I am looking to get on the the Timbuk2 messenger classic bags in the large. I was wondering if people had any experience with them and if they turned out to be any good.
I like mine, it has been good for me, but I will be the first to say this...
the search function is your friend. You will probably find more by searching than with this thread.
My guess is that there will be a pic of lolcats and Natty Fab.
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theyll last forever
but the strap is uncomfortable, and annoying to adjust
i highly advise you to check out chrome, reload, and seagull before you make any decisions
i wish i did before i bought mine
yeah the straps are terrible. i have the hugest one you can get. i hate it.
I have the medium sized one. It holds enough, but i really wish it was bigger. My helmet takes up most of the space inside, leaving room for 2 water bottles and maybe a pair of pants/shirt or something. It gets pretty cramped inside. I don't have experience with other strap systems so i don't know how much better they are, but you can't really adjust the strap when you're riding (unless you can safely ride no hands to adjust it). That being said, if you get it up really high and have the stabilizer strap really tight, the bag doesn't move around too much. It can be hard to get it just right though, and i often find myself readjusting it to get more comfortable. It seems pretty durable, i've had mine going on a year, and it seems to be holding up really well. The one thing that bothers me is that the strap edges fray from the cellphone holder and stabilizer attachment sliding up and down on it. I sometimes cut the frayed parts off and then melt what's left over with a lighter.
I agree with the above statement to check out some other bag manufacturers. Look here: http://www.urbanvelo.org/sewing to find some bag makers. I really like the look of the Seagull Black Bag. And it's no more expensive than a timbuk2 bag. Some of the other ones can get pretty pricey.
the strap is fairly uncomfortable comapred to newer designed bags.
but I have had my large (maybe it was an xl one?) since 1997 and it is still going strong. No problems at all. I have used it for biking and general bag stuff as well as travelling. Great capacity--I even brought a Apple G4 tower to Japan in it back in 2001. I added a shoulder pad on the strap (maybe they come stock now?).
That said, I'd look at the others out there first if I was buying again (which I may be soon, 11 years is a pretty good run).
wow. great job guys.
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For your money i think you can do better
yeah, it barely fit. but it did close with the straps extended all the way. I had it in there as my carry on luggage on a trans^pacific flight. worked fine
i guess it is an xl??? and it was a G4 tower--the smooth plastic ones. the G5 wouldn't fit in anything I'd want to carry on my shoulder......
Got one. Like it quite a bit. Really durable and cheap if you find it in the right place. Found a large online for like 45 bucks shipped.
I gotta go to work, but I'll make this a little less truncated when I get off.
I don't own one, but I have friends that do, and my opinion is that the only reason to buy a T2 bag is if you need one RIGHT NOW and that's all your local shop sells. There are so many good options for custom bags which are probably made better and have better (or at least more) features than a T2, and definitely a better strap.
I realize that people who own them say they last a long time, but they always looked flimsy to me.
I would go with somehting else now unless you've got some amazing discount.
Eleven+ years ago they were basically the only game around (in SoCal anyway--was there anyone else making messenger bags then?)
I bought one before I knew anything about messenger bags and I hate it. I spent $80 on it and I won't even use it. The straps are really uncomfortable and difficult to adjust, and I also feel like the material is flimsy and the bag is poorly constructed.
I'm getting a Bailey Works Super Pro soon. The straps are absolutely amazing, and you can adjust them with one hand. www.baileyworks.com
Look at the pictures of the Super Pro on the models to see what I mean. If you can find one in your LBS and try it on, you'll be hooked.
I think they're crap. I've had a medium for 7 years or so, bought it before I had a credit card to access all the tempting swag I see on the intertubes. The bag is reasonably well made, but that just means it'll persist in its limited functionality for a long time. They may work for messenger types, but for general riding around, etc. it's pretty uncomfortable...plus they have no interior dividers (at least they didn't when I bought mine) so carrying books and such can be a nightmare. Even with the stabilizer strap, I can't get mine to sit properly, and it's always sliding down onto my side.
