Monday, May 26, 2008

Don't call it a fanny pack.

Like most artistic people, I like to think that my ideas are better than everybody else's.
Like most narcissists, I'd like everybody to agree.
And like a used car salesperson (but with better hair), I'm going to give you a pitch complete with erroneous back plot in an attempt to thoroughly convince and dispel any and all doubts.

I've been toying with the concept of the cycling hip-pouch for some time now, and over the past year refining my ideas and constructions to reach the apex of good design with logical and utilitarian features.

The hip pouch is especially appealing to the bicycle user frequenting bars, restaurants, clubs, shows, and even errands-running (return your dvd to the video store with my pouch! yeah!!!) for a multitude of reasons.

First, it makes easy carrying for that necessary evil: the U lock. Don't you dare put that thing on your handlebars! Or down your pants! Or in your septum-ring hole!
And mini-locks are great and all, but that banging racket from locking them directly onto the seat-stays while riding can't be good. And the the minis that fit in your pocket mean well...that you are sitting on your lock. No, thanks.

Inspiration to design bags which aid my fellow riders was not wholly unselfish. Impetus was also derived from being perpetually annoyed by every kid wearing her or his (mostly empty) jumbo size messenger bag as if it were some essential utilitarian fashion necessity-like a belt or maybe shoe laces. Aside from the Linus van Pelt-esque security issues evinced by such dedication to the messenger bag, it simply takes up too much space. When you are at a show in a 12x20 room it should oblige and encourage you to take up the least amount of space possible, for your and everyone else's benefit.

All right, let me re-orient my tangential self and describe the bag.
The dimensions are around 6" wide x 5" tall x 2" deep, big enough for a surprising amount of your junk, while narrow and low-profile enough to not induce premature hip dysplasia. See how much I care about you?

Features include a reflective strip with a gap to place a clip on light, a U lock holster that fits both standard and mini U-locks, a wide belt loop to provide stability while on your blet as well as structure to the bag, waterproof lining, double velcro closures for multiple flap positions, reflective stripe and belt for visiblity, all with a pleasing and seemingly simple design.

Currently these are for sale at the best bike shop in Gainesville, Fl- Bikes and More, and for sale through Me (
So go to BnM, or email me, and pick one up. Forty dollars, removable belt included.