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Old 07-26-10, 07:15 PM   #1
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Chrome bag Mini-metro or Citizen for a smaller girl

Hi, I know there have been other threads in the forum regarding the same question - but I wanted to see if you guys had any advice on which size I should get.

I'm only 5'3", 100 lbs - I tried on the Mini-Metro and it looks like the right size for me, but everyone at the store told me how much more useful the Citizen would be.

For those my size - do you have a mini or the citizen?

I'm leaning towards a Citizen, but I really don't want it to look bulky because I currently carry my backpack around everywhere I go.

On most days, I'd usually carry my 13" macbook, a notebook, a book, some girly stuff.

Any advice would be helpful!
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Old 07-26-10, 07:30 PM   #2
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Considering its a messenger bag, forget 'looks'- you're going to look dorky wearing a big bright-colored diagonally-oriented bag no matter what

I have a citizen. and sometimes feel its a little too small for my needs- but my laptop is also a monster, 21" on the diagonal (the entire machine, not just the screen). I don't think the mini-metro would be sufficient for a change of my clothes, a pair of shoes, my lunch, lock, and bike tools all combined (If I carry my laptop, it goes in a different padded backpack). The citizen is just barely big enough for my usual commuting needs.

I suggest bringing all of the stuff (ALL the stuff) you plan on carrying on any given day in some other bag to your bike shop, packing it into the Metro, and then packing it into the Citizen, and seeing what feels right.

When unloaded or lightly loaded, of course, the bigger bags fold around you, so there isn't much of a problem with going a size big.
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If you are sure you can fit all of your things into the Mini-Metro, then that should do you fine. But more likely, there will be times that you will want to carry more stuff, and then you will wish you had bought the Citizen.

The third choice is, by both and use the one that matches how much stuff you will carry that day.
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Old 07-26-10, 08:18 PM   #4
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I'd get one of those limited edition Citizen's they have now.
But you're pretty tiny so if I was you I think i'd go with the mini-metro for what you want to carry.
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I have a Citizen, and my wife has tried to use it... she's 4'11" and right about 100lbs. She could swim in it.

For me I find it "just right" fit wise and I'm 5'9". I'd like it bigger on the days I'm carrying a lot of stuff, but more in the fall where I need a jacket in the morning and it goes in my bag in the afternoon.
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Old 07-27-10, 07:18 AM   #6
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my roommate is exactly your size and she just bought a mini-metro. She felt like the citizen was too large for her daily needs. She doesn't carry tools, bike to the grocery store, or tows much of anything by bike.
I'm 5'6" and I have a citizen. I was going to buy a metropolis (I do bike delivery for a living, so the larger the better, right?) But when I tried it on, the actual bag itself had to be semi wrapped around my torso in order to get a snug enough fit. It was awkward and also covered up by 'look-back' spot over my shoulder.
Chrome also makes a sweet hip bag that's big enough for your lock, wallet, and patch kit. http://www.chromebagsstore.com/bags/...hip-pouch.html

You could buy the two of these and then be able to carry more in your bag if you need to.
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I looked at a Mini-Metro for commuting. It would hold my regular commuting load,but I wouldn't have room for anything else. There's a grocery store right across the street form where I work,so I'm glad I went with a bigger bag because a couple times a week I stop in and pick something up. Remember,you don't have a trunk,glovebox,back seat,etc. We have to carry stuff on us or on our bikes. Better to have extra capacity and rarely use it,than not have it and need it.
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Update: thanks to all of you, I've decided to go with the Citizen after all. For those who are my size and contemplating Chrome's mini-metro versus the citizen, I would recommend the Citizen based on what everyone said here + my own experience. I thought the Citizen would be too big for me, but it really wasn't. I packed the mini-metro with my usuals (laptop, small notebook, tiny purse, book) - it got so bulky it was actually uncomfortable and well, that's all it could really fit and nothing more. On the other hand, when I packed in the same stuff into the Citizen, it appeared less bulky and felt more comfortable across my back. I actually installed one of those bike bags to sit on my rack, but at this point, I might not need it after all. : ) Thanks again, everyone!
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Personally, I like Bailey Works bags better than chrome, just for the fact they have WAY more pockets, which makes it easier to organize your stuff. The reflective strips on the outside of the bag make me feel safer at night too... sounds like you've already bought the citizen though, which is still a nice bag, don't get me wrong..
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Hey bikey sis!

Let me know how that works out. I was looking into messenger bags before but my concerns are if the one sided weight would rub the bra strap on one side and wear the clothing. Also was wondering if it would be uncomfy when the bag is under load or heavy load if it'll chaffe the boobs. I didn't want to plunk like $100 bucks on a decent durable bag without finding out some info about it on the quality and such and if I'd get extra wear on said points.


I'm interested how it works for you as you're almost my size. I'm a bit more space effecient and a few inches less then you in similar weigh class. I may be petite but I can still kick good. Nyhahahha!!!


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Update: thanks to all of you, I've decided to go with the Citizen after all. For those who are my size and contemplating Chrome's mini-metro versus the citizen, I would recommend the Citizen based on what everyone said here + my own experience. I thought the Citizen would be too big for me, but it really wasn't. I packed the mini-metro with my usuals (laptop, small notebook, tiny purse, book) - it got so bulky it was actually uncomfortable and well, that's all it could really fit and nothing more. On the other hand, when I packed in the same stuff into the Citizen, it appeared less bulky and felt more comfortable across my back. I actually installed one of those bike bags to sit on my rack, but at this point, I might not need it after all. : ) Thanks again, everyone!
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You should ask about bags in the Women's Forum. I believe Siu Blue Wind is the person to contact for access.

Also FYI,Timbuk 2 bags can usally be picked up on eBay and various outlet sites for much less than MSRP.
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@poohbear Hey! I'm glad my forum post about a Chrome bag didn't turn into "yet another post about a Chrome bag" - I really had a need and a question for someone my size, so I'm glad you found it useful! : )

To answer your question, I haven't had any problem with one side weighing or digging down on my clothing or a bra strap. Note that I've only had the bag for a short period of time now, so someone else might be able to speak to it better than I can, but I haven't felt any chafing whatsoever. I really packed that bag in the other day and it was still really comfortable on my back (the guys at the shop told me to wear it really high, which helps) - but the only thing I thought about was - phew, thank goodness I didn't get the Mini Metro.

I also looked at the Timbuk2's before I got the Chrome, but MSRP-wise, the price seemed similar - at least the model I was looking at. As @dynaryder put it in the post below, you can probably find the Timbuk2s cheaper if you research online. I've also seen a lot of Timbuk2 bags around the city, so they are probably a good one to have as well, but I've been recommended the Chrome, hands down, IF you are riding your bike.

Chrome bags also have a lifetime warranty, so I think it's a great investment for a bag you'll probably have for a really really long time. : )
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Let me know how that works out. I was looking into messenger bags before but my concerns are if the one sided weight would rub the bra strap on one side and wear the clothing.
I don't find that it causes a lot of wear or chafing. If the bag is fitted correctly onto your body and not overloaded, the weight is very stable... trick is getting there in the first place if boobage gets in the way. You will have weight distribution issues when you overload the bag, but that tends to be "ow ow ow sore shoulder", and it doesn't feel appreciably different from the overload pain on a backpack. Most messenger bags will overload at a lighter weight than a backpack too, so the odds of doing serious damage to yourself are lower.

In general, my messenger bag is for light loads. If I expect to go over 20lbs, I'd use something else.
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