Please Note: This contest is now closed. Keep watching for our next giveaway!
Announcing our latest contest: the chance to win one of two great bags from WaterField Designs so you can easily carry your electronic gadgets, cords and power chargers on your next bike tour.
We already told you in a recent review how much we like these bags, and now WaterField have kindly offered to give away two free cases to TravellingTwo readers. Up for grabs is:
1 Large CableGuy Bag – Stows cables, adaptors, zip-drives or travel documents. ‘No-spill’ self-locking zipper/sliders keeps things from falling out.
1 Large iPhone / iPod Travel Case – This fully-padded pouch with self-locking zippers keeps your iPod or iPhone and its accessories safe, secure and tangle-free. Even when fully-packed, the case looks and feels thin and compact and it’s water resistant.
Want to win? Here’s what to do:
- Leave a comment below. Tell us why you want to win or about an upcoming bike tour where you could use one of these bags.
- Tweet the following message about the contest: Win a free gear bag from @travellingtwo and SFBags.com! http://bit.ly/winabag
Good luck! You can enter twice: once by leaving a comment and once by Tweeting about the contest. We’ll pick one winner at random from the comments, and one from Twitter. The deadline for entries is 5pm (European time) on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011. We’ll announce the winners on Monday, October 3rd, 2011.
27th September 2011 at 8:31 am #
I use ziploc bags now and they really don’t hold all my cables well. The water resistance would be especially useful considering my knack of not doing the smartest things. I learnt the other day that an iPod Nano when thrown in the laundry and dried ends up with a non-functional backlight and that my front right pannier wasn’t quite as sealed as it should be when I went running waist deep in to the Pacific!
27th September 2011 at 8:58 am #
Great idea to keep us interested 😉 nd why I should win?mmm becuase I really,really want it and I will def use it on our 7 year trip through africa , def please watch this space ….
27th September 2011 at 9:24 am #
Why we ant to win?
Our next trip is to Oman.
And our gear didn’t like the sandscrub it had in Morocco
27th September 2011 at 10:38 am #
These would be great for my two year trip starting in March! I’ve got a heap of gadgets that I’m taking to share the trip with the world so these would help heaps!
27th September 2011 at 10:41 am #
These WaterField Designs bags are just the thing for me. They will keep me on the road, even in the wonderful British rain, and all my delicate communication gadgets dry, for longer miles.
This is why I’d love one of em.
27th September 2011 at 10:48 am #
I want to win so I can take it to our next trip in January to Costa Rica & Panama,with my new bike too
27th September 2011 at 10:51 am #
The more organised my stuff the less time I spend looking for it – even better if it kept safe and dry!
27th September 2011 at 11:11 am #
In late October / early November I will be flying to Kenya, teaching English in the school I’ve been raising money for (see website) and cycling back to Oxford (admittedly with a flight over Sudan) over 6 – 8 months.
I’ve bought an Asus EEE 1015 this week on TravellingTwo’s recommendation, and I’m planning on taking my iPod too. Got to keep all this technology wrapped up safe somehow!
27th September 2011 at 11:41 am #
As both a Bikeability Instructor and British Cycling Coach for All Ability Cycling, I am kept busy with events and fundraising etc. so have to constantly do things on the run. To have these bags means safer transportation of electrical bits and bobs that would make my life so much easier especially now I’ve also been offered a position on the Events Team at the Paralympics for cycling.
27th September 2011 at 12:22 pm #
Anything that can replace a zip-lock is good but this sounds like it goes beyond good to great. Smooth surface will make it easy to pack. Safe transportation is also a plus.
27th September 2011 at 12:28 pm #
just one more thing….to carry
27th September 2011 at 12:53 pm #
I recently took the plunge and moved into the world of Micro 3/4 photography, which equals lots more little bits to carry around (lens filters, cables, mini-tripods, voice recorder etc). Those bags (thanks for the review) look to be a good way to organise things!
27th September 2011 at 12:59 pm #
Hi im just started out im going on my first trip next summer so i am preparing everything for this trip i just bought a surly long haul trucker and is working too scrape the rest togheter for the trip that will take me and my brother from Sweden to Spain. And we are really looking forward too it, amd if it wouldnt for all your tips and trick in your traveling guide we probably wouldnt have come this far that we actually feel ready for the trip.
27th September 2011 at 1:01 pm #
Looking for a way to safely carry some gear.
