Avid cyclist Brad Adams made his first bike bag, a waterproof hip pack to hold his keys and u-lock, on his home sewing machine in his studio apartment in 2010. Adams, who was 20 and attending college at the time, continued to make bags, and as his cottage industry grew, he faced the difficult dilemma of pursuing a degree or entrepreneurship. He chose the latter, and officially launched Road Runner Bags that same year.
Since then, Road Runner has moved into its own workshop and retail space in downtown Los Angeles, where every bag is still cut and sewn by hand. Adams also sources fabric from a Southern California-based supplier, and other materials including zippers, binding tapes, and webbing from other American companies.
While Road Runner's heritage is urban cycling, the company's line has expanded to include bags for off-road adventures, mirroring Adams' own cycling journey. Adams, whose first love was BMX and later crit and road racing, started and swiftly fell in love with mountain biking in 2014.
Road Runner's headquarters in L.A. runs mostly on renewable energy and many of the company's errands are done by cargo bike. The Road Runner crew also strives to create the smallest environmental footprint possible by ensuring material is not wasted, saving scraps to repurpose later. Most employees also commute by bike or foot.
Road Runner currently makes handlebar, stem, and saddle bags, frame bags, backpacks, and other bags in a variety of colors and sizes for just about every cycling discipline. The Path carries several options, online and at our Tustin store, and we'll have more in stock soon (sign up for 'notify when available' alerts to receive a text or email when we receive more). Check them out, and visit Road Runner's website to learn more about the bags and the brand.