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Old 01-20-09, 02:40 PM   #1
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Do you still use/see messenger bags?

Another horrible trend.
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Old 01-20-09, 02:42 PM   #2
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The only people i ever see with like Chrome bags aren't riding bikes.
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Old 01-20-09, 02:58 PM   #3
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My mess-style bag got jacked, so I am stuck with a backpack. Thinking of buying an Aerostich: http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...p-1-c-425.html for use on bike and motorcycle for errands.
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Old 01-20-09, 03:19 PM   #4
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I've been using messenger bags for about 10-12 years now. I used them for class in high school and college, commuting on my bike, motorcycle and scooter. they are bigger than most of the backpacks i own, and i own a lot (i just can't stop buying bags and leather jackets). i got drunk and bought a chrome bag out in Portland last year(a kid i was hanging out with is from S.F and wouldn't stop telling me that Chrome bags were the best, so after a long lunch at a Micro Brew i went to a few bike shops). for the most part i like it and it works pretty good. to bad all the R.E. Load bags out there were all plain black and well over $200 or i wold have gotten one of those (i wanted to try something new and East Coast Pride). now i have to wait until the chrome bag is as shot as my old Timbuck2, or even my very very very old Thrasher bag (yes my first real messengetr bag was from a skateboard magazine, and it was GREAT!) before my girl will let me buy a $200-$300 R.E. Load bag. that and the fact i am never in Philly during the day. i always seem to get there real late at night, get drunk and get on a plane at 5:30 a.m.
but yes i still use one. i am trying to make my own, so it is 100% what i want out of my bag. that and buying ballistic nylon and nylon thread is a lot cheaper than buying a pre-made bag. I use my bag for everything, not just when i am on my bike or scooter. it is sitting behind me right now on the couch in the editing suit. they are better in the elements and contour to my body well. and i am not a fan of how roll top bags look. i have only had them on a few times, and they just felt weird. i guess if i used one for a while i would get use to it, but they seem to boxy for me. thats my $.02.
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Old 01-20-09, 04:03 PM   #5
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Cheyah!! My chrome metropolis goes with me everywhere (almost). It's big enough to carry all my school book so it's perfect for that, and if I need to run a tag (yes I am a messenger) I can just stick it on top of my books and go! However I DO HOPE IT WAS JUST A TREND FOR THOSE BLOODY FAKENGERS!!!
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Old 01-20-09, 05:25 PM   #6
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I still tote a timbuk2 around. Its big enough for beers and movies and a heavy coat for when I go to a friend's house for the evening and will be returning late.
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Old 01-20-09, 05:29 PM   #7
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I had to patch up my 9 year old Patagonia bag with dental floss a few months ago. It slightly limits how much weight is comfortable to walk with. Then again, why walk?
What I see less of is DJ bags that were never intended for a person on a bike. Shoulder straps that clip on? For real?
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Old 01-20-09, 05:37 PM   #8
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I brought my Montreal made Cocotte messenger bag with me to Japan. I use it quite often when I ride in the city.

Messenger bags are the fashion item of the moment right now, they have walls of them at Tokyo Hands. I saw some RE Load, Chrome, Ortlieb and many other brands. I rarely see people use them in Fukuyama.
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Old 01-20-09, 05:59 PM   #9
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I like my Timbuk2. It straps on nice and tight when I'm riding and when I'm not it holds all my stuff and I can toss it around easily to hold it in my lap without taking it completely off on the train or streetcar.

I don't like backpacks for everyday use. Sue me.
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Old 01-20-09, 06:02 PM   #10
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yup I still use mine. PAC bags are the best!




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Old 01-20-09, 06:09 PM   #11
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i use mine too
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Waterproof, interior accessable without taking them off, easy to carry and use, who cares what others may think when you ride by?
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1. This topic isn't funny anymore.

2. Yes, for good reason: dollar for dollar they are the most affordable, reliable, and usable personal storage medium per square inch. Consider the features of multi-layer waterproofing, customization choices, size choices, strap positioning, comfort (even while walking for light loads), and durability, among many others. There's a great reason many other people aside from cyclists use them: for $170 you get a handmade, fine-crafted bag miles ahead of anything else.
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Old 01-20-09, 06:54 PM   #14
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I use mine Chrome bag everyday and have for two years. I don't see it every getting worn out. I would like to switch to a two shoulder strap bag at some point though.
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Some people I ride with have messenger bags. They carry all our crap and beer!
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I'm looking into one, but they are expensive for a good one. I'm looking into getting a used chrome one.
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Old 01-20-09, 07:13 PM   #17
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The only people i ever see with like Chrome bags aren't riding bikes.
I saw a person on a motorcycle today with a Chrome bag. Yeah, the trend is over. I had a messenger bag but quickly switched back to a backpack. Not nearly as comfortable.
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Old 01-20-09, 07:23 PM   #18
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1. This topic isn't funny anymore.

2. Yes, for good reason: dollar for dollar they are the most affordable, reliable, and usable personal storage medium per square inch. Consider the features of multi-layer waterproofing, customization choices, size choices, strap positioning, comfort (even while walking for light loads), and durability, among many others. There's a great reason many other people aside from cyclists use them: for $170 you get a handmade, fine-crafted bag miles ahead of anything else.
Agree. I got a Seagull bag recently to replace my too small 5 year old Chrome, and it's awesome. For $180 shipped, I got a handmade bag w/ a custom color scheme, pockets and straps to suit my needs that is convenient to use & carry, doesn't swing around on my back when I corner, looks great, is indestructible and will last me for many years to come. Outside the "rarified air" of the fixed gear world, such a bag could/would cost a lot more than what I paid. I've used it as a weekend bag, my sole piece of luggage back home for Christmas, and it goes with me everyday as my commuter bag. Back packs are nice, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with messenger bags.
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Old 01-20-09, 07:30 PM   #19
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I use panniers.
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Just got my Seagull Black Bag. It's so amazing to finally have a bag to carry all my ****.
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Old 01-20-09, 08:28 PM   #21
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The trend is to make fun of mess bags and those who use them . . .way to go hipster!
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+1 for seagull.
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Old 01-20-09, 08:46 PM   #23
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I like my messenger bag. It changes between bike/school/gym bag, and works for grocery runs.

@peabodypride: while I like mess bags, they're not the most affordable option. If you're looking at comfort/storage/durability some backpacking packs are better deals. My 4000 cubic inch mountainsmith pack retails for $100. versus $170 for a 3000 CU Chrome Bag. It is waterproof also, but that's a fairly rare feature. But i suppose it's in a different leaque, although I have biked with it.
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I use my Chrome everyday... and I ride my bike everyday. Its great. Backpacks are cool too, I just happen to have a messenger bag.
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I used to use backpacks, and I even have some very good mountaineering packs that have ventilated back panels, oh so very comfortable on a bike... But when it comes down to it, for school and getting around town, some 10km commutes etc. I like my Cocotte bag, it's local to here, completely waterproof, easy to access while walking, easy to see and organize everything in it, perfect for school.

The mountaineering bag just has too many technical features that are useless in a city, and it sure as hell isn't worth it to get one (such as the Osprey Stratos 40L) and then strip basically everything off it, plus it isn't waterproof. The only waterproof backpack I know of is ArcTeryx backpacks, which are nice for canoe tripping or whatever but there is no way I'd use that in the city!
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