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SECTOR GUIDE: Luggage

BikeBiz lists some of the pannier bags, rucksacks, baskets and related paraphernalia available…
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Chicken Cyclekit
Chicken Cyclekit is now distributing FastRider luggage in the UK. Established in 1966 by Hesling Products, the FastRider luggage range is well suited to the wet UK market, with models ranging from the fully waterproof Aquadus bags to more conventionally styled Canvas bag ranges. Some are available with the Fast Lock Quick Carrier system (FLQC) that allows riders to unlock their bags and lift them off, instantly turning them into convenient shopping bags. Chicken also has frame and saddle bags available from the SKS and JetBlack brands. The full range can be seen at www.chickenb2b.co.uk. More details are also available via the sales office.
01525 381347

Extra
The Italian-made Brooks Pickwick Pack is a versatile canvas roll-top backpack. Made from water-resistant cotton and genuine Brooks leather trim, the Pickwick has been designed by André Klauser in London and is manufactured in the hills of Tuscany. The backpack features one secret pocket and one extra compartment, both hidden on the back of the bag, complete with all-important waterproof zips.

The pockets and roll-top system close towards the back, so the bag maintains a sleek appearance while keeping belongings safe.

Extra also stocks the Topeak line-up, including the Drybag pannier. This fully seam-sealed, sonically welded 850 Denier bag comes with roll top closure for maximum protection from the elements. The Topeak Hook and Lock system attaches securely to racks and makes fitting and removal a snap. It sports 3M reflective elements and slideable hooks for exact positioning.
01933 672170

Greyville
Six year old brand T-One has been busy winning internationally recognised awards including Innobike and the iF product design award. New to the UK market in 2013 via Greyville, the brand takes environmental responsibility seriously – all T-One products comply with REACH and packaging is made from recycled card.

The initial product range includes bottle cages, bike alarms, grips, toolkits, carriers, panniers, handlebar bags and Q/R fittings. Of those are three handy models of handlebar stem mounted bags with an easy to operate Q/R stem fitting bracket. The Carry More is produced in water resistant denier nylon with 3M reflective beading. It measures 14 x 10 x 5 cms, comes in a choice of black or white and retails at £17.95. The smaller Naro measures 9 x 14 x 4 cms is produced in black thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), retailing £14.95. The Carry On is produced in water resistant denier nylon, measures 12 x 10 x 5 cms and makes use of easy opening velcro. RRP is £17.95.
01543 251328

Madison
The new Thule EnRoute Daypack range was recently shown off at Madison’s iceBike* trade show. This outdoor inspired laptop daypack range is pitched at outdoor enthusiasts, students and the urban commuter, with overflowing amounts of pockets and compartments to store and protect daily gear, including laptops and tablets. The EnRoute Mosey Daypack, for instance, is a 28 litre hooded daypack, with a large main compartment featuring a padded top-load sleeve for a laptop as well as a slip pocket for an iPad/tablet. There are two side heat-moulded, crush-proof SafeZone compartments to safeguard fragile gear, plus airflow channels for ventilation, padded backstraps, integrated custom closure system so it easily slides together and releases, as well as a stash pocket on the hood to keep small items for instant access.
Thule backs up its products with a 25-year warranty on each bag.
01908 326000

Moore Large
Outeredge’s brand new 2013 luggage line-up includes the Impulse range, designed for a variety of uses. The secure and multi-purpose bag is ideal for commuting, short trips or a dash across town. The collection includes large panniers (left or right), a rack bag, saddle bags (small or large) and a laptop pannier. The bags are constructed in 600D poly with grey/black PVC trimming, all featuring reflective strips retailing from £11.99 to £49.99.

Also new to the Outeredge range are the Hydrotrail and Hydrorace bags. The ten litre Hydrotrail is a multi-layer backpack with a two litre easy open bladder and a cooling, ventilated mesh back (retailing at £39.99). The Hydrorace is a lightweight seven litre backback with a two litre easy open bladder and side pockets, retailing at £24.99. A range of bladders and accessories are also available. For more information on the range dealers should contact their area manager or email
sales@moorelarge.co.uk.

Paligap
Axiom’s flagship series, Modular GrandTour panniers, are designed for serious bicycle touring. These premium bags feature Axiom’s Sonictech polyester, which is 100 per cent waterproof and lighter and more durable than tarpaulin. The Modular GrandTour panniers are at the centre of a series of complementary touring bags designed to be mixed and matched. The bags are loaded with features – like a clever load management strap system and waterproof construction – and mount securely using a Clip ‘N’ Strap system. External pockets can be removed when not in use, and the panniers come in 30L, 45L and 60L versions from £145 RRP.
For riders on more of a budget the Randonee Aero 60, 40 and 20 offer similar features without the modular accessory option. Those prices start from £95.

