The Pipsqueak is infinitely variable, colorwise, if one emails the company and requests other hues, and it has other great features, too. Unfortunately, the straps aren’t optimized for a Brompton bicycle* (shocking, I know); the bag’s too small for my humongous phone or its even more humongous case; I wanted buckles instead of snaps on the straps; and I wanted a buckle closure instead of hook-and-loop.
So I made my own version. (This is the curse of getting used to making things oneself: Really, it’s easier to order online!)
It’s the “frite” bag, because it bears a strong resemblance to the paper carton French fries are often served in.
I hand-drew the pattern to the dimensions I needed, and then cut the bag out of black Cordura, and a lining of yellow ripstop nylon. (My Frite bag is taller than the Pipsqueak, and quite a bit thinner, front to back.) Then I added a Cordura pocket on the inside for Basil’s cards.
The Pipsqueak can be worn as a belt bag, using the handlebar straps. I almost never wear belts but I did need a loop to grab when the bag isn’t on Basil, so I added one to the top, incorporating it into the straps.
Here’s another view of the bag, with the handlebar straps, grab loop, an embroidered patch, and the front buckle attached.
I made several mistakes: I wish the patch were about a quarter inch lower, and I probably should have made sure that the buckles opened the opposite way. Then there’s this: I haven’t road-tested it yet, so that list may grow. But, all in all, not bad for a couple hours of evening amusement.
For those with better things to do, the Pipsqueak looks like a great value, and involves much less fussing.
*Due to the cabling on Basil’s M (Brompton) handlebars, one attachment strap on this bag is longer than the other; using the buckles made it adjustable. Snap closures would be trickier in this instance. Cables are, of course, a very different matter on a folding bicycle like a Brompton than they are on other two-wheeled creatures.