Now that — ahem — the economy has totally recovered, there’s just one plan for the holidays: spend like crazy. Waste a big wad. Alternatives? Sorry, there aren’t any. You’re a man. So come January, it’s back to domestic beer. But for now, you can at least hope that a certain loved one will make your season jolly, too. Start clicking below to make your list, and remember to show yourself some holiday love.
There is nothing like the freedom of cycling. The grin that grows on a kid’s face when the training wheels come off never fades, whether you’re five or 50. And then there’s the gear: Cyclists are as geeky as iPhone zealots, with tribes and sub-tribes facing off to debate the tech. But regardless of frame or wheel size or style, here are four items any cyclist would find as welcome as their first Rock Hopper.
Interbike Vendor Spotlight : Osprey
Osprey has been selling hydration packs for some time now, but 2010 sees significant growth in their cycling line. Spring/Summer 2011 will see a new line of commuter packs as well as an expansion of their Hydraulics™ collection. They now offer something for every kind of cyclist, from the casual commuter to the hardcore mountain biker.
Osprey Packs — There’s lot of competition in the casual wear and hydration pack market, but the 36-year-old independent Colorado company stands out. Its offerings are diverse, functional to fashion-oriented, high quality and with color options unmatched.
Osprey’s new spring 2011 line is the pack for everyday use or for the avid commuter called the Momentum. It has 14 features, including a raincover, reflective print front panel and well-designed cluster of pockets, organizers and zippered compartments.
I’ll be the first to admit having a bag problem. Over the course of a season of mountain biking, I’ll cycle through an embarrassing number of bags in search of the perfect combination of fit, capacity, and features. Though I do have a handful of standbys that I rely heavily on, when word of Osprey’s first mountain bike specific range of packs began popping up last fall, I had to have a look. The Raptor range (6, 10, 14 and 18) has a whole bunch of shared features that makes the bags stand out from the large number of ‘me too’ hydration packs on the market. Excited by the Raptors’ potential and positive early reviews, I managed to get my hands on a Raptor 18 for review.