27th September 2011 at 1:21 pm #
A waterproof bag is always useful, not only on tours 😉
27th September 2011 at 1:58 pm #
I would love to be able to take my tablet on my upcoming tour of western Michigan. I’m new to touring but commute with my bicycle to work often.
27th September 2011 at 2:22 pm #
I like winning stuff!
27th September 2011 at 2:34 pm #
Ccontinuing my european battlefield tour with the next part from cherbourg to berlin, the allied liberation route. I’ll be doing it alone from the end of october ending at the brandenberg gate on armistace day november 11th, its all for hedley court charity and follows a 900 mile route. Every bit of good quality kit helps as at that time of year the french weather is totally unforgiving!
27th September 2011 at 2:47 pm #
I really wanted to cycle the north west of Scotland last week, but did you see the weather forecast?
I’m going to do the north west of Scotland next year, but I really need to be better equipped to face the weather: you can’t do the north west of Scotland and not be prepared for rain
27th September 2011 at 3:03 pm #
Cable organization is always a good thing.
27th September 2011 at 3:06 pm #
I have looked at these bags before and love them! I’m going the cheap route and using handmade bags for now but would love to take one of these with me. Leaving THIS FRIDAY on our RTW, so could you overnight that please? 😉
27th September 2011 at 3:09 pm #
As an automotive engineer, I often use multi-modal transit from Chicago to Milwaukee. I have an abundance of proprietary (read: expensive!) cables and devices that I have to carefully wrap and place in my panniers. It would be great to have a bag to keep all my cables in that can hold up to the abuse of being bounced around for hundreds of miles while protecting whats inside.
27th September 2011 at 3:11 pm #
Free gear for computer geeks. I travel with an Electric Ukulele that I plug into Garageband on my MacBook and I love organization. You can guess how many cables I carry. Not in the thousands but quite a few. Then there is my iPod and speakers and my camera. Did I tell you I just did the Pacific Coast Route and am heading back this winter to see massive waves on the Oregon Coast. Oh yea.
27th September 2011 at 3:35 pm #
Oh, this would be so great for my husband. He travels with about thee different small bags because he cannot fit everything in one bag. I would live to be able to give him a new bag for Christmas.
27th September 2011 at 4:02 pm #
We are not even up to the zip-lock standards…still using regular old plastic bags from the grocery store.
I’m so fed up with the crumpling of those bags when my husband’s scrounging around for the right cable or cord…getting a brand-new gear bag will save my sanity.
27th September 2011 at 4:09 pm #
I’m in the process of buying all the gear for my first tour. After that i’m planning to hit the road with no definite time frame in mind. (a year or more) Yesturday i was looking for something to carry a laptop in for the trips. Good looking bags. I would certainly put them to good use.
27th September 2011 at 4:21 pm #
I have a lot of stuff that needs to be well protected from the elements and bumps and bruises. This equipment would do the trick for anyone but especially me.
27th September 2011 at 4:57 pm #
I’ve been travelling the low tech way, using magnetic compass, paper maps and (gasp) pencil and scraps of paper to blog my rides in Asia.
My wireless cyclometer would like some high tech company for the thousands of km to come, and asked that I join this contest so its wish would come true.
27th September 2011 at 5:07 pm #
Im doing a long bike trip slightly differently, in that Im doing a long route but broken into chunks.
I started in 2009 cycling the length of Britain returning to ‘normal’ life for a period to regroup, refinance and plan, I then cycled France and Spain before returning home once more. My next trip is from Northern Morocco down into Africa. My long term aim is to eventually get all the way to Cape Town. Then move over to south america and cycle up the continent.
The point of the trip is that a big journey doesn’t have to be an all consuming life event and that with all big trips, its ok to break them into smaller chunks.
I’d use these bags on my trip instead of my trusty but frequently breaking supermarket carrier bags.
Great blog BTW. Absolutely loved your book!
27th September 2011 at 5:37 pm #
I bleed biking through and through.
Your website has inspired a trip around the world teaching sustainability and living arts. I am so excited that you guys have been so generous and have eliminated so much work for the next travelers. I started a non-profit and in six months, with the assistance of your survival guide, will journey for 5 years spreading education. I hope to promote you guys whilst travelling, and it would be nice to get some free gear as well. One love, keep pedaling!
27th September 2011 at 6:23 pm #
I sure hope I am picked randomly to win this item. I’m 62 and not able to ‘retire’ yet I’m planning on an extensive bike tour next year (2012). I’m building two businesses right now that rely heavily on internet access. I’m planning on taking an iPad on tour vs my MacBook because it is lighter and actually has some very cool features that would be great to have on a tour.
