This last few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of running around town with the Po Campo Bungee Bag. As a former accessory designer I am definitely on the critical side of handbag functionality. Let’s be honest, there just aren’t that many stylish, functional bags on the market that are appropriate for a fashion conscious cyclist. But the ladies of Po Campo nailed it with the Bungee Bag. The first time I spotted a Po Campo I put myself and others in harms way, sprinting down the isles of the 2008 Interbike convention to catch the ladies that were accessorized head to toe in Po Campo. I was pleased to meet Emily and Maria the masterminds behind these lovely handbags. They were just beginning to build momentum as a small Chicago based women’s cycling accessory company.
Fast forward a few years and I’m headed out on the town with my dear friend Megan. I grabbed my newly loaded Bungee Bag and stepped outside. Megan’s first words were “Oooh, is that a Po Campo?”
I was delighted. Megan is a rather fashionable lady and one of the driving forces behind the newly launched Boulder Cycle Chic. “I’ve been thinking about ordering one” she said, “they look great and seem so functional!” It was also exciting that Po Campo’s original design was so recognizable.
Megan and I proceeded to spend the next several minutes going over all the details of the bag.
Like all Po Campo bags, the Bungee Bag is constructed of water and fade resistant fabrics. It has a durable nylon liner with a divider and a zippered interior pocket. The bag is designed to fit nicely on the top of a standard rear bicycle rack. One long bungee strap is attached to the bottom of the bag, thoughtfully finished with silver toned clasps that fasten to a ring on the side. This elasticized strap works to easily affix the bag to a rear rack or the handlebars. The Bungee Bag has two exterior scrunch pockets, one on either end, with a nice reflective strip for added visibility. This is a great spot to clip your taillight. If you are like me and have a habit of taking fancy bike lights along when locking the bike up, this works out perfectly. On good days, I remember to turn the light off and slip it conveniently in to the pocket to which it was clipped. The bag is well finished with a few leather touches and an adjustable shoulder strap.
As the weeks added up I received no less than a dozen unsolicited compliments on the Bungee Bag. Each time I would show off the cycling specific functions that I am so thrilled about. The comments about the bag seemed to be evenly distribubted between the times when I was carrying it around town and when it was attached to the bike. Just like the website says… “Finally a handbag that does more than just look good!”
All Po Campo bags are made in Chicago. Emily and Maria went to great lengths to keep production in the USA and nearby to keep a close eye on quality control. Currently there are three styles of cycling handbags available. The Bungee Bag is a great value at $120.
Keep you eye out ladies, Po Campo will be featured in several cycling fashion shows around the country this season!