Style or substance? Why not both? Functionality and sophistication have always been in the DNAs of urban design pioneers Freitag and Brompton. Both share a ‘re-cycling' spirit that interprets “thinking and acting in closed loops and riding bikes”. Joining forces for the first time, the Zurich bag manufacturer and British bike brand respectively looked into viable urban mobility solutions while putting a new spin on the two everyday items they produce.
We all know the Brompton folding bike that makes travelling easy around the city. A sustainable and sporty option for commuting between home and work, it can be wheeled everywhere even in its portable form. It can be hidden under an office desk, carried on the train, and tucked in a corner or in the storage room at home.
Leveraging this idea, Freitag created the F748 Coltrane—a special version of the prototypical rectangular truck waste tarp-recycled Freitag backpack. Its unique feature is that it can be turned through 90 degrees and attached to any Brompton bike using an aluminium front carrier frame that clips on magnetically.
This 19-litre bag is versatile used with or without the Velcro-secured frame. Items can be retrieved easily from the double-zippered, padded main compartment made of recycled PET fabric that allows rapid access to the laptop pocket. The Coltrane holds your procured goods while you push your folded Brompton down the supermarket aisle; let’s just say you can buy groceries and run errands efficiently in one trip.
With the backpack affixed to a Brompton bike, the zippered outer compartment offers immediate access from the saddle in the event of the rider stopping at a red light. Attached inside is an extra-long key strap—you can still reach for your keys and unlock the door even when the backpack is fixed to the bike. Another surprise accessory that comes with the Coltrane—a mudflap cut from the same tarp to bolt the front fender of the Brompton bike.