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Friday Round-up: Hot Bikes + Cooling the Planet

October 8th, 2010

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 were so excited for the launch of our bike blog last month, we decided to continue with that theme for all of October. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

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Bikes are obviously the hottest way to get around. Why?

1. Because they’re simple. Everyone can learn how to change a tire, or put your chain back on. And if you can do that, you can ride for the rest of your life. In a time of incredible mass consumption, finding beauty in the simplicity of things like biking is crucial.

2. Riding a bike makes you hotter. Think about it. A bike runs on your energy, and that’s it. No nasty fossil fuels to muck up our climate. So, you can feel good about doing your part to make the world a better place. And the only thing you’ve got to worry about is having more muscular gams to show off on your ride to work.

So, while we’ve established that bikes are the world’s most fun and accessible way to get around. ARTCRANK thinks thatposters are the world’s most fun and accessible art form. And we’d have to agree. The best part about ARTCRANK is that they bring these two awesome things together.

ARTCRANK is a showcase of bicycle-inspired original poster artwork that people can enjoy looking at and afford to take home. ARTCRANK began in Minneapolis in 2007, and has expanded to DenverSt. LouisPortlandSan FranciscoDes Moines and Bend. In September 2010, we held our first international show in London.

Every ARTCRANK show features posters created by local artists from the host city. Admission is always free, and posters are priced to let everybody take home at least one.

What’s not to like about that?! If you live in one of the above cities, make sure to check out the show. If not, peruse some of the posters online, throw your own bike poster party and make your own!

On the topic of making the world a better place, this Sunday is 10/10/10 — a day when people across the globe have decided to celebrate our climate solutions and send a message to our politicians: “We’re getting to work — what about you?” So whether you decide to get your hands dirty restoring streamside habitat, or teaching people in your community how to change a flat tire on their bike, just make sure you’re doing something.

Check out the list of events on 350.org for a list of events in your region and hop to it!

Happy Friday!

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