Bikepacking has been growing in popularity in recent years. Unlike traditional rack & pannier bike touring, bikepacking is a way to carry gear without racks by distributing gear in bags that attach directly to the bike. This type of gear loading is especially popular amongst mountain bikers, who’s bikes often don’t have brazeons for racks to begin with. The handlebar system I’ve been working on is one such example of a bike packing component.
This is a list of bike packing manufacturers, largely kiped from http://gypsybytrade.wordpress.com/tag/bikepacking-bags/
reposted here, largely for my bookmarks.
- Oveja Negra Threadworks; Lane Condell and Monty Wilson (Leadville, CO)
- Bedrock Bags and Packs: Andrew Wracher (Durango, CO)
- Bolder Bikepacking Gear; Greg Wheelwright (Boulder, CO)
- Hans Bagworks; Paul Hansberger and Jessica Noe (Missoula, MT)
- Revelate Designs; Eric Parsons (Anchorage, AK)
- Porcelain Rocket; Scott Felter (Victoria, B.C., Canada)
- Cleaveland Mountaineering Jeremy Cleaveland (Grand Junction, CO)
- WIldcat Gear; Beth Barrington (Brecon, Wales, UK)
- J Paks; Joe Tonsager (Denver, CO)
- Nuclear Sunrise Stitchworks; (El Paso, TX)
- Carousel Design Works; Portland Or
There’s also this big forum thing where folks talk about bikepacking.
- http://www.bikepacking.net/ - forums are really pretty active
- http://www.woodcraftwanderings.org/index.html - this isn’t bikepacking specific. Just all around good woodsmanship info. Very smart.
- http://www.yamamountaingear.com/gear-room - these guys are doing interesting stuff with light weight tents and the like.
So it goes.