Two Wheel Gear Highlights 2015.

Written by President, Reid Hemsing

I get asked a lot from curious onlookers how to start a company, develop a product, and start a business. Well its going to be a big job, I always say but its absolutely doable. I’ll try to share a little taste of the work we are doing at Two Wheel Gear. Here is a little commentary on a few things from 2015.


Starting Out

In 2015 we put all of our customer feedback to work and relaunched the 2.0 model of our classic bike suit bag. The full story of the re-design is on Carryology so I won’t talk much about that. It was an exciting time for sure but as I am learning, it definitely takes a long while to see any returns on your hard work.

This period can really take a toll on a team and although everyone gets excited and has the utmost optimism that your going to change the world, the extremely low pay (if any) in the outset is enough to quickly cause rifts and send people that aren’t fully invested in the business elsewhere. Talking completely frank, 2015 started with a team shakeup.

Although I have been at it for quite awhile with designing, building and selling bags out of the basement workshop, we really used to exist solely as a passion project purely to get more people cycling to work. In 2014 we brought people on board to help grow the business but to keep it short and sweet, those people are now gone.


Skipping back to the mindset of February 1, 2014, I made one of the biggest changes of my life. I left a solid career in the corporate world and cashed out my retirement savings to move to Vancouver to launch Two Wheel Gear with a team I thought could crush it with. This is going to be fun I thought…and it has been, but has also been one of the most trying and challenging undertakings of my life.

Shortly before 2015 started we moved the company into our first office headquarters in the legendary gastown district of downtown Vancouver. It was completely awesome to finally have a headquarters and get out of that dreary home office. I don’t care what anyone says…it is not better working from home all the time. Picking up the phone to make a sales call when you haven’t talked to anyone all day is like deciding your going to try a double front handspring for the first time without even stretching beforehand. Below is what our office came to be in a short period. The blue Devinci was my commuter bike before getting stolen outside the building a short time after this was taken.


Manufacturing is key

I used to finish every bag myself. I worked through them one by one meticulously armed with a rivet gun. But this was extremely time consuming and left little time to handle much else of the business.

After moving to Vancouver, I was persistent and ended up landing an exciting deal with MEC to retail our Classic Garment Panniers across Canada. I immediately needed to scale up production. They have strict requirements of their suppliers and I needed to work with the best.

After months of research in overseas manufacturing options and exhausting local opportunities I found a dream partner with the help of MEC. Accredited in MEC’s STEP Supplier Auditing Program, they manufacture technical equipment for some of the largest brands in the world. Better yet, we shared the same values in superior function, durability and aesthetics and I was extremely excited for the opportunity to start working with them. When I first walked onto our new production floor in Vietnam I was in awe.

In February I flew to Vietnam for my first big business trip to oversee production on the Classic 2.0 Garment Panniers and develop my Pannier Backpack prototype. The first impression of the factory was that it was busy, but in a great way. Everyone works efficiently on their various parts of production. The individual components move down a very well crafted production line. The employees are skilled, well paid and enjoy their work. I was surprised and impressed with the full catered menu of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner (when working overtime) the employees had at their disposal for free. There was a lot of laughter and smiles as I towered around the production floor looking like an NBA player. I was amazed at the precision and blown away at their 0.05% defect rate. That is about 10x the quality I was able to pull off working locally.

Below are a few photos of our bags in production with some of the key people at our factory.

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At 28, I was by far the youngest company president to show up at the factory doors ready to get to work. This was by far much more sophisticated production experience than I had on my resume. But it was extremely important for me to be there to oversee how we were doing things, explain our company vision, talk about the products we were making and most importantly for whom we were making them.

My second main objective was to build the new prototype of my Pannier Backpack Convertible I had been designing, prototyping and testing in Vancouver. I was ready to make it next level and start working on ways we could improve the build quality and tweak the functionality. After several design meetings, we had the new pattern pretty much tackled and I needed to give them some time to build version 2. It was a pretty amazing feeling to get to experience that.

I learned a lot about myself and myself in business during the trip. But as it moved forward, my mind started wandering to our next big project. When we landed back in Vancouver it was straight to camera and action time.

The Morning Ride – The Short Film

Over four glorious, early mornings we accomplished filming The Morning Ride with two of the best young guys in the film business Ben Johnson and Kurtis So. Check out areyoujamin to see more of their awesome work. The first time I watched our final cut, I had to hold back teary eyes. Two Wheel Gear has been such a labour of love over the last 6 years that it was a special moment when I watched us finally capture the feeling of being at peace with oneself and one’s surroundings. The pure joyful feeling that a simple bike ride to work can give you. That feeling is simply why I do this business. Not for competitive cycling and not to save the planet but because you will love it and you will really thank yourself once you start.

