 29 x 2.1 - 294 studs
The name says it all. At 294 studs these tires are nothing short of extreme. Every single lug features a steel stud. On bare pavement these tires are fairly loud due to the stud count but the reservation I get floating over the most extreme ice and snow conditions is well worth it.


Employee Bike Feature   by james on Dec 21, 2009   read full blog

The snow is definitely here and we have no shortage of it. Have a look at Mark's daily winter commuter. He hammers out the 25 mile commute on this utilitarian Salsa Fargo equipped with steel studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta's to keep it upright.


National's Coverage   by james on Dec 17, 2009   read full blog

See what Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Tom Held has to say about Planet Bike Cyclocross.


2009 Cyclocross Nationals   by james on Dec 15, 2009   read full blog

Well folks, the 2009 U.S. cyclocross season has come to a close. A large portion of the Planet Bike Team were fortunate enough to be able to race over the weekend at the national event in Bend, OR. Many goals were accomplished, and we are proud to announce that we have four national champions to induct into the Planet Bike Hall of Fame. As the Planet Bike cyclocross blog is updated please read more about the weekend here.


Burning Cycle   by jay on Dec 10, 2009   read full blog

Nate Loyal brought his 'cross bike to the Playa on his rack equipped Beemer motorcycle...


Planet Bike Team across the globe   by mark on Dec 08, 2009   read full blog

Team Planet Bike's 17 year old cross sensation Kaitlin Antonneau has been competing in Elite UCI events all season and her strong results are starting to get noticed. Cyclocross Magazine recently interviewed Kaitie about how her season has been going. Read the article here.


Winter is Here   by james on Dec 04, 2009   read full blog

The 40 to 45 degree temperatures we were experiencing last week dissipated swiftly and Old Man Winter rolled in overnight. As I stepped outside on the first fresh dusting of the year I heard that familiar crunch under my boots for the first time in a while. The cold nipped me in the face like a newborn puppy. You have to take the first couple of corners with extreme caution but it comes back to you quickly. Still, there is something a little unnerving cruising at 20+ mph down the less traveled ice covered streets. You have to keep telling yourself to hold it steady, keep the rubber side down, and you easily glide like an ice skate blade across a frozen pond.
We take commuting very seriously here at Planet Bike. Not only do we outfit our commuter bikes with the finest components and accessories for winter riding but we choose our outerwear very vigorously. Working in an office of full-time bike commuters has its perks. The way a winter cycling boot works for one individual may instigate a completely different opinion from another. Riding different kinds of bicycles and gear in a wide array of conditions could constitute a Planet Bike winter riding survival book. We’ve been tossing the idea around of sharing our experiences with our readers so stay tuned throughout the cold winter months ahead to hear our opinions.


The day I gave in and wore a skin suit   by heath on Dec 03, 2009   read full blog




Bike Tours Inspire Us   by james on Dec 02, 2009   read full blog

We recently heard that Greg McCausland is riding his bike from New York State to the southern tip of South America. We're following his blog and hope you will too.


Happy Thanksgiving!   by james on Nov 26, 2009   read full blog

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Planet Bike!


Sunday Muddy Sunday   by mark on Nov 24, 2009   read full blog

With the domestic cyclocross season winding down, the Planet Bike cyclocross team is showing stunning form. PB employees/team members Kristin Wentworth and James LaLonde, along with teammates Linda Sone and Kaitie Antonneau headed to the North Carolina GP in Hendersonville last weekend.


SUPERCOMMUTER   by james on Nov 19, 2009   read full blog

Don't forget to nominate a Supercommuter for our Spring E-News Letter.
A supercommuter rides through every season, in all types of weather, day and night. Choosing the simplicity, health and pleasure of bicycling, a supercommuter simply prefers to ride a bike to the grocery store, to work, to a concert or the cafe. We know it's a long way off but the sooner you get your nominations in the better. You can read about the past two Supercommuter's here and here. Nominations can be e-mailed to info@planetbike.com


Turning of the Tides   by mark on Nov 18, 2009   read full blog

Today's sign of the Apocolypse: James took the crown from Chris' possession and then proceeded to hold off all challengers!


