Tags: custom, handlebar bag, hufnagel cycles, lemolo baggage, made in portland oregon, waxed canvas
I’d like to start off by saying that I don’t do much custom stuff anymore. Very rarely in fact does my busy schedule allow me to take on a fully custom project. I recently made a exception…
Bicycle handlebar bags have gained a lot of popularity it seems in the past couple of years. I tried my hand at making one for my friend Mitch (M.A.P. Bicycles) a few years ago (photos) which paired nicely with a set of small panniers I had also constructed for him. Pretty happy with how it turned out, but wasn’t ready to start producing at that time. I recently completed another. Sort of a last-minute project for my good friend and shopmate Jordan (Hufnagel Cycles). I could not have been more pleased with how the bag turned out. I’d like to, in time, have a very similar production model for sale. It will pair nicely with the improved Tool Roll (if we can ever manage to finish a second round).
As per Jordan’s request there is no leather on this bag. It is constructed mainly of waxed canvas and cotton webbing, with a bit of metal hardware here and there. A hand pounded Lemolo badge and custom hooks made by Jordan express, in my opinion, the simple and subtle hand-made elegance of the bag. This is a one-of-a-kind, enjoy…
I really really hope to have a production model similar to this bag in the future. It will take some time though. As always, feedback is welcomed.
Tags: bicycle, custom, lemolo baggage, oregon, pereira cycles, porteur, portland
Here are a few professional shots taken of the latest bike/bag project Tony and I have worked on together. This is what Tony has to say about it…
This is the latest evolution of what I like to call the Gentlemen’s Bicycle. Designed for urban transportation, this bike is equipped with integrated dynamo-powered lighting, fenders, cargo rack with custom bag and built-in security lock. Upright riding position is ideally suited for visibility in city traffic. As with all Pereira Cycles, the Gentlemen’s Bicycle is built to order for each rider’s needs.
Tags: baggage, custom, embrocation, lemolo
Working on a special project for Embrocation (see their blog here). Check out a sneak peek photo of the baggage in-progress below…
Sorry for the lack of words the past few weeks. I have been very busy inside and outside of Lemolo. One notable happening outside of Lemolo is that my brother Lucas just got hitched to his long time partner Rachel! Congratulations you guys, I love you!
I hope to start posting more regularly again… we’ll see how that goes.
Tags: bicycle, bike, custom, handbuilt, hufnagel cycles, sean bob, uccello racks
My friend Sean Bob has just started getting his custom rack business off the ground here in Portland. I am really excited about this because, as I’ve found with most things, getting started is one of the hardest parts. He has recently launched his blog which I hope will soon start filling up with lots of posts about awesome racks of all shapes and sizes. Sean Bob is working out of the Hufnagel shop alongside my good friend Jordan so, not surprisingly, I expect to see even more great things rolling out of that building in the not-so-distant future.
So, if your in the market for a new rack, or you’re just curious to see even more of what Portland can offer you and your bicycle be sure to check him out!
Tags: bike show, bikes, custom, hand made, Lemolo Bags, oregon manifest, panniers, portland oregon, What's New!
Soo if you haven’t already heard, the (first annual) Oregon Manifest show is happening right here in our very own Portland, Oregon on October 10 & 11, 2008. That’s only three weeks away!
I am happy to report that I will be manning a Lemolo booth and plan on having the entire line of Lemolo baggage on display, plus I will be showing off a new project I have been working on… panniers! I just finished prototyping my first set of Lemolo Panniers and they are…in my opinion… totally awesome! I am very excited about the look and functionality of these bags. Come see them for the first time in-person at Oregon Manifest. If that’s not reason enough for you to go then I don’t know what is.
Ooooh wait, I just thought of a bunch more reasons to attend the show. Check them out on the exhibitor page of the Oregon Manifest website.
If you’re an out-of-towner and are on the fence about making the trip here for the show, let me try and give you a few reasons to make it happen…
1). Bikes. There are going to be some really amazing bikes on display from some top-notch builders. Meet your future custom bike builder at Oregon Manifest.
2). Parties. I expect there to be a few worth finding out about.
3). Rapha. There will be an ever-so-cool Rapha roller race on Saturday night following the show.
4). Cross. That’s right! Cross racing all day on Sunday!
5). Vacation. Because if your not from here that means your on vacation, and who doesn’t like to take a vacation?!
Check out the schedule page of the Oregon Manifest website for a full list of events.
See you in a few weeks!
Tags: Backpacks, bags, bike, car free, custom, Lemolo Bags, made in portland oregon, messenger, prices
I’m sure a lot of you know that I’ve stopped taking orders for the past few weeks. I have actually still been working this whole time trying to finish up my waiting list. Getting pretty close to that goal now! I am planning on coming back “on-line” soon. There will be a few changes when I do.
The first is price. I have been really struggling to make ends meet with the business in it’s current state. Not sure how many of you know this, but it has been a rather uprooting time for me lately. I have moved twice in the last 3 months and taken on another job. I now live in SE Portland just south of Powell and work 3+ days a week at a little coffee shop up on Mississippi Avenue in NE Portland. The new job has cut into time at the bag shop, but has also ensured that all my bills get paid on time. You do what you have to do to make ends meet.
