When you’re running errands or joy riding a custom frame by a worthy builder, snagging a quality bag seems the next logical step.
We saw quite a few bags at NAHBS this year, from backpacks to frame bags ranging in material from lightweight synthetic to rugged quality leather. First up, the ILE Transfer-Race Day bag (pictured) is a lightweight bag that struck our eyes with crit season now upon us. It’s made with an XPAC sailcloth, and is spec’d to hold gear for the race, and for the commute afterwards with 7 compartments for anything from helmets to dirty socks.
Click through the break for ILE Transfer-Race Day closeups, and many many more bags…
The main compartment completely unzips for easy packing and easy airing. When zipped, it features side and top entry.
A top compartment can hold your phone, wallet and keys while side pockets are built for water bottles. On the outside is an elastic compartment to hold your helmet. All bags are handmade in California from US sourced materials. Pricing is $240 in both black and red.
Also in the booth was ILE’s new cordura nylon saddle bag, announced earlier this year. It runs $40 and is designed to hold all the standard road goodies (a tire, CO2 pump, a couple levers, and $20 for a taxi if those don’t fix the problem).
If you’re feeling flashy, you can order the bag in a range of colors.
Outside of their standard issue quality leather saddles, Brooks brought everything from bags to apparel. The Pickwick (pictured) is a simple roll top backpack made from a treated water resistant canvas. They sourced a ton of great materials, and used used Brooks leather for trim.
The bag’s packed with commuter features like internal pockets and a zippered stash pocket on the bottom. It’s available in five organic colors, the Pickwick retails at € 230. All materials are sourced in Europe and bags are made in Tuscany.
The Brooks Picacdilly is more or less a fashion piece knapsack, and will work great for any small commute. It’s a flaptop and features a single pocket on the inside and a small compartment for money and small goods. Handmade of entirely European sourced leather, it retails € 290.00 and comes in 5 colors.
No lightweight to touring, Brooks brought some killer panniers. The John O’ Groats front pannier and Lands End rear pannier (shown left to right) are made from synthetic fabrics keeping them lightweight. They each get a modern closure on the backside for snap on/snap off the bike functionality.
With two on the front and two on the rear you’ll get about 76 liters of storage area. Pricing for the John O’ Groats is € 110.00 per bag, while the Lands End is € 139.00 per bag.
Speaking of touring, Portland’s Tanner Goods rolled out some fresh builds with Cielo. Strictly previewing their bike gear at NAHBS, Tanner Goods will be breaking into the industry later this year with a few bike items.
A handlebar bag looks like a great addition to any commuter build, made with the same materials their line of backpacks. A waxed canvas, with leather straps, brass studs and fittings make this a classy piece that will last. Volume is 4 liters.
The frame bag gets all the bells and whistles of the handlebar bag and holds 4 liters.
Pricing for the handlebar and frame bags will be in the $200-$300 range, while the saddle bag will be in the $100 range. They’ll be available in Charcoal, Indigo, and Field Tan. Currently, the set’s only available with purchase of the Cielo x Tanner Goods bike, but the bags will hit the market officially in August.
On top of a large selection of messenger bags and backpacks, Baileyworks brought a slew of tt hip bags to the show. They’re designed to fasten on either the belt or on the bars and feature two velcro straps on the rear to lock ’em down. Baileyworks was cutting deals at NAHBS with a $20 price tag, but they’re well worth the standard $35.
We don’t see too many coloring books in the bike industry, but these were awesome. BaileyWorks teamed with Independent Fabrication to give some distraction to the children at the show.
Twin Six is always rolling out a steady collection of clothing, for on and off the bike, but their Banjo Brothers x Twin Six T6 Pack merits its own look.
Relatively low profile on the outside with some green snaz on the inside, the bag’s waterproof and featuring 5 pockets. It’s large enough for most grocery runs and retails at an affordable $95. If you’re looking at an even more affordable pack, check out the standard Banjo Brothers commuter backpack that retails at $85.