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    2WG NEWS ACTION - BIKE TO WORK DAY

    CTV News: Lonny Balbi - Bike to Work Day Founder & Two Wheel Gear Advocate

    Recently I connected with Lonny Balbi, founder and organizer of Calgary Bike To Work Day happening Friday, May 1, 2015. Lonny is a longtime bike commuter and truly outstanding guy. This year, Lonny is donating $1 for every bike that shows up at the event's headquarters in Eau Claire Market to the Nathan O'Brien Children's foundation. With an average of 4,000-5,000 commuters stopping by for breakfast (catered by Lonny's law practice), Lonny is in for making a pretty substantial donation from his own pocket.  

    Lonny took a real shining to our newest suit pannier and we couldn't have been more excited to collaborate. This year Two Wheel Gear is honoured to sponsor Calgary Bike to Work Day and donate our Classic 2.0 Garment Panniers as event prizing. We set out to solve a problem for daily bike commuters riding to work. Lonny is helping us spread that word.  Watch the below videos from Global Calgary and CTV Calgary Morning News as Lonny's charm is put into action talking about his passion for Bike to Work Day and his killer suit and tie tucked neatly in his Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier.
     
     

     

    Two Wheel Gear Works for Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

    Last year, we received an amazing letter from our friend Anton in Seoul, Republic of Korea. This year we are sending him one of our new Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier's to test out in his incredible travels. Stay tuned for the follow-up review coming from Anton in the next few months. This is his story. 

     

    Dear Two Wheel Gear,

    Bike Commuting in SeoulI just want to thank you for your great garment bag. I work for Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and thousands of people are watching me while on stage. My dress has to be just perfect. But the problem is that I am a passionate cyclist (as well as passionate musician). I've tried many options of transportation my tails (tuxedo) before I found Two Wheel Gear. The biggest problem for me was that I could not carry my suit on myself because my viola is there so the rack pannier was the only option. The other pannier garment bags on the market are kinda...narrow and short. This "compromise" is not acceptable for my situation. 
    Anton's daily bicycle commuting itemsAnton Bike Commuting through Seoul to a performance
    Orchestra suit tails packed in Classic Bike Suit Bag

    My normal daily commute is only about 14km (round trip) to the rehearsal hall but much longer on the weekends. It is up to 30-60 km depending on where the concert is. I am not a light commuter. On the concert days I have to haul lots of stuff: my viola, concert dress and shoes, extra shirt,  towel, toiletries, lunch/dinner as well as my emergency repair kit (it is not good to get a flat tire on the way to the concert!!!), spare tube, tube repair kit, gloves, set of wrenches, chain tool and chain lock. All this stuff easily goes into the Two Wheel Gear garment bag! The climate here in Korea is very hot and humid in the summer and freezing cold, often snowy in the winters. I commute all year round regardless the weather. I just see no reason not to commute by bike in the rain or snow. With a proper gear it is even more exciting. You know :) 

     

    Anton's Classic Bike Suit Bag Setup on BikeI have never experienced really heavy showers while on the bike with Two Wheel Gear bag, but the bag has passed the test in my shower room at home so I have no worries about coming rain season in July-August.

    As you see on the pictures, my commuting route takes me through busy streets, bike paths and sometimes unpaved roads.

    Best regards,

    Anton

    Anton Kang playing with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

    Two Wheel Gear Featured in Momentum Magazine

    We are extremely pleased to show-off Two Wheel Gear's brand feature in Momentum Magazine! It was great to pay homage to our company roots and show the cycling community how far we've come and where we are headed. We have had our heads down in our shop developing not only products but relationships and are stoked to be recognized in such an awesome publication. We haven't given away all our secrets and coming soons just yet but there is much more to come! In the meantime, have a quick read on what momentum had to say on our messenger bags, bicycle garment panniers and decision to start building products out of a legendary waxed cotton canvas.

