IPMBA Product Reviews

Shimano  Click ‘R Pedal and Shoes

Shimano Click ‘R Pedal and Shoes

by Troy Gielish, PCI #1136/EMSCI #269 Irvine (CA) Police Department Fellow public safety cyclists, I had to take a minute to share my experience with the new Click’R shoe and pedal systems by Shimano.  I have been a...
The Guardian Angel: The Police View

The Guardian Angel: The Police View

by Jeff Britton, PCI #1205 Central Point (OR) Police Department The Guardian Angel personal safety lighting system is manufactured by 425 Inc., a personal safety device company founded in 2010 and headquartered in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.  According to a press release, the...
The Guardian Angel: The EMS View

The Guardian Angel: The EMS View

by Sean Regan, EMSCI #267 Lynchburg (VA) Fire Department The Guardian Angel is a personal safety mini light bar that is intended to be worn on the uniform (epaulet) of a public safety official.  The unit can be used by...
JET Lites F-U2

JET Lites F-U2

by Matthew Worm, PCI #946/EMSCI #256 Omaha (NE) Police Department One evening I was thinking “how can I further improve bicycle patrol and make life easier for my brothers and sisters on the beat?”  That’s when...
Interbike 2013:  New and Noteworthy

Interbike 2013:  New and Noteworthy

by James Englert, PCI #1081 Arapahoe County (CO) Sheriffs Office IPMBA Industry Liaison This past September, I attended the Interbike Expo in Las Vegas with former Membership Coordinator Tony Holte.  Interbike is the premier retail expo for the cycling industry. ...

BHSI Annual Helmet Review for 2014

The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute has published the annual review of helmets and helmet technology. Summary: Our review finds no radical safety improvement this year that would compel you to replace your current helmet, although new and promising technology is...

Tifosi Veloce Sunglasses

by Jeff Britton, PCI #1205 Central Point (OR) Police Department Industry Relations Committee As a bike patrol officer, supervisor and IPMBA Instructor, I am constantly trying to find eye protection that looks professional, meets IPMBA standards for impact resistance, and has...

Safariland/Kona Patrol Bike is Ready for Duty

by Lindsey Bertomen I recently tested the new Safariland/Kona Patrol Bike, a purpose-built patrol bike with advanced features. This bicycle can really go anywhere, short of climbing telephone poles. Despite the all-day riding comfort and performance, it can tote...

RAND Brands:  Do it with Momentum!

by Michael Salvatore Westport (CT) EMS As a long time paramedic, gun enthusiast, and IPMBA member, I felt compelled to share with you some information regarding a new company that I have been introduced to and become involved with. ...

NiteIze: Innovative Products and Accessories

by Craig Lepkowski, PCI #1180/EMSCI #272 Lake Forest (IL) Police Department At the IPMBA Conference 2012 in St. Paul, I came across a vendor who was selling and handing out mini-bungee cords and s-clip carabiners from a company called NiteIze.  Intrigued,...

Epic Action Cam:  Relive the Rush

by Matt Smyer East Baton Rouge (LA) EMS I recently had the opportunity to use the Epic camera while working some details, including Super Bowl XLVII, on February 3, 2013, at the New Orleans Superdome.  Epic is a very lightweight camera...

Lift and Storage:  Empty Space No More!

By Ray McCahery, EMSCI #221 Philadelphia (PA) Fire Department In the past few years more police departments and EMS agencies have been turning to bike teams as an alternative to traditional patrols in motorized vehicles.  Many with existing bike programs...

Toronto International Bicycle Show 2013

by Scott Elliott, PCI #915/EMSCI #198 Niagara Regional (ON) Police Service For those of you who have read my annual Toronto Bicycle Show articles in the past (both of you), you may find my approach a little different this year. No,...

Get More Space on Your Handlebars

by David Kumhyr Travis County (TX) Sheriff’s Office I suspect like most riders your handlebars are already fully taken up by accessories, and you’re looking for space to mount one more trick gizmo. My bike is...

Genuine Innovations Mountain Pipe Pump

by Charlie Summers, PCI #512 Illinois State University Police Department IPMBA Industry Liaison It wasn’t until recently that I became a fan of using CO2 to pump up my flat tires.  I guess I’m still somewhat ...

Trail-Rail Single Light

by Christopher Denshuick, PCI #1232 University of Pennsylvania Police Department I had the opportunity and privilege to demo a headlight system from Trail Rail after meeting the owners Vince and Jennifer Basile at the Police and Security Expo held in Atlantic...

