Recently, I read an article that stated “the number of bikes one should own can be expressed using the formula:
N+1 where N= the number of bikes currently owned
This equation can also be expressed as:
S-1, where S= the number of bikes you can own without your spouse leaving you
As a first time exhibitor at the Outdoor Demo segment of Interbike, these equations have taken on a whole new meaning. My shed is already jam packed with more bikes than I could ever ride (I think it is 12 or 13), however this show has made me realize how many gaps there are in my riding arsenal. The primary purpose for my attendance at the Outdoor Demo was to staff the Osprey Packs booth and demo the new Raptor hydration packs to parched riders who braved the 100+ degree temps to hop on the latest in mountain and road bikes for a ride in the desert of Bootleg Canyon. As these thirsty riders hung out at the Osprey booth and maybe even took advantage of the awesome deals we offered as a fundraiser for the 88bikes Foundation, it gave me time to drool over the coolest innovations the bicycle industry had to offer.
Fortunately, I have not found the exact number equal to S (where your spouse leaves you) but may push the envelope in the near future. Surely my wife will understand that I absolutely need a carbon fiber, geared, 29 inch hardtail for racing 24 Hours in the Sage next year as my current carbon fiber singlespeed will no longer suffice. With Cyclocross season upon us, there is no way I can survive without one of the wicked fast 2011 model upgrades. And then there were all of the super cool cruisers that would make my evening pub commute so much better than my red steel townie that is a dozen years old. The myriad of new road bikes was so overwhelming that I could not possibly limit my purchase to just one.
The Osprey Packs bike team is in Park City, UT at Bike DealerCamp providing free Raptor demos for some of the country’s top bike dealers. This event allows dealers to spend the day riding around the beautiful trails and roads in the Deer Valley/Park City area testing the latest in new bikes, apparel and accessories. Osprey packs is offering each dealer a new Raptor hydration pack featuring the revolutionary Hydraform reservoir filled with ice cold water to use on their test rides. Response has been overwhelmingly positive and it is obvious that these packs are going to be a real hit. For details on the new Raptor series hydration packs, check out the Osprey web site at: www.ospreypack.com
Osprey’s Rippin Chix Mountain Bike Camps were SOLD OUT for June! Was it the Raptor demos? Big smiles? The confidence built from learning to tackle fear-mongering logs, roots, bridges, switchbacks, uphills and downhills? The great sponsor prizes from Patagonia and Osprey? The world famous instructors such as Sara Ballantyne, Sydney Fuller, Tina Kempin, Brittany Fuller, Stacee Vanaernem and Missy Ochs? Whatever it was, June was a huge success!
The events were held during Crested Butte’s Fat Tire Bike Week, with racing, concerts, and exciting events such as the Chainless World Championships.
Ready to learn more and join the Rippin Chix? I will have Raptor demos and prizes at the next big camp: October 2-3rd, based in Paonia, Colorado at my new sustainable demonstration and educational farm. Free camping. swimming in the pond, ride out your tent flap, and dine on food from the gardens and orchards, prepared by world class chefs!
Wanna Go? Tell us why you should win a free spot by commenting on this blog. Osprey will choose a winner Friday, July 23!
Visit http://www.alisongannett.com for more information.
Over the weekend Osprey made its debut at one of the largest bike consumer and racing events in North America, the Sea Otter Classic. The reception to our hydraulics packs was outstanding. Cyclists from all areas including mountain, road and BMX, as well as an overwhelming amount of industry and media folks came by the Osprey booth to learn about our innovative Raptor and Manta series.
Over and over, comments on the features of these packs surfaced, many impressed by the LidLock™ helmet carry, the magnetic sternum strap for easy access and location of the bite valve and the ingenuity of the HydraForm™ and HydraLock™ reservoir compartment. These features have caught the attention of riders – they are surprised and delighted by our new take on hydration packs, an area that has been somewhat stagnant for many years.
Folks streamed by the tent constantly, on bike and on foot, and the buzz on our packs spread quickly. For those of you who haven’t been to Sea Otter, the sights and sounds were all about biking, with announcers giving play by play action of the dual slalom, crits and much more. Being up-close to the downhill and slalom was awesome–the skills on display from riders from all over the world were incredible. We tried to take in what we could; this is the place to showcase product, and even being a cyclist, it was still a little overwhelming. Afternoon reprieves came from Bike Mag and SoloSports Punta San Carlos (a baja bike mecca featured in Anthill Production’s Follow Me which premiered during the Sea Otter Classic event) crews’ coronas, a good opportunity to glean a little knowledge of what was hot (…see next month’s magazine for more!).
Our debut at Sea Otter was a success and we’d like to think that we brought a bit of Colorado sunshine with us along with our hydration packs. It was the first time in years that it’s been sunny and nice. See you next year!
Are you Canadian or do you live in Canada? Are you a mountain bike rider? Are you thirsty for action?
Osprey Packs’ Canadian distributor is looking for 10 Canadian mountain bike riders to form the first Canadian Osprey Hydraulics Team. The lucky team members will receive one of our new Raptor hydration packs, which bring Osprey’s Hydraulics™ solutions to mountain bike riding. All we ask in return is that you use your pack during the 2010 season and blog and document your fun along the way. That’s as easy! Send us your application and show us your thirst for action between March 1st and April 30th 2010 to get a chance to put your hands on a free Osprey Raptor pack.
Information and details at www.ospreypacks.ca