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  • Feb 05 2018

    NEW: Souma Handlebar Bags for Brompton

    Anyone who has stopped into our shop on Hennepin Avenue (or browsed our website, for that matter) knows for a fact that we absolutely love bicycle bags. We have bags to fit just about any bike, and our selection of Brompton-specific bags is especially formidable. So we were thrilled to find out that Souma, a tiny company operating out of the Czech Republic, is making a handlebar bag that's unlike any the ones we were already stocking. We knew we had to get them in the store!

    Souma bag for 2017 handlebar in Topaz (show on a Brompton H2L in grey/black)
    There are many handlebar bags that could be used on a Brompton, but nearly all of them fit weirdly, or get in the way somehow, or simply flop awkwardly onto the concrete when you're folding the bike. These Souma bags, on the other hand, perfectly fill the unused space in the middle of your M- or H-type Brompton handlebars. They're easy to mount up with four leather straps and four heavy duty snaps. They don't flop around or interfere with the fold, and they keep your essentials within easy reach. A snap closure keeps your stuff inside when the bike is folded and the bag is upside down. It's a design that we've never seen before, and as soon as we saw it we wondered why the heck nobody had thought of it until now.

    Handmade in Brno, Czech Republic from full-grain leather, Souma bags are available in two versions to fit either your pre-2017 or current model M/H bar (for those who don't know, Brompton modified the shape of the M/H handlebar back in 2017 - see photos for clarification). The 2017 version is slightly smaller to fit the updated handlebar, and comes in three colors: Topaz (which matches Brooks "Honey" saddles), Brown, and Black. Folks with pre-2017 bikes can choose a brown or black bag.

    Souma bags for 2017 and newer bikes (left) and pre-2017 bikes (right), in black
    Souma bags for 2017 handlebar in (from left) black, brown, and topaz
    If you need color suggestions: Topaz looks especially nice with softer colors like grey and turkish green. Brown looks excellent on our nickel edition bikes. When in doubt, black looks good with everything (but we like it especially well with bright colors such as red or lime). Like any quality leather good, your Souma bag will acquire a unique and beautiful patina with time and use, so buy it, use it, and love it and know that you're only making it look cooler. Click here to check out Souma bags on our website.

  • Jan 11 2017

    The Transport Bag for Brompton by Radical Design | a Perennial Favorite

    Transport Bag for Brompton by Radical Design
    It’s a simple, yet fully functional bag that allows you to tote your Brompton wherever your feet will take you. Of the bag options for Brompton, this is the most compact of the full coverage bags. It’s also the lightest bag option that comes with a shoulder strap.
    Like the Brompton Cover and Saddle Bag, it quickly packs into a small bag that easily mounts to your saddle rails (or handlebars if you prefer). The Brompton Transport Bag zips fully open which means loading your Brompton is a breeze. There are two handles and a shoulder strap for easy portability, and the empty bag folds up nicely to slip into its saddle bag. Like all of Radical Design’s bags, it is made of DuPont Rip-Stop Cordura and uses continuous coil YKK zippers.
    Radical Design has been making great bags in Holland since 1990. They use top quality materials, and employ stitching methods meant to last a lifetime. Radical Design makes bags for recumbents, folding bikes and hikers as well as both cycling and walking trailers. They sell all the materials used in their bags separately. So you can fix and patch your old bag. Radical takes a holistic view regarding the health and safety of not only their workers but the workers of their suppliers as well, and values like honesty and quality over cost. Companies like Radical Design are few and far between; people that stay true and adhere to the K.I.S.S. method, Keep It Simple, Stupid. Radical Design
  • Apr 01 2015

