03 October, 2008

New Stuff



I thought I'd post a couple of photos of the final VO handlebar bag design. It's a little taller than the last prototype. The production version will be of treated canvas; this one is plain canvas. Otherwise, this is it. The projected price is around $90.

Also we received a few items that have been out of stock for some time, including:


There are also a few new items in stock:

22 comments:

Brian said...

Sweet bag, even sweeter price!I've got a couple bikes that are just waiting for a bag like this.

What are the dimensions for this little jewel?

patates frites said...

Beautiful bag. Congratulations.

Doug said...

Looks nice Chris. Is it black or dark green (or something else)?

Thanks, Doug

Anonymous said...

that bag looks worth the price.
chris, can you please explain how it mounts?

best,
mike white

Adam said...

Two questions about this batch of M-12s, because I know these things can vary:

1) Do they have the light mount brazeon on just one leg, or both?

2) Are they polished, or that duller silver finish?

Thanks!

Chris Kulczycki said...

The bag is roughly 28 x 20 x 15cm. It mounts just like any classic style bar bag, rack, decaleur, or to the bar.

The M12 racks have 6mm eyelets on both legs and are almost as shiny as VO racks.

Anonymous said...

Is VO now carrying Kool-Stop rather than Yokozuna salmon pads?

It would be just wonderful if either of these good companies - or, you! - chose to reproduce the original Mathauser cooling-finned style brake shoes (in straight post for Mafac please)!

Anonymous said...

Nice going Chris! Hope the bags
are available for Christmas.
Preston

Jim G said...

"It would be just wonderful if either of these good companies - or, you! - chose to reproduce the original Mathauser cooling-finned style brake shoes (in straight post for Mafac please)!"

Actually, it'd be cool if someone produced a modified MAFAC brake-shoe eyebolt which allowed one to fit modern threaded V-brake shoes, IMHO.

Anonymous said...

Chris, how tall is the bag? 20cm? Will there be a taller version ever?

Anonymous said...

FANTASTIC bag!!! thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Great classicly styled bags at a reasonable price.
Any news on the VO pannier bags mentioned awhile ago? A small pannier bag to fit the VO front and rear racks would really compliment your lineup of beautiful bicycle parts.

Anonymous said...

Very nice bag for the price.

Is there any feature that makes it different from the Gilles Berthoud 2086 bag?

It would be nice if it was not "just" a copy, but had some unique VO features. Just a thought.

Greg said...

Hmmm. I'm thinking the price might be a "feature" that differentiates the VO bag from the GB.

Nice bag Chris. Will there be different sizes in the future? I remember this came about as a replacement for the basic TA bag that you and so many others liked. How about a replacement or compliment for the Ostrich bag that so many like as well?

J.Burkhalter said...

Looks to be a beautifully executed bag at a great price point. Congrats Chris!

Just like the GB 2086, I wonder about those uncovered side pockets in the rain, especially with something in them. Looks to be a place for water to collect and seep inside? What's your experience.

Chris Kulczycki said...

The bag will come in one size for now. One of the reasons for the low price is we are making them in relatively large quantities, economy of scale and all that. But that also means that a dozen variations of the same bag is not possible.

Like the Berthoud and TA and Ostrich bags, this bag is based on earlier French designs. There is not much that is new in any of them since the design was virtually perfected 40 years ago.

We are working on a rack-top bag, a large saddle bag, and small panniers, but they are still in the design stage so I have no idea when they will be available.

As for brake pads, we are developing our own line of brake pads that we hope will stop as well as any, never ever squeal, and not be as abrasive on rims as most current pads. So the pads we now stock are a sort of place holder that we can easily source.

C said...

Nice - especially for the price. I would have preferred hook and loop closures (as on the main flap) for the small back pockets. Makes them much easier to get into while riding. Maybe on future runs?

C said...

How large of a saddle bag are you working on? I'd like to see one large enough to carry my size 12 shoes and laptop for commuting. My Carradice Overlander does the job but is a pretty ugly blue color. A bag that large is also ideal for touring. I can easily put a down sleeping bag, stove and tarp tent in my bag. Combine that with a front bag and you're all set for hostel/inn touring or overnight camping trips.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a photo of a bike with 650B Zeppelin fenders?

Anonymous said...

Chris,

I have been looking for a handlebar/front bag to match my green carradice nelson long flap. Any plans to offer a VO bag that will match?

ChrisCullum said...

Chris, if you're planning a largish transverse saddle bag, can I suggest that it angles back in shape towards the seat post (ie, the shape contour goes slightly under the bottom of the saddle). The main problem with the Carradice style on modern bikes is that when the loop is attached to the seatpost it pulls the bag forward and shifts the natural drop of the bag. It also angles the flap and the opening so it's pointing more downward than straight back.

The handle bar bag looks just about perfect. Congrats on the final design.

TMan said...

Do you have final deminsions on this bag? How will it compare in size to a tall Berthoud?