Build it. Bike it. Be a part of it.

Build it. Bike it. Be a part of it.

Posted on Jun 17th 2013 | Advocacy, Bike Life, 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. After meeting and exceeding that goal, the bar was raised substantially for 2013 with a $100,000 dream. With the support of industry and indiv […] read more...

Customer Love!

Posted on May 31st 2013 | Bike Life, 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

Guest Blog: The Alexander 400

Posted on May 21st 2013 | Bike Life, Blog,
I met Martin Rudnick several years ago through various racing circles. He promotes/organizes a free gravel event in MN called the Dirty Benjamin (which Planet Bike supports). We provided Martin with two of our new Blaze 2 Watt Micro headlights to use in the Alexander 400 last weekend. The lights performed wonderfully […] read more...
Makin’ Bacon

Makin’ Bacon

Posted on May 20th 2013 | Bike Life, Blog, Events,
Our 7th annual Bacon on the Bike Path was a huge success. A gorgeous day helped bring out a massive amount of bike commuters. All the food and refreshments were devoured by 9:30. Thank you to all the bikers that stopped by. We are very grateful for our wonderful partners in this event: –Nueske’s –Just Coffee Coop –Wil […] read more...
Haulin’

Haulin’

Posted on May 9th 2013 | Bike Life, Blog,
I’ve lusted after a cargo bike for some time. We’ve certainly got no shortage of bikes at our house but I’ve slowly sold off some of my race bikes and the time was right to add a new utilitarian bike to the quiver. I thought about various styles of cargo bikes but ultimately decided on a long tail as it would allow me […] read more...

Back 40 Haiku V

Posted on May 8th 2013 | Bike Life, Blog,
Dave returned from the back forty carrying long tasty asparagus and news that the tulips are peaking. So I grabbed the camera and headed back for my annual haiku inspiration. Camera displays, “Battery Exhausted” How share true beauty? Sunlight through petals, Translucent structure casts Shadows, telling through. Tende […] read more...

Single speed coffee pot, zero speed brain

Posted on Apr 30th 2013 | Bike Life, Blog,
Our fancy all in one coffee grinder/brewer/carafe finally died a few months ago so we invested in some old school coffee technology, a stainless steel french press. This morning I discovered the Coffee Chasm, the gap between one’s pre-caffeinated motor skills and the minimum motor skills required to operate a coffee p […] read more...
Call of the Bacon

Call of the Bacon

Posted on Apr 29th 2013 | Bike Life, Blog, Events,
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? Think again. Planet Bike will yet again be slinging bacon, donuts, fruit and coffee in appreciation of our fellow bicycle commuters! Join us on Thursday, May 16 on the John Nole […] read more...
Spring Classics

Spring Classics

Posted on Apr 17th 2013 | Bike Life, Blog,
Getting to witness two of the most celebrated spring classic bike races was an ethereal experience. Sitting on the hillside of the cobbled Kwaremont at the Tour of Flanders in Belgium we soaked up the culture of the country and the sport. From small children to groups of teenagers to elderly couples; spectators of all […] read more...
Jeff Jones City Bike

Jeff Jones City Bike

Posted on Mar 25th 2013 | Bike Life, 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”, I’ve been quite fond of the Jones Bike aesthetic for a long time. Jeff recently posted on his bikes as a city or touring bike. Of course he chose Planet Bike Cascadia fenders for the build! […] read more...
Spring 2013 Super Commuter – Mary Beth Brown

Spring 2013 Super Commuter – Mary Beth Brown

Posted on Mar 22nd 2013 | Super Commuters,
Louisville, Kentucky has long been known for its famous Louisville Sluggers, the historic Kentucky Derby, dominant college basketball teams, and smooth bourbon. Lesser known is the fact that the city is emerging as a cycling hotbed.  Louisville has hosted the U.S. Road Cycling Nationals, a stop on the USGP cyclocr […] read more...

Passive Transportation

Posted on Mar 18th 2013 | Bike Life, 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. We place value in this, and with dignity and independence comes prestige.” Find the rest of this intriguing post over at Lovely Bicycle! […] read more...