Over the past 3 years I’ve changed my life dramatically. First finding a botanical formula that eliminated the chronic pain I lived with for 18 years caused by a knee injury. That pain led to an increasingly sedentary life, which led to morbid obesity, chest pains, trouble breathing, etc. I felt like a ‘walking dead woman’.
I’ve used other products from the same company that have helped me shed unwanted pounds, build my immune system up so that I am never sick any more, given me energy and vitality to live the life I love. I’ve discarded 156 pounds and have about 45 more to go I’ve become an athlete: doing a triathlon (swimming 1/2 mile, biking 20, hiking a 1,550 ft mountain instead of running); I’ve done a century ride on my old heavy mountain bike with 3,700 feet of climb; and I did my first tour (solo) last year – 500 miles from Pittsburgh PA to Washington DC.
My next adventure is in the planning stage – either a C-to-C (San Francisco to Florida); or New Orleans up the Mississippi to Minnesota; or perhaps a European loop. While I think having a cycling partner would make an adventure of this nature even more fun, I could be doing it solo too.
I’ve truly fallen in love with cycling. Even when I’m tired, if I get out on my bike, my whole mood changes, both physically and mentally. In the past year, I’ve pedaled locally almost 3,000 miles for fun and commute.
Thanks for all the info you share with us.
27th September 2011 at 7:18 pm #
Just got back from a bike tour of southern France…this would really beat the ziploc bags (I see from the comments that I’m not alone!!).
27th September 2011 at 7:24 pm #
With an upcoming world tour, I look forward to testing and analyzing different cycling products. I am slowly acquiring what will be needed and like any adventure that I have tackled, do so on a limited non sponsored budget. My desire to write of my experiences and product reviews will no doubt help those also considering an adventurist lifestyle.
Keep up the good work. Your information is much appreciated!
27th September 2011 at 7:51 pm #
I just got back from a tour around northern New York State and into southern Quebec. While it didn’t rain as much as my last tour (Iceland) it would be great to give my Ipod a little more protection then plastic bags I get from grocery stores on route.
For the next trip… not too sure as of now but the idea of Ireland or Whales has been tossed around!
Keep up the great work on our site! I’m always excited when my reader let me know you have something new up!
27th September 2011 at 8:04 pm #
I’ve got an upcoming weekend trip to some Civil War sites in Virginia. One of these bags would be great for that!
27th September 2011 at 8:11 pm #
We’d love to win and do need help with all the gear we’re going to be packing on our 6 month tour next year!
27th September 2011 at 8:51 pm #
Your comment Su comentario
Yo como casi todos tengo un proyecto.
Y estas bolsas ayudan mucho.
Bien por el ganador!
27th September 2011 at 9:14 pm #
I’m always getting myself and my bike wet – if there is a rainstorm in one tiny area, that is bound to be the one road I end up taking. I kind of like a soggy self, but my gear doesn’t!
27th September 2011 at 9:24 pm #
This would be so great to have so my electronics gear doesn’t get all lost in my deep dark panniers.
27th September 2011 at 9:26 pm #
Tomorrow the sale of our bussiness goes tnrough and next week we pick up our Santos bikes then of cycling. No destination in mind we will make it up as we go stating in Bournemouth and heading southish for 6 months into the unknown 🙂 these look like a fab edition to our gear and would come in very handy please please please pick me :):):)
27th September 2011 at 9:44 pm #
I retired at 50 so I could ride and travel. Love taking my electronic goodies and solar charger with me to stay in touch and keep track of happenings. Gotta keep the goodies dry and free of dust! If I win, the bags will get some good use for sure.
27th September 2011 at 10:29 pm #
I love gadgets and therefore I need gadget bags. What could be more logical, if not practical. My wife and I are new to bike touring and we travel on a rebuilt vintage Rans Screamer IC tandem recumbent. Our next trip is just a short 3 day trip through the Grand Canyon of PA during the fall floiage season.
27th September 2011 at 10:44 pm #
Getting ready to tour the world … got all the electronics to keep our website up to date … now need proper bags to them in. Website is not activated yet … still a work in progress.
28th September 2011 at 12:33 am #
I really need this!!!! Me and a friend are about to embark on our first ever tour. We are going to tour Thailand to celebrate our 40th birthdays together. We are starting to beg/borrow/steal as much equipment as we can to make the trip’s a success. Maybe I could convince my mate that I bought this for him for his birthday!
