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GYDA MOTO BAGS and NOMAD BIKE BAGS EXPLAINED

Gyda Moto Bags use to be called Nomadgear and/or Nomadbags. If you have a Nomad bag, and bought it online in the last five years, you bought it from us at what use to be called Nomadgear.

Nomadgear and Nomad Bags simply rebranded as Gyda Moto Bags to distinguish us from the Nomad Bike Bags brand which is owned by Peter King down in George. There are just too many ‘Nomad’ names flying around so we changed it completely.

For our own range of bags, still sticking to the barrels and tail packs, we redeveloped the bags we want to sell from scratch, although they are still barrel-shaped and might look like the old Nomad Bike Bags. They aren’t. Different sizes, shapes, functionality.

So what's new with our soft bags and range?

Flat underside & 'anti' chafe flap

GYDA riders have been riding thousands of kilometers with different bags. Most of which were barrel bags and all of them had the same issue. They roll when fully packed, and chafe through at the bottom.

No more rolling and chaffing!

Our new bags have a flat underside with our 'anti' chafe flap that velcros to the underside of the bag and can be replaced with a new one.

Larger top opening with full zip around

Our original soft barrel bags top opening were too small and made for uncomfortable packing. The old design also used separate zips with a gaping opening at the end.

No more small top opening with gaps!

To solve both those problems we incorporate bigger zips for sturdiness and we also enlarged the opening of the bags for easier and more comfortable packing.

Fold-over weather flap

Our bags are already splash-proof and made from waterproof PVC, but they are not submerge proof due to the stitching and zips. However the more water and dust you can keep out the better.

No more water ingress from the sides!

Our new weather flaps fold around the top part of the bag.

‘The history of Nomad and Gyda … here we go!

Since 2015, Peter King and I were partners in creating ‘Nomad’ as a soft luggage brand. We both effectively owned and built Nomad as a local South Africa motorcycle soft bag brand through two separate entities. My business is called Nomad Gear and Peters business is called Nomad Bike Bags. We worked together to design, manufacture and sell soft bags as ‘Nomad’. Peter manufactured our bags in George while I build the brand, sales infrastructure, did the marketing and customer experience, to drive the Nomad brand.

In 2020 Peter decided to take a sabbatical and I maintained Nomad in his absence. At the start of 2021, Peter indicated he wanted to scale down, I wanted to scale up, and we decided to split.

Because both our brands used Nomad in its naming, I opted to completely rebrand whilst Peter can continue to operate as Nomads Bike Bags.

As I owned all the digital and online assets (Peter owned the machinery and factory setup), which were built by myself and paid for by me, I changed our company from Nomad Gear to Gyda Moto and updated all the online assets.

Product designs aren’t owned by any one person as the designs, products and ranges came from customer feedback and all parties in Nomad contributed to design elements. At the end of the day, these are just basic barrel bags. As Gyda Moto continues to improve our products and service, we listen to our customers to make changes. Gyda designs and products ranges stem from the same product range and product set as what we developed whilst we were Nomad.

However this time around, our bags are manufactured by a quality-controlled factory, not from a garage. The product functionality has been greatly improved to make the bags even more functional. The designs have been kept similar to when we had Nomad as a brand, but we upgraded the designs in all the areas that matter for clients.

In January 2021 we decided to split amicable, still promoting each other’s brands, with a 2 month period of February and March during which both of us will let the market and customers know of the split.

I followed the split-agreement (Feb 2021 – March 2021) to the ‘T’ by posting on social media, disabling the old website and set up a homepage promoting Nomad whilst we build Gyda. This included me tagging Nomad and Pete in all things Nomad.

How and why did Nomad Gear and Nomad Bags change to Gyda!

During our partnership, each party had to develop their assets to fulfil its responsibility in the partnership. After the split, each party simply kept the assets it built and paid for. Simple!

Peter King had to set up and run the factory with his machines and staff. As the technology and marketing partner in the relationship, I built the  digital assets which included websites, CRM, email, YouTube, videos, blogs, explainer videos and all Nomad assets other than what Peter needs to manufacture.

At the split, the assets I built and paid for remained mine. As did Pete’s assets which included his machines and equipment.

As part of rebranding Gyda as a new business, I had to rename all the assets I built and paid for online, and also rebuild the website from scratch.

Customers that bought from us during the partnership were shared and Peter has the client list so he can continue building Nomad Bike Bags as his brand going forward from the old customer, as could I.

PUBLIC CLAIMS ABOUT GYDA AND NOMAD DISCUSSED

 

I am using Nomad images Incorrect

Any images that still bear the name Nomad is because they exist in our past, a timeline of posts during which time I also was Nomad, and proud of it.

I am as eager to stop the confusion with Nomad and have thus removed what I could.

Google search gets Nomad to point to Gyda Incorrect That’s Googles algorithms and the fact that I paid out of our pocket for 5 years of Google AdWords, building up a reputation online for anything barrel bag to point to us. As much as I would want to claim control over the Google algorithm, I can’t.
The designs of the bags are the same Partially correct The same as a Samsung and LG TV are the same. I love barrel bags and played as big a role in Nomad as Pete claims he owns it all. It is not the case. We were both partners in Nomad for 5 years.
I was contracted to do Nomad marketing Incorrect By no means was I contracted to do Nomad’s digital marketing as a service. It was a full-fledged partnership with responsibilities and payment from sales for each party. I built my infrastructure and so did Peter.
Peter King owns Nomad Incorrect Firstly, the word Nomad is a generic term and various companies use Nomad and make bags. Internally Peter King operated as Nomad Bike bags and I operated as Nomad Bags and Nomad Gear. This was just so our separate entities had formal business aspects behind them. Together we both worked as ‘Nomad’ and we both contributed to Nomad as our partnership dictated. Peter King preferred to operate using his name more publicly, I worked more behind the scenes.

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So what's new with our soft bags and range?

Flat underside & 'anti' chafe flap

GYDA riders have been riding thousands of kilometers with different bags. Most of which were barrel bags and all of them had the same issue. They roll when fully packed, and chafe through at the bottom.

No more rolling and chaffing!

Our new bags have a flat underside with our 'anti' chafe flap that velcros to the underside of the bag and can be replaced with a new one.

Larger top opening with full zip around

Our original soft barrel bags top opening were too small and made for uncomfortable packing. The old design also used separate zips with a gaping opening at the end.

No more small top opening with gaps!

To solve both those problems we incorporate bigger zips for sturdiness and we also enlarged the opening of the bags for easier and more comfortable packing.

Fold-over weather flap

Our bags are already splash-proof and made from waterproof PVC, but they are not submerge proof due to the stitching and zips. However the more water and dust you can keep out the better.

No more water ingress from the sides!

Our new weather flaps fold around the top part of the bag.