Filming “The Morning Ride” on Indian River Road – North Vancouver, BC

After chatting with some great new friends and unreal filmmakers, Chris and Melissa Bruntlet from Modacity (Check out their amazing work advocating for bikeable cities), I was encouraged to start submitting our video to some of the bike film festivals around. It was a great way to spread our message, open up new marketing channels and show the lifestyle of a work commuter. This is something that is rarely filmed and in the past often stereotyped as “dorky.” This is a perception my company is changing.

We even picked up a few awards for our film, winning the Audience Awards – Adventure Short Films Festival as most voted and the Award for Commendation at the Canada Shorts Film Festival. We were also screened at the New Urbanism Film Fest and the Inland Empire Bike Film Festival in LA, and the Adventure Awards Days Fest in Italy. The film is also submitted to four other film festivals awaiting decision.

Pounding The Pavement 2015

There is no shortage of pavement to be pounded with a new brand and new products. The knuckles are pretty sore. This is needed in any business and everyones knuckles will look a little different. In this business its a lot of getting out there and trying to grow some hype. There was rarely a weekend not spent hustling bags on the street showing people what they have been missing but also a hell of a lot of time sitting behind a computer. Below is a very short ensemble of a few of our favourite street hustling events.


2015 Major Media Favourites

In addition to pounding a lot of physical pavement, there is a never ending road of internet pavement to pound as well. Sending out product samples, pitching websites and chatting with magazines and newspapers was a major part of the job in 2015. Below are a few of our highlights.

Not a super flattering picture but I was pretty floored when my story landed on the cover of the business section in the Vancouver Sun on a Friday morning. Thanks Jenny Lee for that stellar opportunity.

One of our first reviewers of the Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier was author and journalist Tom Babin. I read Tom’s book Frostbike – The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling and absolutely loved and related to it with my experience starting year-round commuting in Calgary, Alberta. I had more than my fair share of cold winter rides and could just tell Tom was a great guy. I reached out, sent Tom our very first 2.0 bag to review and was blown away when he published a story in the Calgary Herald calling it “Maybe the Ultimate Bike Commuter Bag.” That week we sold more bags to Calgary than any other North American City by a country mile.

We have lots of love for and received lots of love from Bike to Work week Vancouver and Bike to Work Day Calgary getting some good air time on Global and CTV news. I owe a lot of thanks to founder, Lonni Balbi in Calgary and Erin O’Melinn, Executive Director of Hub Cycling in Vancouver for all the awesome support.

While in Las Vegas I also had the absolute pleasure of being interviewed by Universal Sports host Craig Hummer as part of the Universal coverage on Interbike 2015. The segment ran everyday on Universal Sports in the US for about two months. However, I couldn’t even watch the damn thing as I had no US cable subscription which was required to stream it online. But my US colleagues told me I was extremely passionate in the interview and that is enough for me!

The Juice is Worth the Squeeze

Some of the best and most gratifying moments come from seeing photos from our customers, friends and fans.

We had the utmost pleasure of connecting with Andréa French, General Manager of Vancouver’s Studeo55 and Electronic Arts’ facilities and fitness program. She was organizing the EA Sports Bike to Work Week Team and was hoping we could help her out with some prizes. Andréa had never commuted by bike before although she was already in crazy good shape. But after watching our video, she was stoked on making it happen. She ended up buying one of our Classic bags and was hooked. She invited us to the EA Bike to Work Week wrap party at EA campus and toured us around when they were shooting the cover of NBA 2016. We then ended up capturing her morning ride as one of our commuter profiles. Definitely one of the most kind, selfless people of 2015. If you haven’t seen her blog post, here are a few snaps.

Here is another short collection of some of our favourite photos sent in to us by customers and Two Wheel Gear friends! If you are reading this and have a few of your own photos to send, PLEASE share them with us! Tag photos with #twowheelgear! There is nothing that keeps us pushing harder than receiving feedback and seeing people use and love our bags.

