Cleaveland Everything Bags

Carrying water bottles on the fork is standard bikepacking practice, and is familiar from touring bikes going well back. (My friend Ed Carman’s beautiful mid-1970′s Eisentrout Limited has a fork that is probably not the original but was drilled for bottle mounts in the early 80′s). I’ve secured two bottles to each fork leg with no grief.

I have also used Salsa’s Anything Cage to good effect on my forks, secured by a combination of hose clamps and the mid-fork rack mount. As long as the loads are kept reasonable and are roughly symmetrical, bike handling is only minimally affected. The concept is exemplary, but Anything Cages are fairly fragile. Salsa has promised a redesign.

Jeremy at Cleaveland Mountaineering sews up an alternative in the form of a cordura semi pocket with a closed bottom and a metal stiffener to bolt to triple bosses. Optional large steel band clamps are available for attaching it to an undrilled fork. The pocket has two straps with metal strap locks to secure diverse roughly cylindrical loads. Because the body of the pocket is soft and compliant, there isn’t a chance of damaging it from rough road shaking or laying the bike down. The pockets each weigh a bit more than an Anything Cage, so this is not a weight saving measure. Still, the bomber construction, ease of use and massive versatility absolutely gets the job done.

6 thoughts on “Cleaveland Everything Bags

  1. Interesting bags that fill an often overlooked but super useful niche. I also find it interesting that he and I have the same last name (different spelling though) and we both make bags. What a weird small world it is. Any idea why he uses the metal cams instead of plastic? I’m just curious.

    Sadly, the Anything cages have not worked out for people in the way that Salsa hoped. I hope the redesign beefs them up a bit. It’s interesting how often R&D and reality can differ so much. As I come from the design/engineering world originally.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Looks interesting. Two 64oz bottles on the fork! Now that should keep the bikepacking naysayers at bay. Look forward to hearing more about them when you’ve used them in anger.

  3. Looks like another great solution stemming from the Salsa AC seed. I recognize the shortcomings of the AC, however attaching a rigid cage to the fork is necessarily a challenge with the chanee of snagging and regular bending, swaying, and rattling. A more robust redesign will help, but they will likely still break. These bolted soft bags are much, much better. Also wondering about metal cams– I love a good plastic slider.

  4. Thanks for the review Joe. First, the stiffener is HDPE plastic, not metal. Second, I first tried using plastic side release buckles, however they tend to loosen when placed around small radius hard objects. I also tried plastic cam lock buckles (non spring loaded), but it was hard to get those tight enough. I looked for spring loaded plastic buckles but could not find them. Finally I looked for metal spring loaded cam buckles, and had to look for a long time to find something under 1″, finally I found these 3/4″ buckles – they’re a bit heavier than plastic but are easy to tighten and won’t loosen under load.

    • Jeremy, could you post a link to where you found the 3/4″ cam buckles? I’m also a bikepacker looking for an alternative to the slide release buckles. Looks like you used nylon webbing? That’s good to know, some sources suggest that polypropylene is necessary for cam buckles (better grip). I have some polypro 3/4″ webbing and might give it a try on my next trip with slide release buckles.

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