At Bell's we believe that 2017 will be the year of the bike. The love of cycling has been swelling throughout the UK in the last ten years and continues to grow. As cycle lanes increase and more beautiful bikes are produced cycling continues to become more accessible and fun for everyone.
As we all know the makings of a great bike are in the details, but rather than lugs and braze ons we thought we'd dedicate a little time to the pacticalities. The panniers that take the weight off our backs, the bells that form our voice on the road and the baskets that allow us access to our stuff at a mere arms length.
USA based Linus have just brought their fine accessories to the UK and are everything you could want from a brand. Simple, chic and built with torrential rain in mind. Here are the magic seven that will guarantee a smooth journey:
The Eleanor from Linus is a bag of beauty. Made from durable coated canvas and a genuine leather base and handle, it is elegant yet understated. The size of the Eleanor is spot on, being large enough to carry a goods days worth of essentials whilst also having the capacity to load it up with a grocery shop. Did we mention it also fits on your pannier rack? Simply hang it on your rack using the descrete hook system.
Although this is exclusively a back pack and doesn't attach to the bike, the Hampton Ruc Sac from Linus has been designed with cyclists needs very much in mind.
While the Hampton Ruc Sac looks great, this bag has been designed primarily for its function. With heaps of interior pockets, face zips which allow for easy access and generous padding, this is a bag we would love to carry while zipping around town or off on a longer tour.
Silver or brass, silver or brass? Which ever you go for you'll be thrilled with the results of the Linus side stricker bike bell. A bold chime that carries into the wind and becomes your voice on the road.
4# The Sac £59
Inspired by vintage boat bags the sac is just about perfect for any expedition. It's versatile, light weight and extremely durable. With a simple hook design the Linus sac attaches easily to your rack or with the strap you can throw it over your shoulder.
The Sac from Linus is already proving to be a best seller here at Bell's Bicycles.
Linus have an exceptional range of wicker baskets so it was difficult to choose just one for this list but the oval dipped basket just had the edge. It's wonderful to see a break from the classic wicker tones and the colour combination is pretty dynamic. All the baskets in the Linus range are made from tightly woven durable treated wicker to give them a long and life.
Easily the most chic, elegant pannier basket we've laid our eyes on. The wooden handle feels wonderful to hold and the basket itself is delicate whilst hardy.
7# Linus Bullet light £53
A solid and elegant light which is perfect for city night rides. It's easy to attach and remove and has many different flash modes depending on your environment or mood.