Converting the Woodward Backpack Pannier from Bike Bag to Backpack in Seconds

The Woodward Backpack Pannier is a waterproof bike bag built for on and off the bike use. Like everything else we make, it's built from 1000 denier CORDURA® brand nylon and uses a waterproof X-Pac™ sailcloth for a drop-in liner. 

We didn't invent the category of a backpack / pannier 2 in 1 combo bag, but we like to think we've somewhat refined and raised the bar of its design. For the Woodward, the biggest selling point for our users is the speed at which the bag transforms from pannier to backpack and back. 

Check out the video below to help understand the conversion process.  

Woodward Convertible in Action from North St Bags on Vimeo.


To mount the bag to the rack check out the steps below for reference or check out the video below. 




North St. Bags - Introduction from North St Bags on Vimeo.

Local company makes tote bag for front basket of Biketown bikes

Posted by on August 8th, 2016 at 3:19 pm

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North St.’s new “Townie Tote” model. It also comes in dark grey.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In just the latest sign that Portland has gone head-over-heels for bike share, a local company has added a Biketown-specific bag to their product line.

Southeast Portland-based North St. Bags has adapted their “Tabor Tote” model to fit snugly into the front rack of a Biketown bike. The new “Townie Tote” comes in two colors familiar to Biketown users: dark grey and Nike orange. Other features in the new, Biketown-edition Tabor Tote are an internal zippered pocket, reflective side tabs, and an optional set of straps that will attach the bag to the rack. The bag has a 25-liter capacity and is made from 1000 denier Cordura nylon.

North St.’s new tote will sell for $45 (the straps are an extra $10). Kevin Murphy, the company’s product marketing manager, said the bag will be available soon on the company’s website. They’re showing it off to Biketown staffers today and they hope to make it available direct from the website. Murphy says he’s heard grumblings from local bike shops about the loss of business due to Biketown, so he thinks offering the Townie Tote might be one way for shops to draw bike share customers in.

Murphy also said since the Biketown racks are similar on all the bike share systems that use bikes made by Social Bicycles, they can easily work with other cities as well.

Is this the first in a long line of products to complement the emerging “bike share lifestyle” market? Which company will be next to capitalize on this new transit system that has taken Portland by storm?

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Optional straps with buttons can tether the bag to the rack so it doesn’t pop out when you hit a pothole.
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Curtis Williams launched North St. in his home in 2009 using a sewing machine he bought off Craigslist. Today his company has grown to eight employees and his bags are sold by over 60 dealers and distributors around the globe. All of their products are made in a 1,200 square foot space just off of Southeast Clinton at 23rd that includes a retail store, offices, and a full production facility. Check out the rest of their offerings at

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 –

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Men's Journal Reviews the Extra Large Tabor Tote Bag - September 2016



Don't count out the tote -- nothing beats the convenience of one on a weekend road trip. And the abuse-ready North St. Tabor Tote, made from 1,000-denier Cordura, hauls 63 liters of gear while looking cooler than most others. $59;

--Men's Journal September 2016




For years, North St. Bags has been known for its stylish and highly functional waterproof bike panniers and backpacks. We are especially known for our convertible backpack panniers built for use on and off the bicycle.

Route Six Pannier - Steel GrayRoute Seven Pannier - CustomWoodward Convertible - Forest Green

Our capacity to build high quality bags in-house truly differentiates our company from many other brands that rely on outsourcing their production--often times overseas. Additionally, our choice to use Made in USA materials like 1000 denier CORDURA® brand nylon and X-Pac™ waterproof sailcloth, reinforces our strong value offering and is the reason we wanted to expand our product line into arenas beyond the bicycle commuter market.

We took our years of production experience and launched several new models of bags, including our line of Scout Duffle bags, Buckman Gear Bags, and our favorite, the Tabor Totes.

 Buckman 31L Gear Bag

Tote bags offer a simple means to pack and carry all sorts of gear and are truly the simplest bag design there is. By choosing 1000 denier CORDURA® and heavy weight #10 cotton duck canvas (coming soon!) for our shells we have built a tough, durable, and water resistant utility bag, capable of withstanding lots of abuse. We also chose to build our Extra Large Tabor Tote with a capacity that is simply huge. At nearly 63 liters volume, this bag is able to haul as much as you're likely able to lift. It's deep and plenty wide and with solid inch and a half nylon webbing straps it's comfortable slung over one shoulder or over both shoulders like a backpack if needed. Both straps also offer key lash points on the front to secure a carabiner or key chain as needed. We included a nice packcloth drop liner and a zippered internal pocket as well to secure phone, keys, and wallet when on the go. 

Days at the beach, camping trips, large grocery hauls, or filling these bags with ice and your favorite canned beverages are all part of the daily duty of the Tabor Totes. We even built one specifically to fit Portland's very own BIKETOWN bike share bikes (built by Social Bicycles), so that tourists and locals alike can more easily carry their essentials around town on the bike. Our Townie Tote has quickly become the unofficial BIKETOWN bag in no time. Featuring a pattern specific to the to be compatible with the front rack on bikes from Social Bicycles, this bag will also likely work with other SoBi systems around the globe. Reflector tabs, a snap closure, and optional secure lash straps are extras that we added to the design to make this the simplest drop-in and go bag offering for the best bike share systems around.

