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This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of 88bikes

December 21st, 2012

Osprey was introduced to 88Bikes when we first entered the bike industry with our Osprey Hydraulics™ line of hydration packs. Their model is simple yet incredibly powerful: provide bikes — often the first — to young people living in challenging environments across the planet. In places like Cambodia, Uganda and Peru the addition of a bicycle to a young person’s life almost always is a life-changing event.

It’s undeniably the season of giving, which can equate to added stress over finding the right thing to give the ones you love. The good news is, if you want to embrace the spirit of the season and gift up something meaningful, it’s easy. Through the non-profit 88bikes, you can donate a bike to a child in the name of your special someone and know that you’re quite simply helping to pedal change on a global level.

Want a little more background? Here’s how 88bikes gift-giving works, directly via the non-profit’s site itself:

Bike contributions are $88 each, which will be used to purchase one bike for one child for the project. Your name will be added to the website, and we ask that you send a photo of yourself to us by email so that we can print it out and give it to the child who receives your bike. We’ll take a picture of the child holding your photo, with her new bike, and send this back to you. 88bikes is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and your donations are fully tax deductable. 88bikes does not maintain a staff or an office, so that 100% of your contributions go towards our projects.

You can choose to donate a specific dollar amount, one bike or multiple bikes by going here. You can even print your own gift certificate to personalize and wrap up for the holidays yourself. However you choose to donate, 100 percent of your donation goes to the cause. What’s more, “Each child is given his or her bike in person by the founders or an 88bikes volunteer, on behalf of the individual Sponsor who donated the bike. The child is also given a postcard with a photo of their Sponsor and a world map, indicating the Sponsor’s hometown. Photos and film of the project are made available to the Sponsors, and each Sponsor receives a thank-you letter with a photo of the child who received their bike.”

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Take Action: 88bikes Launches Project Asha

June 7th, 2012

Among the many organizations Pedaling Change in our world, 88bikes is one of our favorites. The organization, founded in 2006, operates to attain one goal: “To provide a sustainable, joyful empowering form of transportation to young people in developing countries, in situations where these children have been challenged to be their own heroes due to war, conflict, poverty, disease, or other regional hardships.”

88bikes has personally — done in-person by the founders — delivered over two thousand bikes to thousands of children around the globe, and continues to do so. The organization’s recently launched project, called Project Asha, will take place this summer, and will see to it that several hundred bikes make their way to girls who have been victims of human trafficking.

Read more…

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88Bikes + Osprey Packs Go to Navajo Land

February 10th, 2012

Everybody remembers his or her first bike. Mine was a blue Schwinn — traditional bars and a seat with a metallic blue paint.  In particular, I remember my first ride without training wheels. My father ran alongside me in an empty parking lot pushing and balancing me and then I was free — spinning away from my Dad, pedal, pedal, pedal — already worrying what to do when I came to a stop because the bike would now TIP OVER!! That bike saw many miles and many tip-overs. Over the years, it was shamed by my envy of Schwinn sting-rays only to rise proud again, converted to BMX style.

Osprey was introduced to 88Bikes when we first entered the bike industry with our Osprey Hydraulics™ line of hydration packs. Their model is simple yet incredibly powerful: provide bikes — often the first — to young people living in challenging environments across the planet. In places like Cambodia, Uganda and Peru the addition of a bicycle to a young person’s life almost always is a life-changing event.

Read more…

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Friday Round Up: First Bikes and Empowerment – 88Bikes and Osprey Packs Go to Navajo Nation

February 10th, 2012

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 week. We call it the Osprey Round Up… Happy Friday!

Everybody remembers his or her first bike. Mine was a blue Schwinn — traditional bars and a seat with a metallic blue paint.  In particular, I remember my first ride without training wheels. My father ran alongside me in an empty parking lot pushing and balancing me and then I was free — spinning away from my Dad, pedal, pedal, pedal — already worrying what to do when I came to a stop because the bike would now TIP OVER!! That bike saw many miles and many tip-overs. Over the years, it was shamed by my envy of Schwinn sting-rays only to rise proud again, converted to BMX style.

Osprey was introduced to 88Bikes when we first entered the bike industry with our Osprey Hydraulics™line of hydration packs. Their model is simple yet incredibly powerful: provide bikes — often the first — to young people living in challenging environments across the planet. In places like Cambodia, Uganda and Peru the addition of a bicycle to a young person’s life almost always is a life-changing event.

So, when we were offered the opportunity to help provide bikes to kids in Montezuma Creek, Utah on the Navajo Reservation right in our own backyard, we couldn’t resist.

Read the rest of the story over on Osprey’s Bike Blog

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Interbike 2011: Score Swag + Support 88Bikes!

September 8th, 2011

Photo courtesy 88Bikes

This summer, Osprey participated in 88Bikes’ Village project in our own backyard of Navajo Nation. The project focuses on small rural locations where bikes can have a major impact. We have long supported the incredible work of 88Bikes because we believe that bikes really can change the world.

To continue our support of 88Bikes, we will be selling our new Zealot 1o packs at Interbike next week. Packs are $35 with 100% of the proceeds going straight to getting more kids on bikes. If you’ll be at Interbike, please swing by the booth and pick up a pack and support 88Bikes!

Learn more about 88Bikes and how you can help, here.

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Interbike 2011: Score Swag + Support 88Bikes!

September 8th, 2011

Photo courtesy 88Bikes

This summer, Osprey participated in 88Bikes’ Village project in our own backyard of Navajo Nation. The project focuses on small rural locations where bikes can have a major impact. We have long supported the incredible work of 88Bikes because we believe that bikes really can change the world.

To continue our support of 88Bikes, we will be selling our new Zealot 1o packs at Interbike next week. Packs are $35 with 100% of the proceeds going straight to getting more kids on bikes. If you’ll be at Interbike, please swing by the booth and pick up a pack and support 88Bikes!

