As bicycle commuting continues to grow in popularity, so does the sophistication of bags for the everyday ride. Witness the crop of cycling accessories designed to ferry your laptop and essentials in style. Luxe leather cycling bags are not only durable, but also make a statement on the ride and at your destination.
Hermes Saddle Bag (top photo) – Let’s call it the Birkin bag for the bike set. Not as pricey, but pretty close. The Hermes saddle bag is constructed of pebbly, light brown Clemence bull calfskin with straps that can be configured to secure to handlebars or to either side of a pannier rack. Bonus: A miniature bicycle pump, clad in matching calfskin, fits into slits on the front. $4,274
Accessorize your Hermes bag it with a matching toolkit containing a flat-repair kit and tools; it can be attached to the bag, beneath the saddle or on the frame. $960
Hill & Ellis Birkdale – From Birkin to Birkdale. In addition to a wide range of handsome briefcase-style bike bags, Hill & Ellis offers several handbags that double as panniers. The soft leather Birkdale takes its cue from a 1950s bowling bag. A zippered cover keeps the pannier clips hidden when carrying the bag as a purse. Thoughtful features include a slender metal bar that protects the bag when it’s hanging on the bike, padding for carrying comfort and reflective details for visibility on the night ride. Approx. $250
Cambridge Satchel Company x Brompton – Folding bike owners will appreciate this collaboration with the Cambridge Satchel Company, the British maker of the batchel, a combination briefcase and satchel crafted of leather that’s meant to get better with age. The bags, distinguished with a silver logo, clip to the bike using Brompton’s front carrier block. They are available in three eye-catching colors, with the oxblood shade matching a special-edition CSC X Brompton bicycle. Approx. $250
Brooks B3 Bag – This leather bag emerged from the British bicycle saddle maker’s collaboration with the Royal College of Art in London. The molded leather bag is the largest of a new series of three inspired by the famous B17 saddle. These are the first of the brand’s extensive bag offerings to be manufactured in the same factory as the iconic saddles. The bag can be attached to the bicycle frame or rear rack, or slung over the shoulder with a detachable strap. $295
The pluses of leather bike bags for the urban ride are clear, proving that you don’t have to sacrifice style to utility. Your bike bag can be as buttoned down as you are.
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