Duffbag clothing range

03/12/2012 - Leave a Response

We tend to live and breathe the brand here at duffbag and kitted ourselves out a few months ago with some team clothing hoodies and tees.

Naturally as more people saw them and asked for one we added them to our range and are now selling hoodies and Tees with our own custom print.

Duffbag hoody in Black
Duffbag hoody in Black

The hoodies are great quality and perfect for slipping into post ride and retail for just £29.95. They come in a range of sizes from S – XL and three colours, Black, Red or Alien Green 

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Our Tees are 100% cotton with a custom print drawn by our own resident artist, we do two colours black or red and a range of sizes from S – XL. They look good both on and off the bike and are perfect under one of our hoodies – they retail at just £19.95.

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How to secure or lock a duffbag

13/11/2012 - Leave a Response

I have been meaning to post this for sometime as it is a question that comes up from time to time: “Can you lock a duffbag?”

The answer is… Yes you can.

When I designed the duffbag I wanted to make it as simple as possible, no zips, Velcro or complicated clasps just a clean, simple design that does exactly what it is intended to do. I did think about a more elaborate device that could be locked but figured let’s keep it simple and if you do want to lock it you can just use a simple padlock, here is how you do it:

The padlock I have used is very much over the top but you get the idea, you can use something lighter that is designed for luggage, I just had this one lying around.

Simply start threading the padlock through the eyelets, alternating as you go. You should be able to thread all the eyelets onto the straight part of the padlock arm and then simply lock it as per the pictures below.

Thread the padlock through the first loop. It is easiest if you start with the eyelet opposite the strap.

Continue onto the 2nd loop

Continue on round the bag, the eyelets should all be lined up in a “straight” line

With the last eyelet on the padlock just snap it locked

There you have it, bag locked up just using a simple padlock. Not the most elegant solution but by far the most simple.

 

A quick post to remind myself that I actually do ride bikes

12/11/2012 - Leave a Response

I wanted to make a quick blog post to remind myself that I actually do ride bikes rather than just obsess about bags…

Our little riding group had become a bit neglected with everyone seeming to be busy with other projects / on holiday / recovering from injury etc. We had a bit of a press gang text message session and rounded up nine people for a ride around the woods in what turned out to be splendid Autumn sunshine.

After half an hour gossiping we decided that we really ought to ride those bikes

The ground was pretty boggy with a lot of standing water, I was still on badly worn Racing Ralphs (summer slick tyres) so there were plenty of comic sideways moments and tank slappers for added excitement.

We managed to cover just over 20 miles all in around some of the best singletrack that our part of the world can offer, we even managed to observe the minute silence as it was Remembrance day (11th Nov) which was quite a poignant moment whilst deep in the words with just bird song and distant ceremonial canon fire as a soundtrack.

The only downer was suffering an unrepairable puncture (torn tube by the valve and naughty, naughty no spare tube) two miles from home so had to ride home on the rim which was damn hard work on the old legs.

Anyway we all resolved to be out again next week, more riding posts to follow

OK, it would not be a duffbag blog post without a bag picture – here is a hydration pack that started off pristine but is now a bit muddy

Duffbag progress update

29/10/2012 - Leave a Response

Latest update 12/11/2012 1.00 pm : All pre-order packing is now done including orders placed today, we are just waiting on the post office to collect, so everything should be in the postal system by end of day. We are waiting on a few bits and pieces (phone pouches) to complete those orders that were placed for multiple items and will catch up with those next.

Latest update 9/11/2012 3.55pm : Our bags are now in stock and we are starting to pack pre-orders. Please be patient as the pre-order list is very long!! We are packing in the sequence of oldest orders first so if you have placed an order in the last few days we will take a few days to get to yours. We will not be able to change the website price until Monday now so there is still time to take advantage of our pre-order offer this weekend. Here are some pictures for you…

New bags in black

Built in change mat

A wall of duffbags

Latest update 2/11/2012 10.03am : Our bags are in the UK!! The ship has docked and been offloaded on the 31st October, delivery to us is scheduled for mid next week. We have a lot of pre-orders and will endeavor to get them shipped out by the end of next week.

We have a new batch of duffbag kit bags on their way to us. They are due to dock in Felixstowe in the UK on Wednesday 31st October 2012. They will take a little time to clear customs and we should be able to ship week commencing 5th November 2012. There is a long waiting list of pre-orders that we will work through first, but as a bit of an appetiser I have some pictures from the factory taken just before they were loaded into the container.

As you can see they are black in colour, this will be our very first colour change since launching the bags in 2011 in army green. We think they look very smart and can’t wait for them to be delivered

Duffbag packed into cartons

Close up of the swing tag and barcode

Lots of boxes packed and ready

Original promo shot of previous batch in green, new stock is black

First Aid Space blanket combo deal

01/08/2012 - Leave a Response

We have bundled up our first aid kit and survival blanket as a package deal of £9.95 (seperate sale price £10.44) The survival blanket will fit inside the first aid kit pouch see below for each individual product detail

 

First Aid Kit

Now we all know that a basic first aid kit should be in every mountain biker’s back pack and many do actually carry one but is not until you have a big off and are dripping blood and bits of you are pointing the wrong way that you make a mental note to go and buy one. My particular moment was in Brechfa South Wales a couple of years ago when a particularly clumsy line saw me lying at the bottom of a steep bank with three broken metatarsals and a nasty gash in my shin.

To make it easy for you we have sourced these really nice and compact first aid kits that contain the essential bits and bobs to patch you up and get you back to base safely, best of all is the super low price at just £6.95 with free carriage (usual price £9.95) Some of the brands inside are a bit obscure, but the quality is good and at the price you really can’t go wrong.

– Weighing in at just 93g package includes:
– 1 x Red bag (Size: 10x13x5.5 cm)
– 1 x Bandage
– 1 x Tweezers
– 1 x Scissors
– 1 x Medical adhesive tape
– 10 x Alcohol pads
– 1 x Tourniquet
– 9 x Adhesive bandages
– 10 x Pins
– 2 x Gauze swabs
– 1 x Triangular bandage
– 4 x Povidone-lodine prep pads

Space Blanket

I carry a small survival blanket in my back pack, fortunately I have never needed to use it but is it a sensible addition to a mountain biker’s kit bag for emergencies. Although I have never had to use mine I have often been in some pretty high and remote places in bad weather and if things went wrong I knew I would be in trouble pretty quickly without the right gear.

We have sourced these really nice space blankets that fold down to a really compact size 125mm x80mm x20mm so they take up very little space inside your back pack. These are gold on one side and silver on the inside, gold to the outside in winter as it absorbs the heat, silver to the outside for the summer as it reflects the heat. Best of all these are a really large size 210cm x 160cm, (note the model in the picture is 6’3″)you do see them for sale elsewhere but they are generally smaller than this, the last thing you want is that having taken the sensible precaution of carrying one that it is too small to be of much use.