Archive for May, 2011

Duffbag Monster Bike bag
13/05/2011

Monster-special

Now larger to take wide bars and a 26″ wheel mountain bike or a 29er

We have just revamped and updated our logo on the Monster bags, the bags are also substantially bigger in size to accommodate wide and oversize bars and also take a 26″ wheel mountain bike or a 29er, please note all bags will be shipped with new logo now

monster-bag-new-black

Note new logo on larger bags, all monster bags will now be shipped with new logo

We had already designed and produced our racebag but wanted something bigger…

Much bigger…

Some of our bikes are built a bit more burly, full suspension and with oversize bars, just too big to fit in our race bag. So we simply took our racebag design and made a new bag only much bigger, hence the Monster was born…

The race bag was initially designed to suit our own needs – we wanted a bike bag that could take a road or mountain bike, but did not involve stripping the bike down and then rebuilding it when we got to where we were going.

We also wanted a bag that could take a muddy and dirty bike, allow us to put it in our car or camper without getting the inside of the car filthy dirty.

Finally, we wanted a bag that we could take on a plane and then fold up when we got to our destination and would fit it in a rucksack.

Needless to say we could not find anything…

So we designed our own!

The Monster bag is designed to take a full suspension mountain bike(not triple crown), simply pop off the front wheel, turn the bars sideways and away you go. The rear wheel stays on, meaning when you get to your destination you are pretty much ready to ride.

The bag will take a bike with pedals on, but we recommend taking the pedals off and putting them in the zip up pocket inside the bag, it just makes carrying easier.

Talking of carrying we have a shoulder strap, a mid bag strap and a handy strap on the end of the bag that makes maneuvering the bag a cinch.

Inside the bag is a wheel pocket to keep everything in its place, couple this with heavy duty twin slider zips and you have a bag that is great for transporting dirty bikes as well as transporting bikes across continents.

Heavy duty, lockable zips
Internal pockets for pedals and skewers

Air travel?

We have taken our bags on planes, we simply pad the bike in strategic areas, drivetrain, forks, frame etc, add some cardboard for additional protection and away you go. The beauty of this is that when you get to your destination you can discard the packaging and fold up your bag and forget about it, simply replace the packaging for the return journey. If you have tried living with a dirty great wheeled bag in a one bedroom apartment for a week or more you will know what an advantage this is.

Foldable

As we said earlier we wanted a bag that could fold up when we get to our destination. If you are staying in a one bedroom apartment at a winter training camp or alpine lodge, the last thing you want is a dirty great wheeled bag taking up more room than you do. If you are doing some touring and want to stop in a B&B, you can fold up the racebag into your panniers, just use it for overnight storage without upsetting your hosts.

This is the Monster bag folded, the racebag folds up slightly smaller
This is the Monster bag folded, with some compression you can get it even smaller

Dirty bag?

If you are transporting dirty bikes to and from rides the inside of the bag will inevitably get dirty. Our bags are designed to be tough and simple to clean – simply turn them inside out and give them a good shake, scrub with water and detergent and then hose off, leave to dry and away you go.

Monster-special

Dimensions:

Across top of bag 144cm

Widest point 158cm

Depth 93cm

Water resistant outer coating
Water resistant PVC lining

What our customers say

I use my duffbag race bag to transport my bike on the back seat of my Porsche 911
you can read the full story on the duffbag blog Joe Handley London

Received the bags on the 11th, just like to say how pleased I am with the quality of your product. Top job!! Steve B, Staffs

Monster-special

Duffbag Race Bag Bike Bag
13/05/2011

62.95

The race bag was initially designed to suit our own needs – we wanted a bike bag that could take a road or mountain bike, but did not involve stripping the bike down and then rebuilding it when we got to where we were going.

We also wanted a bag that could take a muddy and dirty bike, allow us to put it in our car or camper without getting the inside of the car filthy dirty.

Finally, we wanted a bag that we could take on a plane and then fold up when we got to our destination and would fit it in a rucksack.

Needless to say we could not find anything…

So we designed our own!