We Have a Winner!   by james on Nov 17, 2009   read full blog

We received a lot of great submissions over the weekend and it wasn't easy to choose one. We chose the following entry for its honesty and the bicycle exuberance described by the writer. We wish Brett R. many happy miles to come.

I love my bike for its aesthetic and mechanical excellence. It's a simple thing. A purity of purpose. A configuration of metal, rubber, paint, grease and leather that allows me to consume geography like a butterfly in the wind. I pour my energy and confidence into it, and it returns the favor by delivering me efficiently and effectively to my destination. My bike immerses me in my environment. I smell the freshly cut hay in the pasture to my right; I see the woodpecker scurrying up the tree on my left; I hear the leaves rustling, the wind in my face, the feeling of the road underneath -- I'm alive. I love my bike. --Brett R.


Why Do You Love Your Bike?   by james on Nov 13, 2009   read full blog

Tell us why you love your bike in a short paragraph. We'll choose one to feature on our blog and send the featured writer some cool Planet Bike schwag. Send your paragraph to James, james@planetbike.com


Confidence Regained - and the Crown   by james on Nov 11, 2009   read full blog

In an extreme effort to redeem himself during the 4 p.m. showdown Dave showed everyone who is boss when it comes to table tennis. After winning the final game 11-9 Dave's voice could be heard echoing throughout the halls of Planet Bike, "I'M BACK, I'M BACK!"


Summer Weather in November   by james on Nov 10, 2009   read full blog

We came across this nice piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Light Finder 2010   by james on Nov 09, 2009   read full blog

We shot our annual Light Finder last week. The weather was perfect! Look for it late this year / early 2010.


Fall E-news Letter   by james on Nov 06, 2009   read full blog

Don't forget to check out our most recent e-news letter. The e-news letter is released quarterly and contains an information section, product feature, advocacy update, and a featured supercommuter. Be sure to add yourself to the list so you receive the newsletter via e-mail in the future.


Bike Calorie Calculator   by james on Nov 03, 2009   read full blog

There is a pretty cool bike calorie calculator available at Everyday Health. If you're trying to maintain a specific diet or are just curious on how many calories you burn on your daily bicycle commute take a gander, especially because Turkey Day is right around the corner.


Bike Accessories for a Safer Ride   by james on Nov 02, 2009   read full blog

This morning, the Los Angeles Times did a piece featuring accessories to make your bicycle ride safer. If you don't have access to a hard copy of the newspaper, it can be read here. One of the featured items was our Spok taillight which is a very affordable, versatile single LED light. Save money and buy the Spok set!


The Reigns Have Changed   by james on Oct 30, 2009   read full blog

Word has it that the Table Tennis reign has changed at Planet Bike. This is evident from the crown on Chris' desk. One things for sure, it won't stay like that for long!


Employee Bike Feature!   by james on Oct 27, 2009   read full blog

The employee bike feature library is still bursting at the seams. Don’t think that we haven’t realized we’re long overdue for an update! The time has flown by with all the chaos that goes along with Interbike, Outdoor Demo East and the start of the cyclocross season. Since then, we’ve tightened the bolts on our fenders and dusted off our wool attire. To get back in the groove of things and because our minds are on cyclocross, let’s take a look at James’ custom Ellis singlespeed. This steel bike was hand built by Dave Wages of Ellis Cycles. Though Ellis is a new company Dave has over 10 years of frame building experience. This bike has definitely seen its fair share of races and word has it that James may be making the trip up to the Midwest Singlespeed Championships in a couple weeks!


Race Across the Sky Trailer   by james on Oct 23, 2009   read full blog

Don't put the knobby tired bike away yet! We may be a day late but I guarantee THIS will pump you up to go for at least one more ride!


NEW SOCKS!   by james on Oct 23, 2009   read full blog

That's right, wool socks just in time for all that cold rainy drizzle we've been suffering through for the past week. As always, Sockguy has done a phenomenal job with our newest batch. Navy blue with a grey Planet Bike logo. Check 'em out!


