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This week I popped into Debenhams and discovered a range of accessories in their own label "Bailey & Quinn" brand that reflect the growing popularity of all things cycling. There were purses and bags galore, all adorned with pretty appliqued scenes featuring bicycles.
Given this was also the week British Cycling launched their "Get Women Cycling" campaign, have us cycling mum's suddenly become trail blazers in 2013's must-have fashion???? (probably totally unintentionally!)
The range of "ladies bike bags" which Debenhams have a produced includes all manner of styles and colours. The cheapest items in the range are leather purses (from £20) and a black canvas shopper bag with a picture of a bike resting against some railings , which was about £15 but isn't showing on the website.
They have two sizes of nylon tote bags, with the same street scene. These come in various colours (red, lilac, taupe and black), priced between £31 and £44.
At the other end of the range, there are some leather handbags, including the Bailey & Quinn black grab bag shown right (£145).
As the weather outside was bitterly cold, with snow on the ground, they certainly made me smile, and think of warm, relaxing summer rides.
I had a good look at these bicycle inspired bags, and couldn't find any that could actually be used as a practical cycling bag. There's no rucksack or courier bag style, absolutely no hi-viz (phew!) and you'd be hard pressed to fit a lock inside them (unless it's the Knog Milkman of course).
But does this matter? Of course not! They'd certainly look lovely nestled inside a wicker front basket, such as this hand built Pashley bicycle basket, which comes in two sizes (14" and 17") and retails from £42. (Although you'd then be going full circle, and could look just like the bike on the bag!)
My life, sadly, isn't as stylish as that. A vision of loveliness gliding along I am not! With two kids to get ready for the school run, requiring book bags, lunch boxes and PE Kits, and who then need to be hauled up the hill, I'm never going to get this look right am I? (Although I never had it before the kids, so I shouldn't really blame them)
But, at the time of writing this, Debenhams had at least 20% off all items - so perhaps I should give it a go!
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