Waxwing takes a trip...
We were lucky enough to take a two-week cycling journey around southwestern Japan. Our travels were largely based on the island of Shikoku.
Our plan included bringing out bikes and gear with us. I left the question of what bags to bring until somewhat late in the game. Initially thinking I'd bring a pair of smallish blue bags I'd made a while back I started to reconsider as the trip got closer; my stuff just barely fit with the existing bags, but it seemed like it could work....
As our departure drew near I decided it was going to problematic using these bags so I decided to make a somewhat larger set. With a tight deadline I pulled together a pair of waxed bags with leather straps and buckles and a small exterior pocket. The bags came out nicely (and match my DRB handlebar bag) and I was so glad I made the effort once we were en route in Japan. I had the space I needed and the bags worked really well. They are a perfect size for touring without having to leave too much behind, or for camping if you can be judicious in your packing.
I learned a little too--the bags slid horizontally on the top bar of my low-rider racks and one end would occasionally slip off the forward end. Not a good thing! Although it didn't cause any mishaps. Gladly, I devised a solution: the brass D-ring (for a shoulder strap) had enough movement that I could slide it over the trailing top end of the rack top-bar and it created a firm hook. This will be an important detail to cover going forward.
The bags acquired a nice pattina --beausage--and did their work admirably. I'm glad to have 'em.
4/25/2019 02:20:56 am
Because of the activities this group has been doing, it gives me a desire to be part of Waxwing. Aside from it's cool to be one of them, you get the chance to see other parts of the world you haven't seen yet through biking. If that doesn't sound exciting for you, I don't know what else will make it more appealing. By the way, I realized that there are provinces in Japan that are worth exploring! You should go there and have it featured here!
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