Fall Commute   by james on Oct 23, 2009   read full blog

Every morning we breath in the crisp Fall air as we ride our bikes into the office. It seems that each turning week requires another layer of gear. The leaves are changing offering a palate of color for our eyes to feast and the road ahead is covered in an exquisite array of radiance. The cold rain falls upon us as we turn our lights on for the early morning commute. The smell of freshly ground coffee awaits as we start yet another day. Happy Fall from all of us at Planet Bike.


Planet Bike Toronto Cyclocross   by james on Oct 21, 2009   read full blog

The Planet Bike Elite CyclocrossTeam had quite a showing this past weekend at the Toronto International Cyclocross event. Day 1 was recognized as a UCI C1 race where racers were greeted with a technical and grueling course. On the men's side Tristan Schouten was 5th and James LaLonde finished 13th. For the women it was Linda Sone who snatched 2nd place with Kristin Wentworth and Katie Antonneau in 3rd and 4th. On Day 2 the course changed completely but that didn't stop Tristan Schouten from finishing 5th and James LaLonde again finishing 13th. The ladies decided to mix it up a little bit with Katie Antonneau finishing 2nd, Linda Sone 4th and Kristin Wentworth in 6th. As always you can follow Planet Bike cyclocross here.


Blaze 2W Goes Live!   by james on Oct 13, 2009   read full blog

Our newest and brightest headlight, the Blaze 2W is now available for purchase on our website! See what all the LED gurus are raving about!


Planet Bike Dominates Near and Far   by mark on Oct 05, 2009   read full blog

The Planet Bike cyclocross team is wasting no time showing it's massive power. Katie Compton traveled to Italy for round one of the World Cup and rode away from the field just two laps into the race!


Interbike Party   by jay on Oct 01, 2009   read full blog

Advocates, industry and beer...three great tastes that go great together.


Interbike 2009   by james on Sep 29, 2009   read full blog

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our Interbike booth last week!


Planet Bike Rides 20,000 Miles   by james on Sep 09, 2009   read full blog

We take our commutes pretty seriously here at Planet Bike. When Civia's Greenlight site went live we were thrilled. By mid-March the majority of us were signed up and logging our miles daily. Last week we reached the 20,000 mile mark.


The Top 10 Facts on Bicycling and Walking in the United States   by mark on Aug 31, 2009   read full blog

1) Bicycling and walking make up 10% of all trips made in the U.S., but receive less than 2% of federal transportation funding.

2) Bicyclists and pedestrians account for 13% of traffic fatalities, but receive less than 1% of federal safety funding.


...and We Thought Our Customer Service Was Good   by james on Aug 26, 2009   read full blog

Yesterday morning it was decided to have a custom stamp made with the Planet Bike logo. This was an effort to reduce the use of stickers on Interbike folders and was far cheaper than printing folders digitally. I placed the custom stamp order with a slight up charge for rush delivery from the folks over at Stamp-Connection.com. Within 45 minutes I received a UPS tracking number for the package. Low and behold at 10 a.m. this morning our custom stamp was delivered. Not only did our stamp arrive within 21 hours from the initial order but these individuals are a pleasure to deal with on the phone and via e-mail. Thanks!


off your butts, into the street   by jay on Aug 25, 2009   read full blog

Six miles of rolling downtown Madison streets are all ours!! Check it out this Sunday, August 30.


Dance Party!   by james on Aug 25, 2009   read full blog

Planet Bike donated lights to kick off the annual Bike Pittsburgh Bike Fest; a celebration of all things cycling. The lights covered a portion of the wall and were given to those riding home without a light.


Employee Bike Feature   by james on Aug 21, 2009   read full blog

Mark had this custom fillet brazed road frame built earlier this year by Stoic Cycles. Located in Kansas, this ambitious builder keeps it real with steel builds focusing on cyclocross and mountain frames.


Bike Feature   by james on Aug 05, 2009   read full blog

Chris had this bike custom built by Banjo Cycles this past spring. A cross between a Surly Big Dumm and a Surly Pugsley this bike has the most carrying capacity I have ever seen. It accepts Xtracycle Wideloaders which demonstrated their usefulness last week when Chris loaded up 300+ t-shirts and transported them back to Planet Bike HQ.


