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Employment History

Chief Executive Officer

Planet Bike


Planet Bike


Planet Bike

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For Bob Downs, who founded ... [cached]

For Bob Downs, who founded Planet Bike in Madisons more than a dozen years ago, aiding bicycle advocacy groups was and remains a way to help his company grow. Since its start in 1996, ...

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Upon receiving the award, Planet Bike CEO Bob Downs

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Jonathan Page, whose sponsorship situation for next year has been up in the air following the sale of his current title sponsor, Planet Bike, has a new deal from (almost) former Planet Bike owner Bob Downs to continue under a new banner.

The Eagle Has Landed: Katie Compton Joins Jonathan Page at Planet Bike | Cyclocross Magazine – Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes, Photos, Videos [cached]

Bob Downs, Planet Bike's founder, is passionate about cyclocross, and despite his company not really selling any cyclocross-specific products, the company has thrown a lot of support at the sport.

But when that fell through this summer, Downs stepped in and added her to his team.
Besides being outstanding riders, both Katie and JP are quality people who are very representative of the Planet Bike philosophy of hard work and doing things the right way," stated Planet Bike's founder Bob Downs.

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Bob Downs: Designing a better planet

As Gary Fisher, renowned father of the mountain bike, once put it, Bob Downs possesses an extremely keen perception of the obvious.
Downs founded Planet Bike, a bike accessory company, in 1996.
"I just observe how I interact with the product," is how Downs puts it.Lately, however, he's been stretching his perspective.
Downs got his start at Trek, based in Waterloo.He went from the customer service staff to product management simply because the company dictated that employees use only their products.This compelled him to keep offering tips on how to better design accessories.Pretty soon, they were patenting his ideas.
For Bob Downs, Planet Bike is more than just a bike accessory company.He is in it to promote bicycling and the types of vital communities it fosters.Planet Bike donates an amazing 25 percent of profits to nonprofit bike advocacy groups.
Why do all this?
"I just really believe in bikes and what they can do for people," Downs said.

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