Carradice have been making bag for bikes for years and together with a Brooks saddle they really do add that finishing touch. You get a bag which is two litres in size and three leather straps. Two attach it to the lugs on the saddle and the third attaches to the seat post. It is a classic and simple design.
I wanted one of these as when out on shorter day trips I don't really want to have to take the S-Bag (the smallest Brompton bag I have). The Carradice is a wonderful solution to tis problem. It is waterproof, lightweight and can be taken off if needed.
It is made out of a wonderful material called cotton duck. This is waterproof, breathable, natural, reproof-able, has a reflective logo and is even self sealing. It does this by the cotton threads swelling when wet to create a watertight seal!
The bag has a sturdy zip and press stud flap and everything gives off the vibe of being very well made and built to last. On the inside there is a little label telling me that it has been handcrafted by a lady called Janet, who has signed her name in pen. A very nice touch and whoever Janet is, she has done a wonderful job.
I think it looks pretty good on the Orange Brompton but I must confess it looks even better on my raw lacquer S2L. If the green and tan straps aren't to your tastes, they also do a black and white version.
I love it and today when I made a short trip to the local shops, I fitted inside a waterproof jacket, mobile phone, camera, gloves, wallet, spare tube and some tools and had loads more room.
This little bag may not stay on my bike on a permanent basis but I will use it extensively on day trips. It is bordering on perfection in terms of size, weight and quality. For a penny shy of £30 it really is a bargain and I may now have to have a serious look at the bag they make for the front carrier block of Brompton bikes.