Colombia had been on both of our minds for awhile, so this year, Karen and I finally decided to make it happen! Once tickets were booked, the planning started. As much as we love bikepacking, we decided to stay at one location and do local rides from there. This allowed us to enjoy a nicer place to eat and sleep - after all, this was still a vacation - and a place to store our luggage (we had flown with bike bags, after all). Also, day adventures meant we didn’t have to carry a ton of gear— if you weren’t aware, Colombia has a lot of mountains!
Day 1: Mid March 2018. Me, John Blackwell and Jason Silverek meetup in San Diego one morning to ride the Stagecoach 400 route, a 400 mile bikepacking race that was supposed to start the same day. We were starting in southern San Diego, at the midpoint of the route. The actual race starts and ends in Idyllwild. Unfortunately for us, the race start was delayed due to a big storm coming in and the prospects of precarious mud conditions. Our plan was to hightail it all the way to the desert, getting through the would-be muddiest sections outside of San Diego before the storm came. We were all hung over.
Whatever we have left of Marigold X-Pac is mostly made into bags and on the website now. Still some scrap left for Zip Wallets and Zip Pouches, but thats it! When this fabric came in, it was the last 75 yards of an 1800 yard batch made 15 years ago. Now that stock is depleted.
We might have more made but the minimum is very high so if you want to see it happen, we need about 100 people interested. Any other bag makers wanna go in on some? If you want to bring this fabric back, let us know in the comments here:
These high density foam spacers have been in the works for a while and now they're newly designed and die cut! They space out your bag, if needed, leaving your brakes, brakes levers, and cables uninhibited. I've cataloged almost all the common front end bike setups with the Drawcord Handlebar Bag and Stuff Sack Harness attached, so compare it to your bike for optimal cable routing and spacer configuration.
New optional feature: a modular Foam Spacer Kit for the Drawcord Handlebar Bag can be included at no extra cost! Just select the box at checkout. These spacers work on both the upper and lower attachment points. Many bikes won't need these, but if you find your bag squishing up some cables, this is the answer. You can even run a cantilever brake cable through them!
This is a tutorial showing how to secure the Stuff Sack Harness for a bombproof mountain bike setup. The trick is to find the right size stuff sack so that it will rest on your suspension fork (may work with some rigid forks as well). The Oval Dry Bags can be rotated to get different dimensions. Measure the distance from the bottom of your handlebars to the top of your fork crown and match that to either one of the base dimensions.
This is the only handlebar bag that can be used with or without a stuff sack (same bag for both day rides and camping rides)! New features include side pockets and a removable cord that hooks over your stem. Available now in a variety of colors!
It's been a while since I've done a multi day bike camping trip. A few emails between my good buddies/teammate, Seth and Dave, and we were off on a nice long weekend adventure. The plan was to make our way to Connecticut and over to Massachusetts. Seth had researched a nice shelter along the Appalachian Trail a top Mount Everett that seemed like a perfect spot set up camp.
Designed like a Rando bag, but sized for a Porteur rack, this bag has the best of both worlds! Randonneuring is a cycling discipline where you ride a long distance in minimal time with little to no support. This requires easy access to food, rain gear and maps; exactly what this bag provides! It has a clear top case and compartments that face you while riding. Made for large porteur style racks, like those from Pass and Stow, Velo Orange, and Soma because bigger racks secure your load better. Just two buckles to remove! Don't worry about lugging around a big box like other Porteur bags. This one automatically collapses into a stylish shoulder bag when you remove two plastic inserts. For bikepacking, commuting, touring, and any type of bicycle riding!
Two days ago my water bottle cage broke off my fork on the trail above. In an effort to Leave No Trace, I'm offering a FREE SADDLEBAG to anyone that can recover my Fresh Air Hunter water bottle on Bolinas Ridge Trail between Bolinas-Fairfax Rd. and Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
New pannier backpacks have some refined details like buckled compression straps and an X-Pac liner. This one in Dark Royal Blue was custom ordered with interior pockets and a reflective strip. Check out the gallery!
Finally, a pannier backpack that doesn't have hardware digging in your back. We love rolltop bags because 'one size fits all'. This bag can be really big or pretty small. Front daisy chains are available to hook on stuff like shoes or a small pouch for easy to reach items.
All our panniers use an ultra-rugged attachment system made by Arkel. These things have sturdy aluminum rails and little brake pads that open and close onto the rack. Personally tested and approved in extreme conditions.
One interpretation of the perfect daily bag. Tailored to torso length like a backpacking bag but small enough to avoid a waist strap. Single front mesh pocket has plenty of stretch and volume. It is held closed by the Y-strap and so is the rest of the bag. Just one buckle to access. The integrated draw cord and compression system is easy to use and pulls the bag tight from the sides and the top.
Sweet setup broken in and on the trail. This Sycip was outfitted with Outer Shell Pannier Backpacks, and an Outer Shell Seatpack with a Carradice Bagman Expedition rack. Fully coated Cordura with marine vinyl linings. The seatpack liner has solvent welded seams meaning its 100% waterproof! Tested with about 6 in. H₂O pressure.
I've got too many bags! Here's a backpack I made a while back in lightweight fashion. The main front panel is made of one large piece of ripstop nylon (the stuff tents are made of) and has no holes sewn into the front of it. To increase water resistance, its only sewn on the edges. The rest of the bag is made of coated Cordura, except for a clear vinyl pocket up top. Remove the padded back piece to pack it down small.