Saturday, December 26, 2009

We love you too, Back Alley Bikes

We can't say it like they do...

a recent blog post from one of our beloved the original here.

Bailey Works Messenger Bags

By backalleybikes

My XL Bailey Works SuperPro messenger bag is six years old and feels like a favorite hoodie. Over the course of my three year stint as a bike messenger, this bag hauled loads in excess of 60 lbs. more often than any bag should. A bag that can comfortably fit 8 reams of paper, extra clothing, bike tools, lunch, and coffee is a good bag. One that can keep all this stuff dry through a torrential downpour is a great bag.

I paid $150 for my bag in 2003. At the time it felt like a small fortune, but this bag has outlived several of my bicycles. My bag doesn’t endure the same abuse it once did, but it’s still there when I need it.

There are lots of messenger bags on the market, and most of them are very high quality and share a lot of the features of the Bailey bags, but in my experience the Baileys have the most bag for the buck, which is why we stock them. There’s lots of sizes and colors, and we always have a few at the shop.

Bailey Works Messenger Bags are excellent bags for the year-round cyclist. Waterproof, comfortable, voluminous, durable, American-made, and modestly priced, what’s not to love?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

WMD's in Action

Christmas is almost upon us, and the domestic cyclocross season wrapped up this past weekend with Nationals in Bend. Throughout the season, we had Whalemouth Duffels, affectionately known as WMD's, in action with both the Embrocation Cycling Journal and Richard Sachs cross teams.
The WMD is the perfect race day bag, holding your most important stuff, like... pants. Pants are good, we generally encourage folks to wear them, unless of course you are racing cyclocross.
The WMD is also the perfect platform to display your logo, or your mantra, as in the case of Richard Sachs' "ATMO", which is short for "according to my opinion". According to Richard, cross rules, and judging by the banner year that his team had, they did indeed rule.
Red bikes and red bags, it doesn't get much better than that.
So, the cross season is over, and the cycle begins anew, but you can buy your very own WMD, either from us, or the good folks at Embro, IF, or Richard Sachs. We'll pause to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, and then get back on the road to peddle our wares. In February we'll be at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Richmond.
If you do happen to see one of our WMD's or other bags lying around the lobby of a highway hotel somewhere down the road, fear not, they are harmless, probably just stuffed with pants.