Riverwest 24   by james on Jul 31, 2009   read full blog

We would like to congratulate one of our own, Liz R. on her victory in the woman's solo category at the Riverwest 24-Hour Bike Race this past weekend in Milwaukee, WI. Liz completed 49 laps while earning an additional 13 laps for bonus checkpoints. Way to go!


The Easy Way Out   by james on Jul 30, 2009   read full blog

Who needs a car when you have a Big Dumb Pug? Chris proved the usefulness of his utilitarian monster truck bicycle yesterday afternoon when he loaded 300+ t-shirts and transported them 5 miles across town to the Planet Bike offices.


Planet Bike Assists Green Efforts at Summer Outdoor Retailer   by james on Jul 28, 2009   read full blog

Planet Bike supported the Bike Share Program at this year's Summer Outdoor Retailer(OR), a trade show venue for the outdoor specialty industry which was held in Salt Lake City, UT July 21-24. The 1st year Bike Share Program offered 20 commuter bikes by Swobo equipped with Planet Bike locks and Bern Helmets. Retailer exhibitors and attendees were allowed to utilize the bikes to get around town in 60-minute intervals. What a GREAT way to see Salt Lake City! In conclusion to the Summer OR, all locks were donated to the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective.


Thursday Fish Fry   by james on Jul 16, 2009   read full blog

Traditionally, Wisconsin is home to the Friday night fish fry. We broke the rules today and took advantage of the nice weather as well as the fresh walleye from Jeff's Canadian fishing expedition.


City of Angels...City of Lights   by jay on Jul 15, 2009   read full blog

bilingual bike advocates + bike lights + knowledge = safer immigrants (and expanded bike advocacy movement)


New Cycling Caps   by james on Jul 09, 2009   read full blog

We've partnered up with Walz Caps to produce two versions of high quality 4-panel cotton cycling caps. They come in two different sizes as well. The Planet Bike logo is embroidered on the right side.


Planet Bike Visitor   by james on Jul 08, 2009   read full blog

This little guy has been poking his head around Planet Bike for some time now. When he's not rummaging around in the back 40 he can usually be found on the side of the office munching on our lawn.


WI gets Complete Streets   by jay on Jul 07, 2009   read full blog

In a major win for all road users (especially bikers), Wisconsin has adopted a state-wide Complete Streets policy.


Setting the bar high   by mark on Jul 02, 2009   read full blog

How's this for encouraging safety in the use of bicycles as transportation?!?


Matembezi Angavu   by mark on Jul 01, 2009   read full blog

A while back a couple of fellows contacted Planet Bike about a touring trip they were planning from Cape Town to Cairo.


The Trek to Re-Energize America   by james on Jun 29, 2009   read full blog

Our friends participating in The Trek to Re-Energize America will be in Madison, WI tonight. The Trek to Re-Energize America is a tour by bicycle to Washington D.C. in order to acknowledge the challenges and effects climate change has on us as individuals within our communities and the environment. The ultimate goal is for citizens to engage in these conversations with their political leaders, thus influencing ‘green’ initiatives for our country. Please visit The Trek to Re-Energize America website for more information.


Employee Bike Feature 7   by james on Jun 29, 2009   read full blog

Dave's commuter featured as the seventh installment of the Employee Bike Feature


Planet Bike Exercise Programs   by james on Jun 25, 2009   read full blog

Dave remains table tennis king at Planet Bike...


Tailgating   by mark on Jun 18, 2009   read full blog

Who says you have to have a raised up 4x4 to tailgate at the local baseball game? Certainly not the local Madison bike crowd, that's for sure.


Bike to Work Week Recap   by james on Jun 16, 2009   read full blog

Another Bike to Work Week is in the books thanks to the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin...


Employee Bike Feature VI   by james on Jun 12, 2009   read full blog

Check out Heath's Commuter!


