Category Archives: bags
YNOT Waxed Canvas
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YNOT adds a new fabric to their line of cycling portage and accessories. Waxed canvas ages nicely and can be maintained to last for years.

Also, see the YNOT video below!

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Aug 22, 2013 Comments are OFF
Walnut Studiolo

Geoffrey Franklin runs Walnut Studiolo, a leather and wood product shop based in Portland, Oregon, where he makes every product by hand. Check out this video, documenting his process.

Aug 22, 2013 Comments are OFF
Chrome Introduces a Line of Reflective Camo Bags
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There are so many options right now for camouflage products, but I’ve never seen reflective accents worked into a pattern before.

“Camo by Day. Reflective by Night. An Industry First. Produced in limited quantities. Made in USA.
Chrome Reflective Camo takes our love of camo to a new level. To be seen at night we made the fourth color of a French Camo pattern with a special glass-bead print that reflects from a distance up to 100 feet. An industry first. The Reflective Camo Series includes three of our iconic bags – Citizen, Orlov, Victor – and is available in limited quantities. Made in USA. Guaranteed for life.”

Each bag comes in three different camo patterns and are all in stock now at Chrome.

Aug 20, 2013 Comments are OFF
YNOT: the Pan-Yay!

YNOT’s newest addition to their already plump line of cycling portage is one of the most tried and true bike bags: the pannier. Check out more information on the Pan-Yay! at YNOT.

Aug 5, 2013 Comments are OFF
Mission Workshop: Limited Edition AP Series Sanction Rucksack
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I love my Sanction and Fitzroy rucksacks from Mission Workshop. The construction is top-notch and the sizing is perfect for their intended use. Now the Sanction comes in a AP Series, VX-lined (much lighter than the standard) edition:

“Limited edition AP Series Sanction rucksack built with a waxed cotton twill canvas and a lightweight VX ripstop liner. This edition features both standard and red Arkiv closure buckles with liners to match.

The AP Sanction also features YKK urethane coated zippers, waterproof materials, an internal frame sheet and an optional waist belt. A large interior zippered pocket fits up to 15in laptops. Five other pockets of varying size round out this versatile backpack.

Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.”

Pick one up at Mission Workshop and check out more detail shots below!

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Jul 11, 2013 Comments are OFF
Review: Swift Ozette Randonneur Bag
Initial Reaction: Swift Ozette Randoneur Bag

When I first came across Swift Industries, I didn’t even have a use for the Ozette randonneur bag and yet, I really, really wanted one. My last touring bike was set up for a handlebar-mounted bag. At the time, I chose Arkel as a manufacturer and I still have it, but I wasn’t happy enough with it to put it to use on the new Geekhouse tourer. I wanted my front weight as low as I could get it and the Arkel sat too high. The older model bag also wasn’t water proof. Or even water-resistant. Not ideal for a touring rig. The 2013 model is water proof, however.

Two large panniers and a large randonneur-style front bag is all I need for touring portage. The Ozette randonneur bag has so far, been the perfect choice for the Geekhouse. Without leaping to any great tech-overview, I’ll just say that Swift and Geekhouse are a good pairing and when it comes down to it, the 10.5 litre capacity of this bag is a large improvement over what I was used to with the Arkel (which has 10 litres of space but the aforementioned weight distribution makes it a less than ideal option).

Along with the large compartment, there are five external pockets and a top map-case. The two back pockets will fit an iPhone, a point and shoot camera, film and anything else you’d need to access without reaching under a jacket and into a jersey pocket. The front pocket is out of reach while riding, so things like first aid, camping supplies, or what have you would go there. The map-case is big. Big enough for maps or cue sheets. Each of these are covered with a loop-secured, top-flap. For quick stashability, the two side pockets do wonders. All in all, I fit everything I’d need for a long ride, like a Brovet, just fine.

All of this from a classic design and a waterproof construction. Now, securing the bag to the appropriate rack is the most important part. My Geekhouse rack is wide enough to where the velcro straps hold the base of the bag just fine. With a “tombstone” rack extension, I could slip it in the bag’s sleeved support but it wasn’t enough to keep the Ozette laterally-stable. Two zip ties did the trick but I’ll still use a decaleur for increased support, at which time, I’ll remove the zip ties. This will enable me to use the handy shoulder strap Swift supplies.

Right now, out of the box, so to speak, the Ozette randonneur bag is a customizable, modern-spin on a classic design. I picked my colors, added it to the shopping basket on Swift’s site and it showed up under a month later. All for $210. I have nothing against Berthoud, Ostrich or other manufacturers, I just wanted to support a new, smaller company in Seattle. Plus the olive looks great on the bike. See more at Swift Industries and if you’re still reading without clicking through the Gallery, check out more detail photos there!

Jul 9, 2013 18 comments