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    If you know me, you know I’m a bag guy. If you’re also a bag guy/gal then you’ll surely appreciate the new Freitag Supersport Bags: the F45 LOIS and F46 CLARK.

    Good for just about anything, these bags are compact yet spacious. The Louis is 16.8 liters whereas the Clark is 26 liters. Pick your poison and make your life easier with a new bag from Freitag.


  • FREITAG F251 Kowalski Backpack


    I’m all for simplicity; and nearly every piece I see from FREITAG just that. Simple.

    The FREITAG F251 Kowalski is a minimalist piece made out of recycled tarps that’s waterproof, durable as hell and fully adjustable. It’s about 12 liters and also includes an inner pocket to help separate your goods. Not bad.


  • Blackburn Central Trunk Rack Top Bag




    The good folks at Blackburn were kind enough to set me up with one of these Blackburn Central Trunk bags, designed to sit atop a rear rack. In the past, you probably wouldn’t catch me sporting such a bag since they’re usually a bit of an eyesore, but this Blackburn has done this rear rack bag right. The material is durable and even come with a rain cover for those messy commutes.

    The interior is compartmentalized with built-in mesh pockets, fleece-lined zipped exterior pockets and my favorite feature: customizable dividers. They’re much like a camera bag, which is perfect for me since I tend to carry a camera with me often.

    I’ll be sure to post some photos of this bag in the field. I’m in the midst of getting parts together for a new track bike, so stay tuned for that as well.


  • Guest Post: Motely Goods – Custom Handmade Bags for Cyclists

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    Motley Goods

    What better way to follow up a post about me guest blogging than a guest post on my own site? Read up on Motely Goods of San Francisco in this article by Andrew Stephen:

    Dense mist drifted through the sunshine visible above the towers of the Golden Gat bride. A group of my friends gathered around the steps at the entrance. We had our camping gear tucked snuggly in a motley collection of panniers and trailers. The goal: ride our bikes across the bridge, gear in tow, through Marin County to camp for the evening at the Bay Area’s tightly guarded camping locale, China Camp. We had scrambled together the requisite racks, hardware, and gear to make the early spring adventure possible. Much of the gear was procured at the fabled REI used gear sale. But one member of the crew, Cleveland Motley had different plans…

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  • Ignoble Marion Backpack Review

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    A few weeks back I got this Ignoble Marion backpack in the mail and immediately fell in love with its blending of function and simplicity. Up until recently, I’d never heard of Ignoble but am always one to support US-made gear when I can. Ignoble is a LA-based bag and backpack company that focuses on style-conscious and thoughtfully designed bags to tackle the urban environment both on and off the bike with their bags being produced at a military-grade level.

    The Marion Tombs Backpack is an extremely light yet spacious pack, constructed of 200D Nylon with comfy shoulder pads and a large zippered main compartment. There are also a number of small stash pouches, organizers and a chest strap to help distribute the weight once fully-loaded. Speaking of which, this bag is all about volume with its ability to squeeze 29 liters of goods inside. At first glance, it may look a little too large to be for daily use. However, I’ve come to appreciate the extra space I’m usually left as it’s such a lightweight bag that I barely notice its size. Plus, I’ve been known to grab 6-ers on the way home from work and this bag leaves me just enough room for that and a loaf of bread (on top of all my other sundries).  I’d recommend this bag to anyone, especially if you’re looking for a versatile pack that’s game for the urban commute, whether on bike or foot. Check out some detail shots of the Marion below and be sure to browse the rest of Ignoble Bags offerings on their site.


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  • Field Aesthetic: Canvas Transit Bag

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    I met Michael of Field Aesthetic back in September during the Art Hop here in Burlington, Vermont. Over the year’s I’ve really come to appreciate well-made goods, especially those that are local. That’s why Michael’s booth really stood out to me during the hop. All Field Aesthetic goods are handmade here in Vermont and are of the utmost quality.  This Canvas Transit Bag is a perfect example as it’s constructed from water-resistant re-purposed military grade tent canvas; not to mention a brass zipper and hardware to match. If you’re into this, be sure to check out more of his goods here.