There is certainly no shortage of quality, made to fit bike bags out there to help satisfy your need for adventure. Whether you’re stashing the essentials for a big trip into the back country, or a few refreshments for your weekly after work sessions, frame bags are pretty neat.
The question then is what’s better than a frame bag? If you’re Cody and Justin Greenwell, the answer is firm. You need a bike box. Sort of the bike equivalent of a truck bed tool box, the AK CODEPACK is meant to easily carry all your gear while offering better access when you need it. Built using aerospace construction methods and materials, AK CODEPACK is a rugged option that may have you looking at storage in a new way…
After finding faults with many of the bike bags they had tried, the Greenwell brothers from Anchorage, AK set out to make something more substantial. Using Cody’s background as an airplane mechanic, riveted aluminum was a natural choice and the first AK CODEPACK was born. Since this is a cycling product after all, a carbon version was cooked up next. Both boxes rely on an easy to use latch mechanism that should prove to be much easier to use in the cold especially with thick gloves. AK CODEPACKs can even be built with locks for an extra $25 making the box an interesting choice for commuters.
Each AK CODEPACK is custom fit for the frame ensuring a precise fit. The actual width of each box is up to the rider with minimum widths around 1.5″, and maximum widths limited only by your pedaling or your cranks. The brothers mention that 3″ wide boxes are their most popular options. Most AK CODEPACKs will attach to the frame using the existing water bottle bosses, though some may require the use of hose clamps depending on the design.
Currently for sale through Kickstarter, AK CODEPACKs are available for $250 for the original, or $275 for the carbon.