Interbike 2015 – VEGAS

This was an intense work week in Vegas and I was so sick of the inside of the Luxor pyramid by the end of the trip I could not wait to get home. Late nights, early mornings on the show floor, hauling everything back and forth from Mandalay Bay to Luxor, setting up and running a trade show booth as a one man show is not a lot of fun. The media coverage was great and some of the business connections awesome, but in hindsight it may have been a little early to be there. I can tell you, other than a few Japanese businessmen, I was one of the only guys on the floor with collar and suit jacket. If nothing else, it made me appreciate the scale, magnitude and sophistication of the industry. This is the cyclists’ dream/information overload for anyone that has been curious on checking the show out.

Mandalay Bay – Interbike 2015

There is a lot more to 2015 that I could talk about. The stress, the joy, the design process, the logistic nightmares, the inspirational meetings, the business dilemma’s that arise in the start-up groove, the highs, the lows and what I didn’t expect, but I’ll leave those for another day as I learn them more myself.

Until then, I want to leave this post with a huge thanks to all of our customers, partners and cheerleaders who helped us in 2015! We just can’t do it without your support! THANK YOU!


Meet Andréa. Rider. Trainer. Supermom.

Name: Andréa French
Company: Studeo55 / Electronic Arts
Occupation: General Manager
City: Vancouver

  1. We’ve heard you are an early bird. Can you take us through your morning routine?
    Haha…well…I get up at 4:30 a.m. every day. I need 30 minutes of quiet to start my day. 3 days a week, I run 5 miles at 5 a.m. and am out the door by 6:30 a.m.


  1. What is an average workday like?
    I hit the ground running and don’t stop till I leave! I work with about 100 different stakeholders in any given day: my teammates, our clients and our various partners in our workplace. I teach 2-3 fitness classes per day, meet with clients and correspond with my teammates around the world (Studeo Beverly Hills and Studeo Vancouver)
  1. How long have you been biking to work?
    I started biking to work in May during the Bike to Work Week initiative. The first few days were really tough. By day 3, I bought the correct gear. Day 5, I bought a brand new Brodie bike and I’ve never looked back.
  1. What made you want to start riding to work?
    I always like the idea of making my way quietly through Vancouver bike lanes, away from the traffic and congestion. I also loved the idea of combining fitness and commuting…
  1. What sticks out in your memory from those first few rides?
    Ohhhh the hills. Just the hills. I have an 8 mile commute from Granville Island to Burnaby and I’ve got a lot of hills to climb!
  1. Has your perception of bike commuting changed since you started?
    Yes, it has. In the beginning I imagined that it wouldn’t be sustainable, that it would be hard, that it would take too long – yadda yadda. They were all false perceptions. I’m allergic to the idea of being held back from trying anything new though, so I was determined to give it a shot.
  1. Did anything hold you back at the beginning?
    Yes, I was overwhelmed at the idea of learning everything at once: bike etiquette, safety, but mostly: the bike routes! Those inhibitions inspired me to spearhead an Orientation Ride initiative at my workplace – where more experienced riders could literally lead the way for new riders in their workplace.


  1. What do you need to pack on your commute? What clothing do you typically wear at work?
    I need two changes of clothes, my laptop and a lot of food! I wear business attire and fitness clothing – depending on what “hat” I’m wearing!
  1. If you forget one thing when you get to work from time to time (D’oh!) what is it?
    It is ALWAYS my security access badge. They see me coming at the security desk and just smile and shake their heads.🙂
  1. How did you handle all your gear before using your Classic Garment Pannier?
    2 panniers and a backpack, it was awful.
  1. Has the Classic Garment Pannier changed the way you approach your bike commute?
    Yes, it simply removed an obstacle and streamlined my routines.


  1. Any gear packing tips?
    Invest in a second set of cosmetics and leave them at work.
  1. How long is your commute?
    8 miles.
  1. What is the most funny/interesting thing you’ve seen while on your bike?
    I see a very interesting recumbent bike on my commute! The guy has built a space pod around it and it has some crazy antenna. I think he’s from the future.
  1. Have you had any close calls while cycling? (Accidents/injuries)
    As a result of packing panniers unevenly, I completely tipped over in the middle of an intersection while trying to go left. That was not awesome.
  1. Is there anything that has made you want to give up bike commuting?
    Not gonna lie, don’t love riding in the rain. We’ll test it out this fall. Not making any promises.🙂
  1. What kind of a bike(s) do you ride?
    I ride a Brodie Roam and a Linus Roadster Classic.
  1. What kind of a bike rack do you use?
    A black one.
  1. How does your bike commute affect your productivity and mood at work?
    Simple: I get to work feeling pretty bad ass.


