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Old 08-04-07, 04:12 PM   #1
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help with chrome sizing, information, etc.

I know this has been hashed out before, but your advise is, nevertheless, appreciated. I've heard the mantra that you should always size up, but i'm equally concerned with limiting weight and keeping my commute to work as sweat-free as possible.....

I'm a teacher, and I'm stoked to be changing schools as I'm now within easy bike commuting distance. My ride to school is only about five miles, but is mostly up-hill and it gets hot here in North Carolina.

I'll be carrying the following to work: a change of clothes, one heavy textbook, stacks of student papers, maybe a paperback or two. On the weekends: a laptop, occasional 12 pack of beer, small grocery store runs.

Is the Chrome Citizen going to give me enough room, or do I need to size up to the Metropolis?

Also--I'm pretty much set on Chrome, but I like the Bailey bags too. Thoughts on the appropriate size from BaileyWorks? Any reason why I should spend the extra money on a Bailey bag?

And finally--I've heard that Chrome bags are made in the US, but can't confirm that from looking at their website. I know that Bailey makes all their product in New Hampshire. If you can confirm the Chrome manufacturing status, that would allow me to order from them free of a conscience dillema.

Thanks-----------Joshua
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Old 08-04-07, 04:35 PM   #2
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Get the Metropolis! I got the citizen against the advice of the guy at the shop and had to return it and get the bigger bag a week later. The citizen is fine 70 % of the time but the other 30 % of time the size will drive you nutz. The metropolis feels better when carrying heavy loads which is very important and is a great size. I use mine for carrying gym clothing, a change of shoes (this takes up a lot of room surprisingly), and a lunch most days. If you are gonna carry a laptop get the Metropolis for sure! For the weekend trips when I carry more then my daily load the citizen was way too small.
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Old 08-04-07, 04:41 PM   #3
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i have both and really, something right in between would be perfect. i don't normally carry huge loads, but even still i can max out the citizen without trying too hard.
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I just splurged $200 on a custom REload Deluxe. Biggest bag imaginable with top-class stitching. You could probably fit every item you listed at once in it.

Of course, bags are a personal choice. But the Courier or Deluxe by RELoad are certainly options.
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I have the citizen and if your gonna be carrying a laptop go up a size.
its great when you don't need a lot of room but when I do need the room or doing a messenger gig I use my timbuk2 which I have had since like '91.
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Definitely size up. The nice thing about the Chrome (at least for the Metropolis size) is that the strap design flattens an empty bag, so as long as you're not a really tiny person who will be overwhelmed by the bag, you won't notice the extra room until you really need it. And when you do need it, you'll be REALLY glad you have it.

Independently of the above, I would recommend the metro based on your load description.
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Definitely size up. The nice thing about the Chrome (at least for the Metropolis size) is that the strap design flattens an empty bag, so as long as you're not a really tiny person who will be overwhelmed by the bag, you won't notice the extra room until you really need it. And when you do need it, you'll be REALLY glad you have it.

Independently of the above, I would recommend the metro based on your load description.


Thank you for your help. Metropolis it is.
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