28th September 2011 at 1:03 am #
My wife and I are 40 something touring newbies, we have toured extensively around Yorkshire and Humberside this year just aquiring our Claude Butler tour bikes. Good sites like this with a passion for travel are hard to come by without the big sell. Your site has tempted us to try France or Holland as a first distance travel. Love the Explorer magazine. We could do with something to store documents i.e travel insurance etc so the wallet is a good idea. We would be happy to test drive it and provide a review. Keep up the great work.
28th September 2011 at 1:21 am #
I am travelling across Canada piece by piece. In other words, as my holidays will allow. This year I road around Vancouver Island and onto Calgary. Next year I hope to get into Ontario from Calgary. I found that my handwriting is to poor and need to use a computer next year. I would love to have one of these bags to protect my new laptop.
28th September 2011 at 1:25 am #
Am about to take my soon to be 50 year old husband on his first bike tour. As he is a gear-geek this will be a nice shiny carrot.
28th September 2011 at 1:27 am #
Touring in Ireland on a 25 year old Peugeot 103 Carbolite and wild camping year round, means a constant battle with rain as far as electronics are concerned. Any solution to the fragility of zip-lock plastic bags would be welcome. For anyone interested in travelling in Ireland, don’t let the rain put you off – there is no such thing as bad weather – just inappropriate clothing! Am biding my time till my RTW trip, where I think the only thing I will miss will be our generous supply of rainwater…
28th September 2011 at 2:37 am #
I’ll throw my hat into the ring. Next summer I’ll be doing the transAM on an ICE trike and it would be nice to protect the Eee PC with quality gear. Good luck to everyone.
28th September 2011 at 3:03 am #
Still waiting for my socks, maybe I will win the case. Might again have a bike!!!!!!!! Alan
28th September 2011 at 3:55 am #
I will be riding the Lewis and Clark trail, and if WaterField bags were good enough for Meriwether Lewis to use to carry his iPod and electronic cables, I figure that they are good enough for me…
28th September 2011 at 7:26 am #
The Cable Bag looks very useful for all the small things I will carry on my forthcoming Madagascar trip.’
Good luck to me!
28th September 2011 at 8:06 am #
I will be touring in Spain and across North Africa during the winter. This is when it really, really rains. I often worry about how to bring my electronics such as my digital camera, hard drives, and more. I plan to do a lot of video interviews with locals exploring the Islamic world and asking their views on the meaning of life, the values and morals that they carry, their hobbies and favorites that they enjoy, and even life lessons that they’ve learned. A lot of this will require a lot of storage space and there is no better place than to put my storage in one of these waterproof cases! Cheers. 🙂
28th September 2011 at 9:01 am #
I commute 200 miles per week in Southern California rain or shine. Mostly shine. I really use what I have on my bike. City streets are sometimes like a jungle out there : ) I dream of touring one day in New Zealand! After hear your podcast about how you can pick wild oregano and dinner plate mushrooms and eat them for dinner absolutely blew me away. I am a vegan and hearing a story like that was awesome. Of course your description of the many other sites and the people hooked me on that trip. I actually made it a “Bucket List” trip to do before I die. Mean while I will settle for a west coast Seattle to LA trip until my kiwi adventure. It appears there are many other worthy folks in this contest, it must be hard to choose. If I win I promise to put it to good use for sure!
Take care and thanks again for your inspiration,
28th September 2011 at 9:05 am #
If it’s length of tour of level of wilderness travelled through that wins I have no chance!
Am planning my first major cycle tour next year (across the USA) and have found your website a font of knowledge, (especially the bike in a bag on a plane article, which I’ve already tested!!).
Laptop bag would certainly be useful, to help with the transportation of the blogging machine.
Cheers for the site!
28th September 2011 at 12:02 pm #
We would love to win the cable guy I phone/I Pod travel case for safely storing the obvious! Getting ready here in Aus to head across to the UK in March and spend the next year or so cycle touring in Europe and beyond. Touring virgins so need all the help we can get!!!
28th September 2011 at 12:41 pm #
Would love to win the bags for my next touring adventure. Having just returned from a tour in Tuscany last evening, I can relate to filling the panniers with lovely wine, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and praying that the zip-lock bag enclosed electronics survived the journey. Happy to say they did, but would love to eliminate having to worry about that next time. Cathi
28th September 2011 at 2:14 pm #
During our European leg of our bicycle odyssey, the keyboard on our Sony Vaio shorted out when it got wet in our panniers during a torrential downpour. The rain damage eventually caused our laptop an early death. For our new laptop we were smarter (but not smart enough) and put it in a separate waterproof bag.
