Black Rose Bags

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Black Rose Bags is a worker-owned collective specializing in custom, handmade bike bags created from recovered materials. They recently sent us a “Steam Punk” style messenger bag to try out. Our review bag measures 5″ x 11″ x 13″ and features two pockets, a brass key clip, seat belt style latch, leather flap closures, padded strap with stabilizer strap, and a cool brass-coated connector cog. It’s a beautifully constructed bag made from canvas, copper, leather, brass, and a tiny bit of nylon and plastic. The detailing and fit-and-finish are top-notch; this bag is tough, attractive, and simply a joy to use. Black Rose bags are made-to-order, so the prices vary a bit, but most are in the $149-$169 price range. We could go on raving about this bag, but we’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking.

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7 Responses to “Black Rose Bags”

  • dynaryder says:

    While it looks very nice,it doesn’t seem very practical. From the pics here and on the site it doesn’t look like it has any kind of weatherproof liner,and I’d have to wonder how well the leather bits would hold up. This plus the buckles closures and few pockets would keep me away.

  • Alan says:

    @dynaryder

    The construction is similar to traditional canvas bags such as those from Carradice, Berthoud, Rivendell, etc. These types of bags require more care than modern bags made from synthetics, but if properly maintained, they can last many years.

    Alan

  • Bryan @ Renaissance Bicycles says:

    We also have a set of made-to-order panniers from Black Rose; I wanted a small pannier set to adorn my wife’s Nitto R-14 Top Rack, and BR did an excellent job. Like Alan says, they are simply stunning and the craftsmanship is beyond reproach.

    One note of water and weather proofing — the canvas on our bags have a waxy finish, so while not completely waterproof, they certainly will do the job for most rides.

    If you are looking for a custom tailored bag, I would definitely recommend Black Rose.

  • Saddle Up says:

    Because I ride my bikes in all kind of conditions including snow and ice, something I look for in a bag is to insure the bag will not cause any injuries to my body if I fall down. Having a sprocket attached to the bag is just plain stupid IMO. Another example of cycling gear designed with form over fuction.

  • john busteed says:

    I love the look of the bag and while the sprocket point is a good one I do like the key fob thing. I have an archival musette that is great except that it is missing that.

  • John Riley says:

    Where are they?

  • Black Rose Messenger Bag « Mid-Atlantic Bike Commuting says:

    [...] am a bit late with this review. I purchased this bag back in February after it was posted On Ecovelo. It looked like a great canvas bag and I had been in the market for one since my old canvas Timbuk2 [...]

 
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