Dancing Moose is proudly based in the biking mecca of Rotorua, New Zealand. We're extremely lucky to have some of the world's best single-track right here (literally on my doorstep), with quick and easy access to some amazing all-day and multi-day adventure rides nearby.
About Dancing Moose
I'm obsessed with designing products that are highly functional and practical, easy to use and look good. With an innate understanding of what works and what doesn't, I make high quality items that have been crafted with care to include all the features that are important, nothing superfluous and, above all, are durable. As a 'maker' rather than a 'marketer' Dancing Moose has grown through word of mouth. If anything needs fixing, I'm more than happy to sort it out. My number one priority is to have happy customers who are confident in the product and are out enjoying adventures on their bike.
I've pretty much grown up on a bike and love getting out and exploring. Bikepacking seemed like a natural fit - being able to combine biking and exploring, but without having to carry gear on my back.
After inheriting my dad's industrial strength Pfaff sewing machine, I got started making my own bags and heading off on overnight adventures. After making bags for myself and a few friends, one thing led to another, and I decided to turn this into a business and see how far I could take it.
With a background in design and being a very 'hands on' kind of guy - Dancing Moose was born!
I'm Harm Zuidmeer, and as a true "cloggy" I started riding two wheels pretty early on in life (like before I could walk, the main form of transport was a pushbike). My earliest memories were riding to school on my brand new birthday bike next to my mum in the middle of winter in a snow covered landscape just south of Rotterdam. I remember looking up at mum who was riding beside me with my younger brother in a seat on the back carrier, my other brother on a seat just behind the handlebars and mum pregnant with my sister, riding me to school on a frosty winter's morning. There's a great saying, “There are no cyclists in the Netherlands, just people on bikes.” So, as you can see, getting around on two wheels is just how it's done.
What makes Dancing Moose the best choice?
There are an ever growing number of bag suppliers out there. Big manufacturers will supply a range of little bags to suit their largest market demand, mass-produced items that will do the job for most people. But will these generic bags last very long, or suit your specific needs?
I tend to look at the bigger picture around what you’ll need to stash YOUR gear on YOUR bike. There are a whole range of solutions, whether you’re just planning to pack a credit-card for an overnighter or head off-grid for a complete multi-day escape. I can look at what you'll need and design and make a custom solution to suit your specific demands. Bikepacking and adventureneering exists in an ever-changing environment of new developments and ideas. As your gear changes and develops, we can tweak and adjust your particular set-up to cater for your ever-changing requirements.
Have you just upgraded to a lighter stove? Sweet! I can help improve your system to make your ride just that little bit better :)
Made right here in the 'Sulpher City' Rotorua, Aotearoa - New Zealand
Framebags are a fickle beastie, not to mention the people who like to strap them to their bikes to ride miles and miles of trails. I figured the best place to set up shop was right in the heart of the North Island in one of New Zealand’s pristine cycling destinations. Most adventurers will spend hours going over all their gear to make sure they have just what they need for their precious ride. And too right! When you plan to spend the whole day out on your rig, you want it to be adorned with the best gear!
I figure you can’t get better than to come and talk to the guy who designs and makes just what you’re looking for. And what’s more, there’s a stunning forest just beyond my back door to test your setup! Making my stuff right here in NZ means I can be more flexible, do shorter runs and have greater control over quality.
I have an office/workshop space based at The Little Big Tiny House Co on Ti St in Rotorua. I currently divide my time between designing and constructing bike bags designing and helping to build tiny houses. I'm a qualified cabinet-maker and spatial designer so my week has a great spread of design, sewing and swinging a hammer. I'm happy for customers to pop by the workshop to discuss their bag requirements in person.
Fabrics & Hardware
My main aim is to provide fabrics that will last the distance and keep your valuables where you stashed them. I'm always looking out for new materials, but my main criteria is that they’ll need to be robust and the material must grow old (dis)gracefully.
Standard Bags and Storage Solutions
Polyester Oxford Cordura - A heavy 600x600 denier weave fabric with a PVC coating.
Polyester Oxford Cordura with PU coating - Pretty much the same fabric but with a lighter coating generally used for lining.
Polyotton Thread - Polyester fibre to give strength. Cotton for give and it also swells up when it gets wet which closes the stitch holes and helps with water proofing.
YKK zips - Yes, they’re from off-shore. Simply because these guys have been making zippers and other zipper stuff since the beginning of the 1900's and no-one has been able to come close to the quality they have.
High End Bags and Storage Solutions
SUPAPROOF impregnated proofed canvas - at 6oz per square meter it’s one of the lighter poly-cotton canvas around. It’s tough, won’t leak and it’s made to last ages and look better as it does so.
Drop me a line and I'll be more than happy to discuss your preferences.