Category Archives: bags
The Quick and Easy Tanner Goods Porter Handlebar Bag
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When it comes to a touring bike, the randonneur bag or Wald basket will reign supreme for front-end portage, but not every bike has rack mounts. In the case of a classic road bike, or MTB, strap on handlebar bags are the simplest solution to carrying extra cargo around town.

There are countless options, ranging from cordura, to cotton, but for those looking for something a little classier, check out the Tanner Goods Porter Handlebar Bag. I’ve been keen on trying one out since the line was first launched and since using mine for around a month, I’m loving it…

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Jun 5, 2014 14 comments
Inside Line Equipment: Default XPAC Backpack
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I always love seeing new product from ILE and these Default XPAC backpacks look great!

“XPAC is manufactured by Dimension Polyants, woven and lamented in Putnam Connecticut, USA. They specialize in racing sails for boats, but also make some great fabrics for bags.
The fabric has a waterproof laminate, as well as our RF Welded vinyl liner roll-top to keep your gear dry.

The bottom features a 1000 Denier Cordura nylon for its unparalleled abrasion resistance. We are using exclusively Acetal/Delrin fasteners and adjusters for their extreme durability. Our finely tuned shoulder straps are padded, and distribute the load evenly. And the strap angles are designed to fit a broad range of size people.”

These lightweight bags are $260 at ILE

Jun 4, 2014 Comments are OFF
Well Used: Poler’s Excursion Camera Insert
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I’ve used a lot of camera bags and honestly, they each have their own place. For instance, right now I’m using one of F-Stop’s Loki packs. It’s great for a strictly-photo trip, but as I’m packing for the Amgen Tour of California today, I broke out my Poler Excursion camera insert once again.

Why? Because it’s modular! This thing is so clever and even though it’s sold as a set with the Excursion backpack, I’ve used just the insert for over a year.

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May 9, 2014 4 comments
Mission Workshop: VX21 Field Packs and Accessories
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Mission Workshop’s new VX-21 lightweight backpacks look amazing. I love the multicam and hunter / safety orange. It’s like Mission Workshop can see into my mind!

“The R6 Field Pack allows for the secure and simple attachment of weatherproof accessories to the exterior of the bag. The patented Arkiv® modular system gives the bag freedom to evolve and adapt as needed. With an arsenal of accessories to choose from the R6 series is ready to travel.

The VX-21 collection of R6 backpacks and accessories utilize a lightweight 210 denier packcloth reinforced with a ripstop nylon grid all backed with a PET waterproof membrane. In addition, these packs are lined with a lightweight urethane coated ripstop liner.

All Arkiv bags and accessories are completely weatherproof, made in the USA and backed by a lifetime warranty.”

See more photos below and the full details at Mission Workshop.

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May 8, 2014 Comments are OFF
Tanner Goods: Cycling Collection
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Portland-based leather portage and accessory company Tanner Goods returns this year with their new and improved Cycling Collection. I got to see this line in-person at NAHBS this year and the whole line was incredibly impressive.

The Cycling Collection includes a Courier Saddle Bag, an Excursion Frame Bag and my favorite, the Porter Handlebar Bag. Each bag is available in three colors (burnt oak, charcoal, field tan) and is in stock now at Tanner Goods!

Also, you can see the burnt oak Cycling Colleciton below.

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Apr 30, 2014 Comments are OFF
Chris McNally’s Falconer Rigid Trail 29r Tourer
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This bike is an all-purpose, 1-track gobblin’, trail rippin, rigid, bikepacking shred sled. Built by SF’s Falconer Cycles and designed to carry multiple bags, on front and rear racks, for days on end. Basically, it’s artist Chris McNally‘s new love.

In short, it’s a rigid 29′r, more specifically, it’s a touring bike, designed to take on the real Lost Coast route – more to come with Behind the Redwood Curtain – and still be stable enough to take on trails while loaded.

Loaded with Blackburn Outpost racks, Barrier Universal Panniers and other random Blackburn accessories, this bike did it all. From carrying camping gear to the top of Granite Mountain outside Prescott, to a half-full keg down to the Whiskey Off Road bacon handup spot, Chris had the best tool for the job.

See more of this beaut in the Galley!

Apr 28, 2014 5 comments
Strawfoot: New Waxed Musette
Strawfoot: New Waxed Musette

Without a doubt, a musette is one of the oldest forms of on-the-bike portage. Dating back to even the early days of the Tour, “water boys” used to raid villages for bread, fruits, cigarettes, wine and water, filling these bags before handing them off to racers.

Nowadays, we use them to carry clothes, food, electronics or even around-town items. I use musettes on rides where I want to carry a camera and not have it exposed to the elements around my back. Even then, cotton musettes aren’t water resistant.

When I saw Strawfoot’s newest design when I was in Santa Cruz, I had to try one out. Waxed canvas, designed well, packable and the addition of a sternum strap made it a stylish, yet practical solution for quick, on-the-bike portage.

I like to use it on rides to carry my camera, film, food or to shed arm and leg warmers once the sun comes out. It folds up nicely and stuffs into a pocket and the sternum strap keeps it from swinging around unexpectedly.

The waxed canvas is water-resistant, not water proof, so I usually put a ultralight dry sack inside it as well if it’s going to pour. Or in our case last weekend, dump snow on us.

Each of these musettes are made from hand in Santa Cruz and take approximately a week to construct. In stock now at Strawfoot and Calfee has the pictured silver strap / orange lash option for sale.

Apr 28, 2014 9 comments