    Zimbale Bike Bags 2.0

    zimbale: | zimbälē | • beautifully designed, hand crafted bicycle bags Zimbale Saddlebag Zimbale is back after a 2 year hiatus. Perennial Cycle is happy to have Zimbale back on the shelves and on our bikes! Zimbale is a small, hard-working group from Seoul, Korea that specialize in leather and cotton canvas bike bags. Before they stopped production Perennial Cycle had been selling their product for 3 seasons. Zimbale bags were always a clean blend of function and practicality with a classic look and style. It was obvious to us that the designers of the bags were passionate about cycling. Zimbale Bike Bags Below is an interview with Lee, the founder of Zimbale: 1.) Who owns Zimbale Bags? Mr. K.J.Lee, founder of Bookun ENI Corporation. I have over 10 years experience in the sewing industry 2.) Which bag in the current line is most like the very first Zimbale bag designed? This would be my favorite bag in the line, our 7 liter canvas saddlebag 3.) What other types of products are manufactured in the factory that Zimbale bags are made? A wide variety of backpacks, handbags, rucksacks, camping products and so on. 4.) Can you tell us what is currently being developed that might get added to the Zimbale product line? Our backroom R & D projects currently include an awesome pair of small panniers that I am very excited about. Also there is quite a bit of energy going into broadening our handlebar bag lineup. 5.) What is your favorite type of riding? Touring, on a Surly Bicycle... Surly Bikes are THE house favorite here at Zimbale. Many of us ride them. 6.) Where do the materials used in Zimbale bags come from? Nearly all of our materials originate in Korea. 7.) Is the canvas used in Zimbale bags truly waterproof ? YES! We apply a double coating system to all of our canvas. The outer canvas is wax coated and inner canvas is PU coated. We believe this is the best way to assure a waterproof bag with a nice feel to it. Also of note is that we test the canvas and the bags under the harshest conditions so that we can be 100% confident in its performance. 8.) What are you most excited about now that you are coming back to the bike bag market after the 2 year break? Here in Korea as well as abroad we have seen a big growth in both cycle commuting and bike-camping these past 2 years. Zimbale designs have always focused on developing our bags for these types of riders. Our Zimbale Version 2.0 has a number of improvements that make our bags sure to satisfy even the very high mileage riders that are using their bikes for the most challenging riding. The gravel races that take place in your part of the US are a good example of what our bags will handle without fail. 9.) Is there anything else that you would like to say? When we introduced the first generation of Zimbale Bags our motto was "Beyond Your Expectation".  As a newcomer to the bicycle bag market, everyone at Zimbale believed that if we worked to go "Beyond Your Expectation" we could be successful.  Now our motto is "More than Well-Made." We are very proud of the quality and design of our bags and this is reflected in our entire product line. Check out this lovely album of pics that we created on Flickr: Zimbale Flickr Album While Zimbale's classic designs using leather and cotton canvas have a similar aesthetic to our ever-beloved Carradice bike bags from England, each brand has it's own unique identity and offering choices in bike bags is important at Perennial Cycle. We know that some people will be drawn to each company's products. Some because of the variation in each brand's look and others for each brand's specific designs. For example, a camera buff may prefer the boxier shape of the Zimbale bags while a weekend tourer might prefer organizing his or her goodies in the more tubular Carradice bag.
  • Feb 23 2015

    Carradice Harris Tweed City Folder for Brompton

    Caaradice, Harris Tweed & Brompton Carradice of Nelson bike bags have long been the standard among randonnuer riders around the globe. Being 100% reliable and intensely durable are essential features in that cycling arena. Carradice has proven itself to be one of the most dependable brands through the test of time (and very hard use). Carradice of Nelson Perennial Cycle has been importing Carradice from England for nearly 20 years and were the first in North America to import the Brompton specific Carrradice City Folder (see a 2008 Shopcast post HERE). When Carradice introduced the Stockport City Folder for Bromptons (including S bar types) we were quick to bring them across the pond and introduce them to North America.

    Carradice Originals City Folder, Stockport and City Folder in Harris Tweed Edition Carradice Originals City Folder, Stockport City Folder and the new Harris Tweed Edition City Folder

    This past fall Carradice introduced their Harris Tweed bags and we fell in love with the look that tweed added to an already iconic design. Now Carradice has added a Harris Tweed City Folder and Perennial Cycle purchased the first production run (obviously we’re a bit excited about this bag). The Harris Tweed bags add tweed flaps onto the waterproof cotton duck, so the bags are just as weatherproof as the non-tweed models. Here are some pictures of the Tweed City Folder:

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