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Old 09-17-08, 01:59 PM
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messenger bag reccomendations

So I have this great old messenger bag that my dad gave me, but I'm getting sick of it. It doesn't hug my back tightly enough and tends to swing off to my side; I'm constantly pushing it back. Furthermore, it's too small.

I know this is a boring thread, but I'd rather just have a few good recommendations than have to scour the internets for days. Also, if anyone has an old one they'd like to sell, let's talk.
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Old 09-17-08, 02:08 PM
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make your own. search for the "Post your custom mess bags" thread.
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Old 09-17-08, 02:15 PM
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I love my Chrome.
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Yeah, Chromes look great. Thanks a lot. Will look into making my own, just out of curiosity, but considering I can barely work up the motivation to make my own lunch, it seems unlikely.
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Chromes are great for a decent price. PAC Designs are the BEST.
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Old 09-17-08, 02:40 PM
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You also might be interested in Baileyworks.
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Old 09-17-08, 03:12 PM
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my next bag will be one from:

http://seagullbags.com/
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Can I put in a shameless plug for one I'm selling right now: http://cgi.ebay.ca/Bagaboo-Standard-...QQcmdZViewItem

Its a Bagaboo (handmade, from Hungary). Really nice, but I have to sell it (unexpected expenses = the suck).
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question: are messenger bags more ideal for when your back is hunched over further, or for when you are sitting up straighter? I've been noticing more and more that my chrome bag keeps sliding to the right these days, and I cannot figure out if it's simply due to the use of riser bars.
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Old 09-17-08, 03:54 PM
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goosh--- there are so many out there now---- chrome Kremlin--- for the money and size-- many colors, waterproof---
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Originally Posted by ZiP0082 View Post
question: are messenger bags more ideal for when your back is hunched over further, or for when you are sitting up straighter? I've been noticing more and more that my chrome bag keeps sliding to the right these days, and I cannot figure out if it's simply due to the use of riser bars.
In my experience they tend to slip off more when you're hunched over more. It wasn't until I got a bigger bike that fit me better (and had me bent forward a little more) that my bag became a problem. Which sucks, because I love my bag more than most of what I've been seeing so far. It's a beat up old Filson field bag that used to store a pistol and ammunition. It still kind of smells like gun grease. The idea of switching to a shinny, bright new messenger bag is hard to come to terms with.

Doesn't the chrome have a waist strap? Would that help? Great blog btw. I just rolled by that installation in LIC the other day. My roommate went on opening night and I was sorry to miss it.

Also, the Chrome site sucks-- they show you these beautiful bags when you're picking a "style", then don't have any that look like the one you clicked on (in terms of color, etc). Annoying.
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I don't know how far Msgr bags have come but I would suggest trying to find a double strap bag if at all possible. It may sound crazy, but you'll thank me 10 years from now (that's if you are a messenger riding loaded daily)

I had a groove carved into my chest for a long while from the 1-strap hustle.
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Old 09-17-08, 04:17 PM
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Yeah I think I'm convinced on that. It seems like it would be much more stable. And of course stability goes a long way, especially here in the city.
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In my opinion, for overall comfort and durability when used for non-messengering purposes, the Baileyworks Super Pro bag is pretty hard to beat. The shoulder pad is supremely comfortable for pretty much all applications. For messengering, the RELoad Deluxe is as good as it gets- no slippage and rides really stably. I've never felt too comfortable with Chromes, but I know a lot of people love them, so I guess it's just a personal preference thing.

If you're interested in keeping it local, I believe Mer bags are made in Brooklyn so that might be worth looking into. Never seen one (or, needless to say, ridden with one) but I've heard good things.

As far as messenger backpacks there's been a couple threads on them lately, so those might be worth checking out. The RELoad midpack looks awesome and I love the padded back idea, but they're $250, which is a little much. But RELoad is super high quality and if you've got that type of cash that bag would probably last you forever.

Good luck.
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Old 09-17-08, 05:53 PM
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A backpack is an excellent idea and worth looking into as well if you're into utility and aren't a messenger.
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Agreed, messenger bags are great if you are going shorter distances and need to get into your bag constantly and quickly. For the rest of us, I'd use a backpack. I have the Chrome Ivan roll top pack, absolutely awesome.
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Old 09-17-08, 07:02 PM
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Old 09-17-08, 07:12 PM
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ohh man i totally forgot about merbags. the designer is amazing and the bags are tight. i'm ordering one from them soon. i think its merbags.com
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I bought a Chrome Metropolis about 2 months ago. I like it a lot. Its not too small and not too big. I wasn't sure about the buckle design, but its worked out great.

I looked at all the bag manufacturers I could find, Seagull, Bailey Works, PAC, Timbuk2, and some crazy euro pack made out of truck tarps. Most of the other manufactures cost a bit more than the Chrome so I went with them. I didn't want to spend $300 on a bag. I've been very satisfied and have had a bunch of compliments around campus. Works for me.
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Old 09-17-08, 07:20 PM
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I'm almost afraid to post it for the flame effect, but why has no one posted Timbuk2? Is it because they're trendy now?

Ortleib makes a really sweet backpack that's modeled after their panniers. It has raised padding so it creates nice ventilation. Look for that too.
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