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Field and Forest’s custom technical gear has local bikes dressed their best.
If Megan McLellan and Emanuel Smedbøl aren’t in their Commercial Drive studio, you can probably find them outdoors. The pair’s blog covers everything from canoeing in the Kootenays to biking all the way to Mexico to conquering the Skeena Mountains by horseback. And properly equipping their bikes has been its own adventure.
“We started making bike bags for ourselves,” says McLellan. “And then we had lots of friends asking if we could make bags for them, too.” They officially launched Field and Forest, a custom handbuilt bike accessory company, in December 2020. McLellan and Smedbøl both sew, and he handles the design, which is unique for every project: “Each bike has a different geometry,” Smedbøl explains. Their made-to-order technical bags fit snugly within the frame (it’s a minimalist look that happens to also be very aerodynamic).
Along with their custom creations, Field and Forest crafts standard-sized basket bags, rack packs and snack sacks. But all of their accessories have one thing in common: they’ve been field tested on the duo’s many expeditions in the PNW and beyond. “We make things we want to use,” says Smedbøl. “And,” adds McLellan, “before we launch any new products, we try them out on a trip ourselves.”