Nice Little Shoulderbag: Czech Army Bread Bag
April 22, 2010
[$20, mailed in US. OUT OF STOCK.]
Here's a nifty little shoulderbag, a Czech Army Bread Bag, vintage but in good shape. I found a couple dozen -- when they're gone, they're gone.
Details: Rusty-Olive color canvas. Size: 10" wide x 9" tall x 4" deep. Adjustable fixed shoulderstrap extends to 44" (good for probably up to 6' 2" person). Three pockets on back of the interior. Several slots on front flap (for pens?) with a center slot that's ideal for a red blinky light for biking at night. 4 attachment rings on the back corners. Center-slot on back. Belt-loop straps.
Many folks like a shoulderbag with a rectangular shape and a nice, long opening, so here ya go. Also, it's cheap.
As regards use on a bike, it seems decent as a Pannier with the addition of a small strap thru the back center slot. But my size 10 bike shoes almost hit it as I pedaled.
They also work fairly well as a Saddlebag on a Brooks-type saddle with loops.
If you want to use one as a Pannier or Saddlebag, let me know in a separate note. I can toss in a leather strap and clip the upper rings a bit to let you slip them into your saddle loops. I'll do that for an extra $5 which I'll submit to you as a manual PayPal Request.
I first saw one at Holler Fest last summer -- the guy said he used it as a handlebar bag on his bike. Now, I tried setting these up every which way on a bike, but nothing really clicked for me, so for now I'm not saying that they're great bike bags. They work as a rear pannier and as a saddlebag. But who knows, you might discover a great way to rig it. The main thing is that there are, indeed, many fortunate and uncommon attachment points on this bag, so something may well turn up in terms of a method for attaching it to bikes, vehicles, boats, who knows. It's dandy just as a small shoulderbag but it does seem like Versatility is lurking nearby.