Gran Fondo Seatpacks are available too, sporting 600D water-resistant polyester, sewn construction and a Rail-tie quick-release bracket that rotates 90 degrees and has 45mm of fore/aft slider adjustment. Coming in two sizes, prices start from £20 RRP.
01454 313116

Polaris
When it comes to luggage Polaris says it has something for everyone. The brands tells BikeBiz there are some luggage-style developments due to land this year, but in the meantime there is a padded cargo bag made from a really tough high quality nylon. Each bag comes with its own tool wrap and removable wheel bags. This is Polaris’ cheapest option and ideal for those going to the Alps with a heavier bike but needing added protection with minimal weight gain.

The next wrung in the Polaris bike case ladder is the EVA bike pod, made from an EVA foam designed to maximise impact resistance whilst minimising weight.

Polaris’ crème de la crème of bike cases is the Bike Pod Pro, designed and constructed here in the UK, the Pod Pro not only offers top-notch protection but it also meets even the most stringent baggage restrictions, Polaris tells us. As it’s made in the UK using batch production, Polaris holds a good supply of spares for every little piece of the Pod, ideal for making each Pod last.
01246 291100

Raleigh
The Avenir 100 per cent waterproof range includes pannier, handlebar and saddle bags. Using super secure welded seam technology and technical materials, they make use of an exclusive multi-adjust pannier fitting system so single rear panniers can be adjusted for a perfect fit. They all come with waterproof zips, reflective details and 420D-840D TPU laminated nylon fabric.

Also from Raleigh comes the new Looxs range – a design-led offering for the casual, touring or commuting cyclist. The lifestyle range includes waterproof construction along with Rixen Kaul vario fittings. The line-up includes the Barolo, forged from genuine leather, coming with a padded laptop compartment, adjustable shoulder strap and internal pocket with organiser. Similarly, the Postino Office comes with adjustable shoulder straps, reflective details but is made from water resistant polyester. Find out about the full range from Raleigh through the usual channels.
01773 532600 

Roofbox
German brand B&W’s Bike Case is the latest generation ‘Bike Safe’ and can even handle DH bikes. The aluminium anti-shock frame holds the bike frame securely and comes with has adapters. It includes four wheels (and a fifth centre wheel to support heavier loads) handles in sensible places, two padded wheel bags and numerous other usability features.

Slightly smaller is the B&W Bike Box, for transporting road and MTBs. It should comfortably fit into an average estate car, with the rear seats up, and will accommodate frames to 62cm. Two padded wheel bags are included as well as fork distance keepers and foam padding for key components.

Finally, the B&W Bike Bag has most of the advantages of a box – like an alloy anti-shock frame set in a 27cm high ABS plastic shell to protect the cranks, chain rings and rear mechs. B&W bike cases are distributed in the UK by John Jordan. bike-cases.co.uk

SKS
SKS might be best known for pumps and mudguards, but it also stocks a few luggage items, including the energy bag. Sitting within arms’ reach on the front top tube, it secures with Velcro attachments and is ideal for energy bars, money, phone, keys and similar essentials. With reflective details and a 50g volume, RRP is £12.99. The Triangle bag is, you’ll be surprised to hear, a triangular frame bag made of sturdy material and space for tools and spare inner tubes. Safely secured through three Velcro strap attachments and flexible reinforcements, it sports all-round reflective strips and retails at £14.99. SKS is available from Chicken Cyclekit, Madison and Raleigh.
www.sks-germany.com

SRAM
SRAM’s new Carry-on Roller Bag is compliant with most major airline carry-on regulations, so won’t need to be checked in. Including a deep main compartment, multiple inner and outer pockets, a padded shell, soft neoprene handle, durable edge piping, smooth roller wheels and outer duffle bag handles, this 40litre bag is £109.99.

The Cycling Kit Duffle Bag (£99.99) comes with pockets for shoes, helmet, and smaller items – and a ventilated side pocket for damp items. Under the Zipp banner, the Wheel Bag provides individually padded pockets for wheels and a stuff sack for CO2 cartridges, mini pumps and the like. The dual wheel bag is £109.00, the single is £69.99. Also under the Zipp moniker is the Gear Bag, coming with 13 item-specific pockets to keep gear organised. Designed with input from Zipp athletes, there’s a two-part main compartment with a separate chamber for wetsuit or dirty clothes.. RRP is £119.99. SRAM is available via Fisher. 01727 798345

Weldtite
Adie wicker baskets are understandably proving popular with the Dutch bikes crowd, boosted with the growth of retro and lifestyle bike ranges. Available as either an 18-inch or 16-inch D shape the latter is also available in a version that links with ATB hangers for quick release.

