Is MIRA the Perfect Everyday Cycling Bag?
Since 2012, Gosia and Maciek from Bike Belle have been creating wonderfully chic cycling accessories – with a particular focus on making ladies cycling more stylish than ever. Elizabeth even reviewed a few of them a while back for Discerning Cyclist.
Their diverse range of products include all manner of accessories such as bicycle bells, baskets, capes, as well as valve caps and even knitted lock covers. It seems as though there is nothing that they can’t chic up.
And now they’re looking to add to their range further, and have come up with a brand new selection of everyday cycling bags (known as the ‘MIRA’ range) that they are currently in the midst of crowd-funding on Indiegogo – including one for men that I have recently been testing out.
Bike Belle MIRA Bags
The MIRA range consists of three uber stylish bags. Two for women (The Au Lait and The Swing Velvet), and one for gents (The Elston) – the style of which I absolutely loved.
I’ve been on the lookout for a stylish shoulder/pannier bag for some time, and the vintage styling of The Elston with its faux tan leather and brass buckles particularly caught the eye.
The range is not yet available, so I was left to try out a tester model ahead of their production (subject to their success on Indiegogo). Initially, I was delighted with the bag. It feels like a quality product and is expected to retail at around £65 – which isn’t too steep compared to other bags on the market with similar functionality.
The Elston MIRA Cycling Bag
The clip-on fixing system to attach the bag to a pannier rack works a treat – it’s a fast and secure way to carry the bag around on your bike, without you having to take the burden. What’s more, this section can also be hidden quickly and easily when you get off your bike, with a zip cover.
On the interior, there’s a big open pocket to pop in a notebook or tablet that can be fastened in place with a button, as well as a phone pocket, and a zip pocket for any loose change or even a wallet.
Unfortunately, after thoroughly enjoying this bag for a couple of weeks, I was dealt a blow when the shoulder strap of the bag snapped off unexpectedly as I was walking around town. Now, this clearly isn’t acceptable in terms of production quality, but being aware that my bag was only a tester model, I popped an email over to Gosia from Bike Belle, and she has assured me that this issue will be eradicated ahead of production on the ‘final’ range of bags when they are launched.
Had it not been for the strap fault, this bag would easily have been my favourite cycling bag I’ve tested to date – which is no mean feat considering some of the quality of other cycling bags I’ve tested from the likes of Crumplr and Timbuk2.
Now on Indiegogo
If you’d like to get your hands on one of the MIRA range when they’re launched, you can do so now by supporting Bike Belle on Indiegogo – and get a sizeable discount in the process. Contribute £40 now to their campaign, and you’ll get a MIRA bag of your choice when they’re launched later this month (that’s a sizeable £25 discount).
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