Monday, March 3, 2008
Burro Bags - Kick Ass Locally
I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to meet Chris & Matt, the guys behind Burro Bags. If you have been keeping up with things here at Bike Jax. You may have read in this previous post where I stated that "We have quite a few exciting projects starting to happen" here in Jacksonville.
Burro Bags is one those exciting projects. While they are just getting things going business wise. They have put a lot of thought into the design and manufacture of their bags. They offer a variety of sizes and styles and welcome custom orders. Each bag is designed, cut and sewn by hand and the quality and care that is taken really shows once you see the finished product.
One of the nice features of the Burro Bags is the front access pocket. I have been using messenger bags for many years now. And one of the most frustrating things is getting quick access to those little things. To get into most bags, you usually have to stop the bike and end up with the cover flap tucked under your chin while trying dig for what ever it is you need.
Burro Bags have placed a very convenient front pocket with a nice little side opening to keep those little things within easy reach while on the move.
Storage capacity is pretty impressive also. You'll never have worry about showing up empty handed with the ability to carry a 24 pack of your favorite adult beverage.
Burro also makes a super size insulated food delivery bag. It has three separate chambers for storage. You'll be glad to hear that you will start seeing these bags on the streets of Jacksonville very soon. That's right. These will be on the backs of messengers in Downtown, Riverside and Springfield. I'll save the juicy details of this for a later post.
I would also like to mention a couple of addition products Burro Bags offer. On the left above is a picture of their Reversible Tube Pad. On the right is this great little Hip Bag. Somethings don't really make sense until you see them in use. Which was the case (no pun intended) with the Hip Bag for me. That is until this very morning where I sat in a local coffee house and watched as someone rode up with one these. I was impressed with the ease of access the rider had to his U-Lock with the optional U-lock Holder. I also liked that the Hip Bag provided just enough space for carrying the little stuff you need for a simple outing.
One of the reasons given by Chris & Matt for creating Burro Bags was the cost of more popular messenger bags. They wanted a more original and affordable option for the local cyclist. With a starting price of $90 for a messenger bag. You'll find out what a bargain Burro Bags are once you get your hands on one.
There are a lot options available that allow you to customize your Burro Bag. Just one of the many is screen printing of your image as shown in the example above.
Tube Pads are $15
Hip Bags are $30-40 depending on accessories.
The U-Lock Holder is $8
You can find Burro Bags at Cycledelic-fixity in San Marco. And Anomaly in Five Points.
You can also contact them direct through Burro Bags blog or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a firm believer in supporting local business. It really helps when that local business is providing a quality product at a reasonable price. Which just happens to be the case with the guys at Burro Bags. And as a side note: I would also like to see local bike shops step up in support and start carrying these bags.