Thursday, August 13, 2015

Look At This: Mira, The Chic Bike Bag

It's pretty bold to proclaim your bag line "chic," but I think Gocia and Maciek of Bike Belle back up that claim sufficiently with their panniers tailored for both business and pleasure. In fact, I'd say it's more than chic for a lady to be able to buy a pannier that also functions as a purse which leaves her some cash to carry in that purse. Loeffler Randall's Rider satchel, on the other hand, costs around $500 and can't carry a 15-inch laptop. Their Mira line of panniers also accomodates the gentleman seeking a stylish bag with a model called The Elston. I'm quite fond of the The Au Lait myself (all three styles are pictured below).

The radiant orchid of The Swing Velvet is a great pop of color for any outfit unless you decide to wear head-to-toe schoolbus yellow one day. And why would you do that to yourself?

I don't think this bag is as pink as it appears here. I think it is a neutral with an eye-catching faux ostrich texture that prevents it from being a boring beige bag.

Classic, classic, classic.

I'm shocked that there are still bags available at the early bird price ($62.50) with less than three days left in the Indiegogo campaign. This is another one of those instances where I'm surprised that funding something in Europe at an inexpensive level actually gets you a cool reward. If you need to look professional as you commute, I heartily suggest you pick one of these up.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Goododering Cycling Bags 2.0

Goododering's original bags pictured with the new line of  bags

When I first saw Goododering's bags two years ago, I thought that they were darling, but I didn't really give them much thought beyond that. I still had Brown Betty and she could always hold everything I needed with that huge wooden rack of hers. ( I actually had a fellow cyclist pay BB the compliment of, "Hey, that's a nice rack," before he got all flustered).

These days, I'd have to really think how I would carry groceries on my bike. I have yet to be tested in that regard, but it's always good to be prepared—especially when there are low Kickstarter campaign prices available. I believe that picnic pannier would hold a couple of smallish bags, making room for larger packages to be carried in my basket. It also has side pockets which can hold a water bottle (always useful to cyclists and a very attractive feature as coastal Virginia approaches its hot and sticky season). We'll have to see how it holds up in urban jungle/suburban swamp conditions when I get it in July.