The Kinga Handlebar Bag is our first new handlebar bag since 2010! In this post, learn what's new about this bag, why it's the best handlebar bag ever, and where the name came from.
The main features of this bag are:
1. Intuitive attachments and improved ease-of-use
You gotta start every design project with a list of objectives, and at the top of the list for the new handlebar bag was to have intuitive bike attachments. Our handlebar bag predecessor, the Six Corners Handlebar Bag, works great, but its attachment system can be confusing for first time users. I can't tell you how many times I have heard, "So wait, how does this work again?", so I knew that was something I needed to fix.
The Kinga Handlebar Bag is just as easy to remove as it is to attach. The tabs at the end of the bike attachment straps connect to the front of the bag with magnets.
2. Access Bag's Contents While on Bike
Changing the way the bag attaches to your handlebars gives another great feature: the ability to get into your bike while on your bike. Perfect for checking directions en route, or pulling over to text your friend to tell her you're running late.
3. Soft Shoulder Strap
Like how I wrote in the Uptown Trunk Bag overview, it's important for me to have a bag that is as comfortable to wear as it is to ride with. We upgraded the straps to be super soft without sacrificing any strength, so they won't snag your clothing or scratch your skin.
Now that you know about the new features of the Kinga Handlebar Bag, you're probably wondering where the name came from.
Origins of the Kinga Name
I name our bags after the design is all done. For this bag, I was really struggling to come up with a name I liked, so I did what I always do when I'm stumped: I took a bike ride.
As I was biking around thinking of names, and the bag, and a myriad of other things, I waited for an Ozinga cement truck to pass in front of me. I thought, "Ozinga, that's such a great name". It sounded kind of Polish to me, and it felt like such a Chicago moment. At that moment, I decided to give the handlebar bag a Polish name.
Like many Chicagoans, I have a lot of Polish friends, and started running their names through my head. I had met a woman named Kinga at a BBQ earlier that year, and had liked the name instantly. When I got back to the office, I looked up what the origins of Kinga name were (Polish & Hungarian). I was also delighted to discover that it meant "bravery" or "brave warrior" because that felt appropriate for a bad-ass handlebar bag. And voilà, the new handlebar bag had a name!
Now that you know all about our Kinga Handlebar Bag, get one now!
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