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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!


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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?


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.


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.


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!


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


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.


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!


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?


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


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


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!


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


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?


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


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.


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.


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).


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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:


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?


Spring Cleaning   by mark on May 02, 2008   read full blog

Moppin' up at the PB


Commuter Chris   by mark on Apr 14, 2008   read full blog

Our own Chris Follmer gets interviewed by bikecommuters.com


April showers   by mark on Apr 01, 2008   read full blog

DIY rain booties


Warm fuzzy from Vancouver   by mark on Feb 25, 2008   read full blog

Terry tells us about his experience with the Vancouver police


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.


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


Aero Monday   by mark on Aug 06, 2007   read full blog

Dan gets into a tuck and powers through some emails


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


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


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


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


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...


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


Happy Holidays!   by mark on Dec 15, 2006   read full blog

Enjoy the holidays with some vital Idol.


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