Back when I was in grade school, rockin’ my red and white Huffy and running to the local Publix to grab syrup and a gallon of milk to make pancakes on the weekend, getting home was a test of both leg speed and grip strength. Of course, I could have ridden my mom’s 10-speed mixte and put it in the kid’s seat bolted to the back, but, ya know, it was no red and white Huffy!
Had the Bag Buddy been around, I might have been able to add some blueberries and peanut butter to my haul.
Developed by Norwegian-American designer Nicholas Fjellberg Swerdlowe in New York City, the Bag Buddy uses hard rubber composite hooks that snap around your handlebar ends to change the angle of a grocery bag’s attachment point. This serves to minimize the bags’ left-to-right sway, keeping them away from the front wheel. They’re cheaper and easier to mount than front and rear racks, and when they’re not in use you can just clip them to your seat tube or throw ’em in a pack.
The project’s on Kickstarter, and a pledge of $20 gets you a pair in blue, black or orange. Higher amounts could get you a gastronomic bike tour around NYC with the Bag Buddy team and a custom painted pair of hooks. Pics below…