my hunt for the perfect bike satchel
This has become a fixation with me – finding THE satchel that I can carry my laptop (and wallet, keys, glasses etc) in, which also works on a bike. If you ride, you’ll know that not all satchels are created equal. So I’ve been exploring…
The sling over the shoulder deal is great…but I’ve been finding it mucks with my left shoulder over time. And it does a swingy-forward thing if I’m not careful. Worse, to avoid this swingy-forward thing, especially when going up hills, I find my body tensing – including my right hip – to stop it doing so. Which leads to lots of niggly pains. Ooooh, I have many!
So I started to ride, often as possible, with no bag. My key and my ATM card and my mobile go down my bra, my lock over my shoulder, and I even started stuffing my groceries down the back of my pants. Which is clearly not satisfactory. And having my mobile close to my boob worried me.
Then I found Cambridge Satchel Company on Trendhunter. They highlighted the flouro colours. Then I looked closely. They came in a version that
a) fitted a laptop perfectly, and
b) had two straps, so you could carry it on your back, evenly, and not over one shoulder!!!
Anyway, here follows some other ideas which seem to tick off at least one of my criteria (laptop or double straps).
I tested this Witchery one below…it holds a laptop snugly!
Witchery – army satchel
Witchery - Libby satchel
Feel free to add your own finds below…or suggestions for carting your stuff on a bike.