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Best Bike Bag Fabrics

by Jameson MacFarland-Hall December 03, 2020 2 min read

Best Bike Bag Fabric

Bikes are more in style now than ever before! If you’re riding these days, chances are you’ll need some sort of bike bag. From a roadie to a cruiser, everyone needs to bring their snacks, beers, inner tubes, or other stuff with them on their ride.

Here are some of our favorite bike bag making materials...

For the weight-weenies: 

2.92 oz Dyneema® Composite Fabric

3.9 oz Venom™ UHMWPE TPU

5.0 oz Dyneema® Composite Fabric  

When it comes to maximizing performance while minimizing weight, it's hard to beat fabrics made with Dyneema® or UHMWPE. In addition to offering the highest strength-to-weight ratio, these fabrics are extremely waterproof. Lastly, they're stiff and hold their shape, which allows you to make a bag that matches the geometry of your bike.

For the traditionalists:

XPAC VX15

1000D Cordura®   

Perhaps you don’t want anything ridiculous. You just want simple, functional materials with a nod to orthodox bike bags. In fact, tons of industry leading companies use X-PAC and Cordura® for their bags. These are tried and true materials to get you everything you need.

For the style riders: 

6.5 oz Woven Melange with Dyneema®

13.9 oz Moto Denim with Dyneema®  

Bikes are like wardrobes - everyone has their own personal style and flare. Perhaps functionality isn’t the only consideration. If you want to add a little excitement, try a fabric that possesses an intriguing texture or jazz things up with a custom printedcolor using OutdoorINK. With the latter, you can even find the perfect shade to match your existing bike rig!

Honorable mentions: 

Liteskin LS07

210 HDPE Gridstop  

These two materials don’t fit into a particular category, but they certainly deserve recognition. With great looks, performance, and pedigree, these materials are worth a look. 

Decision time...  

Why settle for a mass market bag when you can design a specially crafted bag that fits you, your bike, and your riding style perfectly?

When you’re choosing fabric, remember the fabric application rubric:  

1. Durability 

2. Weight 

3. Price  

After rating these three things in priority order, you’ll be able to whittle your list down to just a few options.   

From gravel crushers, to mountain jumpers, beach cruisers, and bar hoppers, everyone can find the attributes that they need in their bike bag. 

What kind of bike bag will you make?  Comment below and let us know!


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