Learn more about 88Bikes and how you can help, here.

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Friday Round-Up: Get a Friend Outside!

April 22nd, 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. This month we’re devoting it to all things spring: celebrating sunshine, getting out on late afternoon trail runs and reminding ourselves that summer is just around the corner. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

Spring is the perfect time to not only get yourself outdoors, but encourage others to do the same. We like to call it the buddy system.

So today we’re featuring a couple of ways that you can help your friends (and even strangers) get outside!

Get Someone Climbing

Ready to do a good deed in support of adventure? Take part in the Chicks Ambassador Poster Plaster and encourage women to start rock climbing! They’re looking for help promoting their upcoming 2011 Women’s Rock Climbing Clinics. All it takes is slapping up some posters all over town at your favorite coffee shops, yoga studios, climbing gyms and beyond — pretty much anywhere you think people might be interested in learning about the clinics. For every poster that you put up, photograph and share, you’ll get one entry into the giveaway for an Osprey Hornet 24 daypack, a pair of Julbo Guide Glasses, and a Princeton Tec Fuel headlamp.

Once it is up, take a picture of your poster plaster, then post that photo on your Facebook wall, tell us where you plastered it, and tag us at Chicks Climbing. That photo – with the Chicks Climbing Facebook tag – will be your entry into the drawing for the pack, glasses, and headlamp!

Each poster you plaster, photograph, and share will get you one entry into the giveaway – so you can earn up to four total entries!

The contest will run through May 31, so there is plenty of time to get your posters strategically placed. Please allow for up to three weeks for your posters to arrive (i.e. sign up to get yours now) as we work in batches for shipping!

Get on the ambassador train now!

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Osprey + 88Bikes Bring Bikes + Sustainable Bike Shop to Navajo Nation

April 20th, 2011

Peru "Moment of Happy" - photo courtesy 88Bikes

We’re excited to announce our continued support of 88bikes, a micro-philanthropy project that gives bikes to kids in developing countries, and their upcoming endowment of 200 bikes and a sustainable bike shop to the Navajo Nation.

Here at Osprey, we first pledged our support for the organization in 2010, when we raised $2,500 for the Navajo endowment through sales of our Raptor hydration packs at Interbike Dirt Demo, with 100% of the proceeds going to 88bikes.

This year, we plan to repeat our successful fundraiser at the Interbike Dirt Demo. In addition, we will recruit employees and friends to volunteer at repair and maintenance clinics for the bike recipients, and help lead the kids on a local bike tour. Additionally, we’re honored and excited to help launch 88bikes’ first sustainable bike shop, to be located in the Navajo Nation.

“Many of our original team members are Navajo, so this is a very special project to us,” said Jeff Fox bike marketing manager at Osprey. “We are thrilled to help bring the happiness and freedom that a bike provides to kids in our own backyard. We look forward to staying involved in other facets of this inspirational project, from bike training and rides to launching the sustainable bike shop.”

On May 3, 2011, 200 young people attending the Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek on the Navajo Nation will be given their bikes at the “Moment of Happy.” As part of the endowment, they will also receive the training to maintain them, and have the opportunity to take a guided bike tour with Osprey team members through the southwest desert.

Additionally, 88bikes will unveil their first sustainable 88bikeshop, made entirely from locally-foraged materials, including the hoods of junked cars. Portable and elegant, with ample workspace for workshops and clinics, it will be located in Montezuma Creek.

“We are very grateful to Osprey for their continued support of our mission and of the children of the Navajo Nation,” said Dan Austin, co-founder of 88bikes. “We can’t wait for Osprey team members and the kids of Montezuma Creek to hop on their bikes and head off for a ride together!”

The Navajo Nation endowment is part of VILLAGES, 88bikes’ fifth and biggest project to date with additional endowments in Mongolia, Mozambique, South Africa and Nicaragua. The goal of the VILLAGES project is to distribute 1,000 new bikes to local children. To date, 940 bikes have been sponsored through donations of $88 per bike. 88bikes also plan to set up four to five bike shop “hubs” serving these rural communities and establish bike shop apprenticeships and workshops for each location.

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Mountainfilm: Awareness Into Action Special Guests

March 10th, 2011

Mountainfilm isn’t just a festival to showcase films; it’s a festival devoted to sparking a conversation. It’s an assembly of people who have come together to see what the human spirit can achieve.

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Friday Round-Up: Bikes Are Changing the World

December 17th, 2010

Photo courtesy 88Bikes

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. Since we’re smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season, we figured there was no better them than giving. So all month we’ll be tipping you off to cool organizations, initiatives and campaigns that could use some of your holiday dollars. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

88Bikes

88Bikes was our Pedaling Change profile last month over on the bike blog, and for good reason. The organization provides bikes to young people in developing countries around the world. As founder Dan Austin says, “Bike are that magical vessel of freedom and fun, equally useful and enjoyable. I think folks are finally starting to realize that happiness must be addressed in addition to sustenance, and that bikes offer assistance with both!”

They just launched a new website and are working on plenty of cool projects that need your support. Learn how you can help by clicking here.

Bikes to Rwanda

Another awesome cause that we profiled on our Bike Blog, Bikes to Rwanda combines two of our favorite things: coffee and cycles. Read our interview with Executive Director Brian Gilmore to learn more about how the organization is empowering coffee workers in Rwanda and helping to rebuild a country that was less than a decade ago ravaged by genocide.

Adventure Cycling Association

Inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle? That’s something we can get behind. That’s exactly the mission of the Adventure Cycling Association, an organization that’s been working to get people out on bikes since 1973. They’re currently working on an ambitious project to establish a U.S. Bike Route System. Learn more and support the cause here.

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