American-made manufacturer WaterField Designs teamed up with RuthWorks SF designer Ely Rodriguez to create the compact Rapide saddlebag.
Combining the classic elements of full-grain leather and waxed canvas, the Rapide is for cyclists who value the aesthetic of their bike. The $59 saddlebag attaches securely to a bike seat with a leather toe-clip strap and includes an innovative, removable Mini Tool Roll.
“Ely makes some of the most elegant cycling luggage I’ve seen, and he is dedicated to his craft,” explained Gary Waterfield, company owner. “As an avid cyclist myself, I thought we could make great products together. The Rapide’s leather exterior has an old-world feel and exudes the artisanal craftsmanship Rodriguez is known for. Inside, a clever Mini Tool Roll acts as a sort of internal cartridge to keep tools organized. You just lay the insert down on the road and get to work.”
The Rapide saddlebag is constructed of the finest quality full-grain, naturally-tanned leather. A metal screw-stud closes the pouch, which attaches securely to a bike seat with a leather toe clip strap. Cyclists never have to remove the Rapide from the bike seat; inside a removable waxed-canvas Mini Tool Roll fits everything needed for flats and minor mechanical issues. The hand-crafted, American-made Rapide saddlebag keeps style-conscious pros, commuters and leisure cyclists prepared for mechanical breakdowns with their tools at the ready.
Colors: Saddlebag: “grizzly” brown or black full-grain leather. Mini Tool Roll: brown, navy or burgundy waxed canvas.
One size: Dimensions—Saddlebag: 5.2 x 2.5-3.5 x 2 inches. Mini Tool Roll—8.2 x 5.2 inches.
Available for pre-order now. Shipping begins May 22, 2015.