Not smart enough as on our recent tour of the UK my bike fell over and landed on the pannier with the laptop in. Even though the laptop was in a quilted protective bag which was then in its waterproof bag which was in between clothes and books in the pannier, it managed to get squashed and the laptop screen shattered. We have a one inch area on the bottom left hand corner of the screen which we can still see enough to read emails.
We would love to have protective bags to keep laptop number 3 save and sound on the next leg of our journey.
28th September 2011 at 4:04 pm #
I’m getting ready for my first big bike trip – all the way round Ireland, to finally see ALL of the land I grew up in! Can’t wait! And this gear is exactly what I need to carry my equipment and keep people updated along the way! I’m skint and paying my way along with my ukulele. Any gifts to help the journey happen are massively appreciated!
28th September 2011 at 11:03 pm #
I am preparing to ride the south bank of the St. Lawrence River . It will be my first big trip . Organizing my gear is great fun and I definitly have uses for the bags that you gave such glowing reviews . One step closer to a great trip .
29th September 2011 at 2:58 pm #
i am always on my bike, to work or anywhere else this bag will be useful for for carrying something in need.
29th September 2011 at 5:52 pm #
I commute and am starting to do short tours. These bags look great for organizing and keeping things dry.
29th September 2011 at 10:26 pm #
Got soaked on my way towork the other day. My phone would really appreciate these bags
30th September 2011 at 1:11 am #
Me and my bestfriend our planning our trip
from the East Coast to the West coast of the
United states, Once we graduate highschool.
It’s a great aspiration we have and the bags
sure would help out. Any help goes a long way.
30th September 2011 at 11:45 pm #
I want to keep my cables organized, less tangled and dry. Chicago weather changes in a heartbeat and I am often caught in it when commuting…I have horrible luck.
1st October 2011 at 4:30 am #
Can’t wait to have them to use in our first RTW trip on bikes starting in March.
I wanna win because we don;t have anything like this in Brazil.
André from Brazil!
1st October 2011 at 6:30 am #
My mum and I are planning to do some touring around northern NSW next year when I have long service leave. We love riding but we also love our gadgets! I have an iPad that I use to read eBooks and I don’t think I could travel without it! The iPad travel case would be perfect for our trip!
1st October 2011 at 8:27 am #
Wouldn’t leave home without it..
1st October 2011 at 11:14 am #
I use all kinds of bags when touring/cycle camping or training. Currently i have some really robust plastic doc wallets from wh smiths, exped and decathlon dry bags of various sizes and a selection of zip lock freezer type bags for smaller bits and pieces.
1st October 2011 at 11:51 am #
Travelling, fundraising and managing poor mental health, as I did this year, means relying on electronics to stay in touch and grounded. Peoples messages really kept me going and keeping my gadgets in zip lock bags and an old camera case (iphone) was always touch and go on rough surface etc.
The next ride will probably see me much further from home and these lovely cases would be a real help to that by protecting my electrical gear.
1st October 2011 at 12:39 pm #
I can’t believe I’m applying to win more things to carry on my round the world cycle tour… But I think these bags would be perfect to keep all my technology in order. Updating the blog every day requires so many Cables, between iPhones, camera, laptop and Solar charger my bags look like a bowl of spaghetti with all the wires. Save me from this pasta-cable-mayhem!
14th October 2011 at 11:35 am #
We are cycling around Australia 18,000 kms in 7 months to take 20,000 pictures and 300 videos to show the world just how beautiful Australia and nature really is.. after the cycle ride if we raise enough money we will plant 8000 trees with greenfleet. We could use a case for our to protect our gear from the harsh deserts of the Australian outback…. if that is not a reason for a bag I don’t know what is 🙂
29th August 2012 at 1:14 am #
Waterproof Kit Bags to hold select items dry through a week of downpours & touring, always lifts the spirits. On the long winding roads, it’s the simple things like a change of dry socks & t-shirts at the end of the day combined with dry goods like hot tea and steel-cut oats,with a touch of brown sugar and raisins to float one’s boat. Good things come in small packages. Please Mister Postman send two free cases from WaterField Designs to me. Think I’m gonna sing now.LOL
29th August 2012 at 7:25 am #
I use various ziplock type bags for food and strong plastic document bags from wh smith for cables and electronic gear. Plus a few dry bags come in handy. These products look really useful.
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