Hockey Hair All-stars

Posted on Mar 14th 2013 | Blog, Video,
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. If you want to be the best than you had better play the part. You see, hockey hair is an integral part of success in the sport. Enjoy! […] read more...
High School Mountain Bike Leagues

High School Mountain Bike Leagues

Posted on Mar 12th 2013 | Bike Life, Blog, Video,
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. “Many kids in America stop riding bikes in high school. Riding through puddles is no longer cool. Two wheels get traded in for four. For hundreds of ki […] read more...
Young people kick out butts, II

Young people kick out butts, II

Posted on Mar 1st 2013 | Advocacy, Blog,
I recently returned from the 2013 Youth Bike Summit. It totally rocked. On Friday night we heard from Enrique Peñalosa, the former Mayor of Bogota, Columbia. Mr. Peñalosa is the founder of the worldwide Ciclovia movement. He is the most gracious speaker on biking and walking issues I have yet heard. He can say the har […] read more...
National Bike Summit

National Bike Summit

Posted on Feb 28th 2013 | Advocacy, Blog,
The bike advocacy world is gearing up for the 2013 National Bike Summit to begin next week. “The National Bike Summit is the premiere advocacy event of the year. More than 800 advocates, government staff, and cycling enthusiasts of all types come together to tell Congress about the benefits of bicycling.” Planet Bike […] read more...
CIRREM 2013

CIRREM 2013

Posted on Feb 26th 2013 | Bike Life, Blog, Events,
Planet Bike has been a sponsor of CIRREM for several years now. It’s a great grassroots gravel road race in Iowa…in February! If you’re one open to adventure, you may want to add this one to your bucket list! […] read more...
Every day is a great day to ride a bike!

Every day is a great day to ride a bike!

Posted on Feb 13th 2013 | Bike Life, Blog, Events,
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 […] read more...

Live Forward Club

Posted on Feb 11th 2013 | Bike Life, 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! Light your way through February with the Blaze 1W and Superflash Light Set. To enter to win, show some love on Facebook or Twitter. The five most creative, entertaining posts that mentio […] read more...

2013 Youth Bike Summit

Posted on Feb 8th 2013 | Advocacy, 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. The event is geared toward youth, bicycle education, and advocacy. The summit will be comprised of fifteen engagi […] read more...

Cyclocross Worlds on Home Soil

Posted on Feb 6th 2013 | Bike Life, Blog, Video,
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. Louisville assembled a top notch course and thousands of spectators filled the grounds at Eva Bandman Park. In case you mis […] read more...
Superflash Turbo

Superflash Turbo

Posted on Feb 5th 2013 | Bike Life, 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. We tagged up a few pedicabs that were pedaling around the grounds. I’d say they were an eye-catcher! Anyone see one of these in the wild? […] read more...
Community Homestead

Community Homestead

Posted on Jan 15th 2013 | Bike Life, Blog,
A few weeks ago we received a request for light donations from Community Homestead in Osceola, WI. Community Homestead is settled on the bluffs of the St. Croix River. The CSA helps sustain the community of nearly 40 people in six households. They are all ages, all abilities and disabilities, living and working togeth […] read more...
Champions among us

Champions among us

Posted on Jan 14th 2013 | Bike Life, Blog, News,
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. Conditions changed by the hour, from mud to ice to mud-covered ice…you get the idea. All […] read more...
Adventuring

Adventuring

Posted on Jan 7th 2013 | Bike Life, 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. This backwoods trail is off a “hidden” Madison bike path. It looked especially packed down so I decided to give it a whirl. I was wishing for a fat bike, but had a fun adventure nonetheles […] read more...
Ringing in…

Ringing in…

Posted on Jan 4th 2013 | Bike Life, 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. One would think the dead of winter in Wisconsin would cause a lull for a bicycle accessories company. Not true and that’s how we like it! Planet Bike wishes you all a splendid start to 2013. We ho […] read more...

Teenagers Kick Our Butts, Pt. 2

Posted on Dec 20th 2012 | Advocacy, Bike Life, Blog,
Planet Bike was a proud sponsor of Recycle-A-Bicycle’s 2012 Youth Bike Summits. We are stoked that the Youth Bike Summit is returning and have signed on as a featured sponsor for the 2013 edition this February! In Recycle-A-Bicycle ‘s eighteenth year, they’ve celebrated some encouraging growth. The Inaugural Youth Bik […] read more...

Every kid needs a bike

Posted on Dec 18th 2012 | Bike Life, Blog, Video,
Our friends at the Workshop at the Oasis bike shop in Nashville recently shared with us how they’ve been working with Hands On Nashville to distribute nearly 400 bikes to kids in need. We donate to various earn a bike programs and are proud of the work these folks are doing. They put together this little video s […] read more...