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On the rise: We’re obsessed with these Vancouver-made bike bags

Field and Forest’s custom tech gear has local bikes dressed in their best.


If Megan McLellan and Emanuel Smedbøl aren’t in their Commercial Drive studio, you can probably find them outside. The couple’s blog covers everything from canoeing in the Kootenays to biking to Mexico to conquering the Skeena Mountains on horseback. And equipping his bikes well has been his own adventure.

Megan McLellan (left) and Emanuel Smedbøl are photographers, bike bag makers and travel bloggers: find out

“We started making bike panniers for ourselves,” says McLellan. “And then we had a lot of friends asking if we could make bags for them too.” They officially launched Field and Forest, a bespoke handcrafted bike accessories company, in December 2020. Both McLellan and Smedbøl sew, and he takes care of the design, which is unique for each project: “Each bike has a different geometry says Smedbøl. Their made-to-order technical bags fit right into the frame (it’s a minimalist look that also happens to be very aerodynamic).

Field and Forest bike bagThe Bike Basket Bag ($95) is designed to fit – you guessed it – perfectly in your bike basket. Keep your valuables and Farmer’s Market finds here.

In addition to their custom creations, Field and Forest manufactures standard size baskets, rack packs and snack bags. But all their accessories have a thing in common: they have been tested in the field during the duo’s numerous expeditions in the PNW and beyond. “We make things that we want to use,” says Smedbøl. “And,” adds McLellan, “before we launch new products, we try them out ourselves on a trip.”

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