  1. Are people surprised when you tell them you bike to work?
    Always. “Woah, from Granville Island? Seriously?”
  1. What is the best thing you’ve learned in your commuting experience that you would pass on to someone just starting out?
    Ask for help. My experience has been that the cycling community is incredibly supportive but it can feel like there’s a secret handshake to get “in”. It’s simply not the case, but you do no need to put up your hand and ask for help. My local bike shop was a huge help but it’s been other cyclists at my workplace that have helped me with everything.
  1. You know a lot about physical fitness. Have you noticed any additional health benefits that come with being a daily bike commuter?
    I didn’t think my resting heart rate could get any lower – but it did!


  1. What other hobbies, sports and activities do you enjoy?
    My favourite pastime is hanging out with my 8 year old son! As for sports, I’m a dedicated runner. I’m training for my 11th half marathon and have completed 5 full marathons. I also teach yoga and am really involved at my church.
  1. I’m curious what is your favorite food?…and your favorite adult beverage?
    I love Korean food. All of it! My favourite adult beverage is coffee🙂



Meet Philip, the Star of the Video.

Name: Philip
Company: SAP Canada
Occupation: Software Development Manager
City: Vancouver

  1. What is an average day like? Can you take us through a bit of your routine?
    My mornings are mainly focused on getting my 8 year old daughter ready for her day, making her breakfast and making sure she has everything she’ll need for her day. Then, it’s time for my short ride into work over the Burrard bridge and along the Seawall into our Yaletown office, where I spend my day focused on making sure our software projects meet our customers needs.
  1. How long have you been biking to work?
    It’s been at least 15 years now.
  1. What made you want to start riding to work?
    I didn’t need to start, I’ve always ridden to work, for me it was always the most convenient and desirable option. I’ve been lucky that work has never been more than a 25 K bike ride from home.
  1. What sticks out in your memory from those first few rides?
    Riding into work gives me an opportunity to organize my thoughts for the day, it’s very relaxing for me and I really miss it when I use another form of transportation to commute.
  1. Has your perception of bike commuting changed since you started?
    It seems to be getting more crowded along the main bike routes, especially over the Burrard bridge. I believe more people are riding to work these days.
  1. Did anything hold you back at the beginning?
    No, but I do plan my routes to avoid major traffic corridors. Having a safe route to and from work is pretty essential.
  1. What do you need to pack on your commute? What clothing do you typically wear at work?
    I’m lucky enough to have showers at the office. and I leave my shoes and towel at the office to lighten the load. My pannier is packed with casual office wear and some key toiletries like deodorant.


  1. If you forget one thing when you get to work from time to time (D’oh!) what is it?
    It’s always my access badge. If I break from my normal routine from time to time, my badge ends up in a pocket at home.
  1. How did you handle all your gear before using your Classic Garment Pannier?
    I had two pannier bags and rolled my clothes to fit inside. It was one compartment in each bag, it wasn’t ideal. I did have a bottle of tylenol pop open and somehow get crushed all over my clothes with that pannier. It was impossible to get all of the crushed Tylenol out of that bag.
  1. Has the Classic Garment Pannier changed the way you approach your bike commute?
    Yes, things are more organized and compartmentalized, all of my stuff has it’s own spot. I also don’t hesitate to keep a spare rain jacket in the bag, which is something I didn’t have the room for before.
  1. Any gear packing tips?
    Yes, use the outside pockets for spare tires, tools and an extra rain jacket. Just leave those items in there so you don’t have to think of packing them each day.


  1. How long is your commute?
    I have two routes, a short one which is around 5 km and a longer one which is 10 km.
  1. What is the most funny/interesting thing you’ve seen while on your bike?
    I’m drawing a blank right now, which is real shame because I’m sure there have been some funny moments…
  1. Have you had any close calls while cycling?
    I’ve been pretty careful and lucky but I did receive the door prize while riding beside a parked car. The door was opened into me and knocked me off my bike. Luckily, I didn’t have any serious injuries.
  1. Is there anything that has made you want to give up commuting?
    No, nothing.
  1. What kind of a bike/s do you ride?
    I have three. A Brodie Ronin for commuting, a Willier Zero Seven for the road and a Scott cross bike for off-road.
  1. What kind of a bike rack do you use?
    I’m not sure but it’s pretty sleek. It may be an axiom one.
  1. How does your bike commute affect your productivity and mood at work?
    It starts my day off on the right foot. For me, it’s like coffee, it wakes me up in the morning and if I miss my ride in the morning, I feel off for the day.
  1. Are people surprised when you tell them you bike to work?
    No, at my office, we have a lot of people who ride into work, it’s not unusual. However, some of my younger employees may be a little surprised that their manager rides a bicycle to work.


