Timbuk2 Messenger Bags

by lostcyclingdude

I always wanted a messenger bag. When I finally got one, I wondered how I had ever survived without it. My love affair with Timbuk2

My Timbuk2 bag was a gift given to me over 6 years ago. It actually was a hand-me-down, a retired bag that had already lived a full life.

Since it has been with me, we have ridden thousands of miles together. It has gone to bike races, to college, to Boston, to Africa...

It has survived countless bike accidents with me -- including the time I was hit by a car. We are an inseparable pair.

There Are Only Two Types Of Messenger Bags

Ok, so I know there are more than that.  But the two most-used bags are the Chrome and the Timbuk2.

I have always admired the Chrome bag.  Especially with that big metal buckle.  It just looks so rad.  And I'm sure they are a great bag.  They cost a tad more, but they are well made and will last forever.  

The only downside with the Chrome bag is that the release button is easy to press and a couple of bags have been stolen off of riders in large cities.   

But my experience has been with the Timbuk2 bag, and so I'll limit my conversation to what I really know. 

Handmade. Waterproof. Durable.

Reasons I love My Timbuk2

The Timbuk2 brand of messenger bag was a concept designed by a messenger rider in San Fransisco to meet the needs of fellow messenger cyclists.  And, since 1989 it has grown into an incredibly popular bag design that is used by cyclists and non-cyclists everywhere. 

One of the neatest things about the Timbuk2 messenger bag is its durability.  This is a bag that you could buy when you start college, and you could hand down to your grandson who is about to start college. It's handmade construction is truly one of a kind.

Even if you never ride a bike, its quality as a book bag is unmatched. 

Secondly, it has a waterproof liner that does surprisingly well at keep the elements at bay.  I have ridden in some pretty inclement weather before, and I am always amazed at how dry my contents are.  If you are transporting a laptop or other electronics, you will probably want to use the yellow raincover to make sure the water stays out 

There are a lot of Timbuk2 bag designs to choose from.  I found their classic bag to be plenty large for a laptop and a couple of text books.  If you need more room than that, well, they have bags for that, too.

Plus they've developed some fun new bags such as the Shift.  The Shift will ride on your pannier racks, or can be used as a messenger bag for the ultimate convenience. 

Frankly, I don't know how anyone can be a dedicated commuter without someway to carry their belongings.  I love the Timbuk2 messenger bag with the freedom, flexibility and style it evokes. 

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

The Original Timbuk2 Messenger improved by 25 years experience. Waterproof TPU liner and flap corner construction for excellent weatherproofing. Internal organizer for pens, pho...

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Timbuk2 Command Laptop Messenger Bag

TSA- compliant laptop portage meets urban sophistication. Send your bag through security without removing devices. External access zipper pocket on the side offers quick access ...

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Timbuk2 Commute Messenger Bag

The best classic laptop messenger bag for hauling your laptop, iPad, lunch and layers to class, the office or that meeting two time zones away.

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Timbuk2 Rogue Laptop Backpack

Water resistant TPU exterior keeps rain and grime out. Internal stretch pocket fits up to a 15" MacBook Pro. Front zip pocket for small bits. Internal organizer for pens, phones...

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Timbuk2 Parkside Laptop Backpack

A dressed up travel-friendly backpack with laptop protection. Padded laptop sleeves fit up to a 15" MacBook Pro. Front zip pocket for small bits. Internal organizer for pens, ph...

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Timbuk2 Uptown Travel Backpack

The go-to laptop backpack traveler for WFF (Working from Fiji.

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What's Your Story?

Do you have a bag, purse, messenger bag or suitcase that has been on amazing journeys with you?  

Please share below!!

Updated: 04/30/2012, lostcyclingdude
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lostcyclingdude on 04/27/2012

Katie - do you have anyone in your family that rides with you? I just got married a couple of years ago and I am slowly getting my bike gear oriented towards riding with a family.

katiem2 on 04/27/2012

Great bags, I love bikes, biking and cycling around the great out of doors. There is nothing like flying through a winding country side with the wind seeming as if it carries you through a magical flight. Love you work, bikes are amazing. Started as a little girl with my brother and haven't stopped since, never will.

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