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Frequently Asked Questions

 

About Acorn Bags

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About Acorn Bags

Who are you guys anyway?

Acorn Bags is a husband/wife team dedicated to creating traditional bicycle bags...with a few new twists. Our goal is to create simple, yet functional designs that you'd be proud to strap on your bike. Bicycling is part of our lifestyle; your package will be delivered to the post office by 2 wheels!

Please note that we're a tiny cottage industry with extremely limited production. Thanks for your continued support and patience.
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Where are you located and can I come by to visit?

Each bag is handcrafted in Southern California by my wife and me--that's it! Unfortunately, because of home business license/insurance restrictions, I can't accept customers at my door.
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What's on the horizon?

We specialize in traditional bicycle bags. That's all we do. Because we don't keep an inventory and run a "mean and lean" shop, we're able to constantly tweak and perfect our designs.
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Ordering Questions

You're always out of bags...when will new stock be posted?

We are commited to offering quality bags at a fair price. This takes time...remember, it's just the two of us! Our rough schedule is posted here and you're welcome to email us to be notified of the sale date.

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I put a bag in my cart exactly at 9 AM, so why can't I checkout?

The item is already sold out or is being held in other buyer's carts for purchase. I'm sorry, but I have no control over this.
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How fast do your bags sell out?

A popular bag may sell out extremely fast, like in 30 seconds…it might take up to a few days for a slower seller.
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How many bags do you actually have for sale?

We usually have for sale anywhere from 4 to 10 of each model.
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Do you have a waiting or pre-order list?

I tried a waiting list, but it grew uncomfortably long--over 6 months--so I no longer keep lists.
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Do you sell internationally or wholesale?

I'm sorry, but at this time we're only able to make enough bags to sell at our webstore. When things slow down, I would enjoy selling to our neighbors worldwide.
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Materials and Construction

Why cotton canvas?

Canvas keeps on performing after years of use. There's no coating to wear off. Abrasion resistance is high compared to synthetics; it's natural fibers are more forgiving and pliable. If damaged, it's easily repaired with needle and thread.

Please note that cotton canvas is a natural product. Slight weaving imperfections and color variations are part of it's character and beauty.

(We proudly use Martexin (est. 1838) "Original Wax" fabric impregnated with Martexin wax proprietary mixture.)
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Aren't leather straps and buckles old-fashioned?

Leather has a long history. It's tactile, strong and forgiving. It'll age gracefully, developing a nice patina. And If it's good enough for Indiana Jones...

Admittedly, Fastex closures are more efficient and save a couple extra seconds. However, plastic cracks and tends to get brittle over time. Give "old-fashioned" leather straps and buckles a chance...you'll be transported to a simpler, less harried time!

(We use premium "English Bridle" leather--100% vegetable-tanned from top-grade U.S. steer hides.)
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Are Acorn Bags waterproof?

Natural canvas has fibers that swell and self-seal when exposed to water. A moisture barrier is created, but still allows the fabric to breathe. Additionally, our fabric is treated with Martinex "Original Wax" formula to ensure the highest water repellancy.

A healthy dose of skepticism is needed when listening to claims of 100% waterproof bags. Often overlooked points of water entry include zippers, gaps between flap pockets, mounting strap pass-through holes and seams. Unless a floating waterproof liner is used, it's almost impossible to avoid some water entering your bag during a downpour. A good compromise is to keep a waterproof stuff sack in your bag.

Please note that under severe wet/muddy conditions, there will be some bleeding of the leather and staining of the light colored canvas. This is to be expected with natural materials. The durability won't be affected. If you require something 100% waterproof, mildew proof and cleanable, a synthetic bag like Ortlieb might be a wiser choice.
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Will your bag unravel?

Canvas tends to unravel if the edges are left raw. We take extra care to finish all edges, inside and out, including hidden areas.
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Can you customize a bag?

Presently, we're not accepting custom or one-off jobs. This is to keep costs reasonable. We cannot easily change dimensions of the bag, because that would require drawing up new patterns.
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Color Notes

Will the canvas color fade over time?

Of course! The black bag is going to eventually turn grey from the sun. Lighter colors will also fade, but it's less noticeable. This just adds to the character of the bag. Think of your favorite pair of Levi's, Army surplus rucksack or Converse hi-tops. Truth is, all dyed cotton canvas fades faster than synthetic fabrics, especially the darker colors. If you don't care for that "lived in" look, then canvas bags are probably not for you.
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Do you offer any other color choices?

We currently offer Ranger Tan, Olive and Black waxed canvas with Tan leather.
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The color is a little different than what I expected. What gives?

Fabric and leather colors shown in the photos are a close representation only. Actual colors may vary for many reasons:

  • What you see on your computer screen will be different from the real product, depending on your monitor and calibration set-up.
  • When we run out of a fabric roll and switch to another, dye lot color differences are unavoidable.
  • Leather tannage color also varies from hide to hide.

If you're particular about bag matching, it's best to order multiple bags at the same time for color consistency.
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Mounting Saddlebags

What's the best way to thread the straps through the saddlebag?

On most of our saddlebags, we use "pass-through" straps that wrap around an interior wooden brace. When mounting, make sure the buckle is on the inside of the bag, and pull the strap tightly around the dowel and the bag loops. This ensures a wobble-free mount. (If the buckle is outside the bag, there will be some play in the strap and the bag will tend to sway more.)
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How can I mount the bag if my saddle doesn't have bag loops?

The "pass-through" straps on our Medium and Large bags are designed to be used with Brooks saddle loops. No loops? You can try wrapping the straps around your saddle rails--the straps twist and conform to the different angle. Note that this hack won't work with all saddles and the bag will hang lower. You can also buy add-on Viva Bag Loops from Velo Orange, the Nitto Saddlebag Grip from Rivendell or the Carradice Saddlebag Clamp from Wallbike.
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Care

How do I clean my Acorn Bag?

For canvas: Gentle brushing or a damp cloth is best for loose dirt. For a more thorough cleaning, use a hand sponge with a mild natural soap (not detergent) in lukewarm water. Rinse twice with clean water. For full care instructions, go here.

For leather: A gentle leather cleaner/conditioner, like Lexol or Fiebing's, is all that's needed. Saddle soap is also a good choice.
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Should I put anything on the leather straps?

A protectant is recommended. You might already have a tin of Brooks Proofide; Snoseal is an economical alternative. Neatsfoot oil is overkill, since it will oversaturate and darken the leather. Take care not to stain the canvas.
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