  1. What is the best thing you’ve learned in your commuting experience that you would pass on to someone just starting out?
    Having a safe route away from traffic is key. If you have to ride a little bit longer, it’s well worth it, as this should be a relaxing experience to start and end your day.
  1. Have you ever raced as a competitive cyclist?
    Yes but that was some time ago. I competed in a number of Masters races in Quebec and Ontario with some success but I don’t pack a serious sprint, I was always trying for a breakway. Before that I did Triathlons. I’ve always enjoyed cycling.
  1. You are pretty tied into a weekly cycling group here in Vancouver. Can you tell us a little about the group and what you guys usually go out and ride?
    Sure, almost every Saturday morning I’m out riding with a club organized by Musette Caffe. It’s a strong group of riders that loves to meet for a coffee and then ride over to the North Shore for some fast but social routes. It’s a really fun group.


  1. You also have a cycling apparel company in the works. Can you tell us a little about your new venture?
    Yes, we’re preparing to launch a Kickstarter campaign in October, to create a small line of cycling clothing focused on the commuter cyclist. It’s intended to support someone who rides into work and enjoys stopping off for a coffee or beer along the way. In other words, it won’t be spandex. You can check out our apparel at
  1. What other hobbies, sports and activities do you enjoy?
    Right now, I don’t have any time for anything else.
  1. I’m curious what is your favorite food?…and your favorite adult beverage?
    Oh, it would have to be Risotto and whiskey is my favourite drink. An old fashioned and a big plate of Risotto is an ideal end to a winters day for me.

Classic 2.0 - Phil

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Anton’s Classic 2.0 Review and Comparison

Anton's set up for photographing the Classic 2.0 Garment Bag.
Photographing the Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier.

Before you read the following review, please note that I am not an employee of Two Wheel Gear, nor am I receiving any form of financial compensation for this endorsement. My sole purpose of doing this is to share my experiences with other passionate bike commuters. Although I am a big fan of this brand, my review will be honest and objective.

It has now been almost two years since I purchased my first Two Wheel Gear Garment Bag. I have used it weekly, riding to rehearsals and concerts (I am a classical musician and wrinkle-free dress is not a luxury, but a necessity for me). The conclusions I made during this period are:

  1. This is the only bike garment bag on the market that actually does its job.
  2. The bag is extremely durable.
  3. It is waterproof.
  4. It is more spacious and easy to use than any of my previous garment bags.
1-Old Bag
The Original Classic 1.0

This is how my bag looks now. Really, it still looks and works just like new! I’m sure it will serve me for decades! I couldn’t be happier with this bag, until……the friendly guys at Two Wheel Gear sent me their new product for a test. Here it is.






The Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier

2-New Bag
The New and Improved Classic 2.0

Do not be fooled by their similar appearance. You won’t find a single identical component in these two products. While keeping the best features of the previous model, the new Classic 2.0 is a product at a new qualitative level. If I were to compare these two products in two words, they would be: economy vs. prestige. To better demonstrate what I am implying, please have a look at my step-by-step review with pictures. (The upper photo will show the older model, while the new Classic 2.0 product will be on the bottom)




The Logo

3-Old logo 4-New logo

It may be a matter of taste but I find that the updated logo is much more attractive. More importantly, the logo is now made of reflective material. After all, you can never have excessive visibility!


5-Old Zippers 6-New Zippers

I have nothing against the old sliders but those little ribbons looked somewhat slimsy and were sometimes not very easy to find and grab. However, look at those new rubber-ended sliders. They are a piece of art, not a zipper! All zippers on the new 2.0 bag are now of much higher quality and are easier to operate.

Buckles (shoulder strap and secure strap inside the bag)

7-Old Buckle 8-New Buckle9-Old Buckle 10-New Buckle

Generic plastic buckles are now replaced with very durable and well designed ones named Woo Jin (Welcome back to Korea, right?). It’s a real joy to click them together!

Shoulder Strap

11-Old Strap 13-New Strap 12-New Strap

The old bag has a strap. A simple strap, no more, no less. The strap on the 2.0, however, appears to have been designed with long non-bike travels in mind. The wide and cushioned anti-slip pad evenly distributes the weight of the bag on my shoulder. None of my Samsonite garment bags provide that level of comfort!

