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Bike Messanger Bags with Structure

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3:56 pm
October 26, 2012


Fire Chief Carlson

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Post edited 1:24 pm – February 12, 2013 by Josh Lipton


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I purchased an Ortlieb Downtown bag from you a couple of years ago, and I LOVE it. My wife wants something similar, but doesn't want or need a bag that also clips onto a rack–just a shoulder bag. But she really likes the shape and stiffness of my Ortlieb Downtown–it's not floppy and shapeless, like several other messenger bags she's had (she currently has a Patagonia messenger bag that she says feels like a canvas grocery bag). Can you recommend something–a biggish messenger bag that keeps its shape? I'm looking for something to get her for her birthday!

I think the best option would be actually buying her the same bag that you have, but getting the QL3 version.  It doesn''t have the mounting hardware sticking out like the original version and can be carried like a messenger without being poked.  The only issue with this bag would be that it doesn't come with the connecting strap that goes from the chest strap under the arm and back to the bag to keep it from swinging around while on the bike. 

The other option would be looking at the Chrome or Mission Workshop messenger bags.  They are made with truckers tarp which has a bit of rigidity and will hold it's shape.

Ortlieb Downtown Commuter Pannier

Chrome Citizen Bike Messenger Bag

Mission Workshop Monty Bike Messenger Bag

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