The weather was rubbish yesterday and now it’s not. Either way, if you’re as determined as me to cycle through the not so perfect days of autumn and winter, then you might find this post useful. That’s if you’re looking for an alternative to a basket, pannier or rucksack.
I already have a pretty pannier and a cool rucksack for my laptop but when I jump on my bike, sometimes all I want to do is take a handbag with me and not lug anything bigger around – especially if I’m meeting a friend.
I’ve shied away from a basket mainly because of once seeing a poor woman cycling as fast as she could through Chelsea, screaming at two guys on a moped who were speeding off with her handbag. They had clearly snatched it out of her front basket and it seemed they were getting away.
So a couple of weeks ago when I started to look for something to carry a handbag in, I kept this in mind. And eventually I found the handbag hugger on Beg Bicycles’ website.
The handlebar handbag hugger is essentially a bracket in which your handbag sits.
And because it is placed behind the handlebar, the handbag is nice and safe.
Admittedly, there have been some teething problems. The screws that arrived in the package were too short for my bike.
I picked up the longer set from Chelsea’s favourite hardware store, Farmer Brothers.
I love this place. Every time I get into a bit of pickle, needing something practical sorting out, the guys in the shop are always so helpful.
Another issue, which still needs to be fixed, is the height of the hugger, which I think would be easily suited to a bike that has a long stem, such as a Pashley. But for my hybrid, it sits a bit too low so my knees can sometimes knock against it.
The bf has put his inventor’s hat on and is going to try to find a way to raise the bracket higher so I don’t have to worry about hitting against it, each time I peddle. I’m keeping my fingers crossed because I really love the idea of having a handbag hugger, especially now that I have a handbag that is both sensible (for the rainy days) and pretty to match.