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Interbike 2014: Planet Bike

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.
cascadia alx fenders planet bike
planet bike aluminum fenders

Nice Rack! That’s what she said. What you see here is the Koko Rack.
koko rack planet bike
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!
planet bike koko 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.
planet bike usb light 650 lumens

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.
planet bike co2 inflator

Probably my favorite item they had on display would be these classy looking crochet riding gloves called the Taurus.
planet bike taurus gloves

Interbike 2014 coverage brought to you by…
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Interbike 2012-It’s coming up!

If you didn’t know, America’s largest bicycle trade show is in less than 2 weeks. Last year I had the pleasure of providing the good looking readers of BikeCommuters.com media coverage of the show.

This year we’ve partnered up with our super awesome friends at Planet Bike so we can host our very first (cue the echo sound effects) BikeCommuters.com Interbike SWAG Giveaway Contest, brought to you by the handsome folks of Planet Bike!

So here’s how it’s going to work: Our Media Crew, yours truly and Hermes, will be working hard at Outdoor Demo and Interbike, collecting swag stuff from various vendors to accompany the GRAND PRIZE that Planet Bike has generously provided. What’s in the Planet Bike Grand Prize? Dunno, sexy Chris F. of PB said he’d surprise us, but whatever it is, it should be really good!
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We’ll provide more contest details as we approach closer to the show date.

My Xtracycle is back in business

A while back I found myself not using my Xtracycle setup as much as I would like.

Rather than letting my bike sit in the garage collecting dust, I dismantled it and used the parts to build up a single speed bike for mountain biking. Even with that I found myself not riding the SS as much since I started doing some downhill racing.

So for months my Xtracycle frame hung off a hook in the garage…collecting dust. After a while my I started thinking about all the memories I have created with this bike setup. I’ve taken this bike commuting numerous times, loaded it up with groceries and have used it thousands of times chauffeuring my kids to and from school the last few years.

Instead of using the original Ibex RSR frame, I decided to go with my other favorite frame, a Sette Reken. I also upgraded the wheel set and threw in a few new things.
xtracycle

One problem I had with this frame was the fact it didn’t have a kick stand tube that goes between the chain stays. I was too cheap to purchase another Front Attachment Plate (FAP) from Xtracycle, so I found this thick aluminum seat post bracket and made it work.

I also splurged on a new Nitto bar and pink ODI grips for my daughter (my main passenger).
xtracycle

The fork was upgraded; it’s a Spinner Season 100mm fork. Check out my wheels — I purchased those at a bicycle swap meet for $30! The rims are red anodized, laced with Formula Hub (front) and XT in the rear. I am using Kenda Karma tires.

Red Oury lock on grips, with Mr Dirtz end caps. 1.5 riser bars, pink Jagwire der cable housing.

My final piece of bling that I got for the Xtra — Planet Bike Freddy Fenders.
xtracycle planet bike freddy fenders

Though my setup isn’t anything extravagant, this setup will work perfectly for me. Oh one more upgrade soon to come, full disc brakes. All I need is an 8″ rotor for the rear, and we’re ready to stop on a dime. I’m sure you’ve noticed that this Xtracycle looks more like a long mountain bike; well, it is. I plan on using this bad boy on many mountain bike rides, and all that cargo space I have in the back can carry all the beer and lunch we’ll need.