New from Gilles Berthoud: Universal and Tool Bags, Mirrors

New from Gilles Berthoud: Universal and Tool Bags, Mirrors

We are excited to add a few great products from Gilles Berthoud to the Compass program. The Small Universal Bag (above) is really neat: It holds a lightweight rain jacket, wallet, inner tube and a few other things. It’s incredibly versatile: Use it as a saddlebag (above) or hang it from your handlebars. Tandem stokers love this bag, because it fits neatly on a tandem’s rear handlebars, too.

Or attach the Small Universal Bag to a front or rear rack. You can put it on the racktop, or hang it on the side like a mini-pannier. There is even a leather piece on one end that slips over the backstop of a front rack. The Small Universal Bag fits perfectly on the Compass UD-1 rack. It needs a platform that is at least 17 cm long, and the backstop should be no wider than 50 mm. (It can be used without attaching to the backstop, too.)

Under the flap is a zipper, so it’s safe to carry keys and a wallet – nothing will fall out. The Small Universal Bag is a great bag for which you’ll find many uses.

A slightly smaller, superlight option is the Bottle Cage/Saddle Tool Bag. It’s a great way to carry inner tubes and other necessities in a bottle cage – much nicer and more secure than the cut-off water bottle I’ve used for this purpose in the past. It fits perfectly into Nitto’s T Cage (above)…

… but it also can be attached to most other cages with a toestrap. Or carry the bag under your saddle. Made from the same ultra-strong cotton canvas and leather edging as the other Gilles Berthoud luggage, these bags last (almost) forever. The canvas swells when it gets wet on the outside, making the bags mostly waterproof. Made from natural materials, they acquire a beautiful patina as you use them.
Still speaking of bags, we’ve noticed that the leather straps on the large Berthoud panniers were a little thin. They work fine, but after 10 years of hard use, I had to replace mine on one set of panniers. So we asked Berthoud to make extra-strong straps from thicker leather for us.

Gilles Berthoud’s mirrors are beautifully made from aluminum. We’ve had the first version for a while, but it didn’t adjust quite far enough for long-reach handlebars that are tilted upward a bit. The new Mk II version adjusts over a wide range and fits all road handlebars (inner diameter ~20 mm).

The mirrors are available in silver and black…

… and with a leather insert to match Berthoud’s saddles and handlebar tape. The leather mirrors come with a second, matching bar plug.
All these products are in stock now. Click on the links below for more information:

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Comments (7)

  • jbryanlewis3

    Will the Small Universal Bag work as a saddlebag if the saddle doesn’t have the rear attachment slots? That is, can it be strapped to the rails?

    November 23, 2018 at 9:45 am
    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

      Good question! I just strapped one to the rails of a superlight Berthoud Galibier (which doesn’t have slots). It works great there, too.

      November 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm
  • B. Carfree

    How do the Berthoud mirrors compare to others in terms of how convex they are? I have found that most mirrors are too convex for my liking. The image of overtaking vehicles is too small for too long for me to see them in a timely fashion.
    They’re fine on city roads, but just don’t cut it when I’m in what I call the dough of the doughnut. (City streets, the hole of the doughnut, are fine; Farther afield out in rural areas (forest roads for me), outside the doughnut, things are fabulous. In between, the dough (suburbs), conditions can be less pleasant.)

    November 23, 2018 at 2:04 pm
    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

      The Berthoud mirrors aren’t very convex, so that won’t be an issue. They are quite small, so you need to adjust them just right, though.

      November 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm
      • Stefan

        I’ve tried several rear mirrors. The Berthoud mirror was certainly the smallest one (and the most expensive). Too small for my liking. But that is very personal and they sure do look nice!

        November 26, 2018 at 5:09 am
  • Matthew J

    Store is showing out of stock on both colors of the standard mirrors already.

    November 26, 2018 at 6:04 am

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