I did it. I cut up an old tea bag box and sent it off to Beth at Wildcat Gear. She’s the woman in Wales who can whizz her way round a sewing machine and create a custom frame bag for anything – even my oddball shaped frame. I had to mark up all the measurements but the instructions on her website are easy to follow.
Last month, I met Beth in Bristol at the bike show Bespoked UK. She had just been awarded best in show for accessories and proudly displayed her rosette and bottle of fizz. Swept along by her excitement, and the buzz of the show, I promised to send the measurements of my frame. Beth convinced me I was worth it. Cue hair toss à la L’Oréal.
I arrived home yesterday, to find a note from the postie telling me there was a parcel in my secret place. I ripped the package open and smiled. The Wildcat Leopard had landed. Then I took my bike into the garden and started to attach the bag and that was before the kettle had even boiled. I haven’t trimmed the hook and loop straps yet, though I was tempted. The instructions told me to wait until the bag is filled. This weekend is the May Bank Holiday and I’m hoping to get away from the allotment and the greenhouse and give this little kitten her first outing.
Wildcat Leopard on the bike
The DIY frame bag that I made and had been using up to now was absolutely fine, but sometimes a girl wants matching accessories and who can resist a bespoke addition to their wardrobe. The Wildcat Leopard is the first item I’ve ever owned that has been specially made to fit my needs.
I can’t wait to get the bike fully loaded and ready for the next trip, but for now, I’ll use the bag for all things handbaggy. I reckon it can hold a picnic lunch, camera and phone for my solo rides along the shore in summer (when Dan is at the office). Totally amazed by the capacity compared to my home made effort.