Once upon a time – a little over two years ago, to be precise – I started out on my quest to find the perfect bike bag.
Back then, the majority of bike bags out there were generally rather ugly and utilitarian. Surely, I thought, given cycling’s ever growing popularity, there was a market for stylish bike bags?
Judging by the response I had to my initial post, I was right.
It’s by far my most popular post, representing around 10 per cent of my total page hits to date. It’s also had more comments than just about any other post – and is still getting them now.
It seems I’m far from the only woman out there looking for a bag that works both on and off the bike. Dare I say it, there might even be some men in search of the perfect (man) bike bag.
Thankfully, for lovers of beautiful bike bags – like me – there’s now a much bigger selection out there.
I’m planning to do a round up of some of the best, but in the meantime I wanted to tell you about three rather gorgeous bags that just need a little bit of help to get them out there.
Gosia and Maciek of Bike Belle have an IndieGoGo campaign running for the next five days to fund their new Mira bike bag. The bags come in three chic styles – the statement Swing Velvet, in an eye-catching purple:
The more refined Au Lait in a delicate baby pink:
And, for the style-conscious gentleman cyclist, the Elston satchel:
They need £10,000 to start production on the bags, but at the time of writing they’re still a way off their target.
As the self-appointed ambassador for beautiful bike bags, I urge you to do what you can to help these lovely bags to become a reality.