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Published on March 16th, 2013 | by Rita


Out and About with Detour Bags

Spring is arriving quickly in most parts of the country these days, and the thoughts of warmer weather have us all looking for excuses to get outside. For me that means hitting the road on my bike. Until recently Iʻd been without any good solution for carrying a handful of things like my phone, house keys, wallet and phone. My backpacks are good, but only one is water-tight, and itʻs bulky, making it a less-than-ideal choice. Beyond that, I prefer ride without a bag on my back when possible, so the chance to try out some bags by Detour were met with great enthusiasm.

Iʻve been using two of their bags, the Detour Roadie Stem and The Sodo, named after the brightly decorated part of Seattle that is home to the Starbucks world headquarters. In fact, most of Detourʻs bags are named after parts of Seattle, which stands to reason, this being a Seattle company. Detour is no stranger to damp conditions, which means their bags are made to stand up to rain and puddles, and so far have not disappointed.

The Roadie Stem is this fantastic little bag that clips to the stem of your bike. It holds your phone in the clear, waterproof pocket on top, and the inside compartment is the perfect size for wallet, keys and Clif bar. Iʻm the kind of girl who doesnʻt carry more than I can fit in my pockets, so this wonderful little bag hasnʻt left my bike since I first clipped it on weeks ago. Iʻm not sure how Iʻve functioned all this time without one. I can see if I get a call or texts while Iʻm biking, as well as the time with very little effort. Occasionally I use my phone to map out routes, and even that has become extremely easy with my Roadie. At $32 you shouldn’t be without one either.

The Sodo is the bigger bag, which fits two camera bodies (a Canon EOS1 and a Canon Rebel T1i), two lenses, a handful of filters, a bag of film and several memory cards. I play it fast and loose with my cameras, so they arenʻt in their own padded compartments, but for straight-up size it works great.

The top compartment is the same kind of clear, waterproof pocket as is on the Roadie, just bigger. The body is divided into two compartments, the front of the two has an additional divider, as well as some small pockets for pens and such. There is even a pocket on the side to hold a small water bottle. Once youʻve reached your destination the bag very easily unclips from the holder, and can be carried very comfortably like a messenger bag, and comes with a strap for that very purpose.

The thing I like best about the Sodo is that it attaches to the handlebars, so the weight is even across the front of the bike. (A note to Tri-bike and cyclocross riders, if you have center brakes youʻll have to move them in order to attach the Sodo.)  It comes with itʻs own rain fly, which lives in a very small pocket on the bottom of the bag. While the entire bag isnʻt waterproof, itʻs water-resistant, which means not a thing in the bag has gotten wet in the entire time Iʻve been using it. All of the tools needed to install the bag came with it, and installing it took all of about 3 minutes.

This bag is absolutely wonderful for daily commuters who have a little extra stuff. Itʻs $78 for padded, water-resistant, well thought-out storage for your bike.

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About the Author

Professionally in healthcare, and semi-professionally a photographer, former student at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, and full-time student of human nature, Rita has been writing for Truly Net for many years. Born and raised in the Midwest, she spent years on Oahu, and has formed some very strong opinions about all things knitting, pie, and the best places to climb. She really enjoys good food, music and friends, and is perfectly willing to write about, and photograph any or all of those things.

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