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Old 03-22-07, 07:53 PM   #1
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i recieved a timbuk2 messenger bag as a bday present

Ok so my wonderful girlfriend ordered me a timbuk2 messenger bag for my bday. I recieved the bag today. I'll be 20 in a few days but that isn't the point.

She got a medium sized laptop classic messenger bag. its nice looking and fits (except I need to buy a padded shoulder thing). What sucks is that i think its too small. I can fit 2 jugs of water in it but when i put it on it looks so big and bounces around. So obviously i need a larger bag.

I read timbuk2's return policy and i can return it and get online store credit to buy another bag. (haha damn i was going for a chrome bag or getting one on another site.) Anyways its already bad that im hurting her feelings telling her its too small and now im returning it

Ok what im wondering is how big are the large and extra large bags? are they too big? what are your guyses experience with L and XL bags? Because I go shoppoing on my bike and currently i use a big backpack but if i could fit in more groceries with a mess bag, that would be great.

Also is an XL bag just too big to carry around everyday like with just a laptop and a folder in it?
I'm a student so usually its 15 mins on the bike to get to school and im in class for 3 hours and then 15 mins back. not that much riding. but there isn't that much room in the lecture halls, so an enormous bag would be a problem i guess.

I just thought the XL bag was appealing because you can stuff alotta **** in there, and like, its basically used for everything bag. and like with the biggest bag you're always prepared.

is it overkill to get the XL bag for my uses? should i just get a large? or should i not even consider returning it and just keep it?
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xl is huge. i have a medium & carried my (huge) laptop, folders, books, notebooks, lunch, etc. with no problems.
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do you only ride for those 15 minutes in the day? If so: don't go any bigger. Do you spend a good portion of your day on the bike? then go big. There are times where I won't stop home for 2-3 days and being able to have everything I need with me is wonderful.
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I had the medium bag too and it worked great for school and randon crap on bike rides. When do you need to carry 2 jugs of water ? I think you'll be ok, unless you plan on doing some serious hauling.
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I have a large size. I wish I would have went with the XL. But if all youre using it for is folders and books, large should be good enough. But whatever, its your crap.
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I had the medium bag too and it worked great for school and randon crap on bike rides. When do you need to carry 2 jugs of water ? I think you'll be ok, unless you plan on doing some serious hauling.
you apparently have never attempted to fit 3+ handles of everclear in a medium sized bag. If you're an alcoholic you need bigger. Hence that thread awhile back where xl bags were judged solely on their beer carrying capabilities.
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when i go shopping I usually buy two jugs of water (milk jug size), a jug of juice and on top of that food. So yea usually its a bike ride down to the grocery store (albertsons) and then walking back to my apt with the bike as my mule with bags of groceries hanging off of it. And i go major shopping like once every 2 weeks and twice a week to pick up random items.

It takes alot of time to walk my bike back to my apt and if i could just carry it all on my back and bike back, that would be great.

actually i spend maybe an hour and half on bike a day. I make usually 2 round trips to school a day, but sometimes 3 or 4, one way taking 15 min.

I'm look at the bag and its like smaller than my backpack. Im truly hoping this bag isn't going to become a fashion statement for me and is realy going to be used; that's why I want something bigger.

So do you guys think I should keep the laptop sleeve and get large? Or just get large without the sleeve. Does the sleeve make a difference? can't you just throw your laptop in your bag with the rest of your stuff? it'll be fine if you pack it all correctly right?
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don't return any gift your girlfriend gets you. you will regret it. The size you have is fine.
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why on earth would you carry two jugs of water in a bag with your laptop? and you do want the laptop sleeve if you plan to carry a laptop, you could conceviably use a seperate laptop sleeve but it's not as protective especically if you're actually riding a bike and not just walking around with it
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Old 03-22-07, 08:17 PM   #10
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don't return any gift your girlfriend gets you. you will regret it. The size you have is fine.
lol i'll get the same color and everything, hopefully she wont notice.
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Old 03-22-07, 08:18 PM   #11
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why on earth would you carry two jugs of water in a bag with your laptop?
nah nah im thinking of totally doing away with that laptop sleeve.

ok i think i'll just get a large bag then
now i gotta study for my biochem final tomorrow. omg the horror.
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Old 03-22-07, 08:18 PM   #12
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when my work piles up at school near the end of term i carry my life in my chrome metropolis(size large).

i carried at the end of last term on a daily basis:

laptop(heavily padded case
bio textbook
2 average size paperbacks
3 rockstars
toiletries
extra shirt and underwear
spare jacket
spare gloves
co2 inflator
spare tube
patch kit
multi tool
15 mm wrench
large bag of chips

this would last me for 2-3 days on campus without having to go home and running off of 2 hours of sleep. the bag was completely stuffed and weighed around 30 pounds. i probably couldn't have walked more than 100 yards with it but biking was only a little bit harder than usual.

