When I first saw this product, I just about flipped! My brother made something like this for his Winter Commutes while he was stationed in PA.
I noticed something on the frame and I asked what it was supposed to be. Turns out they’re working on a front rack that connects to the frame. Unlike most front racks that are connected to the fork, this design promises to be more stable.
Another thing I noticed was the bike itself looked shorter. Turns out the Urbana engineers tweaked the head tube angle and brought it in closer. I forget the exact numbers, but the shorter wheel base will help the Urbana become more nimble and easier to handle.
Met up with Chris Follmer of Planet Bike. Jack had asked me to make sure I went to see Chris and give him a hug…and so I did! For those of you that don’t know, Chris is one of the coolest people in the bike business. Super nice guy, always very helpful and fun to hang out with during Interbike.
Before I start showing off pretty Planet Bike stuff, I wanted to post this photo. I stood there looking at it thinking it was one of those 90’s posters where if you looked at it long enough, a 3D image would pop out…but I learned that it wasn’t and Chris in his graceful way, gently explained to me that it’s just a regular poster…
Chris was profiled back in 2008 as part of our “commuter profile” series.