You may have noticed something different about Arielle and Tosca, my road and fixed-gear Mercians.
Lately, I've been riding them without the Carradice Barley bags I'd attached to them. I decided that, especially in the warmer weather, I don't need a bag of that size for rides of a few hours or less.
When I first started this blog, I'd been alternating those bags with Bike Burritos. You might recall that I had pink Burritos on Arielle and Tosca.
Jayme Bassett makes Bike Burritos in three sizes--Tamale, Regular and Grande--in Long Beach, California. On her website, she offers some Burritos she's already made. The "wet" ones are made from cordura, the others from duck cloth. She offers a variety of patterns and colors. If you don't see one you like (or that matches the color scheme of your bike), you can tell Jayme what you'd like or send her a photo of your bike. She'll tell you what patterns and colors she has on hand, or can get.
Every Burrito has two layers of fabric. On the inside are a series of pockets. On the Regular and Grande, one is about twice as wide as the others, which allows you to carry an inner tube. The bags fold over on themselves, much like the Mexican food for which they're named.
|Folding over section containing inner tube and blinky.|
|Folding over section containing patch kit and tools.|
|Pulling it together.|
|Would you like rice and beans with this?|
The pink Burritos you see in my early posts were the Regular size, made from duck cloth. I'd taken one of them off the bike, set it down somewhere and never saw it again. The other was spending time inside my Barley bag. Since getting the new Burritos (with the print pattern), I've been using the pink one in my handbag or backpack for pencils, pens, lipliners and other things I want to separate from the rest of the bag's contents.
I decided to buy Grandes this time. They give more capacity: I can carry my rear "blinky" and front "frog" light easily. Plus, because they're longer,they can be attached in an interesting way to a B-17 saddle:
If you look in some old catalogues or British or French bike magazines, you can see tool rolls or raingear attached in a similar way. It can also be attached to the rings on the outside of the Barley's flap. Most people attach their Burritos on the underside of the saddle rails, like a sew-up tire bag or the round TA-style underseat bag.
However you attach or use it, the Bike Burrito is a functional, stylish (or funky, depending on your point of view) accessory that looks right on a classic, modern or anywhere-in-between bike. Jayme does a great job of making them, and she's very nice to deal with. For those reasons, I highly recommend Bike Burritos.