Man's Greatest Invention

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle. - Elizabeth West

Purpose and Mission

To share our experience and to encourage and inspire others to use a bicycle as a form of year round recreation and transportation. To be an example of living car-free and to help others to make the transition to having a car-light or car-free life style.

Our bodies is the engine that moves us.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The More I Can Take with Me the Farther I Can Go

The more carrying capacity I have on my bike, the further I want to go.  Having tools and equipment with me so I am able to fix any minor breakdowns that may occur, allows me to not have to carry a cell phone.  Lucky, since I don't actually own one!

All tools and spares fit permanently and neatly into the saddlebag under the seat.

I bring with me:  a spare tube, patches, tire levers and a multi-tool.

I really like the clever way in which these bags latch.  The buckles tighten to the appropriate length and then use the metal snaps to easily open and close the bags.

The front bag includes a shoulder strap to turn it into a genuine "manbag".  I mean ... a shoulder strap to conveniently carry the bag when off the bike.

In it, I carry valuable items that I'll want to take me when I leave the bike parked.  Items such as a camera, wallet, keys, gloves and sunglasses.

Extra clothing, food and a lock can be kept in the panniers/saddlebags.

I have enough room to bring along everything I'd need for at least a couple of days without resupplying.

I was first made aware of Zimbale bags by reading reviews of them on cycling related blogs I frequently visit.  I understand that a couple of these blogs received some flack from readers because they felt that Zimbale stole the idea for the bags.  I'm not sure I agree.  For sure I see similarities between these bicycle seat bags and bicycle seat bags from other companies.  But I also see differences and improvements in Zimbale over other designs.

I see it as a healthy sign that we have enough interest in cycling as a form of transportation that there is competition in the market place.  They are simply seat bags, so there are bound to be similarities between brands.  Every good design, regardless of the product, is copied and then improved upon. 

But let's be clear here.  I'm a Canadian riding a brand of bike that was started by an Italian but is now owned by an American company who manufactures their bikes in Taiwan.  The fact that Zimbale bags are made in Korea and are similar to a British design doesn't worry me too much.

Thanks to Tim at Fairfield Bicycle Shop for supplying the Zimbale bags and the great service.