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: ahearne cycles, hufnagel cycles, leif erikson, oregon, portland, ride
My friend Jordan texted me last night asking if I wanted to go on a ride in the morning. I’ve been trying to motivate myself to get out this entire past week. Sometimes you just need a little push. I had to go. I didn’t have time to put the knobbies on the Ahearne this morning so I rode Leif Erikson/Saltzman with slicks, fenders, lights and all! It was pretty awesome, although a bit jarring at times. Slightly larger tires with slightly less air pressure are definitely in order next time around.
Upon our arrival back into town we swung by Coffee House NW hoping to catch our friend Tim at work. Unfortunately he wasn’t there, so we opted for Half&Half which just so happens to be my favorite coffee shop in downtown PDX. Go there. We sat outside sipping sodas and soaking up the midday sun. Our feets looked especially muddy compared to this man’s khaki’s…
Thanks for a good ride today Jordan, I had a lot of fun! Let’s do it again soon.
P.S. Oh, this is what the Ahearne looked like the last time I rode through Forest Park.
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!