The Race bag is designed to take a XC mountain bike or a road bike, simply pop off the front wheel, turn the bars sideways and away you go. The rear wheel stays on, meaning when you get to your destination you are pretty much ready to ride.

Race bikes are generally pretty skinny, so if your bike is a bit on the burly side, especially if it has wide handlebars you may want to think about the Monster bag being more suitable

The bag will take a bike with pedals on, but we recommend taking the pedals off and putting them in the zip up pocket inside the bag, it just makes carrying easier.

Talking of carrying we have a shoulder strap, a mid bag strap and a handy strap on the end of the bag that makes maneuvering the bag a cinch.

Inside the bag is a wheel pocket to keep everything in place, couple this with heavy duty twin slider zips and you have a bag that is great for transporting dirty bikes as well as transporting bikes across continents.

Heavy duty, lockable zips
Internal pockets for pedals and skewers

Air travel?

We have taken our bags on planes, we simply pad the bike in strategic areas, drivetrain, forks, frame etc, add some cardboard for additional protection and away you go. The beauty of this is that when you get to your destination you can discard the packaging and fold up your bag and forget about it, simply replace the packaging for the return journey. If you have tried living with a dirty great wheeled bag in a one bedroom apartment for a week or more you will know what an advantage this is.

62.95

Foldable

As we said earlier we wanted a bag that could fold up when we get to our destination. If you are staying in a one bedroom apartment at a winter training camp or alpine lodge, the last thing you want is a dirty great wheeled bag taking up more room than you do. If you are doing some touring and want to stop in a B&B, you can fold up the racebag into your panniers, just use it for overnight storage without upsetting your hosts.

This is the Monster bag folded, the racebag folds up slightly smaller
This is the Monster bag folded, with some compression you can get it even smaller

Dirty bag?

If you are transporting dirty bikes to and from rides the inside of the bag will inevitably get dirty. Our bags are designed to be tough and simple to clean – simply turn them inside out and give them a good shake, scrub with water and detergent and then hose off, leave to dry and away you go.

62.95

Dimensions:

Across top 133cm

Widest point 153cm

Depth 84cm

Water resistant outer coating
Water resistant PVC lining

What our customers say

I use my duffbag race bag to transport my bike on the back seat of my Porsche 911
you can read the full story on the duffbag blog Joe Handley London

Received the bags on the 11th, just like to say how pleased I am with the quality of your product. Top job!! Steve B, Staffs

62.95

Duffbag Stealth bag bike bag
13/05/2011

69.95

Duffbag Stealth – Stealth by name Stealth by nature…

When we designed the Duffbag Stealth bag we wanted the smallest most unobtrusive bike bag we could, one that would not draw unwanted attention on the world’s transport system.

A bag that we could fit in a full size bike, but still get on a bus, taxi, train, underground or plane – not an easy task. Most importantly it had to comply with Eurostar restrictions on bike bag size (120cm x 90cm – our bag does comply and has been used successfully literally hundreds of times)

Inevitably, with a bag this small there was some dismantling involved – bars off, wheels off etc. but nothing that can’t be done in five mins with an Allen key.

We eventually settled on a design that involved placing the frame in the bag upside down, the angles of the bag hold the frame diagonally across the bag making for a small overall area. We added wheel pockets and tethers to keep everything in its place and a zip up pocket for pedals and skewers.

Internal pockets for pedals and skewers
Heavy duty, lockable zips

As with our other bags this is not a padded bag, we believe that our bags should be used on a regular basis, not just for the occasional flight away, you can pad them out for that with foam and bubble wrap. No, our bags are built for putting your bike in, protecting your car, getting to the city on the train, kind of beating the system if you like…

Where have we tested it?

