2019 Merlin Randonneur Bag
Swift takes the classic French handlebar bag design and pairs it with modern textiles to bring you the lightest traditional randonneur bags on the market. The Merlin Rando bag is installed at the front of the bicycle on a small front rack and attaches to the bike using a decaleur.
We took the Merlin Rando Bag to the next level with durable X-Pac™ fabric. Additional abrasion resistance and a rip-stop grid make X-Pac™ an excellent material for more rugged adventures.
A favorite of long-distance cyclists, rando bags make for more efficient riding by keeping gear accessible while on the move.
The Merlin Rando bag is held in place with four velcro straps (on the bottom), an essential webbing loop that holds the rando front rack’s tombstone, and a decaleur (sold separately). Be sure to check the Rando Lexicon for guidance and installation instructions. This is a more involved bag to install, but pays off with secure attachment for confident riding on even the roughest roads.
The Merlin Rando bag’s top flap closure hooks are positioned on the sides of the bag, where they’re easier to reach on-bike. This innovative design also distributes tension more evenly to reduce long-term warping of the map case.
The Hurricane Ridge Merlin V2 Rando bag is made from Port VX21 X-Pac™
X-Pac™ is a multi-layer, light and durable fabric designed for adventure. It’s waterproof to limit moisture getting into your bag (the seams are not sealed). For further weatherproofing, the top flap is discretely flared to keep rain and snow from getting into the main compartment. Inside flaps hold down gear in a stuffed bag and help with weather, too.
- Flat elastic interior organizing system (varies slightly according to size of bag)
- Discretely flared flap for increased weather protection
- Front pocket
- Two rear pockets
- Two flat side pockets
- Side dee rings for optional shoulder strap
- Four velcro straps on the bottom for additional stability
- Small (10.5L)
- (note, in 2020 we are eliminating the small Ozette Randonneur Bag, and the Ozette V2 Randonneur Bag)
- Measurements: 8”h X 11”w X 7.5”d
- Capacity: 10.5 L
- Bag Weight: 1.2 lbs
- Decaleur Attachment Height: 5.5”-6.5” from bottom of bag
- Medium (12L Ozette V2 Randonneur Bag)
- Measurements: 9.25”h X 11”w X 7.5”d
- Capacity: 12.5 L
- Bag Weight: 1.4 lbs
- Decaleur Attachment Height: 6.5”-8.5” from bottom of bag
- Large (15L Ozette V2 Randonneur Bag)
- Measurements: 11.75”h X 11”w X 7.5”d
- Capacity: 15.5 L
- Bag Weight: 1.6 lbs
- Decaleur Attachment Height: 6.5”-11” from bottom of bag
- Port VX21 X-Pac™
Also built out of
- 200 Denier Packcloth
- Clear Vinyl Pocket
- Velcro™ Hook and Loop
- Nylon Webbing
Made in-house at Swift Industries, Seattle WA
Choosing the right Ozette Rando Bag height:
Get ready to do a little homework. It’s simple stuff but requires attention and accurate measurements. Each bicycle design has different geometry (the angles and lengths of the frame and fork of a bicycle). As angles change so do the distances between mounting points for a randonneur bag set-up. This is why we at Swift Industries are challenged to tell you which size bag to use on a bicycle we’ve never laid eyes on.
Don’t fret, we’ll walk you through the principles of selecting the right Ozette Rando bag and you’ll be in business in no time.
Ideally, the rack is installed on the bicycle before you go to choose your Ozette Rando Bag size. You will be looking at two different measurements to decide which bag is right: the height of your decaleur relative to the platform of the rack, and the height of your handlebars relative to the platform of the rack.
First: Measure the space between your rack and the receiving end of the decaleur to determine which Ozette Rando bag size is compatible with your bicycle. Check which bag’s spacing corresponds the top of receiving end of the decaleur. This will determine which sizes are compatible with your bicycle.
Second: The height of the bag should be as flush with your handlebars as possible without interfering with your hand placement on the flats of the bars.
Now that you’ve narrowed down which bag works with your declaeur placement, you can select the height that suits your handlebar position the best.
The nuances of riding with weight in the front of the bicycle: How steady a bicycle will handle with front weight goes back to the geometry of a bicycle. Some frame and fork sets are explicitly designed to carry front loads, and others will compromise the stability of your ride. We can’t really advise according to each bicycle (there are too many nuanced measurements that influence this issue), but you should be aware that some bicycles will handle better than others with weight up front.
It’s new Ozette Randonneur Bag day! Here at Swift, we mail our product unassembled to reduce the carbon footprint of your order. Check out this tutorial video about how to put your Ozette Randonneur Bag together the day it arrives.