Swiss bicycle frame bag, leather, repro

108.99 USD
Swiss bicycle frame bag, leather, repro
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When bicycles were full steel (and the riders probably too), many armies used frame bags. Why not, it's a pretty sensible way to carry the essentials. This is a reproduction of the Swiss army model, which was made about "as is" just as long as the bicycle, from 1905 to the 1980's. The orignals cost a fortune these days, so for use, a reproduction might be a better choice!

The Ordonnanzfahrrad 05 is a beast, and along with the standard accessories (small anti-tank guns, carts, mortar shells, machine guns, rocket lanuchers etc.) a roomy leather frame bag was fitted on just about every bike. The soldier carried some very essential existence kit in this, like cooking equipment, warm clothes and such. The originals are still available for a price ranging from ridiculous upwards, so a reproduction should come in handy for those who like the idea and would also like to actually use the bag without worrying about its value as a collectible. These are not at all bad, and provide some nice extra carrying capacity with or without backpacks or rack-mounted pannier bags.

These only fit traditional diamond "gentleman" frames, and not even all of them - see the picture with the dimensions and compare to your frame. The attachment straps are very versatile, and should fit around just about any tube.

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Employee's comments

Basically this case utilises the whole space in the center of a classic men's bike without taking anything away, so that's gotta be a good thing if you need just that little extra room for surprise luggage. Or alternatively, you can replace a small backpack with this and leave your back free of sweat.

The center fastening strap tends to sometimes chafe on the leg, but I've just kept it under the flap - the snap fasteners are quite enough to keep the case closed. Also, leather isn't totally waterproof of course, but anything I've kept here has remained dry so far. All in all, I like this bag. It's pretty practical, quite affordable for what it is and looks way better than the polyester sacks found everywhere.

Henri L.
Henri L.

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