Our friends at SDR Traveler might be known for their high end D3 duffel bags, yet their new Courier 60 Pouches are a great option for on the bike portage. Yes, it’s a saddle bag but it’s made from SDRT Grade Dyneema, an ultralight and durable material used in military applications. They also offer a tool roll. Both are in stock now at SDR Traveler.
Wald Baskets are one of the best accessories for a bike. Any bike. I’ve seen them mounted to just about anything. The new Swift Industries Sugarloaf basket bags are upping the ante on Wald Baskets, allowing you to take your cargo with you on the fly. Be on the lookout for more information on these shortly!
Hailing from Budapest, the ladies from Blind Chic know how to design and assemble some damn nice bags. I’ve been a longtime fan of their work and with more and more people asking for options in terms of hip bags (especially European customers,) I can’t pass up the opportunity to plug the Goliath Roll Top, which is available in either waxed cotton or cotton. Head to Blind Chic to see their full lineup!
Silca’s new accessories are all looking great, but the one that struck me the most is the Seat Roll Premio. It’s a saddle pack that uses a Boa closure system and it’s the first one I’ve ever seen utilize that technology. Excessive? Perhaps. Does it look rad? Yeah. See more at Silca.
Even if you’re running tubeless, you still need to carry tubes and for big, all-day rides, sometimes that means you’re carrying extras. Andrew the Maker recently designed a Tube Sack that utilizes the triangle underneath your seat stays, just above your tire. It carries a tube, a co2, tire lever and anything else you can cram into it. The Tube Sack’s design wedges in without any thigh rub and keeps your tubes free of road grit and debris.
Head over to Andrew the Maker’s shop for more information and ordering. They run $35 in a pre-order that’s shipping out mid-October. Shipping is included in the price! Also, if you like the looks of that nifty TownieSyndicate lever, it holds a 4mm, 5mm hex, with a 25 torx and 2 phillips, all in a tire lever’s compact size. Best of all, portions of the proceeds from sales on the lever go to fight lung cancer.
When I saw Scott from Porcelain Rocket selling these buffalo plaid (Canadian Camo) roll top shred packs on his Instagram, I had to buy one for Morgan, knowing he’d be making his way from Canada down to Los Angeles this summer. So… what’s he do with it the first day? Buys a gallon of ice cream.
Our friends at Path Less Pedaled got a sneak peek at two new bags from Swift Industries in their latest webisode!
Path Less Pedaled gives us a look at Arkel’s new rigid frame bikepacking saddle bag. This one looks to be the most versatile rigid frame design, allowing you to clamp to your rails kind of like how a Carradice bag support works. The best part is how quickly it can be installed. As you’ll see in the video, Russ literally installs it in seconds. From the looks of things, it’ll also be dropper post friendly.
The Seatpacker is made in Canada, is waterproof, comes in two sizes and can fit in frames with 8″ or more of clearance between your tire or fender and your saddle rails. Check out more at Arkel.
Projects like this always pique my interest and tap into my Paypal account:
“Together with Vince at Ponderosa Cyclery in Omaha, I’m excited to announce the launch of a project that is near and dear to both of us, and has been in the works for a while. The Anylander Pannier is a bag system that has been born out of a fondness for the style and function of traditional panniers combined with the need for technology that can handle the rough and tumble lifestyle of a backroads tourist.
As a pack system, we’ve found that we really like the usefulness, versatility, and size of panniers, as opposed to the popular, rack-less “bikepacking” style bag systems. However, when riding the rocky, extremely rough backroads of Western Nebraska, many panniers available do a less than perfect job handling the demands that we put on them. While we have found the durability and simplicity of bikepacking bags to be advantageous in some situations, the extremely stripped down nature of rack-less bags, as well as the detailed “tetris-styled” pack plan necessary to use them cramps our relaxed, easy going, “bring-a-few-luxury-items-if-not-the-entire-kitchen-sink” touring lifestyle.”
Photo by Spencer Harding
Ultra Romance knows a thing or two about bicycle portage and while he always has ideas, sometimes making them a reality is out of his capabilities. That’s why he reached out to Swift Industries to help in the design and fabrication of a new bag design.
Dubbed the Ültraswift Wizard Sleeve bags, these roll top bags can expand to engulf your cargo needs and are available in two sizes: Cavernous (44 liters expanded / 27 liters closed) and Covy Cave (28 liters expanded / 16 liters closed). Like all Swift bags, these are made in Seattle by cyclists!
Head to the Poppi’s Fine Public Restrooms for pre-ordering.