Frequent Bikers   by mark on Jun 02, 2009   read full blog

The Madison area keeps proving why it is so bike friendly. Check out this cool new program


Employee Bike Feature Numero Quattro   by james on Jun 01, 2009   read full blog

Check out Jeff's Cross-Check!


Rider Chat with Mark LaLonde   by james on May 29, 2009   read full blog

Planet Bike rider recently featured on MTB Race News.


And Then There Was Light   by james on May 26, 2009   read full blog

Check-ou that dual Blaze Dynamo setup on Marko's Commuter!


Take your brat to work day   by mark on May 22, 2009   read full blog

Chris came up with a heck of a plan for this morning: meet at Olin Park, pedal over to Brat Fest, pick up a couple of Double Johnnys, and ride in to work.


Mark LaLonde Wins Race 1 of WORS Series   by james on May 20, 2009   read full blog

Planet Bike’s own Mark LaLonde took the overall in the Men’s Cat 1 / Pro Field in Iola, WI Sunday, May 17th. The Planet Bike / GT team rider outpaced the star-studded lead group eventually having to out sprint his brother Jesse at the finish line. This was Mark’s second win ever at a WORS event, a 12-race series which claims to be the largest mountain bike series in the United States. The 25 mile course consisted of rolling hills, open ski trails, and sandy wooded single track. “The course was fast and furious,” Mark stated in an impromptu interview. “The single track was great. It was everything I had hoped and dreamed that it would be.” Mark will continue the series May 31st in Rhinelander, WI.


Spring Arrivals   by james on May 15, 2009   read full blog

Don't forget to check out some of our new Spring Arrivals - TWEET TWEET!


Employee Bike Feature   by james on May 14, 2009   read full blog

Jay's custom Independent Fabrication Planet X studded with Planet Bike accessories is the perfect commuter setup. Check out that titanium Jeff Jones H-Bar and custom Ahren Rogers rack!


Back 40 haiku II   by jay on May 08, 2009   read full blog

Dave reminded me it was time for another tulip story...


Employee Bike Feature   by mark on May 07, 2009   read full blog

I guess you could say we're fans of touring and touring bikes. Here's James' tourer and sometimes commuter.


> 450   by jay on Apr 29, 2009   read full blog

It's an honor to walk the halls of the Capitol and practice democracy. This is what makes America such a great place.


Employee Bike Feature   by mark on Apr 27, 2009   read full blog

Here at Planet Bike HQ you'll find each employee possesses a certain level of bike-"geekness". There's 50-60 bikes among the 8 that work here.


Versatility at its Finest   by mark on Apr 21, 2009   read full blog

Another recent addition to the Planet Bike line is the Versa Rack. We racked our brains and came up with a rear rack that fits 97% of all mountain, road, and hybrid bikes.


Bike Walk Madison goes live   by jay on Apr 17, 2009   read full blog

It's 70 degrees and sunny...the grassroots are moving forward...


The New Backpack   by mark on Apr 15, 2009   read full blog

Cargo isn't just for ships and eighteen-wheelers anymore. Yesterday we stocked up a large portion


Spring Cleaning   by mark on Mar 26, 2009   read full blog

We got rid of some junk in our trunk...


Green Machine   by mark on Mar 17, 2009   read full blog

Temperatures are hitting near 70 degrees today, and Planet Bike took full advantage with 100% of the staff using pedal power to arrive at work.


Twist and Shout   by mark on Mar 12, 2009   read full blog

Internet social networks seem to be all the rage these days. They’re hardly new but the masses continue to flock to them. Planet Bike is jumping on the cool kid train


The purple is dead. Long live the purple.   by jay on Mar 05, 2009   read full blog

Thunderhead Alliance recently upgraded to version 3.0. The identity upgrade includes a new name, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and a new website, www.peoplepoweredmovement.org.


Stimulating Biking   by jay on Feb 18, 2009   read full blog

The new economic stimulus package sets aside somewhere between $875M to $1.5B for bikes.


See the Light (and be seen)   by mark on Feb 04, 2009   read full blog

We want you to be safe when you’re out pedaling around town. That’s why we developed that fantastically intense POW! POW! blink blink burst of the Superflash tail light.


