There is really only a few key items that a person needs to own to be a legit urban biker. Beyond the obvious two-wheeled device there is a set of tertiary must-haves. That list includes, but is not limited to, a cycling hat, U-Lock, and messenger bag. To those ‘in-the-know’ that list might include tools, rain gear, and all kinds of other accessories.
I’m a fan of accessories. I also refuse to call accessories SWAG, that term is dead. I’m also a fan of being organized. When you combine a totally heterosexual affection for accessories and a compulsive need to maintain organization a bike bag is a dangerous item.
In my experience simplicity is better, no matter the situation, hence my choice of bike bag. Chrome makes a simple bag that has proven to be durable and long lasting. Chrome has also proven that they know how to get their bags onto a bundle of backs, excuse the alliteration. Chrome has become as ubiquitous as a flannel’d hipster on a Pugueot road frame, riding it fixed. Don’t be mad… I’m guilty of the flannel fixed gear part, not the Pugueot part, and I can’t openly admit to being a hipster.
A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to trade my Chrome bag in for something with some more pockets, more adjustability, more complexity, and a lot more room. Trash Messenger Bag is a Minneapolis based company specializing in hand-made messenger bags. I met up with Andy (Mr. TrashBag) and took home some trash that I was happy to wear on my back. My first duty was to throw my Chrome in the TrashBag.
All of the names of the Trash Messenger Bags cleverly relate to garbage in some fashion. With names like Trash Can, Dumpster, Landfill, Garbage Truck, this bag’s doesn’t surprise, just delights. The Garbage Incinerator (seen above) is a ‘pro-courier pack’ which means it’s built for messengers. But the thing I like about this bag is that it expands and contracts in every direction, as big or as small as you want it to be. In short, it fits a lot of cans, but isn’t bulky.
Without going on for days about all of the great features like the hidden stash pockets, or the multiple pockets I would like to mention the sense of pride that came with wearing it in the city. When handling hand-made products you can feel a difference, it has a personality, and to have it made locally is the icing on the cake.