Even though we’re well prepared for this Christmas, there are always some bits that need to be picked up closer to the day. For us it’s some of the West-Indian elements of Christmas dinner by Mamma Vélo, and this year I was able to hop-out on the Pashley to pick them up for her. A ride to the Market to pick up the extra fruit and veg was planned, and this was a great opportunity to put the Handbag Hugger sent* to me by CycleChic to the test…
Although the Handbag Hugger is designed to be attached to the front of your bike without the Basket, I needed all the storage space I could get, and have no issue reaching for my bag – so the Wicker went back on, alongside the Hugger…
They both sat on the front of my Pashley with no problems. The Hugger attaches to the handlebar stem with two screws and bolts – a simple method which takes only minutes to do and with no mechanical skills necessary! The position of the attachment didn’t interfere with the leather straps of the Basket, so no issues there at all.
My bag of choice on the shopping-cycle was my Mulberry Messenger. Its one of my favourite handbags, so I’m quite precious over it. The Hugger held it in place securely: with its spring loaded grip function, it didn’t slip out when riding, and wasn’t dislodged when I went over any bumps in the road.
Getting into my bag while it was in the Hugger wasn’t a problem either – although it provides a secure grip, I could still get stuff out of it with ease while I was on the move.
Overall, I’m very pleased with the Handbag Hugger: it’s easy to attach to my bike, secure & from an accessorising point of view, the Chrome goes really well with the Pashley! The other thing that impressed me about the Hugger is that the grip didn’t leave any marks or scratches on my bag – this was another of my concerns with it, but I’m glad to report nothing of the sort happened.
*The Handbag Hugger was kindly gifted to VCG for a review.