Let’s be real, you almost always need to carry something when you’re on a bike. Even the smallest of cargo, say, just your phone, keys, and wallet, can be an annoyance to hold onto while riding.
The market bag was created when I set out to find a better way to carry my stuff. I had heard great things about panniers (saddle bags for bikes), but I didn’t have the money to buy the standard options, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the aesthetics of what was available. As I often do whenever I identify a problem, I headed to the wood shop to try an find a solution.
Some elements of the initial bag came together quickly, some of the constraints stumped me for a while. It wasn’t until I saw the metal mesh in use on a pedestrian bridge that I finally figured out how a bag made of wood could possibly work. Along the way I realized that there was no reason to limit the bag to just biking, so the market bag is also available as a hand bag.
I has been almost three years of prototyping, testing, and refining. The shape, materials, and construction process has evolved, but the concept has remained the same: make a bag that can take daily abuse, haul anything you can put it in, and look good doing it,
I use one of the market bags almost every day and I’m anything but gentle. If a product isn’t functional and built to last, the aesthetics are irrelevant to me. What good is a pretty piece of trash? I’m proud to offer the latest market bag knowing that it’s as functional as it is visually engaging.