Showing posts from July, 2009

TCB Reviews: Grace Lichtenstein, Senior Cyclists

Grace Lichtenstein - cyclist, blogger and former NYT journo recently reviewed the TCB on her blog: Thank you Grace! You summed it up to a T(CB). One aspect she didn't mention was its Made-in-Americaness, for which I am very proud.  Here's why (for I'm starting to receive emails from spambots telling me that someone in China will make similar bags for $1.28 per one hundred - about 20 times cheaper than I get them made. Tempting? Not at all. I may never get rich but I'm glad to be stimulating the local economy. Grace wows 'em at the Hudson Guild All about the TCB

Traffic Cone Bag (TM) - "Happy Hour" Security feature

Here's another cool feature of the minimalist TCB design: SECURITY. MOVIE: Lindsay Lauder talks about the TCB security feature in the Escape New York Movie (at about 1:55 min in) By unclipping one or both of the snaphooks, you can secure the bag to the leg or arm of your chair, so prevent swipe-and-grabs in bars or restaurants. Or, perhaps it enables you to keep the bag off the ground rather than swimming in spilled tequila and peanut shells (but at least it's washable). The same snaphooks are what enable you to sling it to the handlebars or elsewhere of your bike, stroller, wheelchair ... Speaking of security, remember you can wear the bag with the black pocket against your back, thus protecting your stuff.  STRAPS TOO SHORT? The bag is designed to be minimal, one size fits most - with no unnecessary clips or adjustments. If you're big across the chest and you find the straps a bit short, you can add an extender like a carabiner or two between the snap hook an

Night visibility: New loop for blinky light

I just returned from a Bike Friday speaking tour in Georgia , where a number of my TCB 's were bought by local commuters. From Sorella Cycling Club member Gwyneth Lodge, who hosted my Cuba talk: I have loved the bag so far! I haven't actually used it on a bike yet, but have been carrying it around anyway as a cute casual bag. My city bike/bar bike is a fixed gear, and I just rode fixed for the first time last night at the velodrome. I'm confident I can handle fixed on the streets now, so I'll be back to my usual riding around town. That's what I really needed the bag for. A new little feature for the June 2009 run: a little elastic loop to hold a blinky light. It doesn't sound like a big deal, but in this day and age of overfeaturing (like supersizing only in features, not calories), my aim is to keep things as minimal and as simple as possible. Everything you need, and nothing you don't. The light I like to use with this bag is the one that