Panasonic Toughbook

By Tony Holte, PCI #0135/EMSCI #279 Saint Paul (MN) Police Department Last year, I was given the opportunity to test out the Panasonic Toughbook U1 Ultra Handheld Computer.  I used it from March to May as a bike patrol officer...

POC Trabec Helmet

by Charlie Summers, PCI #512 Illinois State University Police Department IPMBA Industry Liaison POC, the Swedish based gravity sport protection company, came to Interbike in 2011 with their new Trabec series helmets in two versions:  the Trabec Race and the Trabec....

Interbike 2012:  Hot Products

By James Englert, PCI #1081 Arapahoe County (CO) Sheriffs Office IPMBA Membership Coordinator As a new member of the IPMBA Board, I was excited to be offered the opportunity to accompany veteran board member Mitch Trujillo to Las Vegas for Interbike....

Cygolite Lights the Way

by Craig Lepkowski, PCI #1180/EMSCI #272 Lake Forest Police Department (IL) Three years ago when I was selected to attend the IPMBA Instructor Course, I decided to buy and outfit my own police bike. I had nothing against the bikes my...

Code 3 Max Patrol 600

by Ben Somewhere in California I am a volunteer mountain bike patrol officer for a local regional park system.  The regional park that I usually patrol is considered an expert-level mountain bike park.  From rocks and ruts to...

EMS Equipment: What to Carry on Your Bike

by Marc Zingarelli, EMSCI #179/SCI #002 Circleville (OH) Fire Department IPMBA EMS Coordinator One of the questions most frequently asked of IPMBA EMS Cyclist Instructors (and the EMS Coordinator) is what EMS equipment to carry on the bike.  The answer...

Toronto International Bicycle Show 2012

by Scott Elliott, PCI #915/EMSCI #198 Niagara (ON) Regional Police Service Okay, so I know the economy has gone for a bit of a crapper but come on, not even free tickets this year?  Maureen shot me an email reminding...

Teny Cyclone Rims

By Joshua Rymon, PCI# 1252 Metropolitan (DC) Police Department I recently had the opportunity to test a set of wheels by Teny Rims, a company based out of Taiwan.  They have been making bicycle wheels since 1990, and also produce wheels...

IMPACT Radio Accessories

By John Miller, PCI #1005 Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department We police cyclists are always looking for ways to improve our ability to communicate well in the face of everyday interferences, like rain, wind, background noise, constant pedaling motion, and movement. ...

Action Wipes:  Ready for Action

By Scott Picquet Chandler (AZ) Police Department I attended the 2011 InterBike Expo in Las Vegas.  There, amongst the thousands of products, I discovered the Action Wipe.  Or, perhaps I should say, the creator, Martha Van Inwegan, discovered me....

Five Ten Shoes:  Pursuit and Impact

By Jeff Britton, PCI #1205 Central Point (OR) Police Department In February 2010, while attending the San Francisco Bike Expo, I met Luke Hontz, the rep for Five Ten.  My experience with Five Ten started a couple of years ago when...

Spenco Heatwave 2.0 Full-Fingered Glove

By David Hildebrand, PCI #404T/EMSCI #118T IPMBA President Denton (TX) Police Department For the past 15 – almost 16 – years, I have always worn half-finger gloves while biking.  This included road, mountain, and patrol riding.  The only time...

StormQuest Saddle:  Carbon Comfort

By Scott Smith Contributing Editor, Police Magazine I do not claim to be a world class rider, heavy duty rider, or a cop on bike patrol.  What I am is a beat-up GI, former federal police officer and reserve...

Rolling with the Big Boys

By David Cohen Maryland-National Capital Park Police Ed.’s Note:  The title of this article was inspired by a workshop conducted by Don Coppola, PCI #1079, whose research prompted IPMBA’s approval of the 29er for public safety...

No-Nose Saddles

The Chicago Police Department and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have created a one-minute YouTube video to create interest in the use of noseless (no-nose) bike seats among bike patrol officers.  This brief video quickly...

BiSaddle:  Best Shock Absorber of a Seat

By Michael Maxon Omaha Police Department Ed.’s Note:  This review was posted to Bycycle website and submitted to IPMBA News by BiSaddle inventor Jim Bombardier.  Permission to re-post was granted by the author. My initial BiSaddle...

Interbike 2011:  30 Years and Still in Vegas

By Charlie Summers, PCI #512 Illinois State University Police Department IPMBA Industry Liaison In 2011, InterBike celebrated its 30th anniversary in Las Vegas.  Although initially planned for Anaheim, Ca., the show returned to Las Vegas.  The tradeshow pulled out all...

Hold Fast or Die

by David Millican, PCI #1006 Denton (TX) Police Department The 2011 IPMBA Conference in Richmond, Virginia, was a great success.   Each year the conference provides members with a vendor show, during which many new and inventive items are placed on...

