The Best Way to Carry Cargo by Bike. by mark on Nov 20, 2014
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 morning? There is no one size fits all solution. You'll ultimately need to decide what's best for you but we hope to offer some tips to guide your decision.
Madison's Electronic Bike Counter by mark on Nov 07, 2014
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 near UW-Madison's Camp Randall. The counter tallies bicyclists that pass over loops embedded in the path. Two counts are tallied on the counter. Near the top is the count for the day and below is a display that shows the number of bicyclists that have passed by cumulatively for the year. Since the activation date 30,370 cyclists have been counted!
Light Finder by mark on Oct 13, 2014
For years we've published a Light Finder that shows the actual beam throw that our lights have. Sure, you can measure in lumens but actually seeing a light in action is the best representation of actual performance. It's been several years since our last edition but that's soon to change. Last week Dave, Heath and I shot photos for our upcoming 2015 edition. We're pretty excited to show off what our new Blaze XLR lights are capable of!
Magical Bicycle Tour by mark on Sep 29, 2014
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:
Karen and I are back from our magical bicycle adventure. We rode back into Madison from Minneapolis on September 10 after visiting our children. We had driven our bikes back from Maine to Minneapolis but wanted to keep the magic going a little longer by riding the 300 miles back to our driveway. All together we rode just shy of 5900 miles since leaving Seattle on May 21. We were on the bikes for 99 days and traveling for 110 days or so.
The seat covers held up well. As you know, I rode with mine on my Brooks saddle whenever it was raining and we both used it to cover our seats every night to protect them from dew and from rain. I’d say they passed the 5900 mile test. Mine was getting a tad worn, but always seemed to keep my Brooks saddle dry regardless of the amount of rain we were in.
Thought I would send a couple of photos of it toward the end of its journey. Thanks so much for letting us be product testers. It was an amazing journey that exceeded all our expectations. Thank you for being part of our journey.
WisNic Partners by mark on Sep 23, 2014
WisNic Partners works to enhance the quality of life in Wisconsin & Nicaragua through people-to-people programs promoting cultural awareness & sustainable community development.
Planet Bike has partnered with WisNic for the past few years in supplying them with some of our refurbished product returns. It's great to see our products in use and helping in community development in Nicaragua.
The top picture show Edwin who makes a living on providing transportation, via bicycle and van, using our floor pump to air up his van tire.
More than Stores by mark on Aug 18, 2014
Golden Saddle Cyclery in LA seems to be doing things right; having fun and getting more people on bikes in Los Angeles. Our Superflash even makes a brief cameo in this clip.
Employee Bike Profile by mark on Jul 17, 2014
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. We profiled this same bike a while back and it's gone through a lot of changes since then. This all-road bike as I've dubbed it serves me well on my daily lunch rides.
The steel frame was custom built to my specs by now defunct builder Stoic Cycles, and it's because of this that it fits me like a glove. An Enve fork was added to the front end to lighten it up a bit. Thomson makes some of my favorite components and I've outfitted this ride with their seatpost and stem. All of my drop bar bikes are set up with Salsa's Cowbell handlebar. I've been rolling on Bontrager's X Lite tubeless road wheels with 28c rubber. The frame actually has clearance for a 32c cyclocross tire in the rear. Paul's mini motos offer the best stopping power out there aside from disc brakes, plus they're made in Chico, CA! The Planet Bike Gel tape in dark green is an almost perfect match to the army green frame. The components are a bit of a mishmash with SRAM Red shifters and derailleurs (10 speed) and an "old" Shimano Dura Ace crankset. No bike geek build would be complete without a Chris King headset and bottom bracket.
This bike is a testament to custom made frames. Have it built right and built to fit and it might just last you a lifetime.
Barns of Wisconsin by mark on Jul 10, 2014
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, but I've taken a different perspective. The history, construction, and beauty has a special place in my heart. Over the last two years I've started documenting many of the barns I come across while riding my bike. It amazes me that I can go on an hour lunch ride and pass close to ten barns. If I extend that ride another hour through the countryside that number would easily double. One of the things I love most is the toll that Wisconsin's seasons have taken on the wood and stone that make up these barns. The elements leave a gorgeous patina yet many of the barns still stand strong. They've been built to stand the test of time. That's something that seems to be glossed over these days.