Utility Loops

14-Top Compartment Old 15-Top Compartment Old

The old bag has the utility loop in the back of the top pocket which is a good idea since the panniers cover the seatpost/rack mounted light. Plus, you can take your mounted light off together with your bag – less actions!

16-Top Compartment New 17-Top Compartment New

The Classic 2.0 has the loops on both ends – front and rear. Although I am not really sure what the front one is for, I found it very comfortable to hold the loop with one hand while unzipping the top compartment with the other. I think I just answered my own question…

Unzipping the top compartment using the utility loop.
Unzipping the top compartment using the utility loop.


I hope the pictures below will show greater clarity to the “economy – prestige” idea.

Old Interior New Interior

The interior of the old bag is bare and simple, with only one compartment for the suit(s). As you can see, the naked plastic side walls provide no other options. Meanwhile, the interior space of the 2.0 provides 5 compartments! A high quality logoed material is used and no plastic parts/stitches are seen throughout. The small mesh pockets in the shoulder area are super convenient for toiletries, chargers, snacks, etc.

21-Mesh Pockets 22-Hanger Snap

What used to be only secured by velcro in the old bag, your hanger(s) can now be securely fixed with both Velcro and a snap button.

24-Hanger Snap
D-rings and button to keep your hangers snapped in place.

The security strap (which holds your clothes in the middle) does not cause micro wrinkles on my suit’s/shirt’s sleeves. The new adjustable strap has a new wide design, which gently “embraces” my garments.

25-Security Strap
Adjustable security strap keeps your clothes tightly in place during your ride.

Because I normally don’t carry laptop/tablets, I use this padded laptop pocket for my E-reader, magazines, books and sheet music. It has a LOT of space!!!

My e-reader and sheet music inside the padded laptop pocket.
My e-reader and sheet music inside the padded laptop pocket.

There is one more “mesh” pocket which could be used for your extra shirts, lunch or even another laptop. Most of the time, I leave it empty because I do not have that much stuff to fill them. But how about wedding shoes?

27-Wedding Shoes 28-Wedding Shoes

Rain cover

I have experienced really heavy rain with the old Two Wheel Gear Bag and yes, THINGS INSIDE STAY DRY. Therefore, I am not sure whether I really need the extra rain cover which comes with the new Classic 2.0. However, it’s always good to have some extra protection. I would definitely throw one in for a bike tour (Yes, I would recommend this garment bag as light touring panniers!) The cover can be hung on the side of the panniers to save space inside and to improve visibility to those around you.

29-Rain Cover 30-Rain Cover

Carry Handles

Another big improvement over the old bag is the carrying handles. Look at the pictures carefully. The handles of the old bag are not ideal for prolonged carrying because of its rough fibrous material. It simply hurts especially after 10 minutes when carrying heavier loads. The new ones are not only aesthetically pleasing, but much smoother and friendlier on the skin.

31-Old Handles 32-New Handles


Part of being a musician requires performing in different places and changing in and out of concert clothing. As each performance venue differs, proper dressing rooms with hooks and hangers are not always available. Sometimes we have to improvise by changing in the washrooms, a shower booth, behind a curtain or even behind a friend! Ideally, the best solution for a garment bag would be some big hook on the top (bottom when folded) of the garment bag. However, a hook dangling next to the wheel spokes is surely not a good idea. J The Classic 2.0 has a wide handle/hanger which is a big improvement over the tiny loop on the old bag (I personally have never used it). You can now easily hold the bag with one hand while unpacking your suit with the other!

33-Old Hanger 34-New Hanger


I like the reflectors on my old bag. They reflected the light nice and bright. Yet, the reflectors on the 2.0 are able to surpass that with a different design and a larger reflective surface area. The design is, again, aesthetically more attractive in my opinion.

35-Old Reflectors 36-New Reflectors

Mount System

I would say that the new mount system is the most dramatic improvement of the Classic 2.0 over the old panniers.

The old Classic 1.0 mounting system
The old Classic 1.0 mounting system

The old hook-ring-Velcro system is secure and reliable but it has its own drawbacks. This system is not easy to operate when wearing gloves and/or in the dark. The rack is easily scratched by the metal hooks and requires extensions at the bottom to fasten the D-rings. And lastly, you will need some adjustment time (a few weeks in my case) to practice loading/unloading your panniers on the rack before it becomes an instant procedure… Now look at this.