I recently bought a Tom Bihn 'Ego' with the QM strap, and it works a helluva lot better for what I need. The Timbuk2 still gets some play for beer runs, though...
ive had mine since 97 and love it. I use it for everything from a suitcase to a cooler. I'm sure there are better options out there but like I said I have been noting but happy with my timbuk2
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bombproof, simple construction, no excess crap like dividers to get in the way of beercases, there are small pockets for waybills and spare tubes, zippered pocket for safe money storage, blinkylite loop, detachable "tail wags", lil reflective strips you can jettison on the fly if mr bimmer is chasing you at night, heavy duty truck tarp with waxed finish (i dont know about the new timbucks, i got an old from the 90's).
only thing i would beef about is the lack of a shoulder pad on the strap, but woopdydedoo, they are like 2 bucks at any luggage place.
People find them uncomfortable because they sit horizontally at your waist, rather than diagonally across your back. To ride with one you need to get it really high, and you'll get these weird strap angle problems. Plus it's more likely to slide around like this because the weight is distributed at the bottom, and along a more-or less horizontal plane. See the photo.
Bags like Chromes on the other hand distribute weight all along your back (depending on the objects inside), and are worn almost vertically, like this photo:
This orientation is better suited for a padded shoulder section, because it can join the side of the bag, rather than float along the strap. Chromes are nice because of the strap, which you can adjust either way one-handed, and.. a seat belt buckle is cool, I guess. But they're really bloody expensive.
There's a guy here selling Chrome ripoffs that look well made, here's the thread Nice messenger bags. <officially sold out!>
I used a borrowed Timbuk2 for about 6 months. It worked great as long as there wasn't much in it, I couldn't stand it with my 17" laptop in it. The major problems with the bag have already been discussed but the biggest thing for me was the lack of shoulder padding. Even after adding a shoulder pad it wasn't nearly as good as my Chrome. I proably wouldn't buy one unless I was just going to used it occationally for smaller items.
I'm the guy selling the Chrome knock offs. They are nearly exact coppies of the Chrome bags, with less substantial straps and buckles and less durable material (dennier nylon instead of cordura). The shoulder padding is just as good as my chrome. If you're going to use it a ton and/or need it to last forever, go with a nice chrome or bailyworks or something. If you need a cheap bag, the ones I'm selling are a probably a much better option than the Timbuk2.
I've had my T2 for a few years now and it does the trick. It can fit a dirty 30 of PBR which is a plus. When I ride in the rain a lot without fenders, the bottom of the bag gets kinda damp. The stabilizer strap buckle broke in a fall, but that was probably me. I picked up a bailey works when I had a long country to town commute that I like much better.
If you are handy with a sewing machine there are some plans to make your own floating around on the internet. One shows you how to make water proof material out of old plastic bags and an iron or you could dumpster vinyl signs that are waterproof too. The small straps can be lifted from abandoned grocery carts (kiddy seatbelts) or a thrift store backpack, and the main strap can be made of an old seat belt (junkyard or abandoned car) just like the fancy Chrome bags. One of my winter projects is to make my own panniers with vinyl signs. We shall see.
I didn't mean to step on your toes Kemmer with the make your own bag thing. I think we posted at about the same time and I didn't see your post. Those look really really cool! Nice work.
I have had a medium sized timbuk2 that has the computer pocket for about 3 years. It is built very well and still looks as good today as it did three years ago. I have no problem with the straps, but I use mine almost only for the computer and school things. I'd say this bag isn't very big; with computer I can only hold 2-3 books, and I would think putting a 6 pack in there would be tough. But for what it is it is great.
I actually just ordered one of kemmer's bags for the times when I need to move more stuff..
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I have two - a small and medium classic. The small is very comfortable if it's not overpacked. The medium carries a lot, but comfort can suffer if it gets heavy. Without a lot of weight, I can wear it on my bike all day. For short distances, it's not bad when heavy. I often carry two gallon jugs of milk in it. However, it's not quite wide enough to fit my snorkel without bending it.