The beer lover creates a nifty bag to carry beers on your bike
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After needing a better way to cycle home with beers from his local brewery, Nathan Thomson set out to create the perfect To Go 4-Pack saddle bag.
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Like many Vancouverites, Nathan Thomson enjoys cycling to local breweries in the Lower Mainland.
Nathan often found himself bagless and unable to take sales home.
Noticing that other bikers are having trouble hanging on to a 4-pack while also leaving the brewery, Nathan wanted to create a solution. He set out to make a 4 pack saddle bag and in April 2021 launched To Go Cycles.
To Go Cycles allows cyclists to carry four large cans under a bicycle saddle. It is well constructed and fully enclosed to help keep its contents cool and protected. Not only is the product designed to carry drinks or snacks, but it can also work as a normal saddle bag. To Go Cycles allows you to safely carry everything you might need on your bike trip.
Based in Port Moody, they began to be distributed throughout North America. With the recent explosion in breweries and cycling, the 4-Pack saddle bag has already attracted a loyal following.
As municipalities began to allow alcohol in parks and beaches, the brand saw it as an opportunity to showcase a bike-friendly product that helped riders keep their drinks cool and protected on their commute.
“The product started out as an idea on a piece of paper, but slowly manifested into a cardboard template, then a design mockup, and finally the product we have today.” Nathan said in an interview with Daily Hive.
“I redesigned and reworked the prototype, spending hours measuring, cutting, testing the fit and remaking. After finalizing a design, I studied the materials. I knew the bag had to be durable enough to support the weight and size of the intended contents. I spoke with over 30 manufacturers until I was able to find one that could make the product to the specifications provided. We ended up finding a great overseas manufacturer in China who was able to bring the prototype to life. “
The canvas exterior and nylon interior make this bag less bulky than a classic cooler. It has a twist-lock front closure and the rear strap attaches around the seat post, ensuring both bag and rider stability.
“After the first prototype manufactured arrived, I rode hundreds of miles on my bike, testing the product to make sure it would hold up over time. I also asked friends for their thoughts on the design and specs. In the end, much of today’s product has changed from the first creation I put on my kitchen floor.
To Go Cycles is a new company in the market, and Nathan is excited to expand the bike accessories brand.
“The aim of our company is to build on the early successes of the Bicycle 4-Pack saddle bag and to continue to expand our reach. In the future, we are looking to expand our product line by introducing new and exciting bicycle accessories. “
“Since launching our product, we have received great support from the beer and cycling community. We have been fortunate to be able to partner and collaborate with local breweries and the BC Ale Trail. Through these outlets we were able to promote our product and I will be forever grateful to the BC brewing community.
To Go Cycles flagship product, the 4-Pack Bicycle Saddle Bag is available on their website and can be picked up locally in Port Moody: email [email protected]
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