It’s not just wicker baskets, however. Adie also has a black metal range suitable both road bicycles and mountain bikes. There’s a front mesh basket available with a plastic or metal holder and an open style front basket with ATB/STD, which is also available in a different style. We also offer an open style, large rear basket complete with two metal fixing plates. The Adie line-up is available to dealers from the usual Weldtite distributors.
http://weldtite.co.uk

Zyro
Altura has an expansive luggage range, including best sellers like the entry level Arran range, ideal for leisure and occasional use, the all-round waterproof Dryline range and the commuting friendly Urban bags. Speed seatpacks are also incredibly popular, Zyro tells us, available in a variety of colours and sizes.

Also available from the distributor is the Rixen Kaul range, from which the Reisenthel Fun Bag comes. Retailing at £59.99, this sporty Fun bag is fixed in seconds with the extra flat adapter plate, but can also be used for walking round town using an adjustable shoulder belt. The big front flap with magnetic closure and the practical interior are designed to manage the daily routine. A handlebar bracket is included with the bag

Also from Rixen Kaul is the Reisenthel Style Bag (£59.99) a stylish number with hidden technical features like an adapter plate that snaps into the Klickfix handlebar adapter or can be carried over the shoulder. The Reisenthel Bike Basket (£59.99) also comes with a helping of style. The textile basket has a unique aluminium frame with KLICKfix coupling, inner and outer compartments, mobile phone compartment, drawstring cover, detachable multi-purpose pocket and inner compartment with zipper.
01845 521742

Vaude
Vaude’s Bike Alpin 25+5 is a backpack with a full line-up of standard features for all manner of endeavours. The FLASH shoulder strap adjustment and mesh back boost comfort and reliable ventilation, while the 25 litre carrying volume is divided into a bottom compartment for better organisation, and can be expanded an extra five litres when needed. There’s a helmet holder, side compression straps, padded hip belt with pocket, reflective elements and more.

Also from Vaude is rear pannier Augsberg, made from durable PVC-free material and welded water tight. Available in two sizes and a Eurobike Gold Award winner (in 2010), the bag has inner Velcro pockets, front zip pocket, removable hip belt and laptop compartment
sales@vaude.co.uk

Silverfish
The plaudit-winning EVOC bike bag swallows 29ers, TT bikes, DH bikes and MTBs with ease, so the rider doesn't have to spend forever fiddling with spanners and tape guns. With wide wheels and padded sides the bag will help protect bikes while in transit and – new for 2013 – comes a range of accessories for the EVOC bike bag to help further improve its performance. A new chain guard will help keep oil and dirt off kit and help to stop it moving in transit while new road and MTB wheel bags add further protection to your prized hoops. If travelling with a road or XC bike the new aluminium frame could be ideal. Fitting to bike's quick release drop-outs, the frame creates a solid and stable base for the bike while it is in its EVOC bike bag. The brand has a range of wheeled luggage, back packs, duffle bags and even a wash bag available.
01752 843882

Claud Butler
Claud Butler has recently taken on the distribution of OGNS luggage. The range has spent much time in the R&D process and the products are all made of high quality materials with universal fitting systems to ensure that the products fit most bikes. The range cover most types of luggage, from panniers, rack bags, saddle bags and handlebar bags, the range starts from £12.99 RRP and is available in different colour options.
http://claudbutler.co.uk/

Coyote
Coyote Sports is launching a brand new and exclusive range of Viking branded luggage. The range that is due to arrive into the UK this month will comprise of high quality European-made bags, BikeBiz is told. The portfolio includes single, double and triple panniers, handlebar bags and seat bags.

Coyote says there’s a five year guarantee, great features and fantastic margins. Dealers wanting more information should contact Coyote Sports on sales@coyote-sports.com or www.coyote-sports.com.
0161 727 8508

Ortlieb
The new Ortlieb Seatpost bag comes in two sizes – 1.5L (£55 RRP) and four litres (£70 RRP). Versatile and lightweight it can be fixed or removed in one simple tool-free manoeuvre. The waterproof Seatpost-Bag is made of PU coated nylon and Cordura and the integrated mounting allows quick change from bike to bike. The roll closure with elastics ensures safe closing of the bag and allows tight packing. Both versions will protect the rider from splashes and dirt.
www.lyon.co.uk

Timbuk2
The San Francisco bag company was a messenger bag pioneer. The Power Commute is, then, one of the latest in a long line. This messenger bag comes with an exclusive Joey T1 charge unit that tucks into a dedicated inside pocket and through a weather proof port threads the cable into the iPod pocket or phone pocket. Aside from that innovation, there are compartments and pockets a-plenty, for an RRP of £180. Also in the line is the Especial Messenger, featuring a carry system with plush ambidextrous shoulder strap that can switch sides and carry angle of the strap. The Spin Messenger is an urban, satchel-style messenger bag, while the Classic Messenger comes in a huge selection of fetching colour combos, including Indie Plaid and Reso Yellow.
www.timbuk2.com

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