Freight Baggage Rack Bag

San Francisco bag maker Freight Baggage is now producing a cargo bag specifically designed to fit the excellent Pass & Stow cargo rack. Matt over at Pass & Stow recently sent me a copy to try out and I’ve been putting it through its paces the past couple of weeks.

I’m a big fan of “porteur” style front cargo racks. On bikes with the appropriate geometry they’re a great way to carry bulky items. Their large platforms make it possible to strap on all sorts of items that won’t fit on a rear rack or in panniers or a messenger bag.

I also really like baskets; they’re super-convenient for tossing in loose and odd-shaped items. I’m starting to see more baskets attached to cargo racks, which is a fine set-up for light loads, but if you have a need to carry heavy, over-sized items one day, then smaller, loose items the next, the constant installation and removal of a basket is likely to end up being a nuisance. The Freight Baggage Rack Bag solves this problem by essentially functioning as a basket, while being easier to take on-and-off the bike.

Features

The Rack Bag is constructed of heavy duty Cordura nylon and industrial velcro throughout. Double stitching is used at all stress points.

The mounting system is simple but effective with a pair of quick-release straps that run beneath the rack base to hold the bag securely while enabling easy attachment and removal. The spacing on the straps matches up with the width of the struts on the P&S rack to prevent side-to-side movement.

The main compartment is accessed through a roll-top that can be adjusted up or down to accommodate varying quantities of cargo. The compartment is huge — with the lid fully extended, the bag can hold more than a full bag of groceries or a dozen books. It’s lined with vinyl to repel water and facilitate easy cleaning of internal spills. The velcro strap for securing the roll top is cleverly designed to fold back on itself when the bag is only partially full (or empty).

The 3-D pocket on the front is large enough to carry a wallet, keys, bus pass, or even a small book and a granola bar. The slip pocket on the back is designed for carrying a u-lock, but could also be used for carrying papers. The compression straps on the sides help stabilize bulky loads and take up slack when carrying smaller items. A removable shoulder strap is included for carrying the bag off of the bike.

The Freight Baggage Rack Bag is intelligently designed and well-made. It’s a versatile bag that functions like a basket or rack trunk while on the bike, and a tote or messenger bag when slung over the shoulder. It’s a must-have for anyone who has a Pass & Stow rack, but it will certainly work on other porteur racks as well. I like the fact that it’s hand-made in San Francisco, and at $150 it’s a great deal for such a well-designed, domestically-made product.

Freight Baggage
Pass & Stow

17 Responses to “Freight Baggage Rack Bag”

  • Ryan says:

    Alan a question on the lights you have on your rack. Look like standard maglight type flash lights is that correct? how are they affixed to the rack? Starting to be time to think about lighting and that looks like a fairly low budget solution

    thanks

  • Ryan says:

    Alan can you talk about your lighting solution on the front rack. It appears it is two maglite type flashlights in special mounts. Since its getting to be the time of year to think about lights I was wondering if this is a low cost solution? At least compared to a generator hub ;-)

  • jdmitch says:

    I could be wrong, but those holder appear to be twofish lockblocks…
    http://www.twofish.biz/bike.html

  • Ryan #2 says:

    @Ryan

    I am not sure which lights those are but they are probably more expensive than a mag light. I don’t think a mini mag light would really do squat in the night time. I have a Small Sure Fire E2D light that is super bright (probably 3-4X brighter than a big mag light) and they range from $100-150. I am sure the lights alan has there are anywhere from $75 to upwards of $100.

    Another thing. I think those lights are also used as auxiliary lighting in addition to a main light up top.

    Hope this helps a little. I’m sure Alan will provide the details. I guess I wanted to let you know that the small lights aren’t always so economical but can be quite functional.

  • Alan says:

    @Ryan #1

    Those are Fenix L2Ds. Ryan #2 is right – they are far brighter than your typical hardware store Mag Lite, and more expensive too. More info here:

    http://www.ecovelo.info/2008/07/13/fenix-l2d/

    And jdmitch was correct – the mounts are from TwoFish. The brackets extending down from the rack are built into the rack specifically for mounting lights. More here:

    http://www.ecovelo.info/2009/05/05/pass-stow-racks/

    Alan

  • ToddBS says:

    Nice bag. I’m no longer in the market for a front bag though after (finally!) scoring one of these: http://www.acornbags.com/boxybag.html

    Completely different style, I know. I just wanted to show it off :)

  • Alan says:

    @Todd

    Those Acorn Boxy Rando’s are super nice. Congrats on snagging one (I know what you mean about hard to get). I may try to get one for my IF Club Racer…

    Alan

  • Hermes Birkin says:

    Really a nice bag. And the bicycle is more stylish.:D

  • Ryan says:

    Thanks for the info Alan- sorry about the double post

  • Art says:

    Great bag and rack!
    I’ve thought about one of these racks for awhile, but can’t seem to find an answer to whether it’s compatible with bus bike racks. I sometimes do a multi-modal commute. Have you tried yours? Specifically, I wonder if the longs struts to the dropout eyelets block the arm which secures one’s front wheel in the rack?

    thanks

    Art

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  • cranky says:

    You mention “the appropriate geometry,” but the LHT has the opposite of that, with really high trail [in the 60s]. I’ve found it to need wrestling, and flop about, with a front load of any real weight, in stark contrast to a bike I have with 45mm trail, which just leads with the weight [I've carried up to 40lbs so far] and holds true all the while, for superior loaded handling. Hate to iBOB you on that, just saying…

    Nice bikes all around!

  • Alan says:

    @cranky

    While I agree that a low trail geometry is more appropriate for carrying front loads, and the LHT shown in the photos is not ideal, over time I’ve come to believe way too much is made of this on the internet discussion forums. I’ve carried front loads on bikes with trail from the high 40s to the 60s and none of them were what I’d consider unmanageable. IMO, bar design, stem length, rack stiffness and weight placement can have as much or more affect than trail on front load handling. YMMV… :-)

    Alan

  • cranky says:

    I agree the trail is the foundational factor and that higher-trail bikes can handle weight; it’s just that the wheel flop is really annoying, and the stability that higher trail creates is limiting for the more experienced rider. I find the greatest joy of low trail isn’t just load handling but total handling, because you use your full body much less to navigate. the bike is much more responsive and agile. I love it. I have bikes all over the place geometrywise and love them all in their own way, but some shine brighter… but, yeah, YMMV! : )

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