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Interbike 2012: Swag Giveaway Contest…almost here!

Do you recall the prize package that Planet Bike donated for our Interbike Giveaway? It was beautifully packaged in this Eco-friendly (recyclable) container that handsome Chris Follmer is holding?
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Well, we’re giving that away along with some extras such as BikeCommuters.com socks, wool cap and a T-shirt (you get what you get on sizing). So the way this works, we’ll make the announcement later today and I’ll even lay out all the items that you can win. Only one winner, must be US resident and can’t be ugly. You must be as handsome as Chris Follmer. I know it won’t be easy to be as good looking as he is, but you have to be close.

Once the contest is active, you MUST go to our Facebook Fanpage to enter. You’ll need to hit LIKE and SHARE the contest. We then will blind fold Jack Sweeney, have him spin 20 times, and if he picks your name from the board, you win! Simple enough right? So stay tuned! Should be a fun day of prizes.

Interbike 2012: Planet Bike with Chris Follmer

Met up with our long time buddy Chris Follmer who showed us some of Planet Bike’s 2013 offerings.
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First up, High Performance saddles that offer titanium rails and cushy gel.
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Air Smith pumps.
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Built in extractable hose so you don’t snap the stem off your tube.
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Presta and Schrader ready.
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More COWBELL was the idea, but these are made for your bike. Pretty looking brass gives a classy look.
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But they have colors available.
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Their KOKO rack now comes in white.
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Their Superflash lights all received a new push button, making it sweeter than before. I was telling Chris that if things don’t work out at Planet Bike, he’s got a future in Hand Modeling.
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The Road tape is great on the hands.
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As we promised, we have a great prize package that Planet Bike donated. One lucky winner will win the contents of the box that Chris is holding. Care to guess what it is?
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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.

Review: Planet Bike’s 25g CO2 refill twinpack

Mark from Planet Bike sent me some of their new 25g CO2 cartridge refills a couple weeks ago to try out. PB introduced the 25g cartridges at Interbike last year, and they were so popular that the company started selling twinpacks of them.

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Bike tires are getting bigger so our C02 inflation cartridges are rising to the challenge. Planet Bike’s new 25 gram threaded CO2 cartridge is the right tool for the job when it comes to 29ers and cross tires. It packs enough punch for two large volume tires. You can’t prevent the untimely flat, so you might as well be prepared to fix it fast. We offer the 25g CO2 in a single pack (with insulator sleeve) and in our new 2-pack!

• Our CO2 cartridges work in Planet Bike inflators as well as our competitors’ inflators
• Our CO2 cartridges are tested to the highest standards for durability, safety and reliability. They contain pure CO2 with no oils or contaminants
• 100% recyclable steel cartridges
• 25g CO2 Cartridge, quantity 2

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As PB states, these cartridges are suited for higher-volume tires…something I’m sure many of us commuters can appreciate. Here’s a comparison shot of the 25g cartridge next to a standard 16g unthreaded one (in the middle) and a “Copperhead” unthreaded 12g cartridge at the bottom. The 12g is currently my favored size because it fits completely inside my inflator, and because I can buy a 12-pack of them for about the cost of 2 16g ones (the 12g carts are sold for use in BB pistols). When you’re faced with filling a big tire like a cushy 38C touring tire, a DH monster or a fat ‘cross tire, 12g carts just aren’t going to do the trick.

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The inflator I use is a Genuine Innovations “Second Wind IH”…no longer available, but able to swallow threaded or unthreaded cartridges and also serving as a low-volume hand pump to get things started. I tested the PB 25g carts on my wife’s Electra shod with voluminous Schwalbe “Fat Frank” tires:

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Starting from a dead-flat tire, the Planet Bike 25g cart worked like a charm! I even had to stop to correct an escaping tube, bleeding off some pressure from the valve stem and reattaching my CO2 inflator “mid stream”. The 25g cartridge had plenty of oomph left to finish the job even after my screwup.

Before:
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After (the photo’s a bit deceptive, but the tube is at full riding pressure):
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So there you have it…need to fill a high-volume tire on the go? You could carry a handful of smaller cartridges or just one of these mini-SCUBA tanks from Planet Bike and be on your way in no time!

One word of caution, though: these cartridges get FROSTY in a hurry. Wear a glove or keep a spare piece of innertube in your saddlebag to cover the steel cartridge, or it will freeze to your bare hand.

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Looks like PB has another winner on their hands! A twinpack retails for about $21, so they’re not cheap, but they are competitively priced with other cartridges on the market. And remember, you only need one to get the job done.

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