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Old 03-25-04, 10:54 PM   #1
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Pack it up

I need a real bag. My school backpack isn't cutting it anymore for grocery and/or laundry runs. Even daily errands have become an ordeal filled with flurries of packaging yarn and duct tape. HELP!!!
What is a good, large, high quality backpack. Even a messenger bag would work, as long as it doesn't make me look pretentious.
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pac messenger bags. the one i have is ****ing great.

or REload. i know that freewheels carries reload. they're pretty ill. last time i was there they had a custom one that had a pirate ship embroidered on the flap. it. looked. fantastic.
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For all of you Lucklustophiles scoring at home...

No brakes....check

Hairnet...check

messenger bag...working on it

Quicksilver moved to top of Netflix queue...check

Kool Aid...check
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I personally find messenger bags uncomfortable. If you feel the same way, check out the Ortlieb Velocity. It is touted as a messenger bag, yet has the form factor of a traditional backpack. Little expensive, but they seem tough. I haven't actually used one though, so who knows.. My Eastpak from seventh grade is still going strong ten years later. All I carry is a u-lock though.

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i love my timbuk2 bag! could be half the fact they sponsor our team and we got them extremely cheap. but i just got a reload strap pouch and frame pad. i really like their stuff even though i haven't tried a bag. plus they really let you do some trick custom work. there's also chrome bags too. reload has the backpack style bags too if a messenger bag is not your style. personally, i've done everything with mine from carrying 25 books to an lcd projector while riding brakeless. so much fun.
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I like tibuk2 too - I've got the Bolo, and it fits a case of PBR, a six pack of bottles (no box) and a 1.75 with my road tools

Kind of heavy that way though...

But this is a good link :

http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/byobclassic.t2

I need to get one with the quick release switched to the left....
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For all of you Lucklustophiles scoring at home...

No brakes....check

Hairnet...check

messenger bag...working on it

Quicksilver moved to top of Netflix queue...check

Kool Aid...check

ZING!!!
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For all of you Lucklustophiles scoring at home...

No brakes....check

Hairnet...check

messenger bag...working on it

Quicksilver moved to top of Netflix queue...check

Kool Aid...check
wow...someone's jaded. Or angry that he queued up Quicksilver ahead of you.
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wow...someone's jaded. Or angry that he queued up Quicksilver ahead of you.
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I bought a chrome bag per 165's recommendation. It's water proof, looks nice, comfortable (I can bring a manual, change of clothes, lunch, and new york chain) and hauls a ton.

I had a small collision with a pedestrian and took a skider on the bag. Still durable.

Expensive, but worth EVERY penny. They kick ass. And they are William proof. After all, I am Beta man.
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BaileyWorks ...BaileyWorks .. BaileyWorks. I have an extralarge superpro courier, and a large 253 courier, and i absolutely love both of them. Ultra comfortable, all replaceable parts, waterproof, bombproof. And the colors are sexy. maybe a little heavy, but its all good construction. They are the way to go.
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Now that's something I'm sure they're in a hurrry to put on the tag.
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Now that's something I'm sure they're in a hurrry to put on the tag.
Hell, I would
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I would say the massive Chrome messenger. I am a teacher and use it to commute to school, which requires that I carry all or some of the following on any given day: a full set of clothes, shoes, lunch, books/papers, beating stick, a cattle prod, a student cage, a place to rest my weary head, among other things. I love it, it is massive, and it fits very well on the back with their cross strap. Here's the page for it:

http://www.chromebags.com/Kremlin.html

They also have some discounted models which are great. They have no obvious malfunctions and they are available here:

http://www.chromebags.com/Kremlin_seconds.html
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I've got a JAAND bag that I've used for the last 4-5 years for just about everything. Very durable in my experience.

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Now that's something I'm sure they're in a hurrry to put on the tag.
I'm sure they'd want you on the tag too:

"rough enough for goat sex"

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Now that's something I'm sure they're in a hurrry to put on the tag.
I'm sure they'd want you on the tag too:

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I need a real bag. My school backpack isn't cutting it anymore for grocery and/or laundry runs. Even daily errands have become an ordeal filled with flurries of packaging yarn and duct tape. HELP!!!
What is a good, large, high quality backpack. Even a messenger bag would work, as long as it doesn't make me look pretentious.
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Here's my recommendation.
www.courierwareusa.com
I have one of their large bags and really like it. They make all sizes and have a great guarante plus a trade in policy. Not just courier bags but laptop cases and other stuff. They are a bunch of ex-Boston people who moved to the country and are now living and doing business in Vermont. Check them out at the above web site.

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I'm sure they'd want you on the tag too:

"rough enough for goat sex"
Wow Willy, I see you've used my time off to think up some new, never before used material. Thanks for keeping the creative tap open just for me.
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Hey! I just noticed timbuk2 has a messenger/yoga pack. Nothing helps a 30mi sore back better than rabbit-pose. Maybe Chrome will incorporate a pipe in their buckle next. Hippies rule! jeff.

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Hey! I just noticed timbuk2 has a messenger/yoga pack. Nothing helps a 30mi sore back better than rabbit-pose. Maybe Chrome will incorporate a pipe in their buckle next. Hippies rule! jeff.

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I'm rockin' a Dakine Large messenger bag... of course we sell them here at work, so I can get a discount.. but it will hold a change of clothes, a crapload of magazines, a lapto, a cell phone, and other random junk... has a waist strap, and a padded shoulder strap... even straps underneath for your yoga mat, or tube...

http://www.swell.com/product.aspx?sk...2098&loc=19851

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I personally find messenger bags uncomfortable. If you feel the same way, check out the Ortlieb Velocity. It is touted as a messenger bag, yet has the form factor of a traditional backpack. Little expensive, but they seem tough. I haven't actually used one though, so who knows.. My Eastpak from seventh grade is still going strong ten years later. All I carry is a u-lock though.

-Jason
ortlieb make pretty great bags (albeit funky looking) bags. REload makes a GIANT backpack that's supposed to be the tops, and Pac has an option called the "X" strap that is basically an extra shoulder strap sewn onto the flap of the bag that buckles to the main strap...and they have a waist strap too. they have a lot of really cool options, and they're comfortable bags. a friend of mine in santa fe has the second largest size with ALL the strap options on it. i tried it on when i was visiting her and fell in love with it. when i got back to boston, i got one of my own (although without all the extra straps).

i also have a 3000 cu. in. chrome bag that i got for $60. it's an old kozmo bag without the logo. i modified it in santa fe because the buckle was positioned so that it dug into my ribs. (it actually gave me a nasty case of "OMG I CAN'T RAISE MY ARMS ABOVE MY HEAD WITHOUT SEARING PAIN IN MY SIDE!!!!"). it's a great bag, very durable, and it's the one i take with me whenever i go on a long trip or something.

timbukII bags just look uncomfortable to me. the strap without any padding makes my shoulder hurt just looking at it.
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timbukII bags just look uncomfortable to me. the strap without any padding makes my shoulder hurt just looking at it.
They do sell strap pads, too.

I used to have one of the mid-size ones, and that one could get uncomfortable when it was completely packed. With the larger one, I've had no problems, but I am just using it to commute.

I think the best bet would be to go to your LBS and see what they have. Try a couple on and see how they feel. If there's one that feels 'almost' right and then find out if the manufacturer offers modifications for what feels wrong.

Getting a good bag is key to enjoying the ride - spend some time with it.
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