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Old 06-27-07, 12:23 PM   #1
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tikbuk2 strap replacement?

i have an extra large timbuk2 classic bag. i don't use it much (usually just need my chrome mini metro) but when i do i am severely annoyed by the strap adjustment system. so i'm curious, is there a bag maker out there who would be able to replace the strap system on my timbuk2 for something more user friendly like the chrome or r.e.load system? or am i just better off buying a whole new bag?

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Old 06-27-07, 12:24 PM   #2
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duct tape it
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I would bet that for what you'll spend to have the strap customized you might be better off with a new bag. But I'm not so smart so don't take my word for it.
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you could PM seagull bags and ask him. unless the strap system is different on the XL, it seems like it would be fairly straightforward to remove it and sew in a new one, or even cut the existing heavy-duty nylon and use it as a mount point for something else. the fixed cam buckle on the other side might be a bit trickier.
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what don't you like about it? i think its pretty quick and easy
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Old 06-27-07, 03:10 PM   #6
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what don't you like about it? i think its pretty quick and easy
when i've got a heavy load (which is pretty much every time i use it) cinching up close to my back is just kind of a PITA. i guess i can't really explain why, i just know from using my chrome that a d-ring setup is much easier for me.
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Old 06-27-07, 04:00 PM   #7
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yeah, the chrome setup is much better IMO. not to mention the t2 strap coming directly over the top, rather than having an angled (& padded) attachment point, often makes an awkward twist under your arm.
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Unless you're handy with a sewing machine (and can get yourself some EVA foam, ballistic nylon, and those Stealth buckles), buy a new bag. I recommend the BaileyWorks SuperPro.
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I had this problem with a patagonia bag, so I chopped a seatbelt out of a taxi (it was headed to the scrapyard) and had a friend with a stout sewing machine attach it to the bag, along with a couple of adjustable pack buckles from an outfitting store. It's padded with a luggage pad. Now it's somethign like a chrome, but with a sweeter seatbelt buckle.
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