I’m always searching for a ways to look fashionable, yet remain practical on a bicycle. Those two things are often difficult to mesh. Purses are especially troublesome; if they’re not stored in a pannier or strapped to a rack, they’re simply in the way. For evenings out on the town I’m guilty of filling my boyfriend’s pockets with accoutrements, so I can leave my purse behind.
Enter the Athena Clutch, a cycling focused clutch design by Kyla Burnet of Green Guru, the Boulder based maker of bags and accessories. As with all of their products, the Athena Clutch is made from repurposed materials; the slim, lightweight, design is crafted from a brightly colored banner on the exterior and a fabric lined interior, with two pockets. A large magnetic flap and zipper closure keep the elements at bay and reflective accents help with visibility.
The clutch hand strap, made from a bike inner tube, runs tightly across the back of the bag and the tube’s tackiness makes the clutch easy to hold on to off the bike. Two reflective hook and loop straps clip to the bag making it easy to attach the clutch to the bars, top tube, or rack, and suitable for use with any bike.
In addition to carrying my smartphone and a small wallet, I managed to store a tube, patch kit, and tire levers without too much effort. I own very few bicycle focused products that I use while not biking, so I love coming across a product that is suitable for a well-rounded lifestyle. When I look at the Athena Clutch I see a trendy purse that happens to work very well on a bicycle.
The Athena Clutch is prepped for production but Green Guru needs your help launching the Athena line, which will be 100% constructed in Boulder, Colorado. Take a look at their Kickstarter campaign (ending October 13th!) and receive your own Athena Clutch for a pledge of $58 dollars or more.