This past weekend I finished up a new design for a small handlebar bag. It’s very simple and functional. Just enough room for your wallet, phone and a light jacket. It attaches with velcro and can be taken in off in seconds. I’ve made a larger version as well. I’m digging these even more than the zippered rectangular bag offered in the past. Expect to see this in a variety of colors in the coming weeks.
Also, my partner in crime, Jesi, has joined Hans Bagworks, so it’s now a two-person nano-venture. Expect twice the output from here on out. We’re putting final tweaks on some previously prototyped bag designs and will be building a stock of bags for summer sales. In addition, I’m working on a slightly more legit website. Stay tuned.
I did it. I pulled the trigger on a new bike. A Salsa Vaya. Just in time for the winter thaw, it arrived a few days ago and I’ve excitedly been riding it as much as I can. I went out for a nice ride after work yesterday, taking a familiar paved route out of town and turning off to check out the surface on a favorite packed dirt road which received a good amount of snow and ice this winter. It was mostly dry, with some bits of ice and mud, but it gave me an opportunity to test out the Vaya on some mixed surfaces, including a nice climb and a chance to test out the BB5s on a big, slippery descent. Here are a few photos, complete with a new top tube bag I made last week.
Today I finished up a handlebar dry bag which I’ve been working on for the past week or so. It’s constructed of Dimension Polyant VX21 XPAC fabric and is reinforced with 500D Cordura patches in a few key spots for abrasion resistance. It secures to the handlebars and head tube with a system of webbing, buckles and velco and features dry-bag style openings on either end of the bag as well as a small, flat pocket with reflective tape on the front. I also made a detachable, zippered pocket which attaches to the bag via velcro and would work well for carrying a few snacks or a tool kit. Though width is variable between about 12” to 16”, it has a diameter of approximately 7.5” and weighs in at just under 11 ounces (with the add-on pocket).
This bag is intended for carrying soft goods on an overnight bikepacking trip or would serve as an alternative to a standard handlebar bag on just about any tour. In the photo, I’ve stuffed it with a 30 degree down sleeping bag and a fleece jacket. Solid construction through and through, and perhaps the best bag I’ve made yet.
Drop me a line if you like what you see and would like one for yourself.
I finished this cool roll-top backpack a few weeks ago for my lady. It’s constructed of 1000 denier Cordura on the outside and lined with a 14 oz vinyl coated polyester on the inside. It was my first time working with closed cell foam, so there’s 1/2” thick foam in the shoulder straps and in a back panel. The loops on the bottom rear of the pack were a special request to hold her yoga mat. It came out very nicely and is seeing daily use. I’m currently working on a prototype of a porteur bag using some of the same ideas and materials. Will post on here when it’s finished!
I now have a pile of Great Divide Mountain Bike Route map wallets available for order. As with the other bicycle map wallets I’ve made, a portion of each sale will go to support Adventure Cycling Association. Thanks for your support!
Yesterday I finished up a custom order for a black mini handlebar / seat post bag. At the orderer’s request I made it slightly wider than the ones I had previously made and added two interior velcro straps to hold a small frame pump in place. This bag came out great and in my opinion, is the best I’ve made yet.
Dimensions on this bag are 9” x 4” x 4”. Black duck canvas, black trim, black straps, a loop for a blinker and a strip of reflective tape for added visibility.
If anyone is interested in ordering a custom, made-to-order mini handlebar bag / seat post bag, contact me or visit my store for ordering info.
Also, a few weeks ago I finally got a chance to photograph one of my earlier prototypes of this in seat bag mode on a Brooks saddle. Thanks to Josh for loaning one out to me, as I’m too poor to own one myself.
Earlier this week, I finished and shipped out this nice custom, mini rack bag for a front rack on a Surly Pugsley. It came out nicely with black XPAC fabric on the exterior, red ripstop nylon lining the inside, waterproof zipper, a loop for a blinker, some d-rings and stretch cord on top. Hopefully it does the job!
I now have all of the map wallets back in stock, including wallets utilizing maps sections from the following bicycle routes: Atlantic Coast, Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, Great Parks South, Lewis & Clark, Northern Tier, Southern Tier, Transamerica Trail and Western Express. These can be ordered here.
I’ve also created a new product: a fancy iPod / iPhone case using the maps, which is a bit more heavy duty than the wallets, with a map sandwiched between a layer of heavy plastic for the exterior and lined with colorful, wool felt for the interior, with a velcro-closing flap. These can be ordered with our without a slot for headphones. See ordering details in my online store. Additionally, I’m working on a prototype for a larger iPad / tablet case using a similar construction, which I hope to make available in the coming weeks.
Many thanks to everyone that has checked out my site or ordered a wallet. The response has been really wonderful and a bit overwhelming. Two small updates:
1. I am leaving town Dec 16-27 for the holidays. I am bringing a small supply of wallets to mail from the road and will try my best to fill orders while traveling, but I can’t guarantee they’ll arrive for holiday gift giving.
2. I have sold through my initial stock of the Atlantic Coast, TransAmerica Trail, GDMBR, Northern Tier and Western Express wallets. However, I will be making another big batch of these after the holidays. Please feel free to put in an order for any of these, but please note that your order will not ship until the end of the year. Thanks for your wonderful support!
I am now taking orders for the mini handlebar / seat bags I posted about a few weeks ago. They will be available in three color variations: black with black trim, tan with brown trim, and forest green with brown trim. See details on ordering one here.
Please note that these will be made individually for each order, so please allow a few weeks for assembly and delivery. Thanks for your support!