Rivendell Bags

People often ask me about the tweed bags on my Pashley — they’re “Nigel Smythe” bags from Rivendell Bicycle Works. Rivendell is mostly known for making smartly-designed, exquisite, lugged-steel bicycles. What most people don’t know is that they’re also very good at designing and producing bike bags and panniers. Their bags have a traditional flavor, and they’re not necessarily for everyone, but if you have a thing for canvas and tweed, you should definitely check them out — they’re super-nice. Riv is a small company, and like any small manufacturer, their inventory fluctuates, so check their site now and again if you don’t see what you’re looking for the first time around.

Rivendell Bicycle Works

6 Responses to “Rivendell Bags”

  • Eddie says:

    Lovely bags but, alas, no more tweed.

  • Adrienne says:

    The shop is a hoot! If you have never been there, I suggest a visit. It is in the most unlikely, bizzare spot and the crowd is usually pretty interesting.

  • Audeaumus says:

    I love these bags, the leather fender spray guards, all that fussy, touchy stuff, but sometimes it’s a questionable choice in certain climates such as the Gulf Coast if you don’t keep your bike in a climate controlled space. I keep my four bicycles in a concrete block storage shed out back (no garage), and in the summer it’s all I can do to keep my Brooks saddles from turning green. I run a fan just to keep the air moving, but when the humidity is 60 percent on a 87-degree day, there’s little one can do short of mounting an AC in the window. A friend of mine also tried the leather spray guards, and he had real issues with them drying out after riding through the rain. I even have to bring my waxed cotton saddlebag into the house during the summer so it doesn’t sprout mildew.

  • BlackBear says:

    I have the exact same problem as Audeaumus here on the coast of NC. As much as it galls me to admit it, synthetic is the way to go for “outdoor bikes” here on the shores of the atlantic. What the salt spray doesn’t crack or rust, the humidity gets. I love the notion of steel, cotton, and leather, but sadly I can’t devote the time needed to keep those materials in good shape here.

    Ahh, well.

  • Guilherme says:

    Hey, about your site, congratulations! Ecovelo is great!

    About the bags, I think that If they were so cool, they’d sell their bags to us cucarachas in Brazil.

  • Gentleman's Bike says:

    Alas, no more tweed. But! A new line of black bags called “Sackville” coming soon, plus another tweed run next tweed season.

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