With interests in bike touring, commuting, trail riding, back country exploration, camping, rock climbing, and a plethora of other outdoor sports, Heath's weekends are packed with what he calls "product testing." This works out well for both Heath and Planet Bike since he directs product development and takes every opportunity to indulge in product field testing. Heath comes to Planet Bike with 12 years in the bicycle industry; dabbling in everything from sales to national bicycle advocacy work, product development to working in a shop and building trail. "Cycling has always been a big part of my life starting with my first bike, a 16 inch fixed wheel bike my dad retrieved from a muddy river bed," says Heath. "Whether it's hitting the trail, going to work, or going to the grocery store, sustainability and my impact on the environment are top priorities for me. I'm proud to be a part of Planet Bike where these priorities are both shared, and promoted."
Whether you are training for a race, using a stationary bike for daily fitness, or just want to know your mileage for weekend rides or commuting, the Planet Bike Protege 9.0 9-Function Bike Computer is the perfect, easy-to-operate computer for multiple uses. A must have for any gadget enthusiast or anyone who is data driven, the Protege 9.0 allows you to track your progress and improvement as you build strength through multiple functions as well as view the temperature and time on one easy-to-read screen. Small enough to fit nicely on your handle bars, but large enough to read clearly, the Protege 9.0 provides all the information you need in a sleek and elegant form.
The Protege 9.0 has a "buttonless" design that allows for a large Macromonitor LCD screen with most of the information displayed on one very readable page. Displaying four lines of information on one screen, the computer provides up to five pieces of data at once without you even needing to press a button. Switching displays only requires a simple tap on the computer, making it is easy to operate in the midst of your ride, even with gloves on. A longer tap on the computer will reset the data. The functions include current speed, speed comparator, ride time, trip distance, dual odometer (for two wheel sizes), average speed, maximum speed, clock, and temperature for up to two different bikes.
The Protege 9.0 makes it easy for you to record and track your trip information effortlessly as you ride. The computer auto-starts when your bike begins moving, and mileage and time stop recording when you stop and restart automatically when you begin again so you can get an accurate reading of your time and distance no matter how many times you stop.
The Protege 9.0 has a two bike capability, allowing you to set the wheel circumference for two different wheel sizes so you can preset odometer readings for both. A single button on the back of the computer allows you to toggle between bikes. An additional wire/sensor harness is all that is needed to use the computer on two different bikes. The computer itself is removable from the holder it sits in and easily switches between bikes.
Built to last, the Protege 9.0 is backed by a lifetime warranty. It comes complete with a heavy-duty oversized wire harness with an 82-centimeter wire mounting kit for the front wheel and a case. The device is ultrasonically welded to be completely weatherproof. Installation is simple with easy-to-follow directions. Combining a clear, easy-to-read display, user-friendly operation, and a sturdy design, the Protege 9.0 is an excellent computer for any biker.
- Current speed
- Speed comparator
- Ride time
- Trip distance
- Dual odometer (for two wheel sizes)
- Average speed
- Maximum speed
- Four-line MacroMonitor LCD
- Ultrasonically welded
- Displays shows up to five pieces of data at a glance
- Fits 25.0 to 31.8-millimeter handlebars
- Magnet fits up to four-millimeter bladed spokes
- 82 centimeter wire mounting kit for front wheel
- Case size: 40 x 47 millimeters
- Height with bracket: 27 millimeters
- Weight: 57 grams with bracket and sensor
What's in the Box?
Planet Bike Protege 9.0 9-Function Bike Computer, 82-centimeter wire mounting kit, case
About Planet Bike
In November 1996, Planet Bike was founded in Madison, WI. In many ways, Planet Bike began as a social experiment that dedicated itself to doing business in a different way. Instead of being just another company that develops and sells products with profit as its end goal, Planet Bike wanted to help bring about positive change for people, their communities, and the environment.
Despite being a simple machine, the people at Planet Bike have always believed that the bicycle has great potential to help improve the world and the lives of the people in it. From the start, they have embraced an alternative corporate purpose which seeks to help get more people on bicycles by making communities friendlier places for the self-propelled. By donating 25% of company profits to causes that promote and facilitate bicycle usage, Planet Bike hopes to make an impact.
Social experiments aside, Planet Bike was born from the heart of a cyclist with a goal of making innovative, high-quality, and practical bicycle accessories. Simply put, the company strives to design and develop the best bicycle products in the world. In the company's short 10-year history, it has made important product innovations within the bicycle industry. Advancements include the four-line computer which is now a standard in the industry and the world's first self-contained HID light. Not bad for a company that 10 years ago started as a one-man operation. Today, while still a small company, Planet Bike continues to evolve and improve its product line with the goal of always striving to build accessories that make it easier for people to ride their bikes. Since 1996, Planet Bike's financial support of the grassroots bicycle movement has totaled $500,000. By 2010, they have made a goal to donate $1 million to organizations that are dedicated to making America a friendlier place for cyclists.