Thursday, November 05, 2015

Holiday Shipping Schedule

Be sure to get those holiday orders in on time! R.E.Load bags are the handiwork of just a couple of expert artisans, so lead times for many items are going to be longer than usual. To help you schedule the perfect gift, please be aware of these important deadlines for bags and accessories that need to be delivered by December 24th:

Build Your Own Bags Wed, Nov 25, 6p EST
  • Rush charges apply after this date
  • No graphics after this date
  • No Megapacks after this date
Stock Made to Order Bags Wed, Dec 2, 6p EST
  • Rush charges apply after this date
  • No Megapacks after this date
Accessories Wed, Dec 9, 6p EST
  • Rush charges apply after this date

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

1st Annual R.E.Load Bike Swap & Auction!

1st Annual R.E.load Bike Swap and Auction
Sunday, September 6th
12pm - ­ 5pm @ R.E.Load
608 N 2nd St

We're hosting a swap and you're invited! There's no charge for a space to display your goods and we'd love to see it filled with bike parts. Space is limited so please shoot us an email to reserve a spot!

We also have a bunch of used R.E.Load bags to sell that have been filling our closets. There will be prototypes and other lightly used bags that the crew has made over the years. Come through to find crazy deals on some one­-of­-a­-kind stuff!

For those looking to buy ­ or sell ­ big ticket items, there will be an auction starting at 2pm. Simon Firth (Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles) will be our auctioneer. There is no commission for any of the auction items, but we do reserve the right to deny items based on estimated value. So please, nothing but your finest.

We're happy to have Victory Brewing Company as a sponsor, we will have some of their newest beers available.

Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

2015 April Fools Fun Ride: The Recap!

It's been a few weeks since our 11th April Fools Fun Ride, and we've been looking through pics and reminiscing about what a great turnout we had for the event. This year, we had just over 150 participants, not to mention all of the volunteers and general people hanging out at various checkpoints and the start/finish. We'd sincerely like to thank everybody who helped make this year's ride possible! Special thanks to Mike Dailey, whose tireless work leading up to the event garnered us a ton of prizes, awesome volunteers, and a great spot for the after party (GARAGE on Passyunk).

We were lucky enough to host the event on the very first sunny Saturday of the year, and for three hours, riders cruised through Center City, West Philly, and South Philly, enjoying what basically amounts to a huge rolling party and collecting points in the attempt of prizes and glory. When it was all said and done, Molly Raimont came away with the top prize, posting well over a thousand points! For her efforts, she walked away with awesome prizes from R.E.load, Cadence Collection, Fabric Horse, Lone Wolf cycling, MSC Customs, CycleHawk, Fiks Reflective, Abus Locks, and Rothera. Additional Sponsors included Firehouse Bikes, Bicycle Revolutions, Philly Bikesmith, Stuart Leon Law Offices, Sly Fox, Little Baby's Ice Cream, Outlaw Print Co., Awesome Dude's Printing, and the Philadelphia Bicycle Messenger Association.

Although it's a lot of work, it's an absolute blast to throw the fun Ride, and we're looking forward to an even bigger event next year, with more twists and more pranks! To check out more pics, head over to our Facebook page, and don't forget to go over to the Demoncats website for some profession photo coverage by the legendary Kevin Dillard.

Final Results: 

1. Molly Raimont
2. Elizabeth Pinney
3. Michael Hoepfl
4. Pat Woods
5. Rajijv Sainath
6. Chris Porvaznik
7. David Essom
8. Pat Perhosky
9. Pat Engleman
10. Kenneth Mascaro

Friday, January 30, 2015

April Fools Race is Back!!!

All photos courtesy
It's back! The best race ever! A Philadelphia legend! The R.E.Load April Fools Race is back from its hiatus and is ready for fun!
Be ready for shenanigans, foolery, misadventures and a great time!

April 11, 2015. Don't miss the triumphant return!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Red Tag Holiday Sale

If you're still shopping for presents or just looking for a good deal, we're running a store wide holiday sale on all of our in-stock bags.

Check out the Sale section on our website or come in to our shop in Philly, and look for the red tag to save up to 40% on our hand produced, locally made bags!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Awesome New Camo

True Timber MC2 Cordura®!

We recently got a few yards of this awesome pattern that combines the brightness of safety orange with the woody print of the "newer" style of hunting camouflage, and, of course, it sparked a discussion of why such a bold pattern would exist in the first place.

Basically it comes down to how deer see:

So, that super-bright orange isn't exactly invisible to a deer, but it isn't nearly as bold as it is to us.

If you really want to get a deer's attention (or a deer hunter's for that matter), get a Small Flightpack made out of this sick camo, and go run around in the woods!

