About Us

aboutCarradice have been making saddlebags and panniers for more than 80 years. 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. David took over from his dad in 1994 and the business has flourished under his enthusiastic management.

Read more about David here

All Carradice Cotton Duck bags are handcrafted in our workshop in Nelson. Sewing cotton duck is highly skilled work, in which we take great pride.

A large proportion of bags (especially the traditional cotton duck ones) are exported around the world with a particularly strong following in Denmark, Germany, Japan and the USA.

In the last twenty years Carradice kit has probably been the choice of more worldwide cycling expeditions than any other.


All our products are fully guaranteed to the original owner, against defects in materials or workmanship. Replaceable items (eg hooks, zips) are guaranteed for two years. We will repair or replace, at our discretion, any product returned which has failed due to a manufacturing defect.