Inaugural Presence   by mark on Jan 29, 2009   read full blog

Last week, as the world’s attention focused in on the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, we wanted to play at least a small role in the historic occasion.


And the nominees are...   by mark on Jan 22, 2009   read full blog

Planet Bike has been selected as a finalist for REI’s 2008 Vendor Partner of the Year Award for their Actionsports Division.


New kid on the block   by mark on Jan 21, 2009   read full blog

Our pals (and former PB employees) Erik and Dan have hit the ground pedaling


oh the weather outside is frightful...   by mark on Jan 19, 2009   read full blog

As the snow falls and the temperatures dip many of us cyclists have to make a tough decision:


Riding (and breathing) at -13° Fahrenheit   by jay on Jan 15, 2009   read full blog

Lately, Chris has arrived each morning with a serious snotsicle hanging from his mask...


Madison-Madison, the long way   by mark on Jan 06, 2009   read full blog

You may or may not recall our mention of Planet Bike pal Charlie Brigham IV back in August.


Spread the Holiday Cheer!   by mark on Dec 30, 2008   read full blog

We know you’ve spoiled your friends and family with love and gifts over the Holiday season. Isn’t it about time that you spoiled yourself?


New Blood   by dp on Oct 30, 2008   read full blog

We're making some changes around Planet Bike, and we think you're gonna like them.


Team Planet Bike Blog   by dp on Oct 27, 2008   read full blog

With so much going on, we're giving our 'Cross team a little space of its own.


Page Second in Belgium   by dp on Oct 17, 2008   read full blog

Team Planet Bike's Jonathan Page continues his impressive 'cross campaign finishing second in the Kermiscross race in Ardooie, Belgium.


Interbike Wrap Up   by dp on Oct 15, 2008   read full blog

It feels like a year ago, and we've been busy since about a month before it happened, but we've finally put Interbike 2008 to bed.


Vote For Follmer   by jay on Oct 03, 2008   read full blog

What's the biggest thing you've carried on a bike? Chris moved his household by bike and the Austin Bike Blog is taking votes for the most impressive move.


Page Wins Cheq 40   by dp on Sep 15, 2008   read full blog

As a tune up for the coming Cyclocross season, Planet Bike's Jonathan Page headed up to Hayward, Wisconsin to contest the Chequamegon Fat Tire 40.


Lighting up the Velorution   by jay on Aug 28, 2008   read full blog

Ripon College gave away 180 bikes to incoming freshman


Use it, but don't lose it   by dp on Aug 21, 2008   read full blog

I thought of a good way to never lose or forget my tail light again. Heres how:


Get Some!   by dp on Aug 19, 2008   read full blog

The Blaze 1 Watt is in stock now.


A toast to Charlie   by dp on Aug 12, 2008   read full blog

Charles Brigham IV is a friend of Planet Bike's who is slowly making his way around the world via two wheels and his wits.


Editors Choice For Super Set   by dp on Aug 05, 2008   read full blog

When the mail showed up on Monday, we found out that Bicycling Magazine is in to our Blaze/Superflash light set


What Would A Tree Do?   by dp on Jul 29, 2008   read full blog

I stumbled across this image while surfing the web this morning.


Thunderhead Coast to Coast   by jay on Jun 16, 2008   read full blog

Houston, we have ignition. Bike advocacy goes into orbit.


A time for fenders   by dp on Jun 13, 2008   read full blog

This June is proving to be a very wet month across the Midwest.


The Dispatch   by dave on May 08, 2008   read full blog

The tulips are in bloom and your bike is calling. The latest edition of our quarterly dispatch comes just in time for National Bike Month.


Spring Cleaning   by mark on May 02, 2008   read full blog

Moppin' up at the PB


Tulips in the Back 40   by jay on Apr 30, 2008   read full blog

Emerging from my cube into the spring sun I happened upon some volunteers out behind PB HQ.