Things That Make You Go Hmm

by Mitch Trujillo, PCI #244/EMSCI #248T Boulder (CO) Police Department Education Director - IPMBA Board These highly innovative products have features that should be distinctly beneficial to public safety cyclists.  They have been trialed over a three month period. ...

STATPacks:  You Need them Now!

By Robert Dunivin, EMSCI #205 Los Angeles (CA) Fire Department Over the last several months, I had the pleasure of evaluating several StatPacks EMS bags.  With input from StatPack’s Andrew Tepper, I selected four different items, which allowed...

Ironman Pro:  No Cheap Sunglasses

by Kirby Beck, PCI #002T/EMSCI #017T Coon Rapids (MN) Police Department (retired) I received a pair of Ironman Pro ILS Passion model glasses to test, and at this writing, I have used them for several weeks.  I&rsquo...

Cycle Siren: Clearing the Way

By Sergeant John “Ski” Stasiowski, PCI #481 Northern VA Community College Police Department Town of Haymarket (VA) Police Department It’s not very often I am so impressed by a product and the customer service provided by the...

BiSaddle: No-Nose Bicycle Seat

by Robert Brown North Precinct Bicycle Patrol Officer #6194 Seattle (WA) Police Department As a full time bicycle patrol officer for the past six years, I have gone through several bicycles issued to me by the city.  But I faithfully...

Toronto International Bicycle Show 2011

By Scott Elliott, PCI #915/EMSCI #198 Niagara (ON) Regional Police Service Once again, I made my way to the Toronto Bicycle Show, courtesy of free tickets from Maureen.  This year marked a quarter century of the show, which has given...

Scorpion Micro DV:  One Tiny Camera

by Bruce W. Jackson, PCI #239 The College and University Police Investigators Conference (CUPIC), was held at the Sheraton Premiere in Tysons Corner, VA, in July of 2010.  Maureen Becker and I were sitting at the IPMBA booth selling the heck...

London International Cycle Show 2010

by the London Ambulance Service & St John Ambulance Cycle Response Units London, England The 2010 Cycle Show was even more special than usual.  Firstly because it was the last time the Cycle Show will be held in Earls...

Louis Garneau HRS-80 Lite Trainer

by Jeff Britton, PCI #1205 Central Point (OR) Police Department In September, I had the opportunity to attend Interbike in Las Vegas, where I met up with Charlie Summers and Mitch Trujillo.  To say we were acting like kids in...

Akslen Night Stalker

by Sergeant Jeff Britton, PCI #1205 Central Point (OR) Police Department While attending the 2010 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas, I visited the Cycle Force Group booth and found a light system that I thought was worth trying.  Cycle Force...

Adjustable Seatpost Revolution

by Charlie Summers, PCI #512 Illinois State University Police Department IPMBA Industry Liaison Over the last few years the adjustable seat post has taken the industry by storm.  Many bike manufacturers are designing their frames to be spec’d...

ArmorPur Tackles Body Armor Odor

by Bob Hatcher, PCI #629/EMSCI #103 Delaware (OH) Police Department Secretary, IPMBA Board of Directors While manning the IPMBA booth at the 2009 Great Lakes Enforcement Expo in Columbus, Ohio, I spotted an eye-catching booth.  It had dozens of bottles stacked...

Giordana Shorts:  Unsurpassed Comfort

by Brad Miller, PCI# 928 Lewisburg PD (PA) IPMBA Industry Relations Committee Un migliore amico dei ciclisti!  Roughly translated, that’s Italian for “A cyclist’s best friend!”  That’s what can be said...

Cycle Training Books from Velopress

by Scott Elliott, PCI #915 Niagara Regional Police Service (Ont., Canada) Once again, it is amazing what I will do for free stuff.   Maureen sent me an e-mail some months back and asked me if I wanted some free...

Marin Hawk Hill Soars

by James Carter Illinois State University Police Department It was an exciting year for our bike program here at Illinois State University Police Department.  We did numerous bike patrol programs and had the luxury of training with two-time World...

Ergon GP1 Handgrips:  Get a Grip

by Erik Yamada, PCI # 276/EMSCI #014 Bloomington (IL) Police Department For years, I have had to continually adjust and readjust my hand positions on the handlebars and bar ends because of numbness in my hands and wrists.  Although I enjoy...

Connex by Wipperman:  Quickest Link Around

by Sgt. Charlie Summers, PCI #512 Illinois State University Police Department IPMBA Industry Liaison Well, a full year has passed since I met Tracy Gallemore of Connex by Wipperman at Interbike 2008.  I was very fortunate to be introduced to their 920...

