It's time for Part 2 of the Rivendell Sackville Bags Review! WooHoo! In Part 1, I showed you the bags I'm using most often, the Medium SaddleSack and the SlickerSack/Platrack combo. In this second installment, I'd like to cover some of the other incredibly useful products from this great line. These are the ones I use slightly less often, which means not EVERY day, but frequently enough that I consider them to be invaluable tools.
Here's my disclaimer: None of the products reviewed here were provided to me by the manufacturer or any retailer for evaluation. Nope. I'm not one of those famous bloggers who gets stuff for free. I purchased everything with my own money, and without any sort of special interweb journalist discount, so you can rest assured that the opinions expressed here are unbiased and come purely through my own experience ... good, bad, or otherwise. That being said, should any manufacturers out there wish to provide some cool bike-related products for ... ummm ... testing and evaluation ... I would likely be open to offering my honest review.
First, let's take a look at the Sackville ShopSacks. These handy bags are intended (and designed specifically) for use with Wald model 137 and 139 wire baskets. The Medium ShopSack fits the 15" model 137 basket, and the Large ShopSack fits the 18" model 139 basket.
|Medium ShopSack & Wald 137 left - Large ShopSack & Wald 139 right|
|ShopSacks & Wald Baskets ... Brass Snap Hook attachment|
Either of the Wald baskets can be mounted to a front or rear rack with simple plastic zip ties, or with any number of creative applications of wire, Velcro straps, etc. Once mounted to your rack, the appropriately-sized ShopSack just slips in and clips to the basket with two heavy-duty brass snap-hooks to keep it from moving about.
|Heavy-Duty Brass Snap Hooks for attachment|
|Medium ShopSack & 137 Basket on my Surly LHT|
Size-wise, the Medium ShopSack is a little bigger than a standard grocery bag, in that it is wider than it is tall, which makes putting stuff in and carrying it easier ... plus you can pack it more with heavier items, having no fear of a "bag failure". In practice, I find that I can usually put almost twice what I'd attempt in a standard grocery bag.
|ShopSacks with standard grocery bag for reference ... but they actually hold much more than it appears!|
|Simple interior and WIDE opening for easy loading/unloading|
|Sturdy zipper and heavy-duty brass pulls ... quality materials throughout|
Next up is a set of two bags that are possibly the most stylish of the whole line; the TrunkSacks. There are two sizes, Small and Large.
|Sackville TrunkSacks: Small (left) and Large (right)|
The Small TrunkSack is designed to be carried on a small front rack such as the Nitto Mark's Rack or Mini Front. The Large TrunkSack is designed to be carried on a rear rack, and will work with almost any type ... however, it is most perfectly mounted on a Nitto R-14 Top Rack. Attachment is simple, with a riveted leather panel that slips over the rack loop, and four brass snaps on leather straps that wrap around the rack rails. If your rack doesn't have a loop, don't worry ... the four snap straps are enough to keep it in place.
|Riveted leather panel slips over the rack loop|
|Leather straps wrap around rack rails and attach with heavy brass snaps|
There's some nice reflective material running all around the outside of the bag, which is very bright in nighttime conditions, as well as in the sunshine. The Large TrunkSack also has a leather loop for a rear light attachment ... a very nice little feature if you happen to ride after dark.
|Leather light loop and reflective material for safety!|
|Sturdy brass "D" rings for strapping stuff on!|
My small TrunkSack is generally used for any personal items I need for a ride ... phone, keys, wallet, garage door opener, handkerchief, small pad of paper and pen. To keep things from rattling around and give it all a little padding, I cut a piece from a bargain bin yoga mat to perfectly fit the interior space. The dense material adds some structure to maintain the box shape of the bag, and gives some padding for the contents. One yoga mat goes a long way for useful padding in lots of applications!
|Small TrunkSack with Bargain Bin Yoga Mat Interior ... simple, effective, and cheap!|
|Large TrunkSack with Zimbale 7/11 liter Camera Protect Case insert.|
|The Zimbale insert nicely holds my Nikon with extra lens and extras.|
|Small TrunkSack in use!|
|Large TrunkSack in use!|
|Small and Large TrunkSacks ... stylish matching luggage for your bike!!|
Well ... there you have it ... Rivendell Sackville Bags Part 2! Thanks for reading!!