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  • Mar 02 2019

    Buzz for B&W's B3 (BIG BIKE BAG)

    I have been a fan of cycling bags for as long as I've been into bikes. A bike shifts from a toy to a tool as soon as you fit a bag to it. High quality bags that are feature rich are common and we stock a massive assortment at Perennial Cycle. Mind you, B&W's B3 is not like any of the other bags in the shop. A bike bag with pannier hooks AND a handle, rollerblade wheels and the ability to roll around like a suitcase... amazing!

    B&W is a German manufacturer of cases for taking bikes, wheels, toolkits, etc all over the world.
    The B3 is their first bag designed to mount onto a bike and they transferred designs of their amazing cases for flight right into the B3 Bike Pannier.

    The pannier hooks are compatible with rather massive range of rack tubing diameters (1/4" - 5/8"). Using the pannier hook adjustment lock you can custom fit the hook to your rack. This way the bag won't end up rattling on the rack.
    While the pannier hooks snap on the rack tightly, there's also a nifty locking hook that you can flip to prevent the bag from launching no matter what your riding style.

    This bag has a lot of nice features (beyond the rollers w/handle).
    - The rubberized fabric with nylon interior is 100% WATERPROOF.
    - The rolltop design makes sure that no water will get in, no matter hard the rain is coming down.
    - The compression strap helps keep your items from shifting, even when there's not a lot in the bag.
    - Reflective lettering on the back as well as on the side of the bag improve visibility at night.
    - Over 2,000 cu.in. of capacity (and if you really want to fill it up, you can open up the rolltop and get nearly 3,000 cu.in. in!
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    Stop by the shop and see how it fits on your bike. I'm pretty confident that you'll like it (a lot!). It is definitely designed to carry a lot, yet not break your back getting it into your office. It's also clear that is designed and manufactured to last for years of regular use.

    QUICK LINKS:
    - B&W B3 (Big Bike Bag)
    - Bike Bags (full Selection)
    - B & W Brompton Case

  • Feb 28 2019

    Arkel's Signature Series adds BB Handlebar Bag

    Arkel has been designing and hand crafting bike bags in Canada for over 20 years. ALL of their bags are built to last tens of thousands of miles of use. Arkel has been a favorite brand here at Perennial Cycle for over 15 years. The Signature Series is an example of why we love their product.

    Arkel’s newest addition to their Signature Series, the BB Handlebar Bag, offers cyclists a compelling option for those looking to ride with just the essentials.

    Made with high-quality 1000 denier Cordura, waterproof liner and fully taped seams, the BB Handlebar Bag is ready for any adventure you can throw at it.

    At 4 L (244 cu in), the BB Handlebar Bag can carry anything from compact cameras and windbreakers to wallets, mini U Locks, battery packs and snacks for the road.

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    Here at Perennial Cycle we’ve been experimenting with this bag’s potential as a Brompton Handlebar bag. We've found it to be an nice match even when folded!

    Paired up with a Fidlock Magnetic closure, this bag makes packing and unpacking a breeze.

    The BB Handlebar Bag comes equipped with velcro loops on the bag for easy attachment (which also makes for easy transfers between bikes) as well as a removable shoulder strap for transitioning from the saddle to the cafe! The BB Handlebar Bag comes in the classic Arkel colors (black, olive, and copper) which blend in perfectly with Arkel’s other entries in the Signature Series. 

  • Feb 19 2019

    Carradice Kicks it New School

    Just when I thought I knew a company so well, they surprise me. I've been working with Carradice for over 20 years and Carradice has been making classic, long-wearing and extremely weatherproof bags for over 80 years. Yet until the new Lightweight Audax Saddlebag came out, there had not been a cordura bag in the lineup.

    Carradice Lightweight Audax Saddlebag
    Waterproof cordura with bright, contrasting liner and nylon buckles and loops.
    Modernized, yet true to the brand in that these are very long lasting bags that are up to keeping your stuff dry in extreme weather.

    The Lightweight Audax has similar dimensions and weight as the Originals Barley Saddlebag, though the Audax is 35% lighter weight.
    The picture shows an Audax on a Bagman Sport QR bag support (by Carradice).

    We consider Carradice the original bike camping brand. For over 80 years Carradice has been hand making bicycle bags in the UK. They have a range of bags to suit a wide variety of uses, but at the core of ALL of their bag designs is being durability and weatherproof.

    Carradice Lightweight Audax Saddlebag

    The new Audax Saddlebag is selling very well and while Carradice initially brought it to market as a limited edition, they have determined that there is great demand for a lighter and slightly less expensive Carradice saddlebag.

    Lightweight Audax & Barley
    Lightweight Audax on the left and Originals Barley on the right

    Quick Links:
    Carradice Sadddlebags
    Carradice Lightweight Audax Saddlebag
    Carradice Bagman Saddlebag Supports

  • 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.

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