    Two Wheel Gear Brand Feature in Momentum Magazine

    Read the review and check out the rest of Momentum's fantastic articles and reviews here: Two Wheel Gear's Bike Suit Bag

    Re-inventing the Wheel (Meh….not really)

    When people ask me about our new branding, company persona and product development I can’t help but think in some ways we are re-inventing the wheel. Bicycle commuting has been around long before 2WG came into the picture and it will stay long after we are gone. We are just making it more fun and easier to do.

    Old time bicycle

    It is exhilarating and confidence boosting sharing the road with honky tonk traffic. It feels great walking into the office lobby sweaty, out of breath and with your tunes filling the dead morning air because you forgot your commuting playlist jamming through your ear buds. You get it. It doesn’t really matter if anyone else thinks riding your bike to work is dorky. You know it is awesome.

    I guess I take that same approach now when it comes to our new products. We went out and started creating some of the best new commuting products we don’t think exist on the market…and I think they are needed.

    It is a blast biking down for a few pints to meet your pals and then sweating those same pints off on the ride home. I love it. But you need to know when to call it quits and take rest of the bottle home. That’s why we created our leather beer growler caddie.

    Managing your keys when on your bike can be a pain in the ass. I get the hype on using a carabiner to hold your keys from your belt loop. It is more than hipster. It is also super functional when you are getting on or off your bike. The best use for this tool is when swiping your fob or key card to get into the office parkade or simply parking your bike. You need convenient access to your bike lock key. This is why we developed the Roadie Belt Key Clip. Super functional and stylish made of premium materials. It feels good clipping your keys into the gunsling clip. I use it every time I hop on the horse.

    Personally, I love utilizing the functionality of my rear bike rack. Some people think its dorky and I think that is just fine. It makes a lot of sense when using your bike as a vehicle. Some people bike to make a fashion statement and this is cool too, but sometimes it just works to use the tools available. The ride to work is way more enjoyable if your gear is off your back and evenly distributed on your bike rack. This is why we have put insane amounts of time in refining and re-designing our Classic Bike Suit Bag. It has been the go-to for office commuters for years. For way too long it was our only flagship product. I have so much more to say about what we have coming down the pipeline on this but it will have to wait just a bit longer.

    Now not every ride is a point and shoot and back again. Sometimes the best ride is one where you don’t have a route planned. Meandering through the city also means having a daypack. For us at 2WG, we love the functionality of a messenger bag. We wanted one with some style. Plenty of bomb proof synthetic options out there. What was lacking was class matched with practicality. We created the first form fitted waxed canvas option combined with premium leather legend. It wasn’t easy and the specially sourced materials aren’t cheap. But nothing worth creating is either of the former. We swung for the fences with the Heath Messenger Bag. I think we hit a home run but it is one of those products where you have to be in the park to experience the full effect. Pictures on the web will never do it justice. I use this bad boy on days I am traveling light or simply want to feel fleet a pedal.

    Riding your bike to work or otherwise on any occasion isn’t something you were born with, it is a choice. We love it and love sharing it….hey we didn’t quit our day jobs for nothing. That is our commitment to you.

    Thanks for pedaling by!

    Reid Hemsing

    President of Two Wheel Gear

    Reid Hemsing on old time bicycle

     

     

    Feedback from Rick in Northern Vermont

    One from Rick...

    Contact Form Submission:

    Name: Rick 
    Body: I have used you bag for commuting year-round for 5 years in Northern Vermont and I would still be using it except that it was stolen so I have ordered another. It has stood up remarkably well to cold, snow, salt, slush, sleet etc. It is the only bag that works conveniently for a suit and, if it is not convenient, you will not use it long for a daily commute. It is  well constructed for shedding water. I know permanently water-proofing a flexing fabric is problematic, but if you could come up with a coating that lasted as long as the rest of the bag, I would pay what ever it costs. Thanks for designing it and for still being in business.