I’m of the belief that the Klickfix system is one of the easiest, most practical methods for attaching a handlebar bag. Screw a decaleur, this is a quick-release that does everything and I’m stoked to see Swift Industries design a new bag to work with the system. Introducing the Paloma Handlebar Bag:
“The Swift Industries Paloma Handlebar Bag is designed for the Klickfix Handlebar Adapter™, combining the function of a randonneur bag with the ease of a quick-release mounting system and the signature aesthetic Swift Industries fans have come to recognize and love.
Weighing in at 1 pound, Swift Industries offers cyclists a light front bag in customized colors. The 6 liter capacity bag is lined with rip-stop X-Pac™ fabric, making it the perfect fit for bicycle tourists and everyday cyclists alike. “We see the Klickfix Handlebar Adapter as a simple and clever alternative to the racks and decaleur measurements our Ozette Randonneur Bag requires. In two fluid steps the quick-release system works its magic and you’ve got your maps, windbreaker, and camera with you wherever you go,” explains company co-owner and designer, Jason Goodman.”
See more at Swift!
Not that you need an explanation here, but the latest from 100 Copies is so true. I got my mom on a bike a year ago! Check out more information on the Never Too Old Totes here!
Call it a hip bag, call it a lumbar bag, or just man up and call it a fanny pack. Whatever you call it, they’re practical and yes, I even prefer to use one as a camera bag, as opposed to a backpack while riding. Porcelain Rocket’s new limited run for Hunter Cycles is pretty boss. I can only wonder how to order one?
Chrome takes a step in the black direction with BLCKCHRM:
“ BLCKCHRM™ builds on our commitment to making durable bags that last a lifetime. Made in America, without compromise. Guaranteed for life. Created by people who care about what they do and how things get made.
The exterior of each bag is made of hypalon, originally used in U.S. Coast Guard rescue rafts. This material is super durable and has a refined look that works on the street and in the boardroom. For the liners we used a tightly woven nylon, the trim is full grain leather and the hardware is rubber coated. BLCKCHRM™ is bombproof and mission ready.”
Last night, Japanese bike shop, Blue Lug’s Flickr exploded with all kinds of new frame pack bags from local frame builder and bag maker, Fairweather. Bike pack bags are great and all, but I was more pumped on seeing the new side-access bottle cages (made in Japan!). Sure, it solves the problem of how you remove your bottle with your front triangle is filled with bags, but I just like to see a new spin on an everyday object.
See more at the Blue Lug Flickr and ordering information at the Blue Lug website, although, I’m not sure if they ship to the States.
Photos by Dan Barham
Over the past few months, you’ve seen some of my work with Mission Workshop on their new ACRE line. What began as a ride through China on cross bikes, picked up serious momentum as we plunged downhill in Germany and Switzerland on Santa Cruz mountain bikes. In a lot of ways, Mission Workshop’s progression into the ACRE products reflects what cycling has become for many of us: a lifelong commitment to experimenting with bikes. Period.
The Hauser Hydration Pack in 10L and 14L Sizes
When Mission first started, there was a void that needed to be filled in urban cycling portage but few people know that Mission Workshop’s founders were mountain bikers long before they ever touched a track bike.
Over the past few years, they began to take on the immense project of designing MTB gear and bags, all while maintaining the DNA of MW: made in the USA, minimally-branded and tough as shit!
Presenting ACRE: some of the best damn looking MTB apparel and bags on the market. All made in the USA. I’ve used and abused these products and they live up to the same MW standard.
See the full ACRE line here.
I love my first generation Minimal Backpack. As the name implies, it’s the simplest form of portage. A traditional dry sack design, rendered in Hyperlite Mountain Gear‘s proprietary material, nonwoven Dyneema. My only complaint with the first run was that it was white. It got dirty easily.
The new Outlier Minimal Backpack comes in black and still kicks ass. Check out more photos and pick one up at Outlier.
I know FYXO used this bag a lot in Los Angeles and seemed to enjoy it. Check out the latest from Roadrunner Bags, featuring some strange juxtapositions and the new Evil Mini backpack.
This project has been in the works for well over a year. Macaframa and T-Level got together to design the Transit Bag. Scoop one up here!
The founders of Mission Workshop began their love affair with the bicycle on mountain bikes in NorCal, so naturally a hydration-compatible trail pack was bound to sneak its way on their already diversified line. As part of the new Acre sub-label, the Hauser trail pack doubles as a pack and a small backpack for urban riding / commuting.
For it being relatively small, the Hauser packs a lot of detailing. Expandable compression straps will hold a helmet, pads or jackets and the expandable roll top increases capacity. The bag itself is actually separate from the harness, allowing for air circulation through the perforated shoulder straps and back pad.
Dual hydration reservoir access points allow nozzles to be routed either way, or you can run two. Unzip the center to find a removable tool roll that doubles as a travel case for just anything you can stuff into it. Two side pockets fit gloves, flasks, tools, pump and other on-the-run necessities.
Top it all off with a Made in the USA, lifetime warranty and you’ve got one solid contender for trail packs.
I’ll be testing this bag in the Swiss Alps next week and will return with more field photos!
Grey, black, blue and Multicam (limited)
Large 750-800 cu in (12L) – $225
Small 600-700 cu in (9.8L) – $200 – shown
Check out more detail photos in the Gallery!