BRYHT Aire Top Rack Tote
On various journeys on two wheels I have pondered over the years everything I liked a top-rack tote to be, and the result of these pedal-powered musings is the Aire Top Rack Tote currently available in Khaki Canvas and Harris Tweed.
I like to think of the Aire as a ‘stealth’ bike bag – designed to be a stylish and practical bag both on and off the bike.
How versatile is it?
The Aire has been designed for a flexible fit on a bicyle rear rack using four integral leather and velcro straps.
The straps are approximately 3 cm wide and 15 cm long enabling the bag to sit on different sized rear racks, and the distance between the straps is approximately 15 cm.
When off the bike the straps simply velcro on to the side of the bag with all of the velcro hidden away.
Also bundled in with the bag is a bright protective cover with a wide reflective strip.
What size is it?
As a rough guide to size the Aire can hold an A4 ring binder.
How does it attach to a rear rack?
It attaches securely to a bike rear rack with 4 integral velcro straps (2 on each side of the bag).
Adjust the bag placement on the rear rack to find the best place to wrap the velcro straps onto the rack.
Does the bag have any padding to protect my belongings?
Yes! The bag has a light level of padding both to give it structure and to provide some protection for the contents of the bag. I always recommend taking a moment to check that you are happy that the bag provides enough protection for your belongings.
I like to organise the contents of my bag – are there pockets?
Yes! This bag is crammed with pockets.
On the outside there are front & back leather-edged lined zip pockets for secure carrying on and off the bike plus leather-edged side slip pockets.
Inside the bag on one side there is a large zip pocket fronted by 2 slip pockets – great for phone / keys / smaller items that tend to get lost in the bottom of a bag. On the other side there is one large slip pocket (sized for a small tablet / iPad-sized piece of techonology).
Also inside the bag there is a key clip on a long leather strap helping to avoid that unnerving moment as you watch your keys sail through the air towards the nearest drain cover/ puddle/ dubious deposit on the ground.
What do I do with the shoulder strap when cycling?
To avoid a dangling strap tangling with a wheel I have found the following strap carrying options help avoid a bike/rider/strap mangling moment
- Unclip it, roll it up and pop it in the bag, or
- Wear the strap as a sash by clipping one end of the strap to the other and popping it over your shoulder, or
- Unclip one end and wrap it through the tote handles as many times as it will go and clip back on, making sure that there is not enough length to dangle into a wheel
How do I keep it clean?
For notes on how to care for your Aire bag please visit the product care page
Is the bag totally waterproof?
No! To provide protection from rain and road dirt the bags come with a bright protective cover that has been designed to be a snug fit on the bag. The cover is made from PU-coated nylon and has sealed seams to aid in repelling water, however because of the way the bag attaches to the rear rack I cannot claim that it will make the bag 100% waterproof.
Can I leave the protective cover on the bag when off the bike?
No! The way that the protective cover fits over the top of the bag means that all of the top grab handles and the should strap attachment points are covered.