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Best Messenger Bag for commuting(12 posts)

Best Messenger Bag for commutingmexican-JUMPING-frijoles
Oct 10, 2003 8:05 AM
I'll starting doing a bike commute next Tuesday to my new job in San Diego and would like to use a messenger bag to carry my work cloths. Any ideas on the best bags? Timbuk2, Chrome, or any others? My commute will be of about 30 minutes. As far as amount of stuff, most likely slacks, shirt, underwear, and grooming items. Shoes will be left at the office Monday-Friday and taken home on the weekends.
re: Best Messenger Bag for commutingSteve_0
Oct 10, 2003 8:09 AM
ortlieb - waterproof.

If you can live w/out the shoes m-f, you can live w/out then s-su. Just leave em at work. Buy another pair if you need em at home.
Chrome. nmMB1
Oct 10, 2003 8:13 AM
Patagonia Critical Mass works for meCory
Oct 10, 2003 8:14 AM
Pretty good-sized and rides nicely--no slipping.
Another option I like is a BIG seat bag like a Carradice or one of Rivendell's Baggins Bags. I have a Carradice Lowsaddle Longflap that will hold everything, and I've learned to roll things so they don't get wrinkled. I don't much like riding with something strapped to me.
I like my Timbuk2.MShaw
Oct 10, 2003 9:07 AM
I've had a DeeDog (middle size) since the mid-90s and it seems to hold enough to get me by.

The new ones are waterproof even though that isn't as much of an issue here in SD. Today excepted.

The only thing I can say bad about the Timbuk2 is that you're going to wrinkle your nice clothing in it. If you can find one, and need it, there was a commuter bag at one point that was basically a suit bag that draped over a rear rack.

That help?

is a backpack!shawndoggy
Oct 10, 2003 9:09 AM
Unless you need easy and frequent access to your cargo (as bicycle messengers do), backpacks are WAY better. they stay put for one thing, and the load is distributed across both shoulders. I've tried several messenger bags for just the type of commute you describe, and each time I crawl back and apologize to my backpack for ever doubting it.

DISCLOSURE ITEM: I live at the top of a long hill, and in the winter against the wind the climb frequently requires standing. Standing to sprint or climb is the worst part about a messenger bag because that thing will be flopping around like crazy back there.
Oct 10, 2003 9:41 AM
Same experience here. Tried several messenger bags (the one I used this morning is a Patgucci CM bag) and none are as stable as a backpack.

Sure their are the the arguements about a sweaty back but guess what... my messenger bags have left me pretty damp from sweat too.

If I were buying a new backpack then I'd check out Vaude and Deuter.
Oct 10, 2003 10:30 AM
I commutted for years with a timbuc2 messenger bag. If I was going to buy something new it would be a backpack.
crumpler bagsraboboy
Oct 10, 2003 10:33 AM
i like my crumpler. :)
I like my...msmootsiemartin
Oct 10, 2003 2:53 PM
Function before Fashion bag. Check them out:

re: Best Messenger Bag for commutingacousticmotorbike
Oct 10, 2003 3:29 PM
Take a look at Tom Bihn bags.
I use mine with the waist strap and don't have the bouncing around problem. Snap-in sleeves for your laptop also available.
absolute best: PAC Designspowergyoza
Oct 11, 2003 9:17 AM

I used the Street Scene (large) and it's absolutely fabulous. My buddy compared it to his Timbuk2 and my bag won hands down. No problems with bag shifting around because it has an anti-sway strap. It has a quick-release adjustable shoulder strap. My bag is as large as a pair of medium sized panniers. Everything stays dry inside when it rains.