Where the neighborhood ends

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This is out my backdoor.  A gentle ascent across town on a mix of bike lanes and dedicated bike paths leads to a dirt trail alongside a concrete drainage channel, and through a break in a fence.  This is called Open Space and it abuts some of the nicer neighborhoods in town.  Less than a mile from the pavement, a wire fence designates the Sandia Mountain Wilderness.  Lael and I left home after dark with sleeping bags and pads, three beers, an avocado and a tomato.  We picked up three burritos on the way.  Lael brought her new pillow, a luxury she now cannot live without.  The pillow is encased in a T-shirt.  We rode singletrack by headlight for less than 20 minutes, and slept under the orange glow of the city.  In the morning, we made a circuit of the Foothill Trails and returned home by drainage ditch, bike path and Whole Foods.  I live in Albuquerque.

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Tubeless fatbike set-up, coming soon.

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Homegrown bike bags

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Updated 11/13/2013.

Oveja Negra Threadworks; Lane Condell and Monty Wilson (Leadville, CO)

Bedrock Bags and Packs: Andrew Wracher (Durango, CO)

Bolder Bikepacking Gear; Greg Wheelwright (Boulder, CO)

Wanderlust Gear; Paul Hansberger (Missoula, MT)

Randi Jo Fabrications; Randi Jo and Eric (Cottage Grove, OR)

Revelate Designs; Eric Parsons (Anchorage, AK)

Porcelain Rocket; Scott Felter (Victoria, B.C., Canada)

Hamilton Threadworks; Sarah Hamilton (Victor, Idaho)

Cleaveland Mountaineering; Jeremy Cleaveland (Grand Junction, CO)

WIldcat Gear; Beth Barrington (Brecon, Wales, UK)

Crater Packs; Rich Shoup (Telluride, CO)

Phantom Pack Systems: Tim O’Brien (Canada)

J Paks; Joe Tonsager (Denver, CO)

Becker Sewing and Design; (Fairbanks, AK)

Nuclear Sunrise Stitchworks; (El Paso, TX)

Barking Bear Bagworks; (Michigan)

Lone Mountain Innovations; Torin Browning, (Rathdrum, ID)

Bike-BAG; (UK)

Bike Bag Dude; (AU)

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The list of lightweight bag makers is growing.  Inspired by their own lightweight bicycle travels and the growing bikepacking and endurance racing scene, these craftsman are making ultralight bags for rack-lite or rackless touring.  Lael recently picked up an Oveja Negra front accessory bag called the “Lunch Box” at SubCulture Cyclery in Salida, CO.  The bag is made locally in Leadville by a promising upstart comprised of a seamstress with a riding habit and a rider with a sewing itch. Constructed of the now standard Dimension-Polyant VX-series sailcloth, the bag holds a paperback Gogol novel as well as a windbreaker and small personal items for easy access during the day.  Made in Durango, the Bedrock “Chinle compression panel” pictured below was spotted on the Colorado Trail.  As every town should have a brewer and baker, a framebuilder and a bag maker would also populate my ideal town.

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There are several other supposed bag makers, but they have been excluded if their websites indicate inactivity.  Carousel Design Works is a notable exception.  Please share any additional leads so that I may update the list.