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I Bike Copenhagen: Song + Video

August 31st, 2011

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

What’s better than a Danish music video about cycling in Copenhagen? Not a whole lot.

Don’t speak Danish? Not to worry, Copenhagenize has the lyrics for you.

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Travel Tuesday: Vintage National Park Postcards

August 30th, 2011

We’re kicking it old school for Travel Tuesday today, bringing you a little wanderlust by way of vintage National Park postcards. We wouldn’t mind getting a few of these in our mailbox.

Enjoy!

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Imagine Ethiopia: Support Quality Education in Ethiopia Through Your Own Creativity

August 30th, 2011

As one of the leaders of Imagine Ethiopia 2011 I wanted to share a progress update to inspire and potentially involve you in our next steps…

Earlier this year, Vancouver-based charitable organization, imagine1day, launched their second annual Imagine Ethiopia trip: a two-week adventure that takes participants on a daily exploration of the best that Ethiopia has to offer.
imagine1day is a growing global community of people making passionate contributions to ensure that all Ethiopians have access to quality education funded free of foreign aid by 2030. They ran their first trip to Ethiopia last year to great success.

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Lane Love: Rio de Janeiro

August 29th, 2011

We decided the sunny, sunny lanes of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was an excellent choice for our last Monday in August. Anyone of you ever ridden in this city?

Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page, shoot us an email at blog[at]ospreypacks[dot]com or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on our weekly photo feature, Lane Love.

Image: Dylan Passmore

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Race Update: Overcoming Challenges at Paris-Brest-Paris

August 26th, 2011

via Michael Henderson in Paris:

[The race] turned into an epic, which I shall detail in the next day or two. It started perfectly with the first day going as planned. What was not in the plan was getting no sleep the first night and catching cold at the same time… I thought I had recovered on the morning of day 3. That was not the case, it caught back up to me that evening. I stayed an extra unplanned night at the last control point before riding in [yesterday] morning in 78 hours and some change.

I’m a little upset at not riding the fastest I could, but I’m very excited to have finished despite the obstacles. Finding ways to overcome the problems along the way is what randonneuring is all about, and I did that in spades. Hope to have some time to begin recounting the details tomorrow…

Congratulations Michael!

Michael Henderson is the CFO at Osprey Packs HQ in Cortez, Colorado. Stay tuned… we’ll be posting updates from his race and recap when he comes home!

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Race Update: Overcoming Challenges at Paris-Brest-Paris

August 26th, 2011

via Michael Henderson in Paris:

[The race] turned into an epic, which I shall detail in the next day or two.  It started perfectly with the first day going as planned.  What was not in the plan was getting no sleep the first night and catching cold at the same time… I thought I had recovered on the morning of day 3.  That was not the case, it caught back up to me that evening.  I stayed an extra unplanned night at the last control point before riding in [yesterday] morning in 78 hours and some change.

I’m a little upset at not riding the fastest I could, but I’m very excited to have finished despite the obstacles.  Finding ways to overcome the problems along the way is what randonneuring is all about, and I did that in spades.  Hope to have some time to begin recounting the details tomorrow…

Congratulations Michael!

Michael Henderson is the CFO at Osprey Packs HQ in Cortez, Colorado. Stay tuned… we’ll be posting updates from his race and recap when he comes home!

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Friday Round-Up: Rivers, Lakes and Waves

August 26th, 2011

Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. It’s August which means it’s time to take advantage of the last weeks of summer, and what better way than getting in the water? This month we’re all about swimming holes, waterfalls, ocean breaks and waterways of all kinds. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

It’s the last Friday in August… how are you going to spend it? Out on the water hopefully!

Need some floating inspiration? High Country News has you covered, this time in the form of car-free river enjoyment.

The first steps toward carbon freedom were canoe trips on the Bitterroot River near my home in Missoula, Mont., with my friend Nick and his dog Katie. This was necessity, not environmentalism: Nick had a car, but no canoe; I had a canoe, but no car; and we both had bicycles. Attentive scouting revealed a 13-mile stretch between small towns in which the Bitterroot was paralleled not only by  Highway 93 but also by a bike path. En route by car to the put-in, we left our bikes at the take-out; then, after floating, we cycled back to retrieve Nick’s Isuzu to take us home. Katie ran between us. Given her tendency to hop in and out of the canoe, the bike shuttle offered more than good exercise and great views of the Bitterroot Mountains: It gave us a chance to dry off after three hours of splashing.

Still, it felt wrong to drive at all. Enter the packraft. Sold by Alpacka, a small family firm in Mancos, Colo., the best packrafts are extremely durable, ultra-lightweight inflatable rafts designed expressly for those who want to reach river’s edge on trail mix alone. The simplest craft weighs just over three pounds and deflates to the size of a couple water bottles — perfect for stuffing in a backpack or bike bag. Because the raft then expands to roughly 3-by-5-feet, paddlers can fit not only themselves but also their disassembled bikes inside.

Speaking of rivers, did you hear that an enormous underground river was recently discovered in the Amazon? The massive water system is thought to stretch for 3,700 miles across the Amazon basin with an average width of about 200 miles. Wow, pretty cool.

Busting out the canoe this weekend? Gear Junkie has the gear list of gear lists if you’re headed for Boundary Waters. Hint: it requires hammocks and espresso.

And just because it’s Friday, we’ll leave you with this photo from surf photographer Clark Little that’s sure to get you off your couch, into your car and out to the waves.

Happy Friday!

Images: Monica Ray, Clark Little

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Support For Bicycle Infrastructure From David Suzuki

August 24th, 2011

Earlier this month David Suzuki published a piece calling for improving cycling infrastructure. The environmental activist highlights that investing in bicycling infrastructure is in fact a crucial investment, both in the environment and the economy:

Human-powered transportation will only get more popular as gas prices rise and as the negative consequences of our car-centric culture increase. We should be doing everything we can to discourage single-occupant automobile use while encouraging public transit and pedestrian and pedal-powered movement.

Suzuki continues:

Building bike lanes also creates jobs and other economic spin-offs, according to a study from the Political Economy Research Institute in Amherst, Massachusetts, titled “Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts”. Researchers found that “bicycling infrastructure creates the most jobs for a given level of spending.” For every $1 million spent, cycling projects created an average of 11.4 jobs in the state where the project was located, pedestrian-only projects created about 10 jobs, and multi-use trails created about 9.6 jobs. Infrastructure combining road construction with pedestrian and bicycle facilities created slightly fewer jobs for the same amount of spending, and road-only projects created the least, with a total of 7.8 jobs per $1 million.

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Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

Image: Aurimas Rimsa

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Take Action: Tell President Obama to Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline

August 24th, 2011

It’s now into the fifth day of peaceful protest outside of the White House, where a diverse group of concerned Americans are gathering to send the Obama administration a simple message: Do not approve the Keystone XL, a 1,700 mile pipeline that would inextricably link the nation’s energy future to Canada’s tar sands — the dirtiest fuel source known to man. So far, more than 200 people have been arrested in the protests, including well-known author and climate advocate Bill McKibben.

What do you think?

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Travel Tuesday: The Best Travel Photos

August 23rd, 2011

Photo by Ben Canales

National Geographic announced their 2011 Traveler Photo Contest winners earlier this month, and the winning submissions are pretty killer. Here are some of our favorites:

Photo by Robin Moore

Photo by by Ilan Shacham

Photo by Fernanda Credidio

Photo by Leslie Alsheimer

Check out all the winning photos here.

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