Ornot Partners with Artist Chris McNally to Create Stylish Cycling Bags
Ornot operates with three guiding principles: Offer clothing with minimal branding and high-quality design, Make it in the USA, and Connect with our community through rides, events, and projects. Giving a nod to the latter, Ornot is pleased to introduce Ornot Commissions, allowing them the freedom to collaborate with local artists and bring to life fun projects that serve to showcase and cultivate the community that has come to surround its brand.
As a result, Ornot chose San Francisco artist, Chris McNally to introduce its first project.
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THE MAN HIMSELF
Chris McNally is a San Francisco-based artist and cyclist. He’s known in circles ranging from dirtbag race organizers to fine art gallery curators. His work is a mix of watercolor sketch, screen prints, and filmmaking. It conjures up thoughts of the better times, even at the best of times. Warm easygoing lucid vibes ooze from his thick sharpie and outside-the-lines watercolor. He is a highly talented artist, and we are very lucky to have been able to work with him on this new project.
YOU, US AND THE IN-BETWEEN
The bags tell the story of two entities in San Francisco and the space between them. A map from Bernal Heights to the Haight, from Chris to Ornot. Taking notes along the way and sketching the scenes of everyday life in the city. The leaf sweeper, that old VW, the house on this hill and the trees on that one. You might not be able to come ride the city with us, but you can grab this little piece of that experience and strap it to your bike.
ABOUT THE BAR BAG
We wanted a bar bag, so we created one to suit our exact needs. Too often, we found ourselves over-stuffing pockets on long rides, or leaving crucial items behind altogether. We wanted the luxury of being able to carry everything we “need” along with a phone holster on all of our adventures. After prototyping for about a year, we landed on on this, our final version.
This is for the cold morning coffee jaunts, afternoon burrito boogies and sunset soirées. Strap it to your race bike, cross bike, dad bike, fat bike, or whatever; it’ll do the job as long as it’s on some handlebars. The Bar Bag has enough room for some food and a few warm layers, or a bag of coffee beans and some donuts, or three cold beers and a camera. It features two accessory pockets on the outside designed for quick, one-handed access to your Instacameras and music machines (yes, we designed a pocket to make it easier to Instagram on-the-go). Made from heavy duty, custom printed nylon canvas, with a rigid inner structure, The Bar Bag will stand the test of time.
The Bar Bag easily attaches to your handlebars via 2 velcro straps and a tether cord which we like to wrap around our stem / headset. It measures about 9 inches wide with a diameter of 5.5 inches. Check out The Blog for a more detailed description of “How to Bar Bag”. We go into detail about the research and development process, and the intended use of the bag’s features.
ABOUT THE MACGYVER
The MacGyver measures approximately 6.5 by 5 inches and was initially conceived as a tool bag to separate valuable, or non-valuable, items in the bar bag. We added functionality by adding two velcro straps and webbing for attaching it to things. It can be used as a seat bag, tool bag, bar bag, and more. The MacGyver is not waterproof, nor fireproof, but it can definitely hold things like:
“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but often times better than a master of one.” We didn’t want to make a bag you could only use for one job, (we already have one of those) so we tried our best to come up with something multi functional and useful. The MacGyver is the perfect sidekick for any adventure you’re going on, be it a ride in the park or escaping the clutches of another villain. Designed by Ornot and made by real human beings over at Rickshaw Bagworms right here in San Francisco.”
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