Bontrager has developed a line of bikepacking bags designed to specifically fit the Trek Checkpoint yet the three universal sizes will fit any number of other frames. These half-frame bags use water-resistant fabrics, easy-pull zippers, a bright fluoro interior, and use a soft strap that won’t marr your frame’s paint. Also included in this drop is a top tube bag. These bags are available at your local Trek dealer.
Bicycle Crumbs entered the cycling industry as an industry outsider, an observer, a consumer. An everyday cyclist. Now he works at Speedvagen, designing their products and helping run the show there, yet he continues to possess an interesting perspective on the ins and outs of cycling culture. He recently collaborated with Portland’s North Street bags on a non-fluoro Hi-Vis bicycle portage collection, using rainbow sequins and the Bicycle Crumbs signature Radar Print. This collection is a pre-order, running from now until September 26th. You can even us a code for 10% off during this presale, simply check out with code crumbs-crew2019. Head to North Street Bags to see the collection and specs below.
With only 201 models in circulation, this Swift Industries x Kona Rove ST is a very limited edition project. Built for touring, the Rove ST comes with a limited edition headbadge, Tubus Tara Big Apple front Lowrider rack, fenders with mudflaps, limited edition Swift Industries bags, and Shimano’s GRX 600/800 group. If you’re in the Seattle area, you can rent this bike from Swift Adventure Co. Check out more photos below and all the details at Kona.
Restrap has completed the second run of polka dot edition bikepacking bags, including their Canister, Top Tube, and Saddle Pack. The entire range is fabricated with the use of CNC fabric and laser cutting, alongside Restrap’s new printing techniques for crisper patterns. These bags use used milspec Hypalon, 1000D Cordura, YKK zippers, and magnetic fittings, all made in the UK. Check out the individual bags below.
For fans of the Porcelain Rocket Mr Fusion, you’ll notice some key updates to this stable saddle pack platform. The support bar is now curved to match the line of the pack. Now, Mr. Fusion comes in a 12 or a 15 size. Mr. Fusion 12 is the same size as the old Mr. Fusion. The included drybag has a capacity of 8-12L. Mr. Fusion 15 is the new Mr. Fusion XL. The included drybag has a capacity of 10-15L. See Porcelain Rocket for clearance requirements. These are in stock now, although the XL is momentarily sold out… Head to Porcelain Rocket for more!
Camera straps. They’re the photography accessory very little people pay attention to. Let’s be honest, for standard use, pretty much anything will do, but add in on-the-bike wear or usage and suddenly there’s a lot more to them. Outer Shell has developed a pretty awesome design, with quick-cinch adjustment and a sternum stabilizer. Their newest update includes a tripod-mount anchor to increase stability and improved compatibility with all types of camera strap mounts. These straps are made in SF by Outer Shell and are in stock now in a variety of colors with a retail of $58.
Swing on over to Outer Shell to see more!
These days, just about every portage company has developed some sort of bikepacking bag line, yet in this sea of strap-on bags, Evoc has done something truly unique. Their new bikepacking lineup utilizes a Boa fit system to ensure a stable and versatile attachment. This system is unlike anything else on the market, allowing users to build out their bikepacking setup with ease. Included in this launch are a Boa Fit Seat pack, a Boa Fit Handlebar pack, a multi-fit bag, and a top tube bag. The Boa line will be available in August of this year, while the top tube and multi-fit bags are available now, so keep an eye on Evoc for more information. See some more product sneak peek photo and specs below.
Porcelain Rocket has taken their Nigel handlebar bag and olivized it. Olivactivated? OD from OD? Whatever you call the process of making a solid product a little more fashionable by making it out of olive drab, that’s what they did and they call it OliveIt. These handlebar bags are amazing. They’re weatherproof, easy to swap from bike to bike, and make access while riding simple! These are in stock now at Porcelain rocket for $150 CAD. See some more specs below.
“When illustrator Chris McNally invited us on a bicycle adventure through his expansive Northern California backyard, we knew we were in for a wild ride. Starting and ending at his Mission District studio, Chris would lead us on an epic 4-day tour of the SF and Marin County landmarks and landscapes that have inspired his work, and also inspired two great Seattle adventure brands—Coal Headwear and Swift Industries—to create “The Headlands Collection”.