Sheer simplicity and elegance!
Sheer simplicity and elegance!

38-New Mounting 39-New Mounting


The new Classic 2.0 mounting system is genius!
The new Classic 2.0 mounting system is genius!


This is sheer simplicity and elegance! Loading/unloading is now as simple as 1, 2, and 3! Unfortunately, it is not as easy to demonstrate how easily it mounts to the rack just through photos. It’s as if those hooks find their perfect spots on the rack automatically. All you need is to place the bag on your rack, check that all hooks are in place and secure the bag with the little tabs with red cords by pulling or pushing them 90 degrees. It’s very easy! Although I am not familiar with the brand “Vario” (as labeled on these parts), I believe this system is genius. Please note however, that it has only been a few months since I got the Classic 2.0 and it may be too early to judge on the reliability of the mounting system. I will update this review after some thousands of kilometres and hundreds of load/unload cycles. For now, the advantages of this system are:

  • Simplicity in its construction and ease of use.
  • Does not make scratches on the rack.
  • Made to fit any rear rack.

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As demonstrated through my review, I feel that the Two Wheel Gear Classic 2.0 Garment Bag is the best bike garment bag on the market. I have tried many other options before I came to this conclusion. Those “other options” are now collecting dust under my bed. Two Wheel Gear is the ONLY bike pannier bag on the market which delivers your garments wrinkle-free.

The prefix “Bike” before “Garment bag” has always implied some sort of compromise. The guys at Two Wheel Gear were able to break this stereotype. I would describe the Classic 2.0 as “A Stylish, durable, waterproof and capacious TRAVEL GARMENT BAG made of high quality materials, which can easily and securely be attached to any bike rack”.

Riding in Seoul with the Classic 2.0 and my yoga (i.e. napping) mat.
Riding in Seoul with the Classic 2.0 and my yoga (i.e. napping) mat.
CTV-Bike to Work


CTV News: Lonny Balbi – Bike to Work Day Founder & Two Wheel Gear Advocate

Recently I connected with Lonny Balbi, founder and organizer of Calgary Bike To Work Day happening Friday, May 1, 2015. Lonny is a longtime bike commuter and truly outstanding guy. This year, Lonny is donating $1 for every bike that shows up at the event’s headquarters in Eau Claire Market to the Nathan O’Brien Children’s foundation. With an average of 4,000-5,000 commuters stopping by for breakfast (catered by Lonny’s law practice), Lonny is in for making a pretty substantial donation from his own pocket.

Lonny took a real shining to our newest suit pannier and we couldn’t have been more excited to collaborate. This year Two Wheel Gear is honoured to sponsor Calgary Bike to Work Day and donate our Classic 2.0 Garment Panniers as event prizing. We set out to solve a problem for daily bike commuters riding to work. Lonny is helping us spread that word.  Watch the below videos from Global Calgary and CTV Calgary Morning News as Lonny’s charm is put into action talking about his passion for Bike to Work Day and his killer suit and tie tucked neatly in his Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier.

CTV-Bike to Work


Two Wheel Gear Works for Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Last year, we received an amazing letter from our friend Anton in Seoul, Republic of Korea. This year we are sending him one of our new Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier’s to test out in his incredible travels. Stay tuned for the follow-up review coming from Anton in the next few months. This is his story. 

Dear Two Wheel Gear,

Bike Commuting in SeoulI just want to thank you for your great garment bag. I work for Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and thousands of people are watching me while on stage. My dress has to be just perfect. But the problem is that I am a passionate cyclist (as well as passionate musician). I’ve tried many options of transportation my tails (tuxedo) before I found Two Wheel Gear. The biggest problem for me was that I could not carry my suit on myself because my viola is there so the rack pannier was the only option. The other pannier garment bags on the market are kinda…narrow and short. This “compromise” is not acceptable for my situation.

Anton BannerMy normal daily commute is only about 14km (round trip) to the rehearsal hall but much longer on the weekends. It is up to 30-60 km depending on where the concert is. I am not a light commuter. On the concert days I have to haul lots of stuff: my viola, concert dress and shoes, extra shirt,  towel, toiletries, lunch/dinner as well as my emergency repair kit (it is not good to get a flat tire on the way to the concert!!!), spare tube, tube repair kit, gloves, set of wrenches, chain tool and chain lock. All this stuff easily goes into the Two Wheel Gear garment bag! The climate here in Korea is very hot and humid in the summer and freezing cold, often snowy in the winters. I commute all year round regardless the weather. I just see no reason not to commute by bike in the rain or snow. With a proper gear it is even more exciting. You know🙂

Anton's Classic Bike Suit Bag Setup on Bike

As you see on the pictures, my commuting route takes me through busy streets, bike paths and sometimes unpaved roads.

