New Saddles and Bags and BottlesJan Heine
In the middle of a global pandemic, delays in shipments from suppliers are not a big concern with everything else that is going on. And yet we’re happy that the situation has improved to the point where deliveries are arriving again – because this means that things are getting better for our suppliers, who are also our friends.
Over the winter, we’ve worked with Berthoud Cycles in France to design a new, bigger handlebar bag, the GB 31. It’s useful for tall riders and those who like their handlebars high – the bag spans the distance from the bars to the front rack, so it’s sized to fit your bike. We’ve not just increased the height of the bag; we’ve also adjusted the size of the pockets: a bit larger so they are proportionate with the bag, but not so large that it becomes difficult to retrieve their contents.
You can see the new GB31 in the photo above, together with the three existing models. All Berthoud bags are available in the classic blue-gray (shown) and in black with leather trim, or in all-black versions. We offer them with and without side pockets. They all include a shoulder strap for easy carrying when you’re off the bike. They’re waterproof, because the cotton fabric swells when it gets wet, and they last almost forever. I’ve used my current Berthoud bag for 9 years, 2 Paris-Brest-Paris, many wet winter rides, countless tours… and it’s still as good as new.
The new GB31 bags were ready in early March, but they never made it out of France… Now they’re finally here. Since there is no tooling for these bags, Berthoud made a one-off production run for us. We hope this will become a standard bag in the Berthoud program, but the decision hasn’t been made yet, and quantities are limited for now.
We’re also introducing the Aubisque saddle. At 180 mm wide, it’s Berthoud’s widest model – ideal for riding with a more upright position.
All other Berthoud saddles are back in stock, too: the superlight Galibier (above), the Open models with a cutout to relieve pressure, and my favorite, the oh-so-comfortable Aravis.
Berthoud saddles are fully rebuildable with just two tools – a 5 mm Allen and a T20 Torx wrench. We’ve got all parts in stock, including tops in every size and color.
We also have the neat Berthoud saddle bags back in stock. Often nick-named ‘banana bags,’ they are surprisingly voluminous – perfect for carrying extra clothes (or bananas) – yet they tuck neatly under the saddle. It’s one of my favorite bags, and it doubles to protect the saddle’s underside on bikes without fenders.
We also received a new shipment of FMB’s wonderful tubular tires, with cotton and silk casings. These don’t need any introduction – they are the tires pro racers buy with their own money for truly important races.
We’ve added a 34 mm-wide version of the SSC Sprint tubulars to our program. They are great not just for ‘cross, but also for gravel riding.
We’ve also received our new water bottles. They are made in California, and they also were ready in early March… Like all our bottles, the new design is limited to 500 bottles. The white map pattern doesn’t just look nice, it also shields the bottle from the summer sun and keeps your liquids a little cooler. On cold mornings, you can turn the blue panel to face the sun instead…
With these shipments, our entire program is back in stock, with the exception of a few small items. We are working on those, too. Click on the images for more information. Now we just need a socially distant photoshoot to get better images of the new products!
During the coming weeks and months, we hope you stay healthy and safe – and enjoy some great riding!