“Drawn Away” is a story about creating close-to-home adventures with the freedom that bikes offer; about uncovering the hidden treasures and secret spots at the interface of the built and natural environments, where urban bleeds into rural, and rural into wilderness; about slowing the pace and making space for inspiration and creativity; and about the importance of building community one pedal stroke—and one brush stroke—at a time!”
The Hunter Cycles hip pack is one of the best packs out right now and it just got better with a new, updated design. Now you can carry your rain jacket, knee pads, or even a burrito on the top of the pack thanks to this simple, functional addition.
These packs are made by Porcelain Rocket in Canada and are in stock now in Bonny Doon, California at the Hunter Cycles HQ.
Did you catch our Hunter Cycles shop visit? Be sure to do so!
The Pec Deck is a mini “rack” designed by Ultra Romance and Hubert from Madrean‘s brainchild. It’s a simple strip of tubing mated to Nitto rack supports, keeping the Fab’s Chest off your tire. Check it out as Path Less Pedaled reviews this setup on a Crust Bikes Bombera.
Brian and Alicia were two of the first people I connected with when I was visiting Minneapolis a few years ago. I was lucky enough to visit their house last summer for the piece on Delcie’s bike and Brian joined us for DFL shenanigans and even had some photos featured. It’s been awesome watching them grow as creators. Recently Brian decided to go full time with Hoot Ventures and redesigned their website and store. Initially, they are offering their munchie bag in three colors, but expect more wonderful things from them in the future.
Rapha continues to expand their on-the-bike portage offerings, with the latest addition being their Bar Bag. It comes in three colors, olive, tan, and black, has reflective hits, and a fully waterproof closure. The Bar Bag retails for $65 and is in stock now at Rapha.
We’re here in Santa Fe this week, overwhelming our olfactory system, riding bikes, eating plenty of food, and visiting bike shops. Yesterday I swung by to see our new friends at Broken Spoke, where I came across this unique handlebar bag called the Endover. Made by Tribulus Limited, this ultralight bag utilizes a series of cinch straps to carry your bikepacking load in a very unique manner.
Julia, Ty from Golden Saddle‘s partner, has these Shimano SPD cycling boots that Ty has always loved. He pinged High Above to make a matching fanny pack for Golden Saddle Cyclery. While these are an in-store only purchase, you might be able to email Jimmy and beg for him to sell you one. So why am I posting this? Because it came out so amazing!
While visiting the midwest in a cover of snow might not seem like the most fun, I was able to take a load off and warm up inside of Cedaero this past February. You remember Cedaero right? They made some waves a while back with Kid’s trout-themed Salsa Blackborow.
Handlebar bags these days are rather ubiquitous, yet from time to time something new comes on the market that piques my interest. Andrew the Maker’s new Granny’s Pantry bar bag is a semi-rigid bag, utilizing an aluminum brace that is clamped to the bars – 31.8mm only – to keep it stable on rowdy descents. The Granny’s Pantry has a drop in camera insert, a rando-style bag closure system and has a plastic liner to stiffen the body. The use of ABS plastics in bikepacking, touring, and other bags has been a huge benefit for me over the years, as I tend to crush bags accidentally, ruining their profile. The Granny’s Pantry has a lot of clever details and is available for a limited pre-order for $125 now at Andrew the Maker.
The McKenzie is a durable and fully waterproof handlebar bag made by Watershed Bags in the USA. Its waterproof closure and lack of outside mounting hardware provide an durable alternative to traditional bar packs which will almost always rattle loose. In addition, the abrasion-resistant fabric withstands whatever you throw at it, including spills, while keeping everything dry and worry-free. You can even pack your camera equipment in it with the Watershed Bags Ocoee liner and dividers. the McKenzie comes in sage (pictured), coyote, and black, and can be custom made with a purge valve.
Dimensions Rolled: 9″ Height x 16″ Width x 7.25″ Depth
Capacity Rolled 640 cu in (10.5L)
Closure Type ZipDry®
Opening Size 13 in
Weight 1.5 lbs
In stock now at Watershed Bags for $130.