The Market Bag, all grown up

The evolution of the Market Bag.  Version 1, circa 2012; version 2, circa 2014; current Market Bag, released 2015.

The evolution of the Market Bag.  Version 1, circa 2012; version 2, circa 2014; current Market Bag, released 2015.

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.