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May 11th through May 15th is National Bike to Work Week 2015. It is an opportunity to celebrate the power of the bicycle, the many benefits it provides, the packs that make bike commuting fun and, best of all, a chance to win a CLIF Bar prize pack!

For packs, I love the Osprey Momentum . This is an Osprey product so there’s no question on its comfort or functionality.

Another great pack from Osprey making the lineup is the Spin 32 . It comes in two sizes and the reason I like this pack is because it has zippered side pockets that you can actually access without completely taking the pack off.

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Download PDF – Featuring Portal Series, Radial Series, Spin Series and Momentum Series – May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013

Osprey has expanded their lineup of packs from the hydration models we’ve seen before to cover commuters as well.

The new Portal series gets, as the name suggests, clear “portals” that allow tablets to be used without removal. Shown above is the Pixel (right) and Pixel Port (left). The Pixel’s portal is under the flip cover front panel, and there’s a handy removable zippered punch to store all of your cables, chargers and various other lifelines required in this digital age. Closed, it fits into the lower zippered pocket on the bottom of the bag.

Inside the Pixels are plenty of pockets for small bits, a main cargo section and padded laptop sleeve. The larger Pixel also has zippered expansion panels, increasing your carrying capacity on demand. Last but not least, both feature a padded top carrying handle. Retail for the two is $139 and $119, colors available are Black Pepper, Chestnut Brown, Pinot Red and Grey Herringbone (shown here).

Somewhat more bike-specific are the Spin (left) and Radial bags. The Spin uses a flap-style front cover with a nifty, easy to grab release handle on the bottom that holds it snug without the business-meeting-interrupting rip of Velcro. Inside there are laptop, tablet and document sleeves plus the main cargo section. A top stash pocket is on the outside, just above the LidLock helmet retention doodad (which works pretty well in our experience). Two sizes are available, retail is $129 to $139.

The Radial series (green) comes in two different volumes, each with two different frame sizes. The cargo section has a main top-zip entry plus a separate exterior zip entry for the padded laptop sleeve.

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Download PDF – Featuring Momentum Series – May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

Kick off National Bike to Work Week 2013 with the best loot for your commute

May 13th through May 17th is National Bike to Work Week, an opportunity to celebrate the power of the bicycle and the many benefits it provides. Bike commuting saves money, preserves our health and the health of the environment. Best of all, it allows me to fund my passion: shoes*

Bicycling Magazine ranked Minneapolis as the #2 bike city in the country. The US Census Bureau ranked us as the #4 bicycling city in the nation. Minneapolis has 92 miles (and counting) of on-street bikeways and 85 miles (and counting) of off-street bikeways. The city has also been awarded with the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community Award. We’re home to Nice Ride Minnesota, the Bike Walk Ambassadors, and the Midtown Bike Center.


The pack

You have to carry your clothes and grooming essentials so the pack you choose has to be comfortable, it has to be functional and it has to be big enough to hold your clothes and grooming essentials without bogging you down.

For packs, I love and recommend the Osprey Momentum (MSRP $129 – $149). This is an Osprey product so there’s no question on its comfort or functionality. It has an integrated rain jacket (for the pack, not you), a helmet clip and soft zippered pocket on the shoulder strap to make reaching for your Smartphone while riding super easy.

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Download PDF – Featuring Momentum Series – April 3, 2013

April 3, 2013

Must-Have Bike Commuter Gear: 28 Essentials

Cycling accessories to get you from here to there safely and in style


These 28 commuter products cover the gamut of situations one may encounter—from a flat tire to wayward motorists. They range from bicycle-friendly bags to handlebar-mounted smartphone holsters, and cover your bike commute from point A to point B. (…)

Osprey Momentum Bike Commuter Bags

From one of the world’s great pack manufacturers comes a relatively slim-profile bike commuter-specific pack that’s absolutely loaded with features. Built with rugged, non-staining Nylon, the Momentum comes in 26L and 34L sizes that, with a compression zipper, allow them to be expanded—the 26L to 31L and the 34L to 42L—to fit extra gear when you need it. Internal buckle sleeves keep laptops up to 17 inches safe and snug, and a highly-reflective, fitted rain cover is integrated into a clandestine zipper pocket to keep your stuff dry on even the most dismal commutes. Other nice features—the kind that make you think Osprey thought of everything—include dedicated external safety light attachment points, U-lock sleeve, zippered pockets on the straps that keep keys (one has a retractable key clip) and phone close at hand, and the company’s proprietary “Lidlock,” for helmet-holding when you’re not riding. In short, the Momentum is the best heavy-load bike commuter bag we’ve seen to date.

