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Old 11-19-05, 07:46 AM   #1
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i just need some reassurance (and this is the site i always go to for that!). i already have a smaller bag (no jokes please) and it gets filled too tight when i get more than one bottle o' wine and a baguette and i have my fleece in it too. it's more the size of a man-purse (ok, it's the small bailey). a lot of you f/g folks are obviously into bein' minimalists and i am too. i don't like too much stuff. (in fact i'm gettin' rid of a lot of clothes and books and crap i don't need to declutter my whole deal). but i think i need a bigger bag (c'mon--no jokes). is it allright to get one cause then i'll have 2. this is a serious question. i'm conflicted. i know i sound like a whiney lil b**** but indulge me. anybody have more than one bag? 'fess up!
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more than one BAG? Most people here have more than one bike. I've got 1 bag I use all the time for work. It's big and heavy, and loaded with my computer and other stuff I use at work. When I'm not going to work I either use a mountainsmith pack that'll hold a pair of shoes and a change of clothes in the main pocket, and a handful of miscellaneous tools etc in the smaller outer pocket. Then I have a huge Kelty backpack that is seemingly bottomless. It will hold enough stuff for a 1 week trip. If I had a good medium sized messenger bag it would probably take the place of the 2 90% of the time. Then I would have 4 bags and that would be fine with me.

If you really only want just one bag make it as big as you are comfortable carrying. that way you've got options. Otherwise you're stuck never going anywhere with anything more than a bottle of wine and a baguette, and a fleece. Then again, If you're warm, and fed, and drunk maybe that's all you need.
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"If you really only want just one bag make it as big as you are comfortable carrying. that way you've got options. Otherwise you're stuck never going anywhere with anything more than a bottle of wine and a baguette, and a fleece. Then again, If you're warm, and fed, and drunk maybe that's all you need."



dude, that may have just put all of human life in a nutshell. you, sir, are a philosopher!
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my girlfriend just bought me a courrier Reload bag and it's way to big for me for daily use so since i only want one bag im sending it back and getting a civilian... but yeah, get the biggest bag you can put up with on a daily, and if your worried about it being too big for when you just have a little bit to carry, get base compression straps.
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and it isnt big enough
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pedex,
what kind is that? is it your only one? i don't dig too much stuff but i have a small bag!
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its a leftover cozmo bag made by chrome, 3300 cubic inches

no, I have 2 others, a beat up worn out timbuk2 and another chrome bag

next one will be special ordered cause im tired of not having enough space, the cozmo is close to being big enough but its still just a little too small

I usually get a new bag when the one im using starts leaking in the rain, that usually happens after about 12-18 months.
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I have my:
- chrome for the back and forth to the library and the offices,
- a smaller swiss army thing for a couple of books and a laptop,
- an even smaller canvas army bag that carries a toolkit and a book,
- and an old shoulder bag that my dog rides in to go to the park.

And those are just the ones I ride with.
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yeah, I was thinking my chrome (citizen) was too small, but the real problem is organization. The damn thing needs more pockets. So I decided to remedy the thing by geting some small canvas army bags. I'm tired of bike grease (from my lock) on my books and such. And trying to figure out which pocket I stuck my lights in this time.
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im having a fannypack custom built for my cycling needs.
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What do you mean is it ok to have 2 bags? Why wouldn't it be ok? I have like 5 bags of various shapes and sized.

You can get enormous canvas backpacks from an army surplus store for like $5 with padded straps and lots of pockets. I ride with over 2 weeks of groceries in that.
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smaller the better. you can always have things dipping out or overcarry but if you have a huge bag you'll always put more sh1t in it
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Pedex, have you considered talking to a Dr. about that? if you can't go on a bike ride with less than 5 gallons of Mountain Dew you may have a medical problem
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its a leftover cozmo bag made by chrome, 3300 cubic inches

no, I have 2 others, a beat up worn out timbuk2 and another chrome bag

next one will be special ordered cause im tired of not having enough space, the cozmo is close to being big enough but its still just a little too small

I usually get a new bag when the one im using starts leaking in the rain, that usually happens after about 12-18 months.
know of anywhere that still has some leftover cozmos?
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know of anywhere that still has some leftover cozmos?
nope, not off hand, I got mine directly from chrome for $65 shipped, they didnt have very many left I dont think, and that was 2 years ago
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Pedex, have you considered talking to a Dr. about that? if you can't go on a bike ride with less than 5 gallons of Mountain Dew you may have a medical problem
ya, my dew addiction is starting to get out of hand, guess I could smoke more dope or switch to beer
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i got mine on ebay (search for kozmo)
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i just need some reassurance (and this is the site i always go to for that!). i already have a smaller bag (no jokes please) and it gets filled too tight when i get more than one bottle o' wine and a baguette and i have my fleece in it too. it's more the size of a man-purse (ok, it's the small bailey). a lot of you f/g folks are obviously into bein' minimalists and i am too. i don't like too much stuff. (in fact i'm gettin' rid of a lot of clothes and books and crap i don't need to declutter my whole deal). but i think i need a bigger bag (c'mon--no jokes). is it allright to get one cause then i'll have 2. this is a serious question. i'm conflicted. i know i sound like a whiney lil b**** but indulge me. anybody have more than one bag? 'fess up!
i have an army backpack that has a part that folds in...it can either be a small backpack i take to school with a laptop and a couple books, or a grocery holder with 40 pounds of **** in it. i love it.
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Two Chromes. Metro and Kremlin. The Kremlin is a PITA, but sometimes that is okay: when you need the space you need the space. The other Chromes are too small for me. They only carry daily items with no room left over for groceries, tools, or whatever, if you are living off your bike.
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