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Old 06-27-07, 12:44 AM   #1
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R.E.Load bag appreciation thread

I just got my bag today (used courier off ebay). It's pretty ****ing dirty, but I really like it. Much more comfortable than the chrome bag I toted around a few years ago, and I don't have to worry about ******-bags (such as myself) pushing any buttons making the bag fall off my back. Big enough that I can carry a fat stack of records or go grocery shopping, and with the compression straps I can ride around with a couple books and hit the coffee shop (I did all those things today, and the varying loads were all comfortable). I'm going to make a few mods to it, such as sewing on a little mini-strap to attach a blinky to and adding some sort of partitioned pocket on the inside for ipod/phone/wallet. I'm going to make my own shoulder pad as well. I really like the bag.
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Old 06-27-07, 12:49 AM   #2
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I like mine quite a bit too. Tip: the loops for flap strap buckles hold a blinky very securely.

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Old 06-27-07, 12:59 AM   #3
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I <3 mine so much.
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mines alright, should gotten a bigger one though.

switchin up to a bailey works, because we sell them at the shop i work at. and because i can.
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Old 06-27-07, 02:03 AM   #5
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i have two, they are both super solid and super pretty
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I've had a reload deluxe since 2000. Been through a lot on several continents. Still strong. The buckle is a little bit worse for wear, but it has years left.
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Old 06-27-07, 06:38 AM   #7
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best bags out there. got a deluxe in 2000 also. neverfail

I use a midpack now - couldn't be happier.
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Old 06-27-07, 09:13 AM   #8
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I wish I had gotten the Midpack, kind of. The regular backpack is just too big. Otherwise it's great though!
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Old 06-27-07, 10:44 AM   #9
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I lubs my civillian
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I should also mention that I've had a reload executive for a couple of years. It certainly looks OK in an office environment, but when you carry a laptop in it (like I do), it lays on your back rather flatly. It would be more comfortable if the laptop sleeve velcroed to the outer wall of the bag, which would allow my extra crap (usually clothes & such) to make the bag more form fitting. Otherwise it is a good choice if you will be biking to work with a laptop in the rain, and work in a formal or semi-formal office.
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Old 06-27-07, 11:26 AM   #11
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i have a deluxe, which is the bestest, biggest bag i've ever owned.
i'm probabaly gonna get a midpack this summer for smaller loads.
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Old 06-27-07, 05:59 PM   #12
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Personally I've always felt that reloads are overpriced and not terribly special. That said, I've owned two.
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I definitely *heart* mine.
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midpack ftw
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midpack ftw
my midpack is probley my most prized possession, besides my bike of course. its been through alot; long story short it got stolen a month or two ago. inside were to name a few, my wallet, ipod, three cameras(school), tools, harddrive. etc. etc.
after heading to the police station, and looking everywhere, i was on my way home feeling like i just got mollested when i saw a black bag upside down in a bush off the street.(my bag does have black but it is neon green and pink as well.) i pulled up to the bush flipped the bag over and sure enough, it was my bag...with every single thing gone, including the ****ing removable strap that i had in the front pocket. after realizing all that was gone, i still couldnt help but smile, as the bag was the one thing that would have hurt the most to lose.
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Old 06-27-07, 06:42 PM   #16
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i've had mine for a year and have used it every day and is still as awesome as the day i got it. i wish i had opted for the sewn in strap pad though.
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my midpack is probley my most prized possession, besides my bike of course. its been through alot; long story short it got stolen a month or two ago. inside were to name a few, my wallet, ipod, three cameras(school), tools, harddrive. etc. etc.
How the hell did you let* something like that get stolen?

*I use that word lightly
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i like mine a lot
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i've got a custom deluxe and actually i'm not that happy with it. i find it tends to slide to my side too much instead of staying in the middle of my back like my chrome.
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Old 06-27-07, 08:24 PM   #20
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How the hell did you let* something like that get stolen?

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oh i dont know, i was feeling generous.
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I like mine, but don't heart it.

Good things:
-Tough goddamn strap. This thing's been through 2 years of courier hell (not my personal hell; a friend's), and not even starting to fray.
-buckle and adjustment is okay. The strap doesn;t slip, but it's not exactly easy to adjust on the fly. I find split strap / plastic buckle designs much easier.

Not so good things:
-the shoulder pad is too narrow, so when the strap shifts, sometimes it's not hitting foam, and biting directly into my shoulder instead.
-needs more pockets and pockets within pockets. Outer pockets could be 3-D. That'd be nice.
-it'd be nice to have a removable back pad
-no key clip
-the lid kinda rolls, so when it's raining, the bag's gotta be high up on my shoulder, or else water seeps in.
-heavy as f@ck
-no reflective tape on compression straps or lid.

This is my first real courier bag, so it's better than the Trager I've been rocking for the past decade. Not perfect, not by a long shot, but that's to be expected, as it was custom made for someone else. Still a pretty damned good bag.
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love mine, had it for 6 or so years. say they're pricey if you want, but they are hand made by people who are paid fairly for their work, which is something anyone should be happy to support, given you can afford it. mine is currently in mobile bike mechanic mode. even fits a truing stand.
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love mine, had it for 6 or so years. say they're pricey if you want, but they are hand made by people who are paid fairly for their work, which is something anyone should be happy to support, given you can afford it. mine is currently in mobile bike mechanic mode. even fits a truing stand.
Ironically enough, R.E.Load is probably the only American/Canadian bag company with actual questionable labor practices...
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Old 06-28-07, 09:31 AM   #24
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Had a civilian awhile ago and hated it. The shoulder pad was way too small and would dig into the side of my neck no matter what. Got an upgrade pad and it was comfortable for about a week before I hated that one too. Not sure why I bought the bag that day either, I must have been in a great mood. The owner was a total snob and their store just sucks anyway. Awesome dude, gold Nitto bars in a display case you can't buy, so envious. Lindsay was the best thing going for that store and she now has Girl.Bike.Dog anyway. I like this Seagull Bags dude, too.
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