Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gloomy Day

It was an ugly day today, cold and gloomy. I really wanted to ride but instead I relaxed inside with a hot cup of coffee. I just read Christopher's blog, Pondero, and felt a little better that I wasn't the only one lacking motivation today.

Over the last several days I've enjoyed reading "3 Speed Touring in Japan". This blog has some really nice pictures of the Japanese countryside and the authors bikes. I've always thought Japan would be an excellent place to do some touring.

I found these panniers on Ebay. I don't have any idea if this is a good deal or not but I thought they might look nice on somebody's old 3 speed. There is a matching handlebar bag in another auction. There is one day and about 12 hours left if anybody is interested. Here's a link to the auction.


  1. Thanks for the link to 3 speed touring in Japan. That guy seems combine a sense of adventure with civility.

  2. yes thanks for the link!
    what beautiful Japanese sightings and such good looking fashionable rider :)

  3. Chris & Meli-He seems like he would be a fun guy to hang out with. I'm glad you enjoyed the link.

  4. Don has an awesome blog, especially if you are interested in the old British bikes.

    The bags on Ebay are Karrimor, another excellent British product that is no longer being produced. Those bags are in fair condition, but certainly would look good on any vintage 3 speed. FWIW I saw a pair of those NOS go for over $130usd a while back!

    I like the Acorn Bags as well as Carradice Both are well built products. I hope Acorn continues to expand their line, but I know it will be hard being the small cottage business they are.


  5. I couldn't find much information on Karrimor. I like canvas bags with leather straps. I would like to order a couple of the Acorn bags but it looks like there is a waiting list.

    I've been tossing around the idea of buying a heavy duty sewing machine and trying my hand at making bags and other items. I would like to convert some old military bags to light use panniers.

  6. Myles,
    Acorn opens up to orders on the first day of every month at 0600 PST (I will let you figure out your local time ;>)) They only take as many orders as they can fill in a month, then shut the orders down until the following month. I can really respect that, it is better than having something on terminal back order.

    Karrimor made a full line of equipment and dated back to the late 1940's. I can recall seeing Karrimor backpacks back in the 70's. Unfortunately the company now exists in name only.

    There is definitely a market for good quality oiled or waxed canvas bags. I have seen plenty of converted stuff so it must not be too difficult.