The Carradice Story
In the early 1930’s Wilf Carradice first made a saddlebag for himself and discovered it was far better than anything else available. Friends soon asked for copies. By the end of the 30’s Carradice were making tents, rucksacks, sleeping bags and jackets too. Throughout the 40’s and 50’s our bags were the choice of every hard riding tourist or clubman.
By the 70’s Wilf was wanting to retire and to pass the firm’s experience and reputation onto someone who would continue to produce bags to the same exacting standards. Fortunately Neville Chadwick, a keen cyclist saw the potential for quality made cycle bags and took the company on. Demand again began to outstrip the production facilities and two moves to larger premises followed.
All Carradice Cotton Duck bags are made in their factory in Nelson which is still in family hands. A large proportion of bags (especially the traditional cotton duck ones) are exported around the world with a particularly strong following in the Denmark, Germany and the USA. In the last twenty years Carradice kit has probably been the choice of more worldwide cycling expeditions than any other.