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pendalore's blue rotate mini bag, attached under the bike seat and detached as a clutchThe Rotate Mini Bag is one of several chic bike bags offered by Pendolare. Photos c. Pendolare
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The outdoor apparel industry long resisted the idea that rugged gear can be both practical and fashionable — but that’s waning. Not too long ago, the only colors for hiking shoes were brown or dark brown, yet now it’s possible to find them in every shade of the rainbow.

San Diego company Pendolare aims to accomplish the same thing with bike accessories. Its founder, Tara Sauvage, was living in Seattle when she noticed that most bike commuters used the same “ugly yellow backpacks.”

Sauvage figured many cyclists would like something functional and professional that looks equally at home in the street or in the workplace. That resulted in Pendolare’s chic bike bags and other accessories, which (at least to this writer’s eye) look like Dolce & Gabbana decided to go bikepacking.

Here’s a few examples of the website’s catalog of mostly leather-made bike bags.

Pendolare’s Cruise Bicycle Bag.

Pendolare Bike Bags

“The Rotate Roll bag will go from your beach cruiser to brunch in a few seconds,” Pendolare says on the website. 

It can fit nicely on either the handlebars or behind the bike seat, and doubles as a crossbody bag. It’s “handcrafted” from cobalt blue full-grain leather and silver hardware. It has a push-lock closure and measures 7.5″ x 2″ x 6″. It costs $148 MSRP. 

The Cruise Bicycle Bag draws inspiration from a vintage binocular case, with “performance” fabric and Italian full-grain leather. It comes with an oversize zipper, two internal pockets, blue canvas fabric lining, an outside cell phone pocket, peg and hole closure for bike attachment, and a removable shoulder strap.

It measures 7″ x 3.75″ x 6″ and costs $198 MSRP. 

transit bag
The Transit Box Bag comes in either black or red.

Even more eye-catching is the convertible, “vintage-inspired” Transit Box Bag, which comes in Italian full-grain leather and has a magnetic top flap. It comes with leather buckles and a removable webbing shoulder strap, plus a silver push-lock closure and a back cell phone pocket. It attaches to handlebars or back racks. 

Available in a subtle black or neon red, it measures 7.5″ x 4″ x 5.5″ and costs $248 MSRP.

Check out more of Pendolare’s chic offerings on its website. 


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Merlin the Bike Wizard
Merlin the Bike Wizard
11 months ago

I was about to say this was kind of neat idea until I saw the price. The bike industry continues to push prices up market and it’s getting ridiculous. A basic hybrid was $400 not that long ago and I just saw the low end Cannondale quick for $650. For a more apples to apples comparison Swift Industries Zeitgeists were supposed to be less expensive because they moved their manufacturing to Taiwan but are still over $200. Some will cite inflation but really it’s greed.

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