Rickshaw Launches Performance Tweed™

We’ve been using a Rickshaw Zero Messenger bag for over a year now and it’s become our favorite all-purpose messenger bag. It’s perfect for quick trips to the library or coffee shop when we need a bag for a wallet and phone, maybe a book or three, or even a small laptop and a snack. The best thing about the Zero is that it’s manufactured using a “zero waste” process:

“We were inspired by the principles of the ‘zero waste’ manufacturing movement, for both its environmental and economic benefits. This notion made us think of patterning in rectangles that fully utilize a width of fabric so no scraps are produced. By eliminating scrap, our products are more cost-effective, which translates to better value for our customers, and our operation is more environmentally friendly,” explained Rob Honeycutt, Rickshaw’s Director of Operations, and designer of the ZERO bag.

Now Rickshaw has kicked it up a notch with their new Rickshaw Performance Tweed™ fabric made exclusively for them from 100% recycled polyester:

Rickshaw Bagworks, Inc., the San Francisco-based custom messenger bag company, is pleased to announce the introduction of its first custom fabric design, Rickshaw Performance Tweed™. Rickshaw Performance Tweed™ makes its debut in the classic Herringbone pattern favored by British royalty and sportsmen (and a famous Scotland Yard detective). The design was inspired by the woolen textiles of Scotland and Ireland, refashioned for modern mobility, durability and affordability in upholstery-grade, 100-percent recycled polyester, which is finished with a high-tech, eco-friendly, stain-resistant coating. The fabric is woven exclusively for Rickshaw Bagworks in the USA. The fabric can be applied to any of Rickshaw’s products, including their computer bags, messenger bags, iPad sleeves and journal folios. Rickshaw products can be purchased on-line at www.rickshawbags.com or at their Dogpatch factory store in SF.

Isn’t that a cool looking bag? We’ll have a Zero Messenger in Performance Tweed™ for review later this month.

Rickshaw Bagworks

8 Responses to “Rickshaw Launches Performance Tweed™”

  • erin says:

    Rick and I got to check out the tweed fabric when we stopped by Rickshaw for a visit last month. Gorgeous! I’m so happy to hear that it’s officially out now (and I can get my hands on one).

  • j. pierce says:

    They really do make nice bags, I wish they made something for attaching to the bike, be it a front rack bag, panniers, etc.

    There seems to be a glut of folks making messenger bags, I wish there was more options for stylish bags that mount to the bike.

  • Mark Dwight says:

    Thanks for mentioning our new tweed fabric. I think you’ll really love your new tweed Zero. Meanwhile, we’re working on some new on-the-bike accessories to accompany our Pipsqueak and Top Tube Sleeves. If only there were more hours in the day…
    P.S. I love your banner photos. I ride a Rivendell Atlantis. :-)

  • Joseph E says:

    Polyester tweed? I though “tweed” meant wool. Well, wikipedia notes the existence of Silk Tweed, but a synthetic fiber seems a stretch. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tweed_(cloth)

  • Alan says:


    Thanks for dropping by, Mark. The new product looks fantastic – we can’t wait to try it out! And be sure to drop me a note when your new on-bike accessories are ready.


  • Lovely Bicycle! says:

    That is a good looking fabric!
    I hope they make saddlebags and handlebar bags in future.

  • Chris says:

    I emailed Rickshaw requesting they consider a bag for the Brompton; how nice these Tweed bags would be (or … any Rickshaw bag!)!

    – Chris

  • erin says:

    @ Joseph E: I know. The thought of synthetic tweeds used to weird me out too. But to prep for our (Sacramento) Tweed Ride last year I thought I should do a little investigating (since people kept asking, “What is tweed, anyway?”), and I was surprised to learn that the term tweed refers to the weave of fabric, rather than the fiber. So, while most tweed are wool (especially the famous ones), there can also be silk, cotton, and polyester tweeds too. What all these tweeds have in common is that they are twills, so they’re woven in a way that creates a look of diagonal lines (whether in texture or design), and that they are characterized by flecks of variegated color.

    Whew! Sorry for the total fabric geek out.

    Back to your regular bicycle programming…

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