Bike Bags » Carousel Design Works Bags

Carousel Design Works was an early pioneer of rackless bikepacking. They hand sew an array of bags designed to get weight onto the bike, but not on a rack.

Products include seat, frame and handlebar bags.

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ScottSeptember 14th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

I’ve stored my sleeping bag and bivy in the Carousel Design Works seat bag. Two years ago, Jeff was alarmed when I told him I was shoving my sleeping bag in there (and barely getting it to close / cinch). But now everyone seems to be doing it. This bag makes the need to run a rear rack questionable at best. I sure haven’t been missing my rack.

AmyLOctober 22nd, 2008 at 9:47 am

I’m using a custom frame bag from Jeff. I use it to carry a 4 or 6 liter DromLite bag for extended stretches without water. Also windbreaker, sunglasses, hat&gloves, ditty bag, etc. The weight of the water is low and centered, which is nice, and it gives me more water capacity for less weight than if I used the 3 water bottle mounts on the frame.
Jeff did a great job of sizing the frame bag based on the cardboard cut-out of my triangle gap. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy more products from him.

YuriFebruary 6th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

I’ve been using Jeff’s smaller seat bag to store my sleeping bag and it was one of the contributing factors leading me to get ride of my rear rack. It works perfectly and allows me to get back off the seat and ride more technical sections with confidence and no interference.

chuckc1971February 7th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

I just put in an order with Jeff after much searching. Got a frame bag, handlebar bag and medium seat bag coming. Can’t wait!

arctosMarch 22nd, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Jeff at Carousel Design Works made a rear rack top stuffer with outside pockets for me two years ago. The design, materials and workmanship are first rate. It has worked just as I hoped.

On the Divide Ride I had the stuffer out back and two panniers high up front on a Bruce Gordon Mtn rack. The balance was great. My equipment total without water, fuel or food was around 15 pounds.

Chad BrownJuly 1st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

I have been using the frame and saddle bag for every major ride, including the AZT 300 and the Grand Loop Race. Good stuff. Nothing has ever leaked or torn. I HIGHLY recommend Jeff’s bags. He even adds some fun remarks to your care package when it arrives to really give it a personal touch 🙂

I guarantee I will be using CD bags for many more rides to come….

Jim HelmsJune 16th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I got a main triangle bag and seat bag from CDW. Jeff is A true craftsman. The bags are tough and robust. No cheap parts are used. I never had any doubts when trying to zip up an overstuffed bag. One thing i noticed is how stable the seat bag is during out of the saddle peddling is compared to other bags. Jeff has defiantly done his homework and testing to produce a great product. Incredible attention to detail. I highly recommend CDW bags!

CharleyAugust 21st, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I tried to order a set of bags from Jeff. He forgot to send the invoice the first time, and then when I called back, he said he’d get on it. But he forgot again. I sent a reminder email. No reply. Three strikes, you’re out: I guess I’ll be going to call Revelate Designs.

Nathan GallionAugust 21st, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I called Jeff just before the CTR and he had a medium seat bag to my house with the quickness. Also, he has a good taste for jazz music. The bag is just right for a tarptent, phantom 32, toiletries, several bagels and GORE paclite rainpants. I really stuffed this thing and shoved in tent stakes and yanked down the compression straps and I know this is one tough bag made for the longest trips!!

It was a great pleasure to work with him and I really appreciated the card with Chiura Obata’s painting

“before thunderstorm, tuolomne meadow, high sierra, california” (sweet painting, check it out!)

and Edward Abbey’s quote!

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerousm leading to the most amazing view. may your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

Highly Reccomended!

CharleyAugust 22nd, 2010 at 9:43 am

Maybe he didn’t want to make my bag because he was too busy getting your bag to you before the CTR.

TimDecember 19th, 2010 at 2:19 am

I can’t get the website to function.. can someone email me his email address…

Former LocalDecember 19th, 2010 at 9:35 am

The website works fine for me.

Deb SanchezOctober 8th, 2011 at 11:04 am

I ordered 2 full sets of backs from Jeff last March. It is now October, 2011 and Jeff has reassured me numerous times that he was close to having my order complete. Now, he does not answer emails or phone calls. In checking the comments above it seems I’m not the only one. Bad business. I will look elsewhere for the gear.

JeromeJune 21st, 2013 at 5:34 am

Same for me.
A Saddle Bag ordered AND payed in spring 2012.
Never arrived.
Sent emails to protest, no answer.
Realy bad business.
Went to Revelate Designs through Veloista.

ChrisAugust 22nd, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I’ve got a handlebar bag and a seatbag; very nice pieces of kit. It seems like that are more stable than others. The seatbag does loosen slightly from the rails after some rough sections, but that seems to be a universal symptom of all the big seatbags when they’re loaded.
But…it took a couple of emails to just get a response. That said, I got what I paid for, so I guess I’m better off then some in here.

JeromeSeptember 11th, 2013 at 6:21 am

Still waiting for my Saddle Bag.
The money is gone (checked my bank account), but no saddle bag.

johnJune 26th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

sounds like they are out of business

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