I just posted a short interview with Acorn Bags on Epicurean Cyclist. If you haven’t heard of Acorn Bags yet, you’re not alone. They’re a small company (two people) that make some great products. They have a small range of lovingly handmade saddle bags and handlebar bags with impeccable quality.
Their bags are great for touring, randonneurs and of course, bike commuting. Simple yet stylish, it will turn your bike from something that says “Fred” to “Fred Astaire” (well…almost). 🙂
If you want some bike gear that is not all nylon and techy, check out Acorn.
As some of you already know, Bike Commuting is really…
Due to my job…you guessed it, an IT Guy. I oversee 3 of our offices in Southern California. Each of them are about 40-50 miles away from each other and on any given day, I have to drive to either one of them. So that leaves me having to drive most of the time. But there are days when I can get a ride in and I have to tell you, I LOVE IT!
There’s just something about riding in traffic and being alert and having a sense of euphoria while zipping away from it all. I simply love having to bunny hop over each pot hole, or racing to make a light and even timing myself. I’m convinced that I can make it to my office in the same amount of time as I would if I drove.
I also have that feeling of satisfaction when I roll up to my office. It’s a great feeling that I know almost all commuters feel. Besides, bike commuting just feels soooooooooo good! I feel relaxed and happy!
I updated Epicurean Cyclist with a little video I took from a trip I took to Oregon. Laura and I took the train from Los Angeles to Albany, OR and rode to Corvallis. I had a shoot lined up so I brought my camera gear in backpack. Unfortunately, when we got there it started to rain and my backpack wasn’t really waterproof.
What to do? We pulled into the nearest cafe and I asked for some trash bags to keep my gear dry. You’ll also see me assembling the bike at the train station. The webbing I’m wrapping around the front rack is marine safety net. Strong, yet light. It’s not the prettiest looking stuff but it can hold my gear and even adds a bit of suspension for it.
I guess I would classify this as an extreme commute. The train ride took 28 hours and involved boxing up the cargo bike. We were a little under-prepared weather-wise. No outer shells, just layers of wool.
However, everything turned out fine and in retrospect it was a fine mini-adventure.