Commuter Chris   by mark on Apr 14, 2008   read full blog

Our own Chris Follmer gets interviewed by bikecommuters.com


It's Friday!   by dp on Apr 04, 2008   read full blog

I'm all alone in the office and it is really nice outside...


April showers   by mark on Apr 01, 2008   read full blog

DIY rain booties


Two Wheeled Way Of Life   by dp on Mar 25, 2008   read full blog

Around here bikes are more than just a way we make a living. Bikes are a way of life.


Big news for our 'Cross Team   by dp on Mar 20, 2008   read full blog

One of the best cross racers in the US, if not the World, Jonathan Page has signed with us for 2008.


Dick Burke Part 2 - Revolution Now, The father of bike advocacy   by bob on Mar 15, 2008   read full blog




Bob's Planet Bike blog   by bob on Mar 12, 2008   read full blog

Thoughts and adventures from the founder of Planet Bike


Spring is in the air!   by dp on Mar 06, 2008   read full blog

We know spring is on the way because we're starting to get a lot of our new products in stock.


Warm fuzzy from Vancouver   by mark on Feb 25, 2008   read full blog

Terry tells us about his experience with the Vancouver police


Planet Bike's Jay Ferm in the news   by dp on Jan 22, 2008   read full blog

Jay's work on the the Madison Platinum Bicycle Committee recently got him some attention in the local paper.


What can't you move by bike?   by dp on Jan 16, 2008   read full blog

Check out this video of folks in Portland moving by bike!


Keepin' the pedal on the metal   by dp on Jan 03, 2008   read full blog

Tristan keeps mixing it up with the big guns across the pond.


Tristan in Belgium   by dp on Dec 28, 2007   read full blog

Our main man Tristan Schouten is across the pond currently racing as many 'cross races as he can.


Planet Bike Goes Solar   by dp on Dec 21, 2007   read full blog

We're proud to announce our newest Planet Bike employee; the Sun.


Planet Bike team heads to 'Cross Nats   by dp on Dec 17, 2007   read full blog

The cold and ice can't keep our riders down!


Xtreme office work   by mark on Dec 06, 2007   read full blog

No heat last night at Planet Bike HQ, but soon our ten kilowatt solar panel installation will be complete...


New cyclocross photo gallery   by mark on Nov 29, 2007   read full blog

2007 marked the first year Planet Bike sponsored a racing team. We started small, and with a type of racing that is close to our hearts: cyclocross.
We hit up races all over the country, grabbed a few podiums, got muddy, and had a blast. Here are a few photos from the season.


Kind of Spooky   by dp on Nov 15, 2007   read full blog

A friend of ours sent this video...


The Power of the Bicycle   by dp on Oct 30, 2007   read full blog

Ran across this story about World Bicycle Relief on the Internet today


Blaze light in the media   by dp on Oct 25, 2007   read full blog

Lately our Blaze headlight has been getting very popular, and this week it popped up in some national media outlets.


New Aquilo gloves in stock!   by dp on Oct 09, 2007   read full blog

Just in time for 'Cross season, we've taken delivery of our new windproof Aquilo gloves.


Limited Edition Pink Cascadia Fender Sets   by mark on Sep 20, 2007   read full blog

Like Molly Ringwald, your bike can be pretty in pink


Fall is here, and that can mean only one thing!   by dp on Sep 13, 2007   read full blog

It is cyclocross season once again!


TRON Race   by dp on Aug 28, 2007   read full blog

If you are looking for something to do in the Madison area this weekend, and you like 80's films, you might want to check this out.


News You Can Wear   by dp on Aug 07, 2007   read full blog

We've just put our new "Global Cooling Machine" T-Shirts in stock.


Aero Monday   by mark on Aug 06, 2007   read full blog

Dan gets into a tuck and powers through some emails


24 Hours of 9 Mile   by dp on Aug 02, 2007   read full blog

What's better than camping out, riding bikes and building fires with your friends? Nothing.


New Swag For Your Feet   by dp on Jul 23, 2007   read full blog

Yes, we make blinky lights and fenders, but we've got some soft goods too.