There are more reasons why prices are going up. Cost and shipping are a couple of them. Everything seems to cost more these days. I do buy as much fabric and hardware as I can locally which cuts down on shipping costs but takes up my time. I am living car-free which means I pick up multiple (60″ wide) rolls of fabric with my bike and then ride them to the shop. Time = money… which makes sense because these days feel about half as long as when I was a kid. 🙂 Where does the time go?
A lot of myself goes into each bag I make. I try to combine colors together in interesting ways to create unique, stylish, very functional bags for everyday use. When you order a Lemolo bag you know the name of the person who put it all together. From the first few sketches of a new design, to picking up raw fabric, down to the last few stitches. That person is me, and my name is Elias.
I hope this has helped you all understand my position a little bit more. I am doing the best I can at the best possible price I can do it at. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
As of August 1, 2008 this is the new price list for all Lemolo Bags I am currently offering…
$325 – LARGE Backpack
$285 – Portland Backpack (coming soon!)
$250 – Heather Size Backpack
$85 – Basket Bag
$65 – Hip Pouch
Thanks for all the support you have all been giving me recently, and over the past couple years of bag making. Keep riding and keep smiling!
Tags: backpack, basket bag, custom, customer bags, heather size, Lemolo Bags, made in portland oregon
Today I received emails from a couple people who’ve purchased bags from me… and they sent pictures! Getting thank you emails is pretty much the best thing ever. I’d like to thank everyone I’ve received follow-up emails from, it really means a lot to me.
Marissa has been using her Custom (Heather Size) Backpack in SF since March ’08 and is about to take it with her on a 3 week trip to Europe. Thanks for the picture Marissa, have a fantastic trip!
P.S. I like your shoes.
Nick from Alabama, who got his Basket Bag about a week ago, didn’t waste any time getting a few pictures off to me. Here are a couple he took with the bag sitting snugly in the basket on his beautiful Kogswell P/R. Nice ride Nick!
Tags: backpack, custom, Lemolo Bags, made in portland oregon, messenger bag, one foot in front, screen print, waterproof
The latest Lemolo to hit the streets of Portland… and it’s mine! That’s right, I made myself a new bag. If you see me around town, feel free to say hi. There is something unique about this bag, something I’ve not tried before. Check out the pictures and read about it below…
This is the very first bag to bare my logo… but that’s not what I’m getting at… the point is how it got there. I had my friend Keegan screen print it on, and I really couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out! Keegan and his girlfriend Katie work out of the same building as I do. They do amazing work, check them out… here… here… and here. I am considering offering screen printing as an option on the Lemolo LARGE Backpack. We are still working out the details, but it might be a reality soon. Personally, I am really excited about the prospects of this venture and look forward to working with Keegan on future projects. If you are thinking about a Lemolo LARGE Backpack and are interested in getting it screened let me know and we’ll see what we can work out.
I took some photos while Keegan was working. Here he is doing his thing…
finding the right paint and mixing it to exactly the right color.
getting everything lined up just right.
after a couple trial runs we are ready to go
Sooooo like I mentioned above. If your in the market for a big “messenger style” backpack and you wanna go all-out with it, let me know.
I leave for NYC tomorrow morning (eaaaaaarly) so I’ll be relatively unavailable for about a week. See ya when I get back!
Tags: backpack, custom, Lemolo Bags, messenger bag, portland oregon
Until recently I had no intention to make a larger backpack. Things change. My brother has been talking about converting from messenger bag to backpack… and it’s hard to say no to family. I told him I would give it my best shot.
Well, things came together much quicker and nicer than I could have hoped! After completing his bag I realized in retrospect that there were only a few very minor changes I would have made if I made another one (that’s a good sign). Sometimes it takes a few prototypes to really get what you want. I am very, very pleased with how it turned out and am thinking of making a few more! If you think you need a larger backpack than the Heather Size then check this one out!
This pack measures 10″x14″ at the base and has compression straps on the sides and bottom to hold things together when your not carrying a full load. Two extra large 3-D pockets hide under the main flap. Back padding and side pockets come standard. This backpack will also feature 2 rather large flat inside pockets as well.
This is serious baggage, by far the most technical of bags that I have made. I wanted to offer a lot of options with this bag (big pockets, compression straps, back padding, etc.) while still keeping it looking simple and un-cluttered.
The starting price for this bag will be $260. Email me if you think you might be intested in a Lemolo LARGE Backpack.
Tags: 2008, bicycle, bike, bike show, custom, nahbs, north american handmade bicycle show, oregon, portland
North American Handmade Bicycle Show is only a couple weeks away! It’s going to be awesome! Come meet the builders, dream, drool and take pictures. It’s all going down Feb. 8th-10th here in Portland, Oregon.
Hopefully everyone who needs to take a flight, hop the train, or book a hotel has already solidified their reservations. As I’m sure most of you know, this is going to attract quite a crowd. I imagine everything will fill up soon if it’s not full already.
Most of Portland’s own will be there showing off their stuff, but not all! I know for a fact that Mitch (of M.A.P. Bicycles) is not showing this year, but I believe he will be hanging out with Joseph and Pete in the Ahearne booth if you want to find him (be sure to pick up an Ahearne Flask Holster while your there). I have seen Mitch’s work first hand and it is nothing less than top notch! He really knows his stuff and his attention to detail is almost obsessive (in a good way). If your in the market for a hand built frame and are not sure who you are going with yet be sure to check out his work. You’ll be glad you did.
See you in a couple weeks!