Will Bender is a bicycle frame builder based in Fort Collins, CO. His custom frames run the gamut from all-road to gravel, touring, and modern hardtails. Last summer, Josh paid Will a visit to document his shop and learn about his background and approach to building bikes. While he was there, he enlisted Will to build the touring MTB of his dreams — a comfortable 29+ rig capable of carrying heavy loads and designed to harmonize with the Oddity Squid Fork made concurrently by another Fort Collins frame builder, Sean Burns. Continue reading below for the full rundown on this build…
Analog Artisanship in the East Bay: A Shop Visit with Vernacular Sewn Storage
You might recall seeing the half-frame bag from Vernacular Sewn Storage (VRNCLR) on the prototype Super Something gravel bike Adam Sklar had at Ruta del Jefe. VRNCLR is the Oakland, CA – based bag company of maker Tom Gilpatrick. Tom has been working in sew business for some time now, currently focusing on bags for bikes and also Go Fast Campers (GFC). Earlier this summer I was in the Bay Area with filmmaker Justin Balog and we had a slice of time before heading to the airport to catch flights home, so stopped in to visit with Tom and check out his space in the eclectic O2 Artisans Aggregate.
VRNCLR Frontal Lobe Handlebar Bag
Our friend Tom has made a name for his brand – VRNCLR – making bags for car camping. Tom’s a cyclist and has made bags for bikes, yet his newest bag is VRNCLR’s most refined yet. The Frontal Lobe handlebar bag is a small bag for big rides. It attaches with 6″ Nano straps and comes in four colors.
400d packcloth liner
#8 YKK Uretek zipper
(2) 6″ nano Voile Straps
Marine grade shock cord
Weighs 7.4 ounces
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