I used to disdain messenger bags. I was the pastor of panniers, prosletyzing for letting the bicycle and its bags be the beast of burden, while the rider was unencumbered by straps and buckles. I thundered, "Why did God give us racks, if not to load them down?"
And then I picked up a Timbuk2 Laptop Messenger, with TrueFit Cam Buckle, Napoleon Pocket and Crater Laptop Sleeve, at ExpoCycle, the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada event earlier this month in Toronto.
I have sipped the Kool-Aid, and it is good.
The chest strap holds the bag in place. The "memory cam buckle" remembers my fit. The egg-crate-like crate pocket protects my laptop.I am using it to commute, to shop and generally finding it tres handy to have around. Best: I'm not always unstrapping my pannier when I have to lock up the bike and go into some office or store where I can't have a clean line of sight to the bike.
And there yet remains a mystery: what the heck good is the Napoleon pocket? Your suggestions are welcome.
When I was talking to Tim Rehkopf at the Timbuk2 "world headquarters" in San Francisco, he asked if I have the custom bag or the "bondage bag".
Uh, what the heck is the bondage bag, I asked. He sent this link. It has to do with buckles. Of course.