In the ground level of a beautiful home in Los Angeles, Javiar Yanco makes bags, caps and other accessories used by cyclists of every kind. From randonneurs, to bikepackers, road cyclists, MTB racers and cross bike explorers, Yanco’s bags have a cult-like following. One product in particular, the Ramblin Roll, sold by Tracko, literally launched him into full-time production recently.
But his work doesn’t stop there. From packraft bags, musettes, bar bags, bikepacking bags, caps and yes, still a few top tube pads, Yanco makes products that he’s inspired to make slightly different than the rest.
Through using bright colors, unique zippers and yes, camo, lots of camo, these bags will always fetch the comment on Instagram: “what kind of bag is that?…”
I caught up with Yanco last week in Los Angeles, as he was in the zone making Ramblin Rolls, and asked him a few questions for a Ride Along.
Check that out below!
Inside Line Equipment’s saddle bags now come in ultralight XPac material and have a zipper for your credit card, bus pass, train pass and a note. See more at ILE.
Scott from Porcelain Rocket has been developing a bag that seamlessly integrates with the Jones Loop bar. I love seeing creative ways to literally make use of every square inch of space on a bikepacking rig.
More to come from Porcelain Rocket. See more at the Porcelain Rocket Flickr.
Products that are designed to work within a system, but also operate just fine on their own are crucial to a brand. What if I don’t want to use your company’s rack? No problem. Blackburn’s Barrier Panniers are meant to be integrated into their Interlock racks – a system that allows you to lock your panniers for security while running errands around town – yet they work with any rack, even low-riders.
I recently gave these Barrier Universal panniers a go on a three day bicycle camping tour and loved them. Check out more below.
The best musette I’ve ever used is back, in new webbing colors. These waxed canvas musettes are durable, will fit sandwiches, booze, books, (you name it) and feature a sternum strap that keeps them from swaying on a ride. I’ve done numerous 80+ mile rides with mine and loved it.
Check out the Cycling Musette, now in black or orange webbing at Strawfoot!
RELoad has been making custom bags longer than just about anyone else and their newest collection continues that tradition. Each piece was hand printed by Mari Montacelli, then assembled by Ellie Lum and Mari Montacelli in the RELoad SF studio.
See the Leave Nothing Behind Collection at RELoad!
Chrome introduces their new Pro Series bags, designed by messengers, for messengers.
If you’ve missed putting in a pre-order for Ramblin Rolls in the past, here’s another chance. I have these on all of my bikes and wouldn’t use anything else for a flat-fix kit.
Pre-order now at Tracko!
Tokyo’s Fairweather can do no wrong in my book. Their new Handlebar bags look super clean and with a large front pouch, they’ll hold what appears to be a decent-sized camera like a rangefinder or mirrorless system, which piqued my interest.
They’re $128 and in stock (mostly) at Fairweather.
Cadence brought back their popular Trekker sling bag this year, with a much-needed improvement. An ambidextrous sternum strap keeps the Trekker in place while you ride. See more at Cadence.