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Detroit Cargo

Detroit Cargo is a new bike-bag maker, making classy luggage to help gets odds and ends to and from with panache. Currently offering stitched leather handlebar, seat and toptube bags with metal hardware the bags are meant to wear in and not wear out too quickly, and never truly go out of style. The leather is a minimum of 2 mm thick and available in beer flavors of Stout, Lager and Amber, or grey, brown and browner leather finishes. Made in the USA, the bags retail for about $80 each.

Detroit Cargo has some words on their use of leather: When we started this project we looked for the best quality synthetic materials. … At our launch time we still do not have synthetic materials that are ready but we are getting close. …

Detroit Cargo is two partners. One never eats meat and the other eats very small amounts. We respect animals. We also note that a cow is never killed for leather, unless you are making ridiculously overpriced cars. Leather is a byproduct of the food industry. If people stop eating beef there will be no more leather. It’s sad that these wonderful animals die to make cheeseburgers. We think that we are honoring them by using the leftover hide in an object of quality.


  1. SeanNovember 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Contact info?

  2. jdmitchNovember 30, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I was wondering the same thing, where can we get a hold of these bags at? These look crazy nice and really affordable…

  3. jdmitchNovember 30, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Ha! Just refreshed page and notice link went active…

  4. marc bayNovember 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    detroitcargo.com / made in Detroit / some bags available now all bags available in about three weeks. marc@detroitcargo.com

  5. sarahelizabethDecember 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    These are amazing looking and not a bad price at all! good job

  6. AJLJune 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    The saddlebags need a straight mounting surface. The Brooks saddle’s mounting loops are not straight as they follow the curve of the saddle’s rear. Has anyone come up with a suggestion for a straight mounting surface? Like a long skewer with some mechanism to clip on to the curved mounting loops of the Brooks?

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