Position Statement on Large-Diameter Wheels

Board Position Letter Concerning Large Diameter Wheels 08/18/2009 On February 28, 2008, the IPMBA Board of Directors issued a Position Letter regarding the use of large diameter wheels by public safety cyclists.  The Position Letter identified a number of potential disadvantages for...

Epic Eric Adventure Mountain Biking Bags

by Tommy Hamelink, PCI #658 Politie Haaglanden, The Netherlands If you go surfing on the internet for “Adventure Mountain Biking Bags,” you will find the name “Epic Eric” all over it. Epic Eric is the brand name...

Noseless Saddles Provide Protection

by Sgt. Joe Andruzzi Chicago (IL) Police Department On duty we wear bicycle helmets to keep our heads safe, bullet-resistant vests to keep our vital organs safe, and triple-retention holsters to keep our weapons safe. Off-duty, many of us work...

Bicycle Patrol Supply Companies

by Ron Burkitt, PCI #488 IPMBA Treasurer Hilliard (OH) Police Department The economy stinks and we are all trying to do the best with what we have, both personally and professionally.  As bike officers we are tasked with keeping our...

Interbike 2008:  Live from Las Vegas

by Charlie Summers, PCI #512 Illinois State University (IL) Police Department IPMBA Industry Liaison As I was preparing for my trip to Las Vegas to attend Interbike, the excitement of getting there was in of itself overwhelming.  After arriving in...

Geared UP!  The Essentials of Adult Bicycling

by John F. Washington, Jr., PCI #461T/EMSCI #037T University of Pennsylvania Police Department Education, Engineering, Enthusiasm and Enforcement – my 4 E’s of bicycling safety.  I am the commander of a 30-officer bicycle patrol unit within an...

The Flyby: Eye Protection from ESS

by David Hildebrand, PCI #404T/EMSCI #118T Denton (TX) Police Department IPMBA President I have been lucky enough over the last 18 months to have the opportunity to test a pair of sunglasses made by Eye Safety Systems, Inc., otherwise known...

London International Cycle Show 2007

by Matt Langridge, PCI #869 Thames Valley Police (UK) I am really lucky in my work. Not only do I get paid to ride a bike most days, I occasionally get invited to attend events in my capacity as a bike...

Interbike 2007: Divide and Conquer

by Ron Burkitt, PCI # 488 IPMBA Industry Liaison Hilliard (OH) Police Department As I sat in a room swirling with purple and gold shirts, I looked down at my plate to find pounds of boiled crawfish waiting to be eaten. ...

London International Cycle Show 2006

by Matt Langridge, PCI# 869 Thames Valley Police (UK) 6th to 8th October saw the 2006 version of the annual Cycle Show, once again held at the ExCel Centre in Docklands, London. My crewmate Mark Jenkins and I were invited to attend...

London International Cycle Show 2005

by Matt Langridge, PCI #869 Thames Valley Police (UK) Ever heard the phrase ‘Bike Porn’?  It is used by some to describe the glossy catalogues, magazines and brochures from manufacturers and shops to show their latest ‘must...

Accessories for Bike Patrol

Being a bike cop can have it's sore spots — literally if you have the wrong parts or accessories on your bike. by Pamela Senn, for Law Enforcement Technology Reprinted with permission from the June 2005 Issue While bike patrols...

London International Cycle Show 2004

by Kevin Rogerson Whitley Bay Station Northumbria Police (UK) IPMBA has been established in the US for well over a decade and over that period of time, numerous links have been established with industry. These links are to the advantage...

The Art of Urban Cycling

A book by Robert Hurst offers "Lessons from the Street" By Mitch Trujillo, PCI #244T Boulder PD (CO) IPMBA Industry Relations Committee Many cyclists among us have colorful stories about accidents. It's safe to say that the riders probably...

Trends in Bike Patrol

By Kirby Beck The past couple of years have seen a slow progression of police bike patrols around the United States. In the United Kingdom, however, the use of mountain bikes in public safety has virtually exploded. In the 1960...

Interbike 2003:  Intel from Interbike

IPMBA's intrepid industry liaison reports back from the industry's largest show by Monte May, PCI #262T/EMSCI #009T IPMBA Industry Liaison Kansas City PD (MO) The 2003 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas revealed some new "toys" for public...

Dressing for Success

More likely to ride, less likely to hide by Kirby Beck, PCI #002T/EMSCI #017 Coon Rapids PD (MN) IPMBA Past President "Dressing for success" is a phrase often associated with job hunting. But no one should take "dressing for success"...