Bicycle Friendly Driver Program

Bicycle Friendly Driver Program

Posted on Jul 16th 2018 | Advocacy, Learn,
The League of American Bicyclists has been teaching bicycling skills and building riding confidence to people nation wide through their League Cycling Instructors(LCIs) since the 1970’s. Now the League is taking that program one step further in developing a Bicycle Friendly Driver Program to educat […] read more...
Rebuild your gear, shipping is free!

Rebuild your gear, shipping is free!

Posted on Mar 23rd 2017 | Learn, Product,
All of us here at Planet Bike try to be conscious of our impact on the earth and we design our products to be easily rebuildable. We offer loads of small parts on our website (132 to be exact!) so that one missing bit doesn’t mean you have to throw something away and start over with a new product. The best part? We […] read more...
Double Wrapped Handlebars

Double Wrapped Handlebars

Posted on Jun 10th 2016 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn, Product,
My name is Heath and I’m a double taper. It all started when I saw an old timer (yep, I’m talking about you Larry) cover his bars with foam tubes (think 10 speeds of the 1980’s) and a layer of leather tape overtop. A secret layer of comfort, genius! Over the years I have refined my s […] read more...
Bike Path Courtesy

Bike Path Courtesy

Posted on Aug 10th 2015 | Advocacy, Bike Life, Blog, Learn,
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 bicyclin […] read more...
Do It Yourself!

Do It Yourself!

Posted on Jul 17th 2015 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn,
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. Check with your local bike shop to see if they offer any free repair classes.
What’s a flat kit and why should I have one?

What’s a flat kit and why should I have one?

Posted on Mar 31st 2015 | Learn,
Our spring newsletter was released yesterday. In case you missed it, our Learn Stuff article focused on flat kits. 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 embarrassi […] read more...
Polar Vortex Biking Dress Code

Polar Vortex Biking Dress Code

Posted on Jan 7th 2015 | Bike Life, Learn,
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. Hands and feet have always b […] read more...
The Best Way to Carry Cargo by Bike.

The Best Way to Carry Cargo by Bike.

Posted on Nov 20th 2014 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn,
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 you planning on getting your three kids to school in the […] read more...
Fender Flute

Fender Flute

Posted on Dec 13th 2013 | Blog, Learn, Product,
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 for the mounting of front fenders on suspension corrected forks. Well, that’s a little bit of a mouthful isn’t it? But what does it mean? The Fender Flute extends the reach of the m […] read more...

Instructional Video of the Year

Posted on Jan 31st 2012 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn, Video,
Problem Solvers is a dandy of a company over in MN that does what? Solves problems. They make all sorts of clever do-dads to work around common bicycle component and compatibility issues. Our pal and the man with the plan, DK, clued us in on their latest instructional video. Take a look and you’ll see why I’m no […] read more...
Preparing for Fall

Preparing for Fall

Posted on Oct 28th 2011 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn,
The approach of Daylight Savings is a sure sign that cooler temperatures and dreary weather are on the way. Madison’s Fall is already well under way. The temperature when I hopped on my bike this morning was 41 degrees and there’s plenty of rain in the forecast. I’ve been a year-round bike commuter as long as I can r […] read more...
What's New?

What's New?

Posted on Oct 4th 2011 | Blog, Learn, Product,
An old favorite of winter cyclists just got better. The Borealis winter cycling glove has been redesigned with a windproof outer shell and removable fleece liner to keep the cold out and keep the warm in. The removable liner helps dry time after the ride, and creates a 3-in-1 glove by usi […] read more...

CO2 Cartridge Production

Posted on May 24th 2011 | Blog, Learn, Product, Video,
I’m constantly wondering how things are made. What does the tooling look like, how big are the machines, what is the raw material before the process starts? One of our more interesting production processes is the manufacturing of CO2 cartridges. This video from the show “How It’s Made” captures the making of a cart […] read more...

The Turbo Flash

Posted on Feb 16th 2011 | Blog, Learn, Product,
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. […] read more...

Warm Feet Revisited

Posted on Jan 10th 2011 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn,
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. One of the first priorities to be concerned with while riding or commuting in the winter is warm feet. We’ve tried a variet […] 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...

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...

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...

Employee Glove Choice

Posted on Jan 22nd 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn,
When the weather fluctuates, so does our choice of gear. Next to boots, gloves are one of the most important choices to make when commuting in the winter. Keeping the extremities warm can be tough. This past week has been nice. It seems that we’re experiencing our mid-winter thaw with temps in the lower 30’s. Below yo […] read more...

Homemade Boot Inserts

Posted on Jan 11th 2010 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn,
Mark brought a great winter biking tip to my attention this morning. Seeing as how we just reviewed a few pairs of winter cycling boots, I thought a follow up boot post would be appropriate. On really frigid days, I found that my toes were still getting cold regardless of what I did to try to keep them warm on the mor […] read more...

Employee Review 2 – Winter Boots

Posted on Dec 29th 2009 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn,
One of the first priorities to be concerned with while riding or commuting in the winter is warm feet. We’ve tried a variety of different shoes, boots, covers, and socks. Yes, you can always jam toe warmers into your boots but if you commute daily the cost of warmers really starts to take a toll on the wallet. Below y […] read more...
Planet Bike Employee Winter Tire Selection

Planet Bike Employee Winter Tire Selection

Posted on Dec 23rd 2009 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn,
When I started working at Planet Bike the amount and variety of bicycles and accessories each and every employee rode baffled me. We are constantly tinkering and swapping out parts and components to make the daily commute a little more comfortable. More recently with recent snowfall the daily fleet of commute bikes sta […] read more...

Use it, but don’t lose it

Posted on Aug 21st 2008 | Bike Life, Blog, Learn, Product,
I currently live about 12 miles from the office; past the edge of town, through the country and into the next town. If, for what ever reason, I’m riding back after dark, it is VERY dark. I permanently installed a prototype Blaze Dynamo light on the front rack of my bike, and since I always ride with the same Chrome ba […] read more...