Fall 2010 Super Commuter – Ross Hirsch

Fall 2010 Super Commuter – Ross Hirsch

Posted on Dec 10th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, Super Commuters,
Los Angeles, CA – Safety is a big concern for the everyday commuter. Bicycle advocates across the country spend countless hours fighting for legislation and city planning, among many other things, that will improve the safety of riding bicycles. One such advocate is 40 year old Los Angeles attorney Ross Hirsch.Bic […] read more...

Copenhagen Bicycle Superhighway

Posted on Dec 8th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, Video,
It’s no big secret that we’re big believers in the power of bikes. We’re happy to hear of the steadily increasing number of commuters in the States but we know we’ve got a long way to go to get to the level of Copenhagen. They currently see 37% of suburban residents and 55% of city residents use bikes as transportatio […] read more...
DIY studded tires

DIY studded tires

Posted on Dec 3rd 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn,
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! Most of us here at Planet Bike have our studded tires ready to put on but here’s a pretty ingenuous way to cheaply and easily get some traction without having to buy studde […] read more...

The Freak

Posted on Nov 23rd 2010 | Advocacy, Bike Life, 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 bicycle friendly place. From trail building to promoting a cyclocross series he pours his heart into helping others lead a healthy lifestyle. Kevin forwa […] read more...
District Hardware and the Bike Shop

District Hardware and the Bike Shop

Posted on Nov 22nd 2010 | Bike Life, 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.District Hardware and the Bike Shop has been in business since 1971. That’s almost 40 years […] read more...
Sometimes, you just have to leave it all behind.

Sometimes, you just have to leave it all behind.

Posted on Nov 17th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, Product,
That’s just what Chris and I did yesterday. Loaded up the camping gear and hit the road. Actually it was the Glacier Drumlin trail which is almost right outside our office door. This makes for a fun time and a great time for a little product testing. This trip included some prototypes of some new lights, shoe covers, g […] read more...


Posted on Nov 15th 2010 | Better World, Blog, Video,
Planet Bike is a proud supporter of World Bicycle Relief. If you are able to contribute, they can always use your Support! […] read more...

Around the World

Posted on Nov 5th 2010 | Bike Life, 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. Erin first got the idea to bike around the world after reading about Ali […] read more...

Fixing Sprawl 101

Posted on Nov 2nd 2010 | Advocacy, Bike Life, Blog,
Most Americans live in cities built primarily for the automobile, and yet we ride our bikes. It took 50 years to build ourselves into this mess and it’s going to take some time to rebuild our cities and neighborhoods back into sustainable places in which the car is just one of many options for getting around. But how […] read more...
Giving lights instead of tickets

Giving lights instead of tickets

Posted on Oct 29th 2010 | Advocacy, Blog, News,
Madison, WI police have been working hard the last few years to incorporate biking into their policing efforts. This includes using bikes to patrol the city and engaging bicyclists as the legal vehicle operators they are. In Wisconsin, bicyclists are required to have a front bike light between dusk and dawn. Many rider […] read more...
Ditch the Van Tour

Ditch the Van Tour

Posted on Oct 28th 2010 | Bike Life, 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 was to do a US music tour…by bike! What an idea. We were, without a doubt, in to help them out. Check out their latest video! Ditch the Van Bike Tour – Chapter 10 from marty benson on Vimeo. […] read more...

Get your freak on your bike and ride

Posted on Oct 25th 2010 | Blog, Events,
Heather Fortune, of Madison’s Saris Cycling Group, on local TV pitching the upcoming Saris Gala and Planet Bike Costume Ride, an annual fundraiser for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin: This is always a major good party, with all you can eat food and free beer from New Belgium Brewery. Also featured will the Saris’ […] read more...

NYC Settles in Critical Mass Civil Rights Lawsuit

Posted on Oct 19th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, News,
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 who were among hundreds arrested by the New York City Police Department on the nights of Critical Mass bicycle rides beginning just before the 2004 Republican […] read more...

Actively Expecting

Posted on Oct 18th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog,
Kristin Wentworth is the sole female staffer at Planet Bike, a professional road and cyclocross racer, and now, a mom-to-be. Dave came up with the idea of Kristin writing about her experiences with staying active and biking while pregnant. We passed the idea by her and she was more than happy to. She will be contribu […] read more...

Cru Jones

Posted on Oct 14th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog,
Check out this custom Trek singlespeed made for Colorado’s Rad Ross Schnell! If you’re a fan of old school BMX, this one should strike a chord. Just so happens that my brother is a graphic designer for Trek and had the pleasure of laying out the graphics for this beauty. […] read more...
Forget bottles. Kan it.

Forget bottles. Kan it.

Posted on Oct 13th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog,
I just picked up some Klean Kanteen products and they are great! The insulated coffee mug / soup container will be awesome in the cold weather to come. The big bonus is discovering the snug fit our button cages provide for these burly stainless containers. […] read more...
100,000 Americans sign bike pledge

100,000 Americans sign bike pledge

Posted on Oct 11th 2010 | Advocacy, Blog,
Planet Bike ally is on a mission to sign up 1,000,000 Americans in support of better biking in the US. We are well on our way with more than 100,000 pledges made. Here’s the meat of the pledge: “I am for bikes. I’m for long rides and short rides. I’m for commuting to work, weekend rides, racing, rid […] read more...

Free Upgrade!

Posted on Oct 7th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog,
Our office mail box got a free upgrade the other day, courtesy the USPS. You can see our old box on the left and the new one on the right. In the two years I’ve been here, we’ve used that same old cardboard box. Sometimes the little things in life can make your day. […] read more...

Fall is in the Air

Posted on Sep 27th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, News,
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. Saturday and Sunday racing catered to all levels of racers with the marquee events coming at the closing of each day with the pro women’s and men’s races. Planet Bike team member Katie C […] read more...

Container Jenga

Posted on Sep 1st 2010 | Bike Life, 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. Today’s container seemed especially brutal. We were all moving a little slow, maybe it’s the dreary weather. However, Da […] read more...
Summer 2010 Super Commuter – Anthony Netkow

Summer 2010 Super Commuter – Anthony Netkow

Posted on Aug 22nd 2010 | Super Commuters,
MELBOURNE, AUS – 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.About a year ago, Anthony Netkow and his wife Julie u […] read more...

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 fin […] 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 t […] 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...


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.