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Old 08-10-09, 12:09 PM
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messenger bag question

figured this would be the best place to ask questions about messenger bags.

Im a small dude, 140lbs and about 5'10 and need to get a messenger back for school. My commute is around 5mi each way so nothing significant, but my backpack just aint cutting it. All ill really fit in my bag is my laptop (13in XPS) charger, legal writing pad, a few folders and some keys. Not too much. I know I dont need one of those huge bags I see a ton of people riding with and I actually want something that fits all my stuff snugly. What I was thinking was the Timbuk2 Commute Slim bag but I was wondering if anyone else had any suggestions.

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Old 08-10-09, 12:17 PM
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ortleib velocity, camelbak, seagull black bag, chrome
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Couple things:

Don't rule out backpacks just because your jansport doesn't cut it. There are lots of amazing backpacks that are a little more geared towards bike use. They really are superior in just about every way imaginable, EXCEPT that messenger bags look cooler.

Which is why I have a messenger bag.

Second thing doesn't make a huge difference, but not everyone seems to be aware... If you want timbuk2, remember that only their messenger bags are made in the USA. All their laptop bags and commuter bags and whatnot are made in china/vietnam/the philippines.
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A lot of people wont believe me but Incase has a really nice messenger bag.
It comes built in with a sleeve for a laptop and it's water proof.
Lots of pockets, pen holders, and an ipod holder with a small outlet for headphones.

Im rocking the meidum nylon messenger.



It's more than enough for school.

check em out. https://www.goincase.com/bags/courier/
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Old 08-10-09, 12:37 PM
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Timbuk2s are lame.

My friend has this and says it's the most comfortable bag he's ever had. (note: he hasn't had a lot of bags, nor has he been riding long) https://www.chromebagsstore.com/soma-black-red.html

I've always wanted one of these bags: https://www.chromebagsstore.com/pawn-brown-black.html

I have a R.E. Load deluxe, and have been very happy with them and their bags so I'd recommend this without actually trying it: https://www.reloadbags.com/bags/overv...w/midpack.html
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Originally Posted by LoRoK View Post
Timbuk2s are lame.
Would you care to explain?

After 11 years of daily use the only wear mine is showing is a broken buckle and a tiny amount of wear on the waterproof lining.
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Old 08-10-09, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by LoRoK View Post
Timbuk2s are lame.
Honestly Chrome bags have even less cred than timbuk2 bags. Timbuk2's are almost so uncool they're post-ironic. Chrome bags are just the height of fashion, and thus fail.


At least, I assume you were talking about cool factor, since I doubt there's gonna be an appreciable difference in build quality or comfort between the assembly-line-made timbuk2 messengers and the assembly-line-made chrome messengers for this guy.
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Old 08-10-09, 12:57 PM
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I had a Timbuk2 and I have to say that the thing hurt my back. It ALWAYS moved over unevenly on my back and made one side strain to support it. Back pain = STAY AWAY

no shilling for Chrome, but ever since I got one I haven't had any back pain which stopped me from taking my bag on long rides.

oh yeah, and if you choose a Chrome, get something in the back door sale. There's no sense in paying $160/$180 for a messenger bag.

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other than they blatantly ripped of ZO and are way over priced for what they are what other explanation do you need
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Going to sound strange but I use a snowboard backpack and actually strap my skateboard on it when I go to the skatepark, but anyways I use for school it carries my 15in laptop, charger, and external hard drive. All that together weighs a good amount but the backpack makes me feel like nothing, also have a bunch of extra space in it too.
This is basically it: https://www.dakine.com/snowboard/packs/snow/heli-pack/
Mines from the 90's and holds up great. Plus walking around with a messenger bag is a bit awkward feeling.
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Old 08-10-09, 01:12 PM
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I rode with a Timbuk2 for years. For durability, they're great. For comfort and design, they're pretty poor. At least with the bag I had ("classic" messenger), the strap basically points vertically and loops up over the bag. That works great when you're walking, and poorly when you're riding. Better riding bags (I love my Chrome, regardless of the recent explosion in popularity) wrap towards the back of the bag. It's worse for walking, much better for riding. Since I'm much more concerned with how it fits riding (and it's not just about how far you go on the bike vs on foot -- anyone who's ever had a bag suddenly shift during a ride will know why), the Timbuk2 can't compete.
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Old 08-10-09, 01:19 PM
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Are there any comments or experience with either of these bag makers? I bookmarked them recently...

https://www.baileyworks.com/
https://www.seagullbags.com/
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Old 08-10-09, 01:22 PM
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My timbuk2 works great for me when tightened down close to my back. I'm 5ft 7in and under 130lbs... so a medium, when empty, has the bag portion wrap under my side and up to my shoulder. It's comfy for me. I rarely pack it till it's busting and ride with it though. For a school load it's great on the bike. When I'm packing for the weekend and it is stuffed, I usually am not riding with it.
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Messenger Bags = Not good for school use.


You are going to destroy your back with the way those bags are designed, get a backpack style bag with two straps. Like the guy up there said, just because your jansport doesn't cut it, doesn't mean that all backpacks stink.
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https://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/...-style/commute

I have that one in solid black, and I have about the same ride as you. I didn't know about the whole "Not made in the USA" thing, but that doesn't really bother me since I haven't seen a quality difference. What does bug me is that the laptop sleeve is right up against your back in its own pocket. This causes two worries:

1) I am not 100% convinced it is waterproof since it isn't covered like the main compartment

2) When it is really full, the computer sits on your back like a plank and makes the bag slide into your face, making you almost spill and look like an idiot.

But when it isn't completely full, I love it. If I had to do it again, I may get a Chrome, but it certainly isn't awful.
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What is wrong with your backpack exactly?

Only 5 mi / day, why buy something new?
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Originally Posted by jtotheizzoe View Post
https://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/...-style/commute

I have that one in solid black, and I have about the same ride as you. I didn't know about the whole "Not made in the USA" thing, but that doesn't really bother me since I haven't seen a quality difference.
Yeah there really isn't much of a difference. It either gets made by asian ladies on an assembly line in Vietnam, or it gets made by asian ladies on an assembly line in San Fransisco.

Just wanted to put it out there, since there really isn't a good reason to buy a messenger bag if not for being slightly concerned with style and appearance. "Made in China" is just, like, so faux pas.

FWIW:
We make bags in our SF factory, and around the world: China, Vietnam and the Philippines to be exact. We are proud of all of our products and where they get built. The factories in Asia we work with provide fantastic work environments, the highest quality goods possible and allow us to offer you the highest level of service possible. If “imported” offends your sensibilities, we’re sorry and we encourage you to purchase one of our custom bags that are made in San Francisco.
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how bout the chrome backpacks? ive been thinking of grabbing one for school
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what about demartini
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I love my Baileyworks SuperPro
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Originally Posted by mumblesmumbles View Post
Would you care to explain?

After 11 years of daily use the only wear mine is showing is a broken buckle and a tiny amount of wear on the waterproof lining.
Sure. The little plastic flippy buckle main strap adjustment sucks, the straps aren't angled right, they lack a lot of features you can get on custom bags, they don't sit as well as other bags I've ridden with. That's pretty much my thoughts.

As for comparing Chrome and Timbuk2, I've never owned a Chrome bag, I said my friend likes his Soma and I like the way their roll-tops look and I would expect them to be functional and comfortable.
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