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Download PDF Recommends Osprey Momentum pack – July 18, 2011

August 26, 2011

Become an efficiency expert. Fill every nook and cranny. Stuff
shoes with socks. Tuck battery chargers and electronic cords into
pockets. Bundle your clothes using crisscrossed layer folds – largest
to smallest. Use packing cubes and stuff sacs to organize and
segregate items. Use Ziploc bags in place of bottles. Pack collapsible
duffels and backpacks within your larger luggage for day use once
you’ve landed – or overflow on the return flight. I carry an Eddie
Bauer small duffle, Osprey Momentum pack, and Eagle Creek Pack-It

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Download PDF – Featuring Momentum 26 – August 2011

August 12, 2011

More Than A Backpack: Osprey Momentum 26

With the right gear, leading an active, mobile lifestyle is more than possible – it’s fun.

As a freelance writer/photographer specializing in travel, every trip is a blend of work and play. So, when an assignment took me to South West England for a walking tour, I needed more than a backpack. I wanted a multipurpose bag that could double as a carryon laptop and camera bag en route to England, and lightweight trail pack once I’d landed.

Enter the Osprey Momentum 26. Originally designed with the bicycle commuter in mind, it also offers a savvy alternative for active adventure travel. Specifically it is:

Waterproof. This was England afterall and in a sudden downpour I needed to know that my camera equipment would be protected. On the trail, the neon yellow built-in raincover performed beautifully, keeping contents dry while assuring I was highly visible in even the most inclement weather.

TSA-sized. For air travel, I wanted a pack that fit easily into the overhead compartment and had ample space for travel necessities, laptop computer, and camera equipment. Once there, it needed to transition easily to the needs of the walk’s daily activities. The momentum’s dedicated laptop sleeve, padded top and side travel handles, stowable harness and hipbelt, and top-load access made it a perfect choice.

Quality designed. I see no reason to compromise quality or comfort for travel convenience. So, when I read that Osprey built their travel backpacks with the same design features they put into their best backcountry packs, it sounded like they understood the needs of adventure travelers. Once I carried the pack all-day for eight days, I knew they did. The momentum’s padded foam harness, adjustable sternum and side compression straps kept the pack comfortably snug, while the built in hipbelt meant the load stayed balanced.

Technology friendly. For instantly sharing photos on facebook and twitter, or e-mailing to friends and family back home, I love the convenience of my smartphone’s built-in camera. Plus, even though my out-of-office autoresponder lets people know when I’m away, I like to monitor correspondence and respond when a quick reply will be appreciated. The momentum’s easy-access electronics pocket built into both shoulder straps kept my Blackberry and iPod in easy reach.

Post walking adventure, I continue to use the Momentum 26 as an everyday pack, on cycling trips and when hiking.

Additional features:

  • When more room is needed, the expansion panel allows the pack to open up to 31 liters of storage capacity.
  • U-lock pocket, hydration compatibility and a LidLockTM for quick helmet stow.
  • Blinker light attachment.
  • All Mighty Guarantee: If you own an Osprey pack that needs to be repaired they will repair or replace for any reason, free of charge – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. Nice!

Bottom line: On the fly or on the trail, this bag is built for active travelers who embrace their inner techie.

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May 11, 2011

Bike commuters rejoice! The new Momentum backpack from Osprey was designed just for you. Available in 26- or 34-liter sizes, the bag sells for $130 to $150 online. For that price, you get a slim-profile pack with several slick cyclist-specific features. After more than a month of testing, I came away believing that the Momentum can stand out as a strong contender in the saturated field of made-for-commuting bike packs.

On rides as long as 20 miles this spring, I have employed the 26-liter version to haul not only my computer but a change of clothing, shoes, and more. Understandably, with the padding needed to protect the computer, the bag seemed stiff at first. But soon it blended into the periphery and allowed me to transport my gear safely and with no discomfort at all.

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