I just want to thank the people that have put advice here. I just got a Timbuk2 bag (larget labled Classic Messanger) And it did the job for shoping very well, I was able to bring home 3x the stuff I would normaly be able to being back before. It also solves another problem I had.
Schwinn also makes a HUGE messenger bag. I went to a fitness expo, and they were selling them for 20 bucks! I can get in about 6 bags of groceries, and that's my bag of choice when I have to do some major shopping.
I use my Timbuk2 bags for shorter trips to the store.
Schwinn messenger bag? Hehe that could go well with my Schwinn Cimmeron bike that I'm going to do the heavier load carrying with.
People diss Timbuk2 bags but they're ok, I've heard the Chrome bags are really good, but I like my Timbuk2's, I have two, a small one and a larger one, both all yellow - online ordering is great, and the ones you order online are made here not in China.
Timbuk2's do work, and for casual usage they are ok, my first messenger bag when I started riding for a living was a timbuk2.Then when it started leaking water in the rain I got a chrome bag and the difference is night and day, its not so much the bag but the strap system, center cinch-up and an integrated shoulder pad makes a really big difference.With the timbuk2 one of the first things you have to do is secure the add on pad they sell to the strap or it slides all over the place making is useless, plus it isnt long enough, when you put a big load in and have to let the strap out some the shoulder pad wont be on your shoulder anymore.The way the timbuk2 strap is locked leaves alot to be desired as well, sure it works, but cinching it up can be an exercise in itself.If your not making a bunch of stops and having to open it up all the time its not nearly as much of an issue, but when Im slammed with work, im making a stop every 5-8 minutes, you dont have time to screw around with the bag.Even with a decent strap and pad your shoulder gets abused, I have a whole bunch of T-shirts that have frayed tattered left shoulders from bag abrasion, when youve got 40-50lbs in the bag it starts to get pretty serious, timbik2's hurt with that kind of weight in them, its not unbearable, but it isnt comfortable either.
I love my Timbuk2. I think I have about 4 of the bigger Timbuk2 bags and 2 of the smaller, fanny-bag type Timbuk2 bags. I like it... I'd get more if I could afford it. I love them more than I love my Reload bags.
yeah i notice that alot...and if i had bought into it i would probably have tried some of the other bags out there...but they are all kind of on the pricy side....and i can't justify spending that kind of loot....wherein i can get timbuk2 large or extra large for right about $70...we have about 4 or 5 sm-l but need to pick up an extra large to carry more stuff home from the store...but the lg size makes for several trips, which is kind of the reason why i haven't grabbed the xl yet....
i use 2 shoulder straps, and as long as i load it up right...thats the key, because its not as forgiving if you just toss your stuff in, as some of those newer bags out now are from what i hear..
2004 Raleigh Talus, 2001 Motobecane Vent Noir (Custom build for heavy riders)
I know I like my Timbuk2 bag...only gripe is the atrap is stiched vertically....if it was stitched leaning towards the back of the bag, it would be more comfortable when it's heavily loaded, as the strap would be more likely to sit flat on the chest/shoulders.