In the winter months, sometimes it’s hard to carry everything you need for a long-distance ride in just a jersey pocket. Oftentimes you’ll need a hardshell, a baselayer, arm or leg warmers and warm gloves. Sure you can put all that on and be fine, but as the day goes on and it gets warmer, you’ll shed a few layers. That’s why I like bags like Big x Top’s Mini Saddle Bag. It isn’t an all-out touring bag, but it offers some easy-to-access extra space for your gear.
Check out these Silca x Yanco tool rolls. In stock now for $65 at Silca.
The detail-minded readers of the site might have picked up on this bag last year in my initial review of the Niner RLT9 steel ‘cross bike. The photoset featured the newly designed expandable Outpost frame bag from Blackburn. Now, there are tons of options for bikepacking frame bags out there, but the Outpost had a few details that caught my attention. For one, there’s a water bladder port, an easy to set up divider insert, straps to secure the bag to your frame and a drop-down expansion flap for when you need every square inch. Now, a production frame bag won’t fit your bike as well as a custom one, but the Outpost has enough straps to at least secure it. See more details at Blackburn!
As a brand, Brooks has really grown from just making saddles by hand in England. While they continue their British handmade saddle heritage, they’ve also introduced a number of handy bags, for both on and off the bike use. Their latest additions being the Mott Weekender duffel and the Rivington Rucksack. As a part of Brooks’ new Metropolitan collection, these two bags are handmade in Italy and as expected, carry a stout pricetag. Stout, but well worth it in my opinon anyway. See more at Brooks England.
Hip packs are a great alternative to a backpack or a handlebar bag. Just throw your essentials in them and go. Seagull Bags’ latest product is the Trail Buddy, a hip pack in just the right size. See more at Seagull Bags.
The world of cycling has inspired fashion on multiple occasions and one of the most commonly-used precedents is the King of the Mountain Jersey. Awarded to the climber with the most points in the Tour (I know you already know this), these “polka dot” jerseys are an iconic design. Superleggero makes cycling-inspired fashion accessories, mostly for women but the Mademoiselle Musette is a classic design that in my opinion could be used for men and women, either as a classic musette or an over-the-shoulder handbag.
Head over to Superleggero for more!
I’ll swear by a shredpack anyday. Why cover your entire back with a backpack when you can get away with a hip pack? Over the past few months, I’ve been obsessing over these functional packs, checking out what various makers are whipping up in their workshops. One such maker is High Above. Based in Bellingham, Washington, they make two sizes in their hip bags: Das Radpack (small) and the Cascadia (large). Both bags can be coupled with a Bottle Rocket holster for either a beer can or water bottle.
Check out the various color options at High Above and expect a shred pack showdown on the site in the coming weeks!
It doesn’t matter if you’re on the road for a week, or just riding around town, keeping your randonneur bag organized is important. Maybe that’s why I like the looks of the Hinterland Ozette rando bag from Swift. With those new cargo straps, everything stays in its right place.
Vince and Garrett at Strawfoot love doing work for their local heroes at Giro. This round, they made a limited edition musette using Giro’s breathable water resistant cotton fabric. Like other Strawfoot musettes, it features a sternum strap to keep the bag steady while riding and a top flap with a snap closure. It also packs down to easily fit inside a jersey pocket for easy stashing. Made in Santa Cruz from people who love to ride bikes, for people who love to ride bikes and in stock now at Strawfoot.
Founded in 1998, ReLoad Bags has an interesting story, told here by Roland Burns. As one of the first bag companies I remember seeing making custom messenger bags on the east coast, I love seeing them still doing what they love as a brand.