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Old 01-23-16, 10:37 PM
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Messenger bags: revisited

I did a bit of searching on the forum here, and there of course was all kinds of talk about messenger bags and who prefers what etc. I am currently using the OG Chrome Metropolis (black w/ white outer panel and interior). Well, I bought this bag used a few years ago, and it had been used for a while before that. The bag is in decent shape, but the white is no longer white. Inner part looks like crap and no matter what I use to clean it, the thing just looks dirty. I tried bleach, a magic eraser, Simple Green, etc. and nothing works.

So since I am not going to be buying any bikes, it might be N+1 time for a bag. Sold my Chrome Citizen because it was too small for me. Currently have a Chrome Yalta that I use to commute when I am not doing bike delivery for Jimmy John's. They have Timbuk2 bags in shop that we can use but holy hell I hate that bag!!! No matter what I do to it, I cannot get it to a comfortable level for me to use even for 2 or 3 hours while I deliver. We can use our own bags if we want so that Metropolis has gotten a lot of use lately. Works perfectly for me with a small box in it to keep the bags of sandwiches from getting smashed. Delivering with a backpack style bag, while it would definitely hold more, wouldn't be as easy to access as a messenger.

The YNOT Junction has caught my eye. Anyone use one? Looks to be about the same size and price as the Metropolis. I am pretty much down to either that or an all black Metropolis. I already know that it will work for me, but of course, the YNOT has me rethinking it.
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Old 01-24-16, 09:04 AM
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Messenger Bags by PushTheEnvelopE

Primitive website...great bags.

I agree with you on the Timbuk2 bags...just not comfy for me.

Push is made in Toronto and if you are spending US dollars, really cheap.
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You are not joking about the primitive website. Holy hell.
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I have no experience with messenger bags, but I've been eyeing something by Mission Workshop for a while. Perhaps worth considering.

Weatherproof messenger bags made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.
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Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
Messenger Bags by PushTheEnvelopE

Primitive website...great bags.

I agree with you on the Timbuk2 bags...just not comfy for me.

Push is made in Toronto and if you are spending US dollars, really cheap.
Oh man they are super cool, they used the coolest font ever Comic Sans MS.

I have been considering getting a custom art-ed Trash Bag for a while so that would probably be my choice.
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Old 01-24-16, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
You are not joking about the primitive website. Holy hell.
Well, yes. I did warn you.
But the bags are worth considering.
Send Reba an email.
And ask about her custom work. Frankly, I find the stock offerings a bit ugly, but she does great custom work.
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No personal experience, but Baileyworks supposedly makes super functional m-bags(and are made nearby to me-shill). Same mill as Indy fab.
www.baileyworks.com
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Pac Design messenger bags. The strap system on their bags is second to none.
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All I can find for Pac Design is a Facebook page. I don't see anything current like a website that I can order from.
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I've been using my R.e. Load Civilian for years the size under the largest with the 215 strap, holds up great and I think it's comfortable hugs your back really good. Custom bags and accessories made in the USA since 1998! Build your own at R.E.Load!
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
Oh man they are super cool, they used the coolest font ever Comic Sans MS.

I have been considering getting a custom art-ed Trash Bag for a while so that would probably be my choice.

I have a custom art-ed Garbage Truck and the construction is fantastic and it is very comfortable. If their messenger bags are of the same quality you won't regret the purchase.
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I have a custom art-ed Garbage Truck and the construction is fantastic and it is very comfortable. If their messenger bags are of the same quality you won't regret the purchase.
Good to know. I will probably be going with one of their backpacks though. There are times I want a messenger bag but most times I like the backpack.
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I have a two small bags from Timbuk2(Dashboard messenger bag and the Especial Raider Backpack) and I have nothing but positive things to say about the customer service and the bags themself. I'm not gentle at all with my equipment and they've held up admirably.
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I use an old, second hand Chrome Kremlin. It's beat up, too big for me and quite heavy when empty. That said, I like this bag enough to carry it "just in case"
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
All I can find for Pac Design is a Facebook page. I don't see anything current like a website that I can order from.
Not sure why she shut down her site, but it looks like you can contact her on facebook and place orders that way. Her shoulder strap and x-strap design are great when you're carrying heavy and or odd shaped loads. I've got 2 bags from her, one of which is like 6-7 years old and still going strong.
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