What can I say? As much as I might tout the greenishness of my bicycle riding, it all comes down to me being a consumerist pig. I like cool stuff, and I am a certified gear head, and when I get my mind stuck on something, I gotta have it.
But I am partially redeemed! Recently I cleared out a bunch of unused bike and camping gear through the miracle of Ebay. With my Paypal balance burgeoning, assisted by the spare change jar on my bedroom dresser, I have ordered a pair of Swift Industries Short Stack panniers in Waxed Canvas, and pretty much broke even.
Why Swift? I wanted external pockets. I wanted a way to carry tent poles without strapping them to the frame. I wanted them deep enough to carry both a compressed sleeping bag and larger pad, and then some, inside. They’re water proof – no need for yellow rain covers. They have quick lock buckles rather than leather straps. And I really, really like the classic look.
Yes, they were expensive. More than I probably should have spent. And they will probably outlast me by quite a few years. But it’s an addiction and I just can’t help myself.
I hope to see them in about 2-3 weeks…and yes, I am looking through the garage, basement, and shed for other stuff to sell.