Archive for the ‘Duffbag’ Category

New revised Monster bag on test
26/02/2013

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We are currently testing a new, revised Monster bag, here is a sneak preview of how it will look. We have changed the bag to accommodate a few innovations in bike design. The first is that we noticed that bikes are becoming ever bigger, especially the width of handlebars so the bag is 50mm longer in the bar and fork area, which means that oversized or wider bars can now be comfortably accommodated. The second significant change is that there are more and more 29ers in use than there were a few years ago. We were regularly being asked for a 29er bag so our new bag will take a 26″ or a 29″ wheeled mountain bike.

The final most noticeable change is to the logo print on the bag which is now in line with the logo on our other best selling bag – the Stealth bag.

We should finish testing this week and if all else goes to plan the new bags will be available early to mid March, watch this space for more details.

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Long distance touring with the Stealth bag
19/06/2012

One of our repeat customers describes himself as a “long distance cyclist”and has led a few groups traversing France. Last year for example he led a group of twelve cyclists from Toulon to Calais over 10 days, quite a distance. For the trip they used duffbag Stealth bags as they were travelling from London to Paris on Eurostar and then on to Toulon via TGV. The duffbag Stealth complies with the Eurostar strict luggage restrictions for bikes (bikes must be in a bag no larger than 120cm x 90cm). An added consideration was that all twelve cyclist’s gear was being transported in a Mercedes support car so twelve Stealths all folded down did not take up too much room.

A batch of duffbag Stealths in the Eurostar terminal

This year the group headed South again to Mt Ventoux, again using the duffbag Stealth, another successful trip and some very well traveled Stealths. We look forward to sharing more adventures with our long distance cycling friend!

You can read the whole story over on their blog here

Duffbag Kit bags – ideal for wet or dirty kit, mountain biking, surfing, winter sports
26/10/2011

Duffbags – A really tough, useful bag with a water resistant liner for stashing wet muddy kit in.

The duffbag idea was born in a tent at the foot of a Welsh mountain in October 2009 – We were on a mountain bike trip to the Afan trail centre and were camping in late October. Needless to say it was wet and muddy, after three days of riding and juggling mucky kit in a small tent it was time to pack up and head for home. We looked like refugees from tent city with our collection of bin bags and festering carriers and throwing everything in the back of the car left everything wet, muddy and smelling of wet dog.

On returning home I figured out there had to be a better way of transporting wet, muddy kit and set about designing the duffbag kit bag, our first product. After many prototypes we found the right material that had a special coated PVC lining that gave us the strength and the water resistance that we wanted. We had a small batch made and started testing them…

New bags in black

We filled them up with water (they eventually leak at the seams but will take 50 litres of water)

We filled them up with really muddy, gopping clothes and then slung them on some cream leather BMW seats (and didn’t get told off)

We supplied Team Columbia mountain Bike Race team with 9 of them and asked them to try and break them (they couldn’t)

We added a changing mat and shoe pocket

We sold a few to our friends at mates rates and then it grew from there. Duffbag is now sold all over the country and is used by mountain bikers, surfers, kayakers, snowboarders, in fact any kind of sport that involves getting wet and or muddy and requires gear to be transported.

£12.95

Built in changing mat, great for getting changed in draughty car parks

Water resistant liner keeps mud and moisture inside the bag

Here is another video we made that shows the bag in use, no mud here as it was summer time but it shows it in use as intended

£12.95

What about cleaning?

Duffbags naturally get pretty dirty inside if they are used as intended – luckily they are easy to clean. We designed them so they are easy to turn inside out for cleaning, simply hose off any muck and leave to dry- they dry really quickly as the PVC liner beads and sheds moisture faster than a wet Labrador. See the video below to see how easy it is.

What else can you use it for?

We like to spend time at the beach and do a bit of body boarding with the kids, duffbag is great for all your beach gear and wetsuits, best of all it saves filling your car boot up with sand and soggy gear, see the video below for more details.

Then of course there are winter sports, some friends of ours took their bags over to the Alps on a skiing and snowboarding trip, they were great for stashing boots and wet gear and really helped keep their chalet clean.

Duffbag high up in the Alps

£12.95


Thanks for reading and enjoy your duffbags

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

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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