Zurich bag manufacturer FREITAG and London-based folding bike pioneer Brompton have put a new spin on their bags and bikes.
Andrew Ritchie built his first Brompton in 1975. Ever since, we’ve been able to get hold of folding bikes that last a lifetime and cycles with small wheels that changed free urban travel forever.
When Daniel and Markus Freitag cut their first messenger bags from used truck tarps in 1993, they showed the world they could create functional, portable design objects from waste materials. And that not all bags of the same model need to come with the same boring look.
Apart from winning over hearts and minds, the two globally urban market leaders have got together to give the backpack a new twist. Result: it now clips on to the front of a Brompton folding bike, where it fits and functions as perfectly as it does in its more usual place – your back.
F748 COLTRANE – BACKPACK FOR BROMPTON
This special version of the prototypical, rectangular, recycled FREITAG backpack can be turned through 90 degrees and unfold its full potential on any Brompton folding bike.
Made of used truck tarp, this unique piece comes with an aluminium Brompton front carrier frame which can be easily removed, thanks to its Velcro straps. It can be used as a backpack with or without the aluminium frame.
The backpack straps attach magnetically to the back of the bag, enabling one-handed docking and removal on any Brompton bike with any handlebar type. the main compartment is padded, double-zippered, and made of recycled-PET fabric with rapid access to the laptop compartment.
The zippered outer compartment is easily accessed from the saddle when you hit a red light. There is also an extra-long key strap so you can unlock your door even when the backpack is fixed to the bike. It also includes a mudflap cut from the same tarp that bolts to the front fender of any Brompton bike.