  • London Underground

  • UK train network

  • Eurostar*

  • TGV (French train network)

  • Heathrow Terminal 5

* Eurostar have recently changed their bike bag regulations to carry bikes inside the passenger carriage to a bag 85cm x 85cm You can still take bikes in bags but they have to be checked into the baggage compartment if they are over this size

69.95

Read what they said on Bike Rumor magazine when they tested our Stealth bag on Eurostar and beyond

The real beauty? It packs down to a tiny size, meaning you can get to where you are going, put your bag in your rucksack and off you go

69.95

Dimensions

120cm across the top

76cm across the bottom

87cm from top to bottom

Construction – water resistant outer nylon 600d, special coated PVC liner, heavy duty, lockable, twin slider zips, internal wheel pockets, all seams and straps stitched for toughness and durability.

Water resistant outer coating
Water resistant PVC lining

Duffbag Bike Bags
13/05/2011

Our bike bags are a little different to the rest…

When we designed our bike bags, we looked at what was available on the market and then we looked at our own needs as cyclists and felt that what we wanted was something a little different…

We wanted a bag that we could use most weekends to transport either road bikes or mountain bikes to and from races or rides, inside our car or van, to protect both the bike and the interior.

We wanted a bag that required the minimum of dismantling of the bike, so once we arrived we were ready to ride.

We also wanted a bag that we could take on aeroplanes or trains that would protect the bike in transit, but fold up to either fit in a pannier or take up little space where we were staying.

Finally we wanted a bag that we could put a bike in, take it on a train or underground to our London office, whizz around London to meetings and then return home on the train again with it

Seems we wanted the best of all worlds…

We ended up with three bags!!

Race bag

Takes a road, XC mountain bike or smallish hybrid, with bars on and rear wheel on, simply drop out the front wheel, turn the bars and put the bike in the bag. Place the front wheel in the internal wheel pocket and use the internal wheel tethers to secure, zip the bag and away you go.

 

Monster bag

Some of our mountain bikes are big… with suspension each end and oversize bars. We wanted a BIG bag. The Monster is the same as the Race bag above, except it is much bigger, takes full on hurly burly full suspension bikes – not suitable for triple crown bikes as you can’t turn the bars enough, but takes pretty much everything else.

Stealth

The Stealth bag requires some dismantling – bars off, wheels off etc. But this is more than made up for with its compact size. Goes through airport security, London Underground and UK and European rail network – We know because we have tried it! The stealth has built in wheel pockets and tethers to keep everything secure, Stealth by name Stealth by nature.

Padding and Air travel

First off our bags are not padded – this is on purpose. if we want to travel by plane we protect the bike with strategically placed bubble wrap, foam and cardboard, that we way we protect the bike where WE think we need it. Secondly, when we get to our destination we just fold up the bag and pack it away – no bulky padded bag to worry about. We have even folded the bag into a pannier and cycled away from the arrival point.

Protecting your car or van

Our bags are made from a special material that has a waterproof coating on the outside and a PVC lining on the inside. This means that if your bike has got wet, muddy or is oily, once it is in the bag it will keep your car interior safe. OK it is not totally waterproof, if you fill it up with water it will leak, but it will keep the mud and moisture from an average bike at bay.

Cleaning our bags

If you are putting muddy bikes into our bags, inevitably the bags will want cleaning. Our bags are designed to be easy to clean – simply turn the bag inside out, give it a good shake to remove any loose dirt and then hose it out, add some detergent if the bag is really grubby, scrub, hose off and leave to dry – simple.

Foldable

Our bags pack down really small, below you can see our largest bag folded down, our smallest bag, the Stealth, folds down even smaller.

Made in the UK

Our bags are made by hand here in the UK in our very small factory. We pride ourselves in the workmanship that goes into each bag, with quality materials and quality stitching. We hold a reasonable stock of bags at our warehouse, should we run low at peak demand we can usually run up another batch quickly which allows us to keep up with demand

Water resistant outer coating

Water resistant PVC lining

Heavy duty, lockable zipsInternal pockets for pedals and skewers

What our customers say

I use my duffbag race bag to transport my bike on the back seat of my Porsche 911
you can read the full story on the duffbag blog Joe Handley London

Received the bags on the 11th, just like to say how pleased I am with the quality of your product. Top job!! Steve B, Staffs

Read what they said on Bike Rumor magazine when they tested our Stealth bag on Eurostar and beyond