Pedal for Good!

Posted on Aug 12th 2010 | Advocacy, 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 and awarded each a $25,000 grant. Now here’s where you come i […] read more...

Compton Powers to World Cup Podium

Posted on Aug 2nd 2010 | Blog, News,
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 ever, placing 4th in Round 5 of the World Cup competition. Katie was the top American fini […] read more...

Back 40 Haiku III

Posted on Jul 26th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog,
From green morn stubble, Launch sunward baby petals! Fresh, bloom. Tired, fall. Back 40 haiku I Back 40 haiku II And many thanks to Dragonfly Chai for the hand-crafted green tea chai that powered this endeavor. Read their “chai-ku” here. […] read more...

World Bicycle Relief Commercial

Posted on Jul 23rd 2010 | Better World, Blog, Video,
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 th […] read more...
Planet Bike Endorses

Planet Bike Endorses

Posted on Jun 24th 2010 | Bike Life, 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. They’re good enough for a day of pounding gravel or des […] read more...

6/23

Posted on Jun 23rd 2010 | Bike Life, 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!

Posted on Jun 17th 2010 | Blog, News, Product,
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 […] read more...
Bacon on the Bike Path

Bacon on the Bike Path

Posted on Jun 14th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, Events,
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 Coop, Greenbush Bakery, and everyone else that stopped by to enjoy the great day! […] read more...
Ride to Work with Mayor Dave

Ride to Work with Mayor Dave

Posted on Jun 9th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, Events,
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 […] read more...
Ride the Drive

Ride the Drive

Posted on Jun 7th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, Events,
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 cold water and ping pong. Thank you to everyone that stopped by! If you […] read more...

Sprint Finish

Posted on Jun 4th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, Video,
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. Sprint Finish at the WORS Trek Big Ring Classic from […] read more...
Take your Brat to Work Day

Take your Brat to Work Day

Posted on May 28th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, Events,
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! […] read more...
Bike 49

Bike 49

Posted on May 26th 2010 | Better World, Bike Life, 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 filmin […] read more...
Spring 2010 Super Commuter – Beth Hamon

Spring 2010 Super Commuter – Beth Hamon

Posted on May 22nd 2010 | Super Commuters,
PORTLAND, OR – Portland resident Beth Hamon’s commuting record is hard to beat. In fact, her bicycle has been a center piece of her car-free lifestyle for the past two decades. Beth kicked her car habit in the early 90s when she sold her only car — a gift that her father had given her to commemorate her coming of […] read more...

Spok Versatility

Posted on May 17th 2010 | Blog, Learn, Product,
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. […] read more...
Trans Iowa V.6

Trans Iowa V.6

Posted on Apr 27th 2010 | Bike Life, 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 suck […] read more...

Local Hero

Posted on Apr 20th 2010 | Bike Life, 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. James took to the streets of Milwaukee last weekend for the 9th edition of the Milwaukee Messenger Invitational. These are the same streets J […] read more...
From the Archives

From the Archives

Posted on Apr 19th 2010 | Bike Life, 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.

MBM Spring Classic

Posted on Apr 7th 2010 | Bike Life, 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 […] read more...

Sometimes Safety Requires Creativity

Posted on Apr 2nd 2010 | Bike Life, 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 rumb […] read more...

Atomic Light

Posted on Apr 1st 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn,
I’d like to introduce our new line of minimalist bike lights. Inspired by the growing DIY movement, we are offering a kit that includes the LED, battery and electrical tape. The prototype shown below utilizes a standard CR2032 watch battery, but production models will utilize liquid metal nuclear batteries. Run-time i […] read more...
California Bicycle Coalition reboot

California Bicycle Coalition reboot

Posted on Mar 31st 2010 | Advocacy, Blog,
I thought I was going to a meeting of state-wide bike advocacy groups. I tagged along with Jeff Miller, Prez of the Alliance for Biking & Walking, thinking we were on the same page. In fact we ended up at a bar in Union Station in Washington, DC. We arrived at some sort of critical point as people were jumping up […] read more...

High Cost of Free Parking

Posted on Mar 29th 2010 | Advocacy, Bike Life, Blog,
Free parking hurts everybody: parkers, pedestrians, business owners and bikers. Studies in NYC have shown that 29% of downtown drivers are just looking for a place to park. In the process they consume gas, exhaust pollution and snarl traffic. An innovative solution proposed by Don Shoup is to price on-street parking s […] read more...

Behind the Scenes

Posted on Mar 26th 2010 | Bike Life, 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. Every great trail system requires […] read more...

1,254 miles in 365 days

Posted on Mar 25th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog,
Today’s my one year anniversary tracking my daily bike miles ridden. As the screen shot below shows, I’ve ridden 1,254 miles since March 25, 2009. This is a big increase over previous years, though compared to my Planet Bike colleagues, that’s barely respectable.) That’s an average of 3 miles per day. Greenlight is a […] read more...

In Search of the Lost Cyclist

Posted on Mar 22nd 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, News,
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. […] read more...

1,000,000 bikers

Posted on Mar 18th 2010 | Advocacy, Bike Life, Blog, Video,
peopleforbikes.org launched at the National Bike Summit last week. It’s a national campaign to sign up 1,000,000 people in support of biking. They’re at 4000 so far. Check out the sweet video poem. And sign up. […] read more...
Spring 2010 Super Commuter – Jason Lummis

Spring 2010 Super Commuter – Jason Lummis

Posted on Mar 16th 2010 | Super Commuters,
Pinckney, MI – A super commuter rides through every season, in all types of weather, day and night. Choosing the simplicity, health and pleasure of bicycling, a super commuter simply prefers to ride a bike to the grocery store, to work, to a concert or the cafe. Planet Bike’s winter Super Commuter is thirty-nine y […] read more...