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Old 09-08-05, 12:12 PM   #1
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Messenger Bag for the Non-Messenger

Anyone have a suggestion for a medium sized messenger bag that can fit some clothes, a laptop in a own padded sleeve which I already have, and occasionally a camera and a newspaper and the requisite bike tools?

Nothing too huge but something comfortable for riding and that can carry OK when when it's pretty empty.

I've had a lot of "mock" messenger bags that aren't too good for acutally riding and figure it's time to step up to something more functional.
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Old 09-08-05, 12:25 PM   #2
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chrome, chicks dig the searbelt buckle. They're always pushing my button and breaking my stuff
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Old 09-08-05, 12:26 PM   #3
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i love my timbuk2.
can't get more comfortable than a chrome bag.
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Old 09-08-05, 12:27 PM   #4
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I have a large Timbuk2 that fits my laptop, shoes, shirt, towel, pump/tools, a lock and has a little bit of space left over. Depending on the size or your laptop, you might be able to get a medium instead of a large (I put my laptop inside a sleeve and then inside a carrying case).

In any case, YMMV.
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search for Bags in this forum and youl see all the brands and options. I really liek freitag bags. Especially the ones with nice type and dull colors. One of a kind. BUT, ive only used their classic model in large and small.. not to great for riding. they have a messenger model but I havent used it. I just picked up a nice freight baggage bag at freewheel on hayes. Got sick of the freitags sliping and sliding.
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CourierWare - made in USA, super high quality and they don't look all trendy and "messengy". I just made that word up. I'd get the optional shoulder pad because if you have a heavy load/rough road it can dig into your shoulder.

http://www.courierwareusa.com/
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chrome, chicks dig the searbelt buckle. They're always pushing my button and breaking my stuff

Right....
I finally went and bought my own.
I got tired of pushing other peoples buttons.
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Old 09-08-05, 02:14 PM   #8
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i have a RELoad civilian. it fits everything when i go on vacation, and you can get it with a laptop case too.

my roomate has a chrome bag. i think it sucks, but thats just me.
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My Chrome bag was the worst fitting, most impractically designed bag I've ever owned... at least for riding. Never stayed centered on my back. My basic 9 year old Timbuk2 still reigns supreme. Although, I think they might be designed a little different now...
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What size did you have, and how big are you? Are you male or female?
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Yeah, I want a chrome bag right now, but they don't have any in stock (i'm exaggerating, they have all of two colors for left shoulder.)

Grrrr..... I'd totally get it too.
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love, LOVE, my chrome. snuggles like a sleeping baby on my back, but without the spit-up or poop.
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Try finding a bag that will hold a Dell Inspiron 2200, change of cloths (pants, shirt, socks, boxers) on top of:

Constitutional Law book
International Relations (2 books) on Monday, Wednesday, Friday

or

3 Revolutionary history books
Comparative Political systems (2 books) on Tuesday, Thursday.

Total weight feels like its around 30 lbs. currently in my ****ty backpack of painful hell demons who bruise my spine...
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love, LOVE, my chrome. snuggles like a sleeping baby on my back, but without the spit-up or poop.
See, I want to love my Chrome. I want to love it so... I want to love a black with red stripe, but they dont' have the colors. I e-mailed them about it, and I'm thinking I might resort to sending someone money and having them get one from a store for me... (there isn't a dealer in KY.)

C'mon Chrome! Get more in stock!
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no other online dealers?
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Right as I read that I find one.
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Yeah, I want a chrome bag right now, but they don't have any in stock (i'm exaggerating, they have all of two colors for left shoulder.)

Grrrr..... I'd totally get it too.
Email them. What they have in stock isn't always reflected on the site. Rob (I think) is the guy who answers emails and such and he's a great guy. I asked him about a Chrome backpack when I had my collarbone separation and he was going to hook me up with a returned bag at a discount.

I love my Metropolis though. Fits good and works great. For heavy loads/groceries the buckle is essential.
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I love my chrome. If only it had an A/C built into the piece that lays on my back. Then it would be absolutely perfect.
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I love my chrome. If only it had an A/C built into the piece that lays on my back. Then it would be absolutely perfect.

stick a piece of channeled, closed-cell foam between the liner and the shell, it helps a lot.
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Thanks for the help. Do you mind telling me what that foam is? I really appreciate it.
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Old 09-08-05, 09:37 PM   #21
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I googled it and it looks to be the same stuff in yoga mats. Is that true? Now that I completely derailed this thread.
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Yeah, I e-mailed them and I'm going to wait till I hear back from them before I spend money somewhere else. I'd prefer to buy direct, less hassle and more support to the company. So... until then...

Where would one find a piece of channeled, close-cell foam at?
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Unwed Sailor is a good band to ride at night too by the way.
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+10 points for knowing the reference.
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See, I want to love my Chrome. I want to love it so... I want to love a black with red stripe, but they dont' have the colors. I e-mailed them about it, and I'm thinking I might resort to sending someone money and having them get one from a store for me... (there isn't a dealer in KY.)

C'mon Chrome! Get more in stock!


i was at the chrome store here in sf last friday and they definitely had a medium sized black and red one out on the floor. i almost bought it.
im still looking around at other bags though before i decide. the PAC bags look nice. http://www.pacdesigns.com/

maybe give them a call? dont know if they ship direct from their store...
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