Carrying It With You & Detours Giveaway!
Sometimes you just need your bike to help you carry it with you and you don’t want the weight on your back in a pack. Okay, I guess it could be worse: you could be trying to carry a bag in one hand and steer with your other hand on the handlebar. Not a pretty picture! But how are you going to carry home that wonderful loot from the farmer’s market? Detours, a company located only 2 blocks from Seattle’s Pike Place Market has a beautiful solution! Actually, they have several great ideas of how to carry it with you on your bike.
As many city girl cyclists know, a pannier is not just for looks, it becomes a classic utility bag. It should be large enough to carry a bag of groceries or for the commuter, a change of clothes for work. It also should be tough enough to last for several years and stand up to the occasional road grit that flicks up. If it’s stylish, that’s a plus and if it has some design features such as a shoulder strap for off the bike use, it will quickly become a favorite. The Toocan is all that! How about a rain cover for when the skies open up? Remember, Detours is headquartered in drizzly Seattle…need we say more?
Detours also has a great solution for those who have had the problem of chocolate-covered energy bars melting in a jersey pocket against your sweaty back or who have wanted to carry along a camera to get memorable photos along the way. For road cyclists and mountain bikers, the Goodie bag is just that: a top tube bag that is perfect for carrying all your goodies. The Goodie Too (shown here) is even roomier than the original; it’s large enough to carry a sandwich without squishing it! The Goodie bag is designed to keep your stuff handy without getting in your way and the slender bag fits nicely on the top tube just behind the stem. The Goodie bag fits onto various tube sizes quite simply with the MiniBug attachment system. It can be easily removed and put back on as needed.
Now that you have some extra room with a great top tube bag, maybe you want to make a batch of homemade on-the-go energy bars to share with the group on your next ride. Try Banana Oat Energy Bars or Pumpkin Energy bars!
Giveaway from Detours & Cycle & Style
You can win the Detours Goodie Too bag which fits on just about any bike’s top tube (thanks to the MiniBug attachment system!) or if you have a bike with a rear rack, you might want the beautiful Toocan with its colorful woven juice box design! The Toocan measures 15 x 13 x 7 inches and has a carrying capacity of 1600 cubic inches. Handy plastic clips with removable inserts easily attach this pannier to just about any rack.
We have the Goodie Too bag in the Pea Green color with a pretty flower motif and it has a 48-cubic inch carrying capacity.
Comment below and you can give us a hint as to which Detours bag you’d like on your bike! When you comment, please use your real (first) name and e-mail so we can get a hold of you later. We can mail within the US or Canada. Contest will last until August 6, 2011!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DETOURS WINNERS: Kristina Rodriguez of Bronx, NY (the Detours Toocan) & Nancy M. of Springville, Utah (who one the Detours Goodie Bag filled with some goodies)!