Brompton Cool Bag

Carradice Stockport bag for Brompton folders  £125 (not including Brompton bag frame which costs £20)

If you think your Brompton doesn’t quite cut it among the Italian and French fixies don’t fret – help is at hand. With the mere addition of a Stockport bag you can look Hackney hipsters right in the eye and also impress at business meetings.  The well designed and well-crafted Stockport is based on Carradice’s already popular cotton-duck Kelbrook satchel but adapted to fit on the front of a Brompton by attachment to the Brompton front carrier frame (small size works best) . Like the Kelbrook, the Stockport is influenced by classic fishing/game  bags and has fast opening leather straps for the capacious 16 litre  main compartment. 

The cloth is the hard wearing and waterproof cotton duck that Carradice has built its reputation on. Unlike the cotton duck panniers the company makes, it has a tasteful tartan lining and there are three pockets: one zipped, one open under the lid, and one zipped inside the main compartment – plus a detachable laptop/tablet bag.  On the exterior there are three reflective patches and a light loop. All the straps and trim are vegetable tanned leather and the carry strap is made of wide cotton webbing and attached with chromed ironmongery.  Tested in the shower for 20 minutes the bag didn’t let through a drop.

Brompton’s front rack mount is , as owners will know, a breeze to use and the Stockport fits cosily on the frame. The bag also doubles as an ultra-hip shoulder bag with its natural materials, choice of black or olive colours, comfortable strap and messenger bag shape ticking all the right style boxes. Price is relatively high but the obvious competition, Brompton’s own Game Bag, costs a hundred pounds more.  For £30 less than the Stockport you can buy the more conventional Carradice Originals Folder but it doesn’t work as a shoulder bag nor look as good.

Carradice Bingley Tool Bag £40

 

Matching the Carradice Stockport Folder bag and the Kelbrook satchel is this nifty mini-bag. It attaches to your choice of handlebars, saddle or trouser belt using either thick leather straps or a belt loop. It also has a detachable strap for hanging over your shoulder.  Despite its small size the bag expands to accommodate tool kit, inner tube collapsible pump, wallet and phone or your choice of bits and pieces. Closure is by means of two hefty poppers. Like other cotton-duck bags it’s highly water resistant. As a manly man I was hesitant to use the shoulder strap on what looks like a clutch bag but found it ideal for carrying camera lenses, smart phone and specs both on and off the bike.