Our Interbike coverage for the last few years has always featured our most favorite people in the world, Planet Bike. Here are some of their latest offerings.
For all of our readers who love themselves some fenders, I present to you the Cascadia ALX Fenders. These alum fenders are new to Planet Bike for this year. Fit and finish is superb on these puppies.
Nice Rack! That’s what she said. What you see here is the Koko Rack.
So what’s so special about this rack? Um…its a nice rack! Everyone could appreciate a nice looking rack. This one is no exception! But the reality is, it’s a nice rack! 6061 aluminum tubing, fits 26″29″ and 700c wheeled bikes, flat cargo deck for over sized loads, alternate mounting stays to accommodate smaller frames and it’s got a hefty load capacity of 55LBS! See I told you it was a nice rack!
2 new lights have come into the the mix. Both are USB rechargeable. The first model has a capability to produce 650 lumens, that’s pretty bright! It also has 4 settings, 650L, 350L,220L and Superflash. The other model which looks identical to the 650 light has 500 lumens and comes with 3 settings: 500L, 250L and Superflash.
Another new thing for Planet Bike is this CO2/handpump. It accepts threaded 16g CO2 cartridges to quickly inflate your flat tire. If you need a bit more air, the hand pump comes in handy to finish the job.
Probably my favorite item they had on display would be these classy looking crochet riding gloves called the Taurus.
One of the highlights of our Interbike trips every year is to visit the kind folks at Planet Bike. They’re always happy to show off their new products, and they ALWAYS fill our sweaty hands with great swag (we got t-shirts and PB-branded Sockguy socks this year). And, we finally got to meet Mark LaLonde in person…he’s been our contact at PB for a couple of years and has been instrumental in donating products for RL’s Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit.
Here’s Mark at the PB booth:
Planet Bike’s big news was a couple of new microlights and some updates to the ever-popular Superflash series of lights. Let’s dive in and take a look, shall we?
First up is the Superflash Micro…the same great visibility as the original Superflash, but in a smaller package. These lights take “N” size batteries, and a USB option may be coming soon:
Speaking of USB, Superflash now comes in a USB-rechargeable version…handy for quick juice-ups at work:
Here are a couple of Superflash Turbos, but in the new mini-size:
Planet Bike has updated their popular ALX floor pump…new wooden handles and great features that make these rock-solid for home or shop use:
Planet Bike has a giant collection of commuter-friendly accessories for almost any application. Head on over to their website for a full look at the many light, fender, and pump options and a whole lot more.
One thing we noticed at this year’s Interbike was the reappearance of the “booth babe” — you know, “our product’s not interesting enough on its own, so let’s hire some sex appeal!” Yeah, it’s a pretty tired-out technique, and it is unfortunate that companies still resort to sex-sells tactics. We’re sure you’ve noticed photos of pretty women shilling bike parts if you’ve been following Interbike coverage on other sites. There was quite a bit of that in Las Vegas this year…most of the worst offenders were in the Chinese (!) and Italian zones.
Well, we want to flip the script here and showcase some “Booth Dudes” — RL and I noticed that a lot of the men in bike businesses are rather handsome! The difference here is that not only are these a bunch of manly pretty faces, but they also know their product lines in depth. These are the hardest working guys in the bike biz — folks who are passionate about what they do and have the know-how to back it up. Try getting detailed specs from a booth babe!
Marcus, our friend and a handsome face at WTB/Freedom
And, last but not least, the ever-so-dreamy Corey P (in the black shirt) of Dainese. Corey used to be one of our sponsored racers over at Mtnbikeriders.com, and this young man is a hoot to hang out with.
There you have it — our roundup of handsome, friendly faces at this year’s Interbike. Give these guys a hand for all they do for the bicycle community…both in providing great products, but also in prettying up the place for the rest of us!
Hey bike commuters new and old, crunchy and green, or bright and shiny! For anyone out there who has had to change a flat on the go between work and home, check out this must-have flexible mini pump from Planet Bike: the Air Smith Mini Comp.
At the beginning of summer, RL hooked me up with a “welcome back to the U.S. of A.” Planet Bike care package including mad blinky lights and the Air Smith Comp. Now, although I am typically a fan of hitching a ride on the bus, walking my bike back towards my house, or flagging down strangers with a truck bed (don’t tell my Grandma) anytime I get a flat tire on my bike commute, sometimes you just gotta have a portable bike pump. A floor pump is usually my preference for any flat tire repair kit, but you can’t ride around town looking like this, now can you?
So, if you’re looking to add another staple to your commuter saddlebag/toolkit, check out the specs below on this clever stroke of PB genius:
Planet Bike Air Smith Mini Comp
Rotating valve head and hose makes it easy to use.
Retractable hose protects tire valve and allows for a powerful and comfortable pumping position.
Stow-a-way adaptor converts Air Smith to presta mode.
Using adaptor head with compressor is helpful if you have tubeless tires and need to reset the bead.
Stashes easily in a jersey pocket or backpack and mounts to your bike with included bracke
Includes mounting bracket
Those guys at PB have done it again. It may not seem like it, but that little flexi-hose at the nozzle makes this compact pump a must-have for commuting. “Why?” you ask, “Please, Mir, tell me it’s the bestest in the westest?!” Okay, I’ll tell you, but only because you asked so nicely…
After you have given your flat tube a good 50-100 pumps (or 49-99 pumps), the flexibility of the hose allows you to spaz out as much as possible without accidentally disconnecting the nozzle from the presta/schrader valve. And let me tell you, am I some kind of spaz. Pumping up a flat tube enough to get me to my destination with this guy went from pain in the ass (translation: skitching with strangers would be preferable) to not so bad (translation: not worth a potential kidnapping).
Anyway, not every roundabout comes withÂ a tune-up station like this one in Asheville, so hold on to your pumps, bike commuters, you better have a flat tire solution on you at all times! It turned out, in the second to last week of our summer class, I got a nasty flat riding down the steep hill near my house. Since the bus in Asheville is less than rapid and nowhere near convenient, I hoofed it back up the hill, only to realize there was no floor pump in sight. Luckily, I had the Air Smith Mini Comp and a spare tube.
The flexible nozzle would also be helpful if you just needed to pump up your tires if they were a little low. The rotating valve head also limits spaz-related disconnections mid-pump. And for its size, the Air Smith Mini Comp doesn’t wear you down to the point of annoyance, but is pretty reasonable for those of us who don’t carry CO2 cartridges at all times. The pump is lightweight yet durable, and, like many PB products, comes with a mount if you’re opposed to stashing it in your backpack.
As for the Bianchenstein, we made it down to the gas station for the air compressor with only minutes to spare and rode in to work on time.
Overall:Â This bike pump is a must-have forÂ any commuter toolkit. If you don’t wannaÂ get stranded like Dave Matthews, for less than $17, get yourself a Planet Bike Air Smith Mini Comp and get back on the road! This pump will forever be in my backpack from now on.