Learn more about the Tabor Totes HERE and find your own bike share compatible Townie Tote HERE.

Road Bike Action Reviews the Buckman Gear Bags

North St. Buckman Gear Bags 

When you finish a ride, your gear is wet and you need to shove it in your backpack, sometimes the moisture can transfer onto the surrounding things in your backpack. North St. has solved this problem with the Buckman gear bags, a waterproof bag made to keep the moisture in or the moisture out while inside your backpack. Made from a ripstop nylon sailcloth, this bag has inside seams and a drawstring closure for a durable, yet trusty bag made in Portland, Oregon.

Head over to to get a complete look at the new Buckman Bag!

Digital Trends - Reviews the Route Nine Convertible Pannier

Portland’s North St. Bags is a small-time operation, but that hasn’t stopped it from building bags with big aspirations. Take the Route Nine Convertible, for example, a bag that’s just as poised to become your go-to pannier as it is a your single-strap pack. The intuitive design lets you convert the bag in seconds, letting you make use of the waterproof drop liner and external pockets in either configuration. A slew of optional accessories — such as matching ankle stripes and interior sleeves — provide even more functionality, while a modular pocket system offers ample storage and organization, so you can stash any equipment inside that doesn’t fit in the side sleeve pockets. Now, if only the Route Nine wasn’t exclusively available in steel-grey!

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Bicycle Crumbs Reviews the Scout 11 Handlebar Duffle

Our friend and prolific graphic artist, who goes by the handle Bicycle Crumbs (also make sure to visit the Bicycle Crumbs Instagram account), checked out one of our Scout 11 Handlebar Duffle Bags some time ago. Aside from the absolute killer rendering, Crumbs had the following thoughts on our handlebar duffle companion. Read on and enjoy:

Bicyclecrumbs is a vacation for me, it's a break form the monotony of everyday life and a chance to draw what I'm passionate about. Cycling and bike related products. I knocked out this @northstbags Scout 11 duffle with handlebar attachment in 7 hrs while on vacation.

The resurgence of bar bags I find particularly interesting and am a huge fan of. My experience has been nothing but positive with this bag. It's on the larger side of bar bags so I wouldn't use it for a training rides, but jamming around town it's the best, especially when you don't know what you might scoop up that day. What makes me love this version so much is the ease of use. Within half a minute it can be switched between bikes. With a very solid connection, I might add. This is extra useful if you need to pop it off the bike to run in somewhere( it includes a removable shoulder strap you can tuck into the bag).

I use it every time I go for a ride with my daughter and toss is the items she might need for a changing and my phone with a ton of room to spare. Light weight, high quality, and smart are the three words I would use to describe it. When someone can change up a duffle bag enough to give it a new spin and make them even more useful you can tell some thought went into it.

At $79.00 for high quality made in America goodness the Scout is an amazing option if you need to carry a tad more gear, and look good doing it, they have a boat load of color options. One small note is I'm not sure at what size bar it becomes a squeeze, but they fit my 44cm and 46cm bars with a lot of room to spare. 

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Find the SCOUT 11 Handlebar Duffle HERE 

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Macworld - Review of the Clinton Backpack

North St. Clinton Backpack

Another roll-top backpack, this one by Portland-based North St. Bags, the Clinton backpack is handmade with only heavy-duty materials, including vented foam and fluorescent lining so you can easily spot all your stuff. The Clinton backpack is also perfect for people who are prone to back pain caused from carrying heavy backpacks. The shoulder straps were vetted by a physical therapist, so the backpack won’t destroy your back during long trips. You can also customize the inside of the backpack to attach more pockets onto Velcro rows for better organizing your luggage. In addition, you can purchase external upgrades like a waist belt and an extra sleeve pocket. The 34-liter Clinton backpack is $199, and the 20-liter model is $169 directly from North St. Bags.



Celebuzz - Review of the Tabor Tote - June 2016

North St. Bags Tabor Tote ($39.00 or $59.00 depending on size) - If you're looking an attractive tote that is well really well made and attractive, then you have to check out these totes from North St. Bags. The latest addition to their line of totes is the Tabor Tote and it comes in regular and extra-large sizes (both sizes are actually very light).

These totes are perfect for the beach, or the Farmer's Market. If you plan on stocking up at the Farmer's Market, you're going to want to bring the extra-large tote. The bags are made in Portland with Made in USA materials, and are made out of 1000 denier Cordura nylon, which means that they are sturdy! They also come with a lifetime guarantee.

There is a color for just about everyone — I have the extra large tote in midnight blue. These would really make for a great Father's Day gift, or even for your personal use. — Michael

You can purchase North St. Bags Tabor Tote's here.

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