On the weekend I met up with Emily Taylor, one of the designers of the Po Campo handlebar and rack bags.

Emily happened to be in Melbourne for her honeymoon and was kind enough to chat me through the Po Campo product range over a beer at Federation Square.

The products are cheerful and fun – the handlebar bag straps onto any handlebar when you’re on the bike and transforms into a cute clutch when you’re off the bike. It’s their bestselling item.

The rack bag is a larger bag which straps on top of a back rack. I have the duck blue rack bag and have found it to be surprisingly roomy – I’ve even managed to fit my yoga gear inside. It has reflective strips on both ends, which was handy for the night where I had to ride home without lights in Richmond as I’d misjudged sundown (darn non-daylight saving time!).

Both bags use a clip lock system which makes it easy to adjust to any handlebar or rack. For the upcoming Spring/Summer 2010 season Po Campo are also releasing a new ‘Bungee Bag’ which uses an elastic bungee cord to strap the bag onto a handlebar or rack – so it’s kind of a hybrid of the handlebar bag and rack bag and Emily was carrying it as her handbag for her travels around Australia.

Po Campo rack bags and handlebar bags will be selling exclusively in Australia through CycleStyle at launch, with the Bungee Bags probably coming later in the year.