Best regards,


Anton Kang playing with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Two Wheel Gear Featured in Momentum Magazine

We are extremely pleased to show-off Two Wheel Gear’s brand feature in Momentum Magazine! It was great to pay homage to our company roots and show the cycling community how far we’ve come and where we are headed. We have had our heads down in our shop developing not only products but relationships and are stoked to be recognized in such an awesome publication. We haven’t given away all our secrets and coming soons just yet but there is much more to come! In the meantime, have a quick read on what momentum had to say on our messenger bags, bicycle garment panniers and decision to start building products out of a legendary waxed cotton canvas.

Two Wheel Gear Brand Feature in Momentum Magazine

Read the review and check out the rest of Momentum’s fantastic articles and reviews here: Two Wheel Gear’s Bike Suit Bag


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The Southwest Garment Pannier reviewed by a major authority on bike commuting

A while back, we gave a couple of our Southwest Garment Panniers to the good folks at We wanted to get their honest feedback after using it in their commuting routines. We knew they would love it… but didn’t expect them to extend the testing to an 80 MPH motorcycle tour!

Head on over to read Bikecommuter’s full review on the Southwest Garment Pannier here.


Re-inventing the Wheel (Meh….not really)

When people ask me about our new branding, company persona and product development I can’t help but think in some ways we are re-inventing the wheel. Bicycle commuting has been around long before 2WG came into the picture and it will stay long after we are gone. We are just making it more fun and easier to do.

Old time bicycle

It is exhilarating and confidence boosting sharing the road with honky tonk traffic. It feels great walking into the office lobby sweaty, out of breath and with your tunes filling the dead morning air because you forgot your commuting playlist jamming through your ear buds. You get it. It doesn’t really matter if anyone else thinks riding your bike to work is dorky. You know it is awesome.

I guess I take that same approach now when it comes to our new products. We went out and started creating some of the best new commuting products we don’t think exist on the market…and I think they are needed.

It is a blast biking down for a few pints to meet your pals and then sweating those same pints off on the ride home. I love it. But you need to know when to call it quits and take rest of the bottle home. That’s why we created our leather beer growler caddie.

Managing your keys when on your bike can be a pain in the ass. I get the hype on using a carabiner to hold your keys from your belt loop. It is more than hipster. It is also super functional when you are getting on or off your bike. The best use for this tool is when swiping your fob or key card to get into the office parkade or simply parking your bike. You need convenient access to your bike lock key. This is why we developed the Roadie Belt Key Clip. Super functional and stylish made of premium materials. It feels good clipping your keys into the gunsling clip. I use it every time I hop on the horse.

Personally, I love utilizing the functionality of my rear bike rack. Some people think its dorky and I think that is just fine. It makes a lot of sense when using your bike as a vehicle. Some people bike to make a fashion statement and this is cool too, but sometimes it just works to use the tools available. The ride to work is way more enjoyable if your gear is off your back and evenly distributed on your bike rack. This is why we have put insane amounts of time in refining and re-designing our Classic Bike Suit Bag. It has been the go-to for office commuters for years. For way too long it was our only flagship product. I have so much more to say about what we have coming down the pipeline on this but it will have to wait just a bit longer.

Now not every ride is a point and shoot and back again. Sometimes the best ride is one where you don’t have a route planned. Meandering through the city also means having a daypack. For us at 2WG, we love the functionality of a messenger bag. We wanted one with some style. Plenty of bomb proof synthetic options out there. What was lacking was class matched with practicality. We created the first form fitted waxed canvas option combined with premium leather legend. It wasn’t easy and the specially sourced materials aren’t cheap. But nothing worth creating is either of the former. We swung for the fences with the Heath Messenger Bag. I think we hit a home run but it is one of those products where you have to be in the park to experience the full effect. Pictures on the web will never do it justice. I use this bad boy on days I am traveling light or simply want to feel fleet a pedal.

Riding your bike to work or otherwise on any occasion isn’t something you were born with, it is a choice. We love it and love sharing it….hey we didn’t quit our day jobs for nothing. That is our commitment to you.

Thanks for pedalling by!

Reid Hemsing

President of Two Wheel Gear

Reid Hemsing on old time bicycle