A person is only a good as the tools they use. This applies to many things. Whether it’s the wrenches a mechanic uses to tune a bike, the knives a chef uses to cook a meal or the camera a photographer uses to take a picture this rule applies. Good tools require care and respect from their owners, especially the tools needed to fix a puncture and get you home safe. Our friend Randall Fransen of Mettle Cycling understands that a cyclist's tools need to be protected and carried in a vessel of equal quality as the tools themselves.
The Mettle Cycling Tool Roll is definitely a luxury vehicle for bike tools. With its waxed canvas and cordura construction the roll stands out visually from the crowd. The tattered vinyl Schwinn saddlebag that has been attached to my bikes since ‘03 can finally be retired. Brushing the dirt off your tools and tubes because your saddlebag has holes in it is definitely not the most confidence inspiring way to start a flat fix. Flats are never welcome but we can now be a bit more prepared for when they stop by. If the Mettle Cycling Tool Roll is a luxury vehicle my old bag was something like a Yugo. A rolling disaster.
Randall tested his tool rolls for over a year before he started selling them to the public. Little tweaks in construction and fabrics helped to guarantee these bags will stand the test of time and take out a bit of frustration when you have to use them. Tool compartments and magnetic closures should be included on every saddlebag forever! Available in black, natural, desert and green camo. Get them fully loaded with Portland Design Works goodies, tubes and tire levers or without.
Mettle produces a number of other cycling specific goodies including caps, shirts and a neckerchief for those chilly dawn patrol rides. The caps differ from the the traditional cycling cut by incorporating a 5-panel design. Casquette luft is cool but sometimes you might not want to scream to the world “Check out this vintage Mapei cap I bought on Ebay." We get it, you ride bikes.
Take a look and find out more at Mettle Cycling.