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.
The name of the game is innovation. Scott from Porcelain Rocket has been brainstorming ways to incorporate his saddle packs into a dropper post-friendly design for some time now. Working with collaborator Rick Hunter from Hunter Cycles, these two came up with a new system, which I’m assuming will be available shortly. It appears the pack is a bit smaller than the popular Mr. Fusion design, but since its a prototype currently, I’m sure they’ll be addressing that in the near future. For now, follow along at Porcelain Rocket’s Instagram.
As for the beer can, well…
Edit: Scott just posted a photo of the rail attachment on Flickr.
Handlebar bags are the best. I use one to carry my camera, or tools, a jacket or even a corndog. Think of them as a reserve tank for those long rides where your jersey pockets are already stuffed and you would rather not wear a backpack. ORNOT clearly feels the same way about bar bags, which is why they teamed up with Rickshaw to make their own. Head over to ORNOT for all the details!
The Seagull Bags Trail Beast is a mid-size hip pack, or “shred pack” as I like to call it. The Trail Beast is made in Columbus, Ohio from Cordura, comes in three color options, including black and has a nifty bottle satchel for when you want to carry a beer to the top of a mountain, or, you know, water! See more at Seagull Bags!
Some people swear by Bob Trailers for bicycle touring, others are more into panniers or bikepacking bags. If you enjoy touring with a trailer, check out the Sentier system on Kickstarter.
Having options for how much space you have in your saddle bag is a good thing, especially when you never know what the weekend’s rides will bring. Outer Shell Adventure makes these clever roll top saddle bags, which can either be tightly tucked under your saddle with just the flat fix essentials, or expanded to carry a vest or a small jacket.
As part of their North Coast Collection, Mission Workshop and Taylor Stitch have combined forces to make some incredible articles of clothing and accessories. This round, they took the staple design of the Hauser trail pack and added a waxed canvas outer to it. These limited edition bags are available for pre-order, at a rather large mark-down now at Taylor Stitch. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the North Coast Collection either!