barnacle bags.

May 15, 2012

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i’ve been doing a lot of biking around the city lately (though a busted wheel this weekend slowed me down a bit). with all of this exploring, i’m in the market for a simple and lightweight backpack to tool around town with. this morning, these organic canvas packs from barnacle bags struck my fancy. simple and sweet. what do you think? do you use a backpack?

images courtesy of barnacle bags1, 2, 3, 4

UPDATE: today marks the one year anniversary of barnacle bags. hop over to lissa’s blog for a chance to enter a special anniversary giveaway!

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  • Reply Julia May 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    if you are really going to be doing a lot of biking, especially now that summer is coming, i recommend getting a basket or pannier. i nixed a backpack a long time ago because it makes my back too sweaty.

    • Reply Erin May 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      yes. also useful! i used to have saddle bags!

  • Reply Linda Zimmerman May 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I have the cutest insulated bag that clips in on the handle bars. It has handles and doubles as handbag when the bike is chained up. I used a cloth backpack last time we road our bikes in the city and one strap kept slipping down almost off my shoulder….I didn't like that! What I do like about the barnacle bags, shown in this post, is that they are light weight and would feel so good while out for a walk exploring neighborhoods!! Hands are free to take photos or carry some yummy food found along the way.

    • Reply Erin May 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      oh, slipping strap! no fun.

  • Reply NICOMADE May 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    i love the top one. i'm a big fan of the backpack – especially when travelling since two free arms are always better than one 🙂

  • Reply Rachel May 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I like these! I've been on a year long search for a backpack and haven't found one that is a) just right and b) not $500. I sometimes just want one that I can walk to work with instead of my purse but I don't want to look like I'm in high school again.

    • Reply Erin May 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      precisely the problem! flashback to erin circa 2000. but i feel like one of these would solve all that!

  • Reply Stacey May 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I love 'em.

    Yes, I use a backpack especially during travel. I'm always looking for something cute but strong enough to hold my camera gear but doesn't look like it's holding gear…

    • Reply Erin May 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      exactly. wore my camera strapped around my shoulder last weekend and was certain at any moment i'd crash and break everything–camera included.

  • Reply Joy May 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    these look sooo cute!

  • Reply rebecca May 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I bike with my backpack too. though this lovely one looks a bit more lightweight. perfect!

  • Reply Connie | Daydream In Color May 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Yes! "Word" on what you & Stacey said above! I was hiking this weekend with my camera strap choking one side of my neck & my crossbody bag choking the other. Haha. An elegant picture, I'm sure. I instantly went on the search for a cute backpack. These are adorable!

  • Reply Milynn luong May 16, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I bike with a backpack too! But not one nearly as cute as this. Mine is just a simple navy drawstring bag.
    But these backpacks are wayyy adorable! I've pinned this backpack a while ago, and the first picture you have there reminds me of it. Except a lot more practical for bike riding and a lot cuter.

  • Reply ABBY May 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    nice. i snagged this one from brook farm general store a while back and love it so. perfect and roomy biking to the farmer's market, a picnic, anything.

  • Reply Teresa May 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    These bags are adorable! I especially love the striped grey one. They look roomy but also pretty compact. Great find!

  • Reply Lindsay Jewell May 17, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I love these! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Melissa May 18, 2012 at 2:43 am

    These are great! I have a school/camping backpack that is great to ride with when I need to carry things, but I feel so nerdy once I am off my bike. I need something more transitional that will serve me as a pedestrian in NYC as well. Thanks for the tip!

  • Reply Vanessa {Vanilla and Rose} May 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Wow, I love these! AND her blog. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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