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Kickstarter Roundup: Hauler Convertible Messenger Bag/Seat Bag & Quick-Kaps Wheel Locks

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There are plenty of ways to get your stuff from point A to B on a bike. You could stuff it in a backpack or messenger bag, but that puts the weight up high and possibly gives you a sweaty back. You could get racks and panniers, but those add weight to your bike and aren’t as easy to carry once you get to your destination.

Developed by two MSU Denver students and avid riders, the Hauler will be made in the U.S. by Green Guru of upcycled materials like spent inner tubes and scrap cordura. It has a sturdy frame inside that holds the bottom flat while velcro straps attached to your seatpost and saddle rails. They’re lined with inner tubes to keep them from slipping around. The roll top closure eliminates Velcro or zippers, and removable shoulder straps keep it tidy while on the bike. Packages for the Hauler start at $100 during the crowd funding stage, and smaller donations get you smaller handlebar and seat bags from Green Guru.

You’ll have the option of the colorful one shown here made from fabric remnants or an all-black version with a few inner tube panels, as well as other goodies to thank you for your support. This one’s well on its way to being funded, check it out here.

If you need something to keep your wheels from leaving your bike while locked up, click through for another novel invention…

Like portage options, axle locks for wheels are also plentiful. Most use uniquely keyed or special tools to twist them loose, but the new Quick-Caps use a simple key and mini U-Lock design over a standard quick release skewer. Just stick the key on your keychain and eliminate an extra cable lock in your Hauler. The locks prevent the quick release levers from being opened, effectively securing your wheels on your bike.

The body is made from aluminum, so they’re light (just 51g) and are weather resistant. There’s even anti-rotation protection that keeps a thief from simply unscrewing the opposite side’s skewer nut. Check out the full campaign here.

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craigsj
craigsj
8 years ago

Nothing says stupid better than a quick release with a product over it specifically to defeat its purpose. No one other than racers need a quick release anyway. There are MUCH better ways to go.

The bag attachment to the seatpost is OK as long there isn’t too much weight, but for light loads what’s the matter with having it on your back? Weight on your back is way better than weight attached to the saddle. There are backpacks that attach quickly to minimal racks that are seatpost mounted today. Much better than this. Cute color though.

Crowdfunding bad ideas is depressing.

Brian
Brian
8 years ago

craigsj – watch the video again – sweaty back, back pain…those are the issues they cite.

Michael
Michael
8 years ago

While I’ll not take quite as firm a position as @craigsj on the locks, I will agree that purchasing a set of locking skewers is a much better solution than a product designed to take the ‘quick’ out of a quick-release skewer.

pdxfixed
pdxfixed
8 years ago

seems like that quick-cap would easily be defeated with a hammer/screwdriver collabo to the nut on the opposite side of the skewer.

c.
c.
8 years ago

lol? they took the design of a revelate design viscacha, painted it and put a shoulder strap on it.. and for that i should give them my money? NO thanks..

fib
fib
8 years ago

@craigsj Not true. I have a similar bag (from http://www.shiftbikepacking.com, who BTW does quite exactly the same as the guys from the kickstart) and I use it for bike travelling a lot. It is light and gets out of the way, even when you put all your stuff for two weeks travel (sleeping in hostels of course). That’s around 9 pounds (my bags are 9 to 15 liters big). Five to six hours on a bike is not nice with your back, and these bags help to not put more burden there.

Teo
Teo
8 years ago

…such a positive world out there!

I think the idea of the quick-release lock in good. Maintaining your quick-release without that someone can steel your wheel as fast as a twinkling…(and without destroying it with a hummer…).

Not everybody is racer that need to change the wheel in 5 sec, and given that, a key lock it’s easy to carry than a tool to remove the wheel.

Jake
Jake
8 years ago

A thief would cut a carbon fork with a serrated knife, take care of that lock with a grinder at home.

Johhny Mayhem
Johhny Mayhem
8 years ago

Great design but the narrator could of used some more pep, saddest courier bag for the saddest but happiest backs.

Anthonasty
Anthonasty
8 years ago

My panniers, my trunk bag, and my handlebar bag all come with shoulder straps.

This looks like a problem in search of a solution.

PROEDGEBIKER.COM
8 years ago

The QR lock seems like a good idea for some people. I own no locks since my bikes never leave my sight, If the establishment doesn’t have a bike rack or outdoor sitting, I will not stop for a beer.

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