There’s recycling; then there’s “re-cycling”.
The latter is what Zurich-based bag manufacturer Freitag and folding bike pioneer Brompton are into—thinking and acting in closed loops, and riding bikes.
Freitag has been making functional, water-repellent bags and accessories from waste materials since 1993, while Brompton’s folding bikes have allowed urbanites to commute more conveniently.
So with sustainability and functionality in mind, these two companies have come together to produce a special backpack for cyclists.
The F748 Coltrane is a rectangular, recycled Freitag backpack can be turned 90 degrees and clipped on to the front of a Brompton folding bike.
Made of used truck tarp, this backpack also comes with an aluminum Brompton front carrier frame which can be easily removed, thanks to its Velcro straps.
Backpack straps attach magnetically to the back of the bag, enabling one-handed docking and removal on any Brompton bike with any handlebar type.
Of course it fits and functions as perfectly as it does in its more usual place, namely, on your back. Its double-zippered, padded main compartment is made of recycled PET fabric with rapid access to the laptop compartment.
It has a zippered outer compartment that is easily accessed from the saddle, and an extra-long key strap so you can unlock your door, even when the backpack is fixed to the bike.
The collaboration also includes the F749 Cooter, a mudflap cut from the same tarp that easily bolts to the front fender of any Brompton bike. The accessory offers protection against mud and debris, and allows riders to express their individuality.
Freitag X Brompton backpack and mudflap is available at Freitag stores, Brompton Junctions and on freitag.ch.