Probably the single most satisfying thing about making bags is seeing them used. Wether it's going to the store, riding to work, walking around town, getting on an airplane, or touring.
You would think that images of bags for bicycle touring brings the most satisfaction to me, as a bag maker.
Traveling to a distant place, planning your meals, or having a flat tire in the rain.
But the reality is that our bicycle tours are typically short, lasting only a week or few weeks.
The beauty of the bag, rack, and bicycle is that you can continue using your equipment every day of our lives.
Those beautiful panniers can be used to pick up toilet paper at the store.
Yeah, perhaps custom bags should be saved for special occasions, but to me, every day is special.
If those bags bring a smile to your face, wouldn't you want to smile every day?
Sometimes, when I think of my bags getting stolen, or my bike stolen, I wonder if I shouldn't use them so much for daily use.
But then I think about all of those friends and family that have passed on, and say fuck it, I like riding awesome shit and I want to ride awesome bikes every day.
For me, I'd rather spend every day riding the bike I want to ride, using the bag I want to use, and wearing the shoes that bring a smile to my face.
Who knows when our last ride will be?
Big ups to Ryan Jones for the photography and adventure. Eric at Winter Bicycles for another rad bike/rack build. Justine for the inspiration to write.