BRYHT Dart Handlebar Bag
There’s a wonderful freedom in being able to nip about on a bike – whether it’s a quick trip to the local shops, heading off to the office or a potter around on local lanes. One of the things I’ve found during these outings is that it is really helpful to be able to rummage quickly in a bag for all the other paraphernalia that I carry around and want quick access to.
This means that I usually have a handlebar bag on the bike and on various trips out on two wheels started to contemplate everything I like a handlebar bag to be. These pedal-powered musings have resulted in the Dart – designed as a shoulder bag and handlebar bag with no compromise on either function.
How versatile is it?
Designed primarily to fit on bike handlebars I have found that the Dart can be fitted on any suitable bar, for example the handle a child’s buggy.
For days when your bike is taking a break, the handlebar attachment straps can be removed and stashed away, so that you are not carrying around any more than you need.
The bar attachment straps can also be used to attach the bag as a saddlebag – the straps are approximately 2.3 cm wide and the D-rings on the back of the Dart are approximately 17.5 cm apart.
The bag has a lovely long, adjustable, removable shoulder strap so that the bag can be worn on the shoulder or cross-body. It can also be worn as a waist bag, although you may find our shoulder strap a little long for your waist size so may need to find a shorter strap to wear it this way (it will need to be a strap with clips at both ends).
Also bundled in with the bag is a bright protective cover with a relective strip.
What can I carry in it?
This is a compact bag with a big attitude! It is approximately 24cm wide x 16 cm tall x 6cm deep. It is sized to be able to carry items such as an e-reader, tablet (we’ve tested it with a nexus 7), diary or small book.
How does it attach to the handlebars?
Attachment to handlebars is quick and easy using two Velcro –backed leather straps which can be looped around your handlebars to secure the bag in place. These are removable so if you wish to use different straps (longer, shorter, ribbons, buckles, personalised … ) just simply swap them over.
To adjust the height of the handlebar bag on handlebars wind the velcro strap around the handlebars until the fit is right for your needs.
Does the bag have any padding to protect my belongings?
Yes! The bag has a light level of padding on the back to protect the contents when on the bike, however I would always recommend checking that you are happy that it is going to provide enough protection for what you plan to carry.
I like to organise the contents of my bag – are there pockets?
Yes! This bag is crammed with pockets. The two pockets on the exterior of the bag are zipped to ensure your belongings are securely stashed when on (and off) the bike.
Inside the bag there is another zipped pocket plus two slip pockets which are great for smaller items and pieces of tech such as a mobile phone.
Also inside is a key clip on a long leather strap to help 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.
How do I keep it clean?
For notes on how to care for your Dart bag please visit the product care page
Is the bag totally waterproof?
No! To provide protection from road dirt and rain the Dart comes with a bright protective cover that has been designed to be a snug fit on the bag. The cover is made from PU-coated ripstop nylon and has sealed seams to aid in repelling water, however because of the way the bag attached the handlebars there is a gap in the raincover around the handlebar attachment straps, so I cannot claim that it makes the bag waterproof.
Can I leave the protective cover on the bag when off the bike?
Yes! The Dart protective cover does not cover the D-rings on the back of the bag so it is possible to leave the protective cover on the bag and attach the shoulder strap to these for shoulder carry.
It does carry a little differently than when having the shoulder strap attached to the D-rings on the sides of the bag, however it does work and it saves having to wrestle with a wet/ grubby cover if all you want to do is get going!
Can I get spare straps/ raincover for the bag?