Each year every one that is any one in the bike industry packs up and makes the pilgrimage to Sin City, Nevada (otherwise known as Las Vegas). Our bike team here at Osprey Packs is no exception as we plan for months to join the week long flurry of activity that can make or break next year’s sales numbers. Even though the show is an absolute blast and a bike lover’s paradise, it can be very stressful with all of the business appointments, late night dinners and endless hours standing on a concrete floor. Our team of trade show warriors is experienced enough to know that the best way to survive the chaos of Interbike is to step onto that floor still reveling in the endorphins from an outstanding ride.
Every Monday, we post photos of cool bike lanes around the world. So what happens if a city doesn’t boast bike lanes for its cyclists? The cyclists take matters into their own hands… or wheels as it may be.
Taking their cue from guerilla project in Berlin that utilized unsuspecting cars to paint the busy Rosenthaler Platz, the collective asked bikers to ride through Helsinki after their bike wheels had been coated with paint.
The effect, illustrated by the picture, is not necessarily a true permanent intervention. Rather, it displays a critical mass for those who use and want to use biking as their main form of transportation.
This happened a couple of years ago, but we still thought it was cool.
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.
Sometimes music is the best inspiration, so this Wednesday we thought we’d supply you with a few awesome music videos featuring bicycles. After watching these, you’ll definitely be ready to hop on two wheels and hum these songs for the rest of the day.
Lily Allen: LDN
Corinne Bailey Rae: Put Your Records On
Robin Thicke: When I get you alone
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!
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.
In the U.S., cities like Washington D.C., Minneapolis and Boulder have received national attention for their bike share programs. It seems like the movement is gaining momentum as the positive effects pop up: reduced carbon emissions, money saved and increased physical activity for commuters. Just yesterday, our athlete Nitish Nag posted about how cycling can protect you from heart disease and today we stumbled across a study in Barcelona shows that their bike sharing program is actually saving lives. Check it out.
- Cycling keeps the weight off by burning off those calories! Also exercising keeps your metabolism at a high level, thus you burn more calories in your sleep too.
- Exercise improves the insulin sensitivity of your body, thus your body responds better to the same amount of insulin. Insulin keeps your blood sugar low. Ultimately, if you have bad insulin sensitivity, then your pancreas has to work extra hard to make insulin. This causes your pancreas to burn out and stop functioning leading to high blood sugar and full blown diabetes.
- Cardio exercise improves your heart strength, and thus your heart needs to work less hard while at rest, thus reducing your blood pressure.
- Both of these profiles are improved through exercise! LDL is the bad guy and HDL is the good guy. Essentially LDL takes cholesterol and deposits it in your body. HDL does what is called reverse cholesterol transport and removes cholesterol from your body.