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We are no longer taking customized orders in time for the Holidays! (That means any baggage orders in custom colors)
But just because we thought this might happen, we have our ReadyMade bags all sewn and stocked–ready to make it under your tree!
The last call to place ReadyMade orders for Christmas will be on:
East Coast December 16th
West Coast December 19th
Seattle Pick-Up Friday December 2oth from noon to 8pm.
We also have Gift Certificates and awesome accessories galore! It’s not to late to spread Swift Cheer
This Holiday Season spoil your favorite cyclist with the Get Lost Adventure Kit. Celebrate a new year full of adventure on two wheels with a Paloma Handlebar Bag stuffed to the gills with our favorite cycling accessories!
This gift will ship worldwide on December 12th, 2013!
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The Paloma Handlebar Bag in the Kingfisher Series colors with a Get Lost Patch, a Klickfix Handlebar Adapter, and a shoulder strap
Front Pocket: Turquoise
Trim and Thread: Black
Label: Get Lost Patch
Measurements: 10″w x 6″d x 6″ tall
Capacity: 6 Liters
Weight: Cordura 1 lb with the aluminum hardware
Features: Front pocket, X-Pac lined, lid opens from cyclist out, 10″x5″ clear map case, 1″ dee rings on either side of the bag, two interior pen pockets and phone or note pad slots. Easily replaceable HDPE stiffener. Klickfix Frame.
Two 26 oz Constellation Water Bottles
A Celestial Cycling Cap made by Rothera Cycling
A Celestial Kerchief
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Go ahead, check out Rothera Cycling and drool: rotheracycling.com
Jump on the queue to make sure your custom Swift Industries Bags arrive to your Holidays on time!
HOLIDAY PURCHASE FAQ
Q: I want to order custom bags for the Holidays, when is the deadline?
A: We close the custom queue on November 20th, or when we have reached capacity (it could be sooner, it could be a tad after the 20th!)
We strongly advise international orders are placed by November 10th!
Q: Will the parcels arrive for Christmas?
A: We close our queue on November 20th in order to make sure we ship domestic orders by December 15th. For international orders, please purchase your bags by November 10th!
Q: Do you offer Gift Certificates?
A: Yes! We have stock amounts listed in our ReadyMade Store, but you can email us for specific Swift Certificate values. We’ll work with you to get the right amount for the gift you want to give!
Q: When is the deadline for Stock Purchases to arrive on time for Christmas?
A: Domestic orders should be placed by
December 16th East Coast and Midwest
December 18th West Coast and Seattle pick-up
International orders need to be placed by December 12th (including Canada and Mexico)
Happy Holidays from all of us at Swift!
the Mt Rainier Award goes to
Anna Goren, Seattle WA
First Prize: Roll Top Panniers with a backpack conversion
the Mount Adams Award goes to
My Bike Needs No Escort, by Tovah Burstein, Chicago IL
the Mount Baker Award goes to
The Triumph of Joy, by Rachel Stevens, Missoula MT
Second and Third Prizes: Mini Roll Top Panniers
The winning pieces will be published in Bicycle Times Magazine throughout the winter of 2013/2014.
Thank you to everyone who shared your stories. We received over seventy submissions to the third annual Tough and Tender Project. Swift Industries will be publishing many of these stories about adventure, motherhood, challenge and liberation at builtbyswift.com stay tuned…
What is the significance of the swift/fox name and logo?
The Swift Fox, Volpes velox, caught our attention once we settled on our name. We started the company from our home off Swift Avenue in Seattle, Washington, and were intrigued by the fox’s intelligent and regal gestalt.
What compelled you to start your own bicycle bag company?
Goods and I were bike touring as much as possible, and making our own bags to hit the road with. I was excited to design myself panniers that deviated from the outdoor gear aesthetic most existing bags are designed toward. We wanted to offer domestically craft panniers that integrated the custom elements that independent messenger bag companies offered at the time.
I was in my mid-twenties, and really didn’t have the attention span to consider the possibility of Swift becoming a “real” business. We’ve learned more in the past five years than I could have ever imagined.
It takes a lot of personal alignment with what you are passionate about in order to start up and sustain a grass-roots company – especially for personally funded businesses and handcrafted goods -, how did you come to realize such passions as bicycles and sewing?
Goods has been a bike mechanic for twelve years, and he can’t shake his obsession with all things bicycles. His father is an accomplished woodworker and continues to spend most of his down-time sewing kites and other beautiful things. He influenced Goods’ love for making stuff.
I grew up sewing, woodworking, and exposed to a lot of practical arts. My home and school environments encouraged hand-craft, and it is a vital part of my identity. At a young age I was taught to work with a diversity of mediums and tools. I think that fostered an insatiable itch to make and design.
Everyone at Swift Industries is inspired by sewing. What’s more, we all ride and tour at every opportunity. Our posse’s shared interests makes this work contagious. We love the design and sewing process that knits our passions together.
We also gravitate toward pretty simple lifestyles. We’re the sort of crew that spends more time outside than in, choose to spend our bucks on experiences over stuff, and love the simple life.
Trust that you’re capable of going the distance
Let the experience fuel your creativity
Have a plan, and plan not to stick with it
Enjoy your encounters with the people you meet along the way
Move steadily and with purpose
Heighten your sense of place
Find inspiration in the little things
Get lost every once in a while
Be aware of the impact that you make
Your bags have their own distinct (read: awesome!) flare in terms of color combinations, what is the motivation for this?
I crave color the same way people crave flavors.
What does the future look like for Swift Industries?
Truth be told, I’m hoping to get Swift to a place where I can take off and go adventuring for a month or two out of the year and leave the sewing in good hands with our crew!
Our biggest goals are to maintain in-house production as we grow, and to bring on a few more dedicated and inspiring people. Swift has some amazing new products lining up. I’ll leave it at that and string you along!
We love teaching the Get Lost Academy, and hope to formalize the educational component in the future.
I’m also really excited to forge relationships with other makers and bring them attention through our store. The idea is to create a cultural hub to inspire long-distance cycling. We just started working with the fine folks at the Pedal Inn, and will offer their bicycle travel cookbooks on our site; a fellow here in Seattle makes beautiful leather mud flaps. Ocean Air Cycles is hitting the scene with beautiful and well engineered products. There’s so much buzz!
Wrapping things up, what is your favorite quote?
“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.”
― Wendell Berry, A Place on Earth