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Published on March 14th, 2012 | by Greg


Detours Bags: Biking, Free and Dry

This week­end marked our un­of­fi­cial start of Spring here in NYC. Sure, Day­light Sav­ings Time is part of it, but more than that the weath­er was won­der­ful. Out­door cafes opened up, parks were full, and con­tin­u­ing on in­to this week the sun has meant the bike lanes are start­ing to get some se­ri­ous use. We’re out there as well, and have been hap­py to have a few new places to stow our gear while we’re two-wheel­ing around Man­hat­tan.

De­tours makes a wide range of bags, but not the sort you’re like­ly to see in an air­port. Their gear is meant for cy­clists, and we still get reg­u­lar use (and ques­tions) about the last bag we checked out from them al­most a year ago. To­day’s are a lit­tle lighter, but still feel well-made and im­pres­sive­ly durable.

The George­town Dry Pan­nier is a bit of an odd fel­low. A sin­gle large com­part­ment holds your gro­ceries or gear, and at on­ly two pounds, trav­els nice­ly thanks to both should straps and a de­cent han­dle. Throw your keys and phone in the front pock­et (which is pret­ty well padded), and when it rains, en­joy the peace of mind that comes from ‘wa­ter­proof TPU-coat­ed flap and ful­ly seam-sealed con­struc­tion’. Ba­si­cal­ly, even in a se­ri­ous storm, the con­tents of your bag should be fine, even if you come away soaked. As usu­al, there are a few smart de­tails- small strips of re­flec­tive ma­te­ri­al for night time vis­i­bil­i­ty, and good place­ment of han­dles for bal­ance. The looks are un­usu­al- plen­ty of folks asked about it- and we could’ve used a bit more tex­ture or some op­tions in col­ors/de­signs. We won’t call it sexy, but we will call it our new best friend for bik­ing around the city in the rain. $105.

The De­tours D2R al­so gets a fair share of at­ten­tion- it can sim­ply be sus­pend­ed from your seat­post if you don’t have a rear rack and ap­pears at first glance kind of like an alien pod. It may look small, but don’t let that fool you- we man­aged to fit lunch, a jack­et, a cam­era, and some oth­er gear in­side. The in­ter­nal padding is nice, and there is a zip­pered pock­et for small­er items. In­stal­la­tion is su­per-sim­ple, and though you might not want to throw in too much weight, the D2R is a great way to free up your shoul­ders for the short trips where you might not want a larg­er bag. It’s in­ex­pen­sive, seals tight, and doesn’t look too con­spic­u­ous. Plus, the bag eas­i­ly dis­con­nects and re­con­nects to the mount, al­low­ing you to grab and go. And De­tours of­fers a com­plete line if you like the style, from large and small pan­niers to a han­dle­bar bag. Aero­dy­nam­ic and lightweight, it’s great for rid­ers who don’t want to both­er with racks or larg­er pan­niers. Per­haps just a hair too ex­pen­sive at $85, but cer­tain­ly worth it for those who are try­ing to shave off weight while still hav­ing some­where to car­ry gear.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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