Lemolo Handlebar Bag

September 4, 2011 at 9:18 am | Posted in bicycle, handbuilt, Lemolo Bags | 7 Comments
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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.



In Progress – Photos From The PGFactory Floor

July 18, 2011 at 11:14 am | Posted in Lemolo Bags | Leave a comment
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Got to check out some Lemolo fabric awaiting the cut and stitch when I stopped by PGF last week. Really exciting to see my designs laid out over all of that raw fabric, ready to be cut. Here are some photos from my visit…

I’ve been working towards this for a very long time. Everything seems to be falling into place, not always as expected, but it is all coming together in it’s own way. I’m trying not to force anything, let it come together as it does. Doing my best to take set-backs in stride and not sweat the small stuff. This approach has take a bit of extra time, but I think that is paying off. As new opportunities seem to continually arise in that “extra” time that would have seemed otherwise wasted. I am very excited and proud of the product I am creating and am getting ever more anxious as the finish date draws nearer and nearer. This is a very exciting time!

I will try to continue to keep you all updated as notable progress is made.



Otter Wax, Gear PDX… and Ice Cream!

July 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Posted in portland, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Made in Portland has such a great ring to it, doesn’t it?! There are so many talented people in this city it continues to blow my mind on a daily basis. Creative capital of the USA! I would like to make note of three companies that you may or may not have heard of. The first I’d like to mention is Otter Wax. I had the opportunity of meeting up with Chris a few days ago. A great dude with a fantastic product to offer. We are hoping to meet up again early this coming week. Good things will come of this! A bit about Otter Wax, straight from the source…

OTTER WAX is the first and only water repellent wax that doesn’t utilize paraffin, silicone, or other synthetic ingredients. In fact, it was our search for a 100% natural waterproofing method that led us to create our product in the first place. We’ve tested OTTER WAX against the other methods, and have formulated our wax to be highly effective and environmentally friendly.

Most oil-finish waxes we’ve tested contain paraffin (a by-product of the crude oil refining process), and leave behind an unpleasant odor and shiny finish. The oil-finish waxes generally come in a small canister and are applied using a rag and heat source such as a blow dryer; A method that is both time-consuming and messy.

While the petroleum odor subsided in a couple of weeks, so did it’s ability to keep us dry. OTTER WAX comes in an easy-to-apply bar, and lasts for months between applications even with heavy use.

You will be hearing more about Otter Wax from me and many others in the near future I am sure. To find out more go to their website at http://www.otterwax.com/

A quick shout out to Dylan of GearPDX. I met Dylan last night through mutual friends, one of which is going on a epic cycling journey soon (have fun Nate!). I got to check out a few his products but haven’t seen the whole line in person yet. What I did see looked great though! Fashionable cycling street wear, all proudly made here in Portland. Check them out at http://gearpdx.com/

Was sharing a few pints and good conversation with some friends at APEX on the 4th of July (whooooo! America!) when our good friend Chad rolled up in his ice cream truck! Chad, you couldn’t have had better timing. If you haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy Fifty Licks Ice Cream before you are really missing out! They can be found all over town sharing smiles and unique flavors from the truck, some of which include Slabtown Whiskey, Maple Bacon, and Stumptown Coffee. Sooooo good. For a list of of other ice cream flavors and to find out where you can get Fifty Licks see their website at http://www.fifty-licks.com/

That’s all for now, Louis has a dog park date with is besty Zombie… don’t want to be late!


Petite vs. Portland

April 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Backpacks, Lemolo Bags, What's New! | Leave a comment
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I’ve already had a bit of interest in the new backpack design… thought some comparative photos might help give you all a better idea of the actual size of the bag. Like I mentioned before, it is a bit smaller and will sit a little higher up on the back than the Portland Backpack. Although I am labeling it the Petite Backpack it is not a super small bag… it just happens to be the smallest backpack I currently make.

Here are some pictures of my personal bag (a Portland Backpack) and the Petite Backpack (the bag on the left in all photos). The top left picture makes the bags look like they stand almost the same hight. That is a bit deciving as my bag is slouching a bit due to the fact that it has been used almost daily the past few months. A new Portland Backpack would stand slightly taller.

As far as fit goes, the Petite Backpack suits a person with a shorter mid section and all-around smaller frame best. It is a shorter backpack so it might feel like it was riding pretty high up on someone with a long torso. You’ll probably notice from the pictures that the shoulder straps are a bit closer together at the neck area as well. This helps the bag ride more snuggly on shoulders considered anything but broad. I made this backpack for my friend Lynnsy, so naturally I thought it best to have her model it.

Like I mentioned above, if this bag becomes a production item it will be the smallest of Lemolo backpacks offered. That being said, it is still a good sized bag that will certainly be able to carry enough stuff for an overnight… or 2 depending on how you pack.


Pannier Details

October 31, 2008 at 8:32 am | Posted in handbuilt, Lemolo Bags, What's New! | Leave a comment
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Lemolo Bags Panniers measure approx. 6″x9″ at the bottom and taper slightly getting a little bit larger at the mouth of the bag. As you can see from the pictures they feature a roll top and flap system. There is 11″ from the bottom of the bag to the top of the mounting hardware and 19″ from bottom to top of an unfurled bag… so you get a little bit more usable space depending on how much you roll it down. I use Arkel mounting hardware which is extremely adjustable and should work with the majority of racks out there, if not all.


These bags will be sold in sets (2 bags) for $275. Included in that price is your choice of inside/outside colors. Trim is always black. Click here to see all Lemolo Bags Pannier pictures.

Pannier pictures!

October 9, 2008 at 9:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Here are a few glamour shots of my new panniers… more info coming soon!



July 31, 2008 at 11:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Dear Friends,

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!


Customer Bags!

June 17, 2008 at 11:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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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!

Oooh the possibilities!

May 16, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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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… herehereand 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

and……… done!

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!


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