In celebration of Swift Industries’ 10 Year Anniversary, artist Sean Hipkin hand-painted a one-off of their Horizon Line Zeitgeist Saddle Bag. Giving Sean complete artistic freedom, everyone at Swift was amazed and surprised to see the final product. This is the first time seeing Sean’s work and I must say, it’s trippy. In a good way! See an interview with Sean at the Swift blog.
… is open! In size small and large (pictured.) These expandable bags have an insane carrying capacity and quickly became my go-to handlebar bag for bikepacking. Head to Poppi’s Webshop to pre-order.
Russ interviews Martina Brimmer, co-founder of Swift Industries in the latest Path Less Pedaled video.
Jake’s Pacific Northwest Do-All Trek 970
Photos and words by Morgan Taylor
While we can easily find ourselves lost in things shiny and new, there’s no denying the allure of a carefully curated classic being put to good use. Jake’s Trek 970 is just one of those bikes, with a build that takes advantage of classic mountain bike practicality to create a versatile and stylish bike for days long and short.
Jake’s no stranger to well-thought-out steel bikes, already having a number of sweet builds in the quiver before his 970 came together. He leans toward time-tested components, durability over flashiness, and comfort over outright speed. The 970 is Jake’s Pacific Northwest do-all bike, with wide tires, loads of carrying capacity, and inspiration taken from its home in Seattle.
Swift’s Zeitgeist Saddle Bag is a new take on the classic British touring saddlebag, and this special edition is made from XPac VX21, to help make this bag super-lightweight and durable. The Hinterland Zeitgeist weighs in at 12oz, shaving over a quarter pound off of Swift’s standard Zeitgeist Saddle Bags and is in stock now at Swift Industries!
Your favorite Swift Industries bags just got a new, limited edition material option. Dubbed, the Horizon Line, the Zeitgeist, Sugarloaf and Paloma bags are made from X10 Cotton Duck, the very first traditional canvas fabric to incorporate the modern magic of XPac. This X10 Cotton Duck is a totally new waterproof cotton canvas, made here in the United States. Check out the Horizon Line, which is in stock now, at Swift Industries.
These clever bags strap into your Wald 137 basket, utilize a zipper for closure and can be removed easily. You can even use an optional over-the-shoulder strap for transport. The Sugar Loaf bags are 11.5 L, come in three colors, inspired by the Pacific Northwest, weigh about a pound and are in stock now at Swift Industries.
… because this is a damn funny commercial!
Getting High in the San Gabriel Mountains at Mt. Lowe Trail Camp
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley
Each year everyone at Golden Saddle Cyclery gets super excited when Swift Industries announces their annual campout and then every year we become more and more worried about killing everyone because it is always way too hot to ride a fully loaded touring bike up a mountain. Yeah, it’s summer and yeah it’s hot everywhere, but we’re talking Buster Poindexter “HOT HOT HOT!”
Only thirteen more days until the Summer Solstice and the Swift Campout, an evening of bicycle camping under the stars with friends in your city. To find out more information, head to Swift Industries.
This June 24th and 25th, on the night of the Solstice, the Swift Campout returns and you can sign up now, for free at the website. Head on over to read about route planning, gear recommendations and to view people’s photo contributions from previous year’s events.
Editor’s Note: When I lived in Austin, Texas, I wanted to bring my friends who were accustomed to racing a training on a weekend outing of camping and riding dirt roads. Since this time of year in Texas, the parks are often crowded, I decided that Super Bowl Weekend would be ideal, since everyone in Texas would be glued to their televisions and not driving their RVs to campsites around the state. Over the past few years, the ride has continued, further morphing into this year’s Seattle-Austin exchange program… Check out the first Super Bro Weekend photoset in our archives.
Part I: Central Texas Excursion (Code name: Vitamin D)
In the past few years, a tradition has formed in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, where the adventurous souls of Beat The Clock Cycling go out to explore the far edges of the cycling universe. This year’s edition brought with it a special layer of stoke. Through a conversation between delegates from Seattle-based Swift Industries and Austin-based Beat The Clock, an idea began to percolate. The delegates were discussing a future trip up to Washington when the idea of a cycling exchange program was born. For the Northwesterners, the pull of the warm Texas winter was too much to resist, and it was decided that the Cascadia contingent would join forces with the Texans. This idea turned into Super Stoke Weekend, where the visitors could experience firsthand what the Texas Hill Country had to offer. Anticipating a sprightly and somewhat daunting 300 miles of mixed surface riding for the weekend, the Seattle crew began an intense training regimen of weekly randos/taco cleanses.
Winter weather got you pining for long rides and cycle touring? Swift Industries is here to help with their Stoked Spoke series:
“Each evening highlights four to six self-supported bike camping routes complete with maps, slideshow and planning tips. This year the trip reports will be 5-10 minutes long. Once all of the presentations are finished, each presenter will host an information table where they will answer individual questions and have maps of the region they explored.
This is a three-part series that highlights the best bike camping destinations in Cascadia and beyond. Stoked Spoke is being graciously hosted by the Rhino Room once again (click for map), a full bar equipped with a rad set-up for screening Stoked Spoke and booths that are perfectly laid out for you to check out maps and learn more. Rhino Room is opening its doors just for us! (21+ only). We’ll be publishing a summary of each Stoked Spoke event on our blog, including route summaries and digital maps.”
Check out more information at Swift’s Blog!
Curious to see some more hands-on information about the new Swift Industries Sugarloaf basket bag? Well, look no further…
Everyone has been asking about this bag. Swift Industries’ new Sugarloaf basket bag has landed. Designed specifically for a Wald 137 bicycle basket, it makes on and off-the bike portage a cinch, especially when paired with the shoulder strap. The Sugarloaf basket bag comes in three color options: 1000d Cordura in black or steel for $150, Camo XPac with Cordura laminate for $165 or a limited run of waxed canvas for $165. You can see more specs below and check Swift Industries for ordering!
Wald Baskets are one of the best accessories for a bike. Any bike. I’ve seen them mounted to just about anything. The new Swift Industries Sugarloaf basket bags are upping the ante on Wald Baskets, allowing you to take your cargo with you on the fly. Be on the lookout for more information on these shortly!
The weekend is here and hopefully these Swift Campout photos from their disposable cameras will stoke your flames!
Our friends at Path Less Pedaled got a sneak peek at two new bags from Swift Industries in their latest webisode!