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why are messenger bags so popular???

Old 04-09-09, 10:52 AM
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I forgot about how awesome my old TB2 bag was on parade day. That bag saved me at least $200! it kept a 30 pack cold all day long and saved me from paying cover charges and buying jacked up beer in the bars. non of my backpacks would have done that. even with a wet/dry compartment. not as lined and much smaller.
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Old 04-09-09, 11:20 AM
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i have the biggest re.load mess bag - it's just faster than a backpack. a big man purse, if you will.
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Old 04-09-09, 11:32 AM
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MIN, i just got my Deluxe from R.E. Load on Monday. i love this thing. it is huge. i can now carry everything! how do you like yours?
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Old 04-09-09, 11:38 AM
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The reload bag takes a while to break in before it becomes softer - especially the straps. Great bag, though - I can't complain. Their factory is a couple of blocks from my place here in philly.
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Id assume they're popular because they are really usefull, comfortable and easy to use. I've actually never ridden with a backpack so I dont actually know if it would be more comfortable...but...I know I love my Chrome bag, and I'm also one of those people who's addicted to bags period. I would want to try to get a R.E.load, those look a lot easier to open and close. My guitarist brought his on tour with us last week and he packed that baby full to brim and carried it around effortlessly. Mine was a little more irritating to carry. But less irritating than a backpack.

PS-sorry for all the spelling mistakes, Im using our ghetto physics lab keyboard
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Old 04-09-09, 07:40 PM
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I fthere was a way to swing a backpack quickly to the front, messenger bags would never have been invented. Everything else is desperate justification.

backpacks are simply the most ergonomic and comfortable way to carry a load unless you have severe scoliosis.


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Old 04-09-09, 07:43 PM
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I also find messenger bags easier to use as a school bag instead of a back pack.
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well, you see, back in the days of high school i bought the "laptop bag" (the ones with the really long strap and the entire bag is the size of a small flat box, hanging waist level) i used to always want one of those belts with the seatbelt buckle but never found one. i wanted to get a new bag since my old one broke and just googled messenger bags for a couple of days before finding chrome bags and thought the seatbelt buckle was cool. that was before i even knew fixed gear bikes existed. i guess i might be a bit of a poser of sorts, but the purchse of that bag probably attributed almost completely to me wanting to get a fixed gear bike after googling some videos. i didnt even know there was a bike messenger culture! i guess that's better than me buying the bag to fit in with the messenger-style though.

so i know theyre completely stereotypical now, but i really do like. i got the roll top kremlin chrome bag as well for my vagabonding plans, but use it when i ride sometimes as well.

i like the messenger aspect because i do take a lot of stuff out/stuff a lot of things in my bag and it'd be a pain to take it off like i would have with a backpack

ramble ramble ramble etc etc
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Old 04-10-09, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Saberhead View Post
Id assume they're popular because they are really usefull, comfortable and easy to use. I've actually never ridden with a backpack so I dont actually know if it would be more comfortable...but...I know I love my Chrome bag, and I'm also one of those people who's addicted to bags period. I would want to try to get a R.E.load, those look a lot easier to open and close. My guitarist brought his on tour with us last week and he packed that baby full to brim and carried it around effortlessly. Mine was a little more irritating to carry. But less irritating than a backpack.

PS-sorry for all the spelling mistakes, Im using our ghetto physics lab keyboard
i just got my R.E. Load bag on Monday. love it. my only complaint is the strap isn't as easy to adjust yet. it's really thick and brand new (so in a bit i am sure it will be great). but the strap on my chrome bag would slip all the time because it was super slippery. you should go check them out when you move to Philly.
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ok, fine. im interested lol. since it seems like so many of you are sitting on what seems like a mountain of bags, would any of you be interested in selling one? preferably one thats not destroyed....just like an extra, free up some cash type deal?
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im a hippie, if i spend that much on a thing supossed to be tough i use it until i lose it lol. so no, but there are a bunch of people that do around here i bet.

just try to avoid buying PVC or truck tarp if you can
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Old 04-10-09, 02:47 PM
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I'm a fan of this guy...