bottom line: you can live out of a large bag if you need to but it's hard to walk in.
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Old 03-22-07, 08:20 PM   #13
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3 rockstars
So Prince and who else?
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Old 03-22-07, 08:21 PM   #14
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when my work piles up at school near the end of term i carry my life in my chrome metropolis(size large).

i carried at the end of last term on a daily basis:

laptop(heavily padded case
bio textbook
2 average size paperbacks
3 rockstars
toiletries
extra shirt and underwear
spare jacket
spare gloves
co2 inflator
spare tube
patch kit
multi tool
15 mm wrench
large bag of chips

this would last me for 2-3 days on campus without having to go home and running off of 2 hours of sleep. the bag was completely stuffed and weighed around 30 pounds. i probably couldn't have walked more than 100 yards with it but biking was only a little bit harder than usual.

bottom line: you can live out of a large bag if you need to but it's hard to walk in.

DUDE?
do you live at the library or seomthing? i can't imagine staying on campus for 2-3 days. OMG is that what graduate student life is like?
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yeah with my medium i could live on campus for 48 hours with tons of stuff. an xl timbuk2 is friggin huge for what you're talking about. listen to dijos, too. she will notice. you're set man.
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Old 03-22-07, 08:23 PM   #16
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freddie mercury and ozzy osborne. there was a lot of fighting and prince lost and ear.

p.s. where can i get the symbol formerly know as prince in font form?
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Old 03-22-07, 08:32 PM   #17
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DUDE?
do you live at the library or seomthing? i can't imagine staying on campus for 2-3 days. OMG is that what graduate student life is like?
i take over the seminar room at night. they have a laptop hookup to a flapscreen tv and comfy chairs. downstairs are some really nice couches for sleeping(but i usually try not to sleep at night). i go to the dining hall for breakfast and have an hour nap in one of the booths. wake up in time for class around nine. after class i check my mail, eat some lunch, and do some reading in the library till i fall asleep. i wake up an hour later for my next class which usually ends around dinner time. after dinner i start to caffinate which gets me through a night of work. repeat as required. i can do this for about 2.5 days and then i sleep for 14 hours before i can do it again.

yeah, i'm crazy.
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like the others said, as a student and general use, a medium is a fine size. i have a medium and use it for school, and for general shopping and what not. you can put a lot of crap in there. get a larger bag if you think you really want it, but i don't think you don't need it.
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get a big bag. you'll be happy more than you'll be pissed.
my r.e.load deluxe is huge. so big that i still havn't filled it to capacity. two weeks ago it held...
two pairs of jeans
ten t shirts
ten pairs of undies
ten pairs of socks
one pair of shoes
my laptop
three textbooks
two notebooks
one timbuk2 medium (which i took home to give to a friend)
three bottles of iced tea
my tool kit
my bike lock
a nalgene bottle full of weed
a bong
a bubbler
two bowls

and there was still hella room to spare.
the most i could ever carry in my timbuk2 medium was a pair of jeans and a few t shirts.
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what? couldn't fit this in there too?

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i'm sure if i have to i could.
i fit 48 500mL bottles of water in there not too long ago... and i carried on foot about a half mile.
what a ***** of a walk.
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I can fit 2 jugs of water in it but when i put it on it looks so big and bounces around. So obviously i need a larger bag.
Ummm, no. If you can fit into it all that you need, then it's big enough. A bigger bag will only flop around more with the same load in it. And look bigger. I really don't get your logic apart from becoming a slave of the "biggest is best" messenger bag cult. I think getting a huge bag for everyday use is pointless, especially if it involves offending your gf.

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Keep the medium and don't offend the GF.... use it for shorter trips and learn to cut down your load.
PUR faucet filters are cheaper and make for less garbage than two jugs of water.

If you really need a bigger bag, figure out how much space you need and buy that chrome bag you've always wanted.

this way you'll have a bag for every occassion.
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yeah same thing with me about a year ago my gf bought me a patagonia mess bag and i loved it and still use it, but it was small and had a terrible strap for biking. but look on the bright side.. for my 21st she bought me a reload .. so least you have something to look forward to, and now i have two bags that i use for two different things..
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i have a large. space is limited for what i like to carry, which is frequently a bunch (an extra sweatshirt takes up a bunch of room!). but when i empty it to go shopping, i can fit a bunch of crap in there... it's good for a weekend's worth of traveling, without being terribly uncomfortable.

for your uses, L sounds like it would be fine.

edit: also, don't feel like a jerk. "ooh, thanks! i really appreciate it, however, i think a slightly different one would suit my needs, so i'd like to exchange it." it's not like you're selling it off and buying donuts and bad wine. it's like getting a gift of pants that don't fit. you exchange em and the thought that counts remains.

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