Hit us up if you're interested in getting something made out of this stuff.

Holiday Deadline Pushed Up

Today we had to make a tough decision. We had previously laid out the holiday deadlines to stretch a little further into the month, but we have been experiencing an overwhelming volume of orders, and unfortunately, we have no choice other than to stop taking requests for Build Your Own and Made to Order bags at midnight tonite. We absolutely hate having to call it so early, but we really have no choice. There's just no way we can make any more bags in time for the holidays!

So, if you need a bag in time for holiday delivery, get that order in NOW! Keep in mind, we also have a huge number of existing bags in the SALE category, and there's always our gift certificates, which will allow the recipient to select something from our stock, or build an item of their very own!

We will continue to make our accessories for as long as possible, and should be able to stick to our original deadline calendar...however, to be safe, we really recommend getting that order in sooner than later!

Again, our sincere apologies, but this will insure that everybody gets their gifts on time!


Introducing the new collection Leave Nothing Behind

Desgined and hand printed by Mari Montacelli. Handmade by Ellie Lum and Mari Montacelli in the RE Load SF studio one stitch at a time. Limited run of bags, frame pads, and t-shirts.

An Interview with Mari Montacelli

How old are you?
I am twenty-four years of age.

How long have you been silkscreening professionally for?
I've been silkscreening for six years.

How did you come up with the textile print & concept for this collection?The graphic came from a drawing I made after I kicked a rock, not on purpose, broke one of my toes, though. Made it so it was uncomfortable to walk. It started me thinking about how movement can become restricted easily if you think about it in only a familiar way. That's where the "ghost claw" on the shirts comes from, its an alternative means to keep on, keepin' on. The lines of the textile are from the shirt graphic, in the wings of the bird, then keeping everything black and white. 

What is your favorite thing about making things?
Welp, everything...

How long have you been apprenticing at RE Load?
A little over a year.

How would you describe your apprenticeship?
Its rad. I'm getting to learn how to sew without having to sit in a class. Its pretty similar to how I learned to screen print. You learn a new step, then take into production, pretty much fail at it, then get better eventually because you have the chance to do it over again. B
ut mostly you start to understand why things are made in a certain sequence or why a part goes in a specific place. That understanding isn't confined to the one singular thing you are making, its starts to creep over into the way you understand other stuff, how they are similar and why they need to be different. 

How do you feel about art school?
I have never attended, so I can't really say one way or the other. I was sort of thinking about it, however, financially I couldn't justify it, so at the time my main gripe was that it should be cheaper... Now though, I know it would have been all bad. I have a hard time learning in group settings- I can't pay attention with thirty other people milling about, walking, breathing and what not. Then having a professor demand you process information the same way they do by writing papers or making presentations. Personally, it would have been a waste of time.  If it was taught more as a trade, like,"Here is this technical skill, this is how these instruments work, now GO do as you will with them." I would be interested, but maybe thats more what you'd call design and not art...? 

Tell us about Four Lttr Wrds? 
Four Lttr Wrds is the name of my business. Most screen silk screen shops print large volumes of t-shirts or posters. And thats always a good-time, usually though, the jobs I get are these little unique projects where I get to put a little more
creativity and time into completing the job. 

Sunday, February 03, 2013

RELOAD/REUSE: Plockets now available!

We are committed to throwing less and less away, and in light of this, we are continually developing innovative ways to use our big pile of cordura and liner scraps. As we enter a new year, we renew this committment to be more sustainable by keeping things out of the landfill, leading us into a plethora of new projects in 2013. In particular, I have been mulling over what to do with the pile of liner & Cordura scraps under my cutting table that resembles a futuristic rats nest made by a very industrious rat obssessed with abrasive-resistant waterproof fabric. I have resolved that this unruly mess has to be dealt with-and not by just casting it away to the landfill for the most industrious rats to use for the next thousand years.
Hence, a new product born out of discarded scraps, Plockets, living wall planters! Plockets are great to plant herbs, succulents, or any indoor plant. People have also been known to use them as hanging wall organizers for keys and mail. The possibilities are endless! Plockets take influence from the current living wall planters on the market and put a RELOAD/REUSE spin on them. Stay tuned for more projects that carry our committment to conscious consumption forward. We will be continually offering recycled and upcycled products that use our production scraps and cast-offs. These products will be tagged with our RELOAD/REUSE label. Up-cycling lends itself so well to creativity!
Each Plocket is unique in patterns, color, and style. Plockets are available in 2 sizes, Small and Large. *See product description for specifics Plockets are specifically designed for indoor or outdoor use. * See description of each product for specified indoor or outdoor use. Outdoor Plockets have drainage holes, indoor ones do not. For custom Plocket orders please email
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