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Trash Bags Shop Tour

Trash Bags is a small messenger bag manufacturer out of Minneapolis, run by local courier Andy Larson. Started in 2008, Trash Bags has a few years of bag making under their belt and many miles of testing in some of the harshest winters around. I’m in town for the Stupor Bowl alleycat, and figured a visit to the shop the created this year’s prize bags was in order. By tomorrow afternoon we’ll know who will be rolling around town with the pictured prize bags on their backs.

Trash Bags is a small shop, housed on the fourth floor of a downtown building, you enter through the first floor hardware store and make your way up to the roughly single car garage sized space housing a few sewing machines and lots of fabric and thread. Besides their messenger bags and backpacks Trash Bags has started to develop winter riding gear for the all-day, sub-zero riding that courier work in Minneapolis entails throughout the winter. Their wind and waterproof cordura Trash Picker Mittens are out there now, keeping hands warm with their removable Polartec fleece liner. Potentially too warm for anything but the coldest of days, when you need them you need them. Same with the as yet nameless winter hat—cordura outside, insulated inside, with a buckle to keep the ear flaps tight against your head. While it looks thick, the hat is remarkably thin, enough so to fit under your normal helmet. Overkill on all but the coldest of days, and potentially a recipe for a cold sweaty head if it’s not cold enough outside, but this hat should help you to continue riding even when you’d otherwise just not be able to. The mittens retail for around $70, the hat is expected to go for roughly $50. See more or inquire about ordering your own at www.trashmessengerbags.com


  1. Bike FixtationFebruary 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Awesome stuff guys! I need some of those mitts!

  2. DaraFebruary 5, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I could use some of those mittens! I’m in Amsterdam, where the subzero temperatures have somewhat dampened my desire to cycle. Most people here continue (without hats or mittens, either, mind you) to cycle because they just don’t know anything different. The winter shouldn’t be a deterrent–you’ve gotta be prepared and then get out there because it’s a whole different ride when you’re overcoming the elements.

    Thanks for the post!

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  5. mooseFebruary 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Dara, caution on the temperature range of which you speak! Are you thinking 0 C? These mittens would almost certainly be too hot for that. I don’t have them, but I do have some pearl izumi lobster gloves (which I think aren’t as warm) and those make my hands sweaty above -4 C or so. 0 F is about -18 C.

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