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Smart bike bags

Including a new leather Brompton bag from Hill and Ellis

Whether you're after a bag for riding around town or for cycling further afield, there was plenty on offer at last weekend's Berlin Bike Show (Berliner Fahrradschau). Check out these neat designs…

Hill & Ellis

London’s Hill and Ellis has a new range of UK-made bags (main pic) that attach to the rack of a Brompton C frame via Velcro straps. This one, in black leather with tan brown straps, is called the Earl (£215). It also comes with a black shoulder strap. 

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This brown and mint satchel bike bag is an existing model in the range which attaches to a rack via hidden pannier clips. It takes a 15in laptop and comes with a waterproof cover

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This reflective tab is reversible to be more subtle when you're off the bike.

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Gilles Berthoud

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France’s Gilles Berthoud makes a whole range of leather saddles and traditionally styled leather, cotton and PVC bags. 

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Hungarian brand Serin makes caps and bags in a variety of designs. These backpacks are handcrafted and can be shipped worldwide.

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La Bouclee

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Okay, it’s not really a bag but La Bouclee has had a leather holder for a wine bottle (€45) on the market for a year. Now it has branched out: you can get one for holding a beer bottle (€25). 

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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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