IPMBA Product Reviews

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...

Use of Large-Diameter Wheels Position Paper-August 2009

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"...