The Lion King Video Test   by mark on Jul 10, 2007   read full blog

No, not that Lion King. We're talking about Mario Cipollini, the flamboyant sprinter who terrorized the peloton for over a decade.


Roadie Pump Review   by mark on Jul 05, 2007   read full blog

The New York Times reviews our Roadie frame pump


Second City, first rate   by dp on Jun 19, 2007   read full blog

Best City to ride a bike in may not be the first thing you think of when someone mentions Chicago, but maybe it should be.


Busy busy busy   by dp on May 25, 2007   read full blog

It's been a little while, but here is a taste of what's been going on around here.


It Makes You Think   by mark on May 08, 2007   read full blog

A picture is worth a thousand words, or 426,000 cell phones


A Dirt Sweat And Gears Race Report   by dp on May 02, 2007   read full blog

Our man in the field, Lee Unwinn, filed this report after his season opening race.


SlowFastSlow   by dp on Apr 27, 2007   read full blog

It was a pretty slow day around the office until a special visitor showed up


Planet Bike Races Into Spring   by mark on Apr 20, 2007   read full blog

A couple of ferocious pictures from a hard-charging sprint to the line


Fast and Furious M-B-M   by dp on Apr 16, 2007   read full blog

With the weather we had over the last week, racers were certainly delighted to find conditions as favorable as they were for Madison-Basco-Madison.


Madison-Basco-Madison an instant classic?   by dp on Apr 10, 2007   read full blog

M-B-M seemed like a good idea when we planned in back in January. We'll see what hand the weather deals us.


Equality amongst the fendered   by dp on Apr 03, 2007   read full blog

Larry Leven from Oly Bikes recounts the epic tale behind the creation of the Cascadia


Is it spring or not?   by dp on Mar 28, 2007   read full blog

It's warm. It's cold. It's sunny. It's rainy. C'mon, can we get one or the other?


Cascadia thoughts, from Cascadia   by dp on Mar 15, 2007   read full blog

Mega-miler Kent Peterson, of Seattle sounds off about our new Cascadia fenders.


Chilly Hilly   by mark on Mar 08, 2007   read full blog

A shout-out to a spring classic


Creepy Cool   by mark on Mar 02, 2007   read full blog

Perhaps one of the coolest/creepiest pictures anyone has ever sent us of one of our products


While Supplies Last   by dp on Feb 21, 2007   read full blog

The new Cascadia fender and the HID are back in stock, just in time for the spring thaw!


Cargo Squirrel   by jay on Feb 21, 2007   read full blog

Putting all that nervous and frenetic energy to use hauling stuff on your bike


Year of the Pig, son.   by jay on Feb 21, 2007   read full blog

Well wishes to 1.3 Billion Chinese. May the year be lucky and fertile.


Frost Bike and New Products   by dp on Feb 15, 2007   read full blog

We're headed up to Minneapolis for Frost Bike and we'll have Cascadia fenders soon.


When will you have ______ in stock?   by mark on Feb 07, 2007   read full blog

Can't wait to get your hands on some of our 29er fenders or the hard-to-find BRT Straps? Here is an update on when (we think) everything will be in stock...


Borealis gloves back in stock   by dp on Feb 05, 2007   read full blog

Just in time for the heart of winter, our Borealis gloves are back in stock.


Wednesday Night Ride   by dp on Feb 01, 2007   read full blog

Bitter cold and dark as the heart of winter is, sometimes the best way to embrace it is to get on your bike and just ride.


Logistics   by mark on Jan 23, 2007   read full blog

A visitor to our new website happened to see the gallery dedicated to bicycle loads and sent us the following link to blow our minds. Indeed, they were blown: http://aistigave.hit.bg/Logistics/


Dark Days   by mark on Jan 22, 2007   read full blog

"It's always night, or we wouldn't need light"
-Thelonious Monk


Welcome   by dp on Jan 04, 2007   read full blog

The brand spanking new site you are beholding is the result of several months of riding, conceptualizing, planning, riding, taking lots of photos and lately a lot of time in front of the computers.


Happy Holidays!   by mark on Dec 15, 2006   read full blog

Enjoy the holidays with some vital Idol.


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