Made In USA leather bicycle bags by Detroit Cargo

You might be surprised to know that Detroit got its start as the center of the American automotive industry by being a center of bicycle manufacturing. Several early car companies began as bicycle manufacturers, and the car factories contracted with the same suppliers of ball bearings and mechanical parts that bicycle factories used.

Over the past few years, I’ve seen a slow return to bike-related industry in and around the old Motor City. Take a look, for example, at this Made In Detroit leather saddle bag — the “Woodward” from Detroit Cargo.

Detroit Cargo woodward leather saddle bag made in USA

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Owen Bikes

Among the several people exhibiting their bikes at the New Builder area of the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Denver will be Ken Stolpmann of Charlevoix, Michigan. You can find him and his mad scientist creations at Table 8 as “Owen Bikes.”

Owen bikes wooden softbeam fixed gear

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