Picked her up with a broken haul strap for about $20 at an REI garage sale.

Nice thing about it is the raised foam back pads. They provide great ventilation, especially in the muggy Michigan summers.

Not to mention they're H20 proof.
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Old 04-10-09, 02:57 PM
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they are easy to make. and i cant support weight on one of my shoulders.
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Old 04-13-09, 10:55 AM
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I've never been able to carry a 30 pack in a backpack. That's why.
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Old 04-13-09, 11:51 AM
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I use a messenger bag because I have my laptop in it, and while riding know that if I have to shift things around, I can swing the bag and be okay. I seriously never have time to stop, unclip a backpack, dig for what I want, then swing it back onto my back, readjust, strap up, then clip back in and THEN start pedaling...again.

I think backpacks became very uncomfortable to me the day I wasn't in high school, with a locker.

I have a 10 lb. laptop, 3 philosophy books, dictionary, AP Style guide, at least 3-5 other smaller books and other misc. **** in my bag at all times.

My wife has weighed it on her scale at 43 lbs. I'm not into looking like I want to go for a hike, I got gear for that and at 36 I stopped giving much consideration to being 'hip.'

When I commute, I use my panniers and a messenger bag combo. Most of the weight goes into the panniers, and snacks and easy access crap stays in the bag with me.
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Old 04-24-09, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by elTwitcho View Post
You're comparing messenger bags (purpose built for carrying things while cycling) to backpacks which are not intended for cycling. A more appropriate comparison would be to compare a purse to a backpack, or a messenger bag to a cycling specific backpack.

The cycling specific backpacks are better in every respect other than being able to swing the bag around quickly to make deliveries. Beyond that they're far better ergonomically than a messenger bag is
you hit the nail on the head.
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Old 04-24-09, 09:43 AM
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I use messenger bags because I don't know any better.
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there was really no reason to revive this thread.
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A thread like this deserves to be celebrated.
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I have a Chrome Metro and I love it. Picked it up from an old messenger on Ebay for 35 bucks. Im seriously considering an Ortlieb roll top now. I dunno how big the biggest size is but, I want it for grocery runs, etc.
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I am backpack person as well. I almost bought a messenger bag but got a backpack as a gift for Christmas, it's great. Messenger bags is all about style and looks and no comfort. Personally I am happy I didn't end with a messenger bag. If you are serious about commuting with stuff, get a backpack, a messenger bag is a total inconvenience. I know looks doesn't matter but riding with a messenger bag makes you look like a complete moron, just speaking the truth.
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Old 04-24-09, 07:05 PM
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I don't think any of that statement is true. except that maybe you almost bought a messenger bag but got a backpack for christmas.
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Old 04-24-09, 08:24 PM
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I'm actually curious about messenger bags, because I feel like it would make the whole dismounting, locking up and going to class ritual a lot faster, but on the other hand, every fixie rider on campus, especially the uber-hipsters, use 'em, and I don't want to be lumped into that tool pit. I've always used backpacks, and I have 3, so is there a real benefit to getting rid of 1 of 'em and getting a medium chrome or something?
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IDK, I had a full bag today.... it's a Dakine bag.... standard backpack style....

1 Sectioned Chicken
1 Sweet ontion
1 Bottle of red/.... red wine
1 fuji apple
1 can chicken broth
1 cantaloupe


Goooooood ****
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I've got a Toy Machine messenger bag. **** is so damn useful. In it I can fit my bike lock, a sweatshirt, cell phone, wallet, keys, ipod etc. and there is also a secret drug pouch.

And it is so god damn light weight. I love it. I've ridden with backpacks and this is about a million times better.

However, I am going car-less soon and need to upgrade to a better bag to transfer video cameras and lenses (work)
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