Article: Transit in the Rough
Transit in the Rough
Yonder Journal &
We make a duffle bag. I'm sure you've seen it. We call it the Transit. It fits on the front of the bike, Porteur style; it can be worn over the shoulder or as a backpack. It has a spot or pocket for everything you need to make it through the day or weekend escape (e.g. laptop, water bottle, clothes, chargers, etc.). And because we want to be sure our gear holds up, last summer we tested the bag out of its in-the-city element on a 100-mile off-road tour in remote Northern California.
We traded the laptop for a frisbee and chargers for a sleeping bag. We packed up every bit of the 31L of internal volume with gear and food for a four-day, river rat, swimming hole finding, self-sustained, mixed surface, spectacle and put the bag through a year of abuse in just a handful of days.
No seams popped, the bag never left the rack (even if on accident), the bag stored soggy bottoms separate from matches, and allowed for some steezy moves on flowing ribbons of young soil freshly conceived from past season's redwood needles.
You might ask if "bikepacking" bags would have been better suited to the needs of the trip. Sure, maybe, but to be Socratic: how do those bags do on the daily commute?
If you want to see more of the trip and here about the areas historic folklore head over to yonderjournal.com/holin/.
MW & YJ
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