Chrome Mini Metro Bicycle Messenger Bag Review
One thing that I both value and require in a bicycle is utility. And utility, to me, generally goes hand in hand with being able to run errands and transport things on my bicycle. I feel better about the exercise that I obtain by riding my bicycle(s) if I have actually accomplished something such as going to the grocery store, to my office or to the post office.
Now, that said, I’m not trying to take this too seriously, either. I like riding for pleasure. But even then, I always seem to need a rack, or a bag, or a back-pack for all of my stuff. I take racks on and off my bikes like some people change shoes. I have tried various bags and packs. And while I might not have what I need to change a flat on my bike…..in fact, I don’t…….I’m damn sure going to have some Altoids, a newspaper, my flip video, a camera…..you get the idea. All that being said, I just purchased my first true bicycle messenger bag.
It’s a Chrome Mini Metro Bicycle Messenger bag. Did I buy it from Chrome’s web-site for $120.00? Of course not. I bought it for $40 from some young lady that was selling it on CL here in Dallas. It was basically brand-new. She said that it just didn’t work for her, that it was uncomfortable. I met her at the Whole Foods in Lakewood by my office, we made our deal, and I immediately put it to good use:
That’s my office bike, the 1965 Coppertone Schwinn Traveler, at the 7-11 across from the Lakewood Whole Foods on Abrams Rd. My office is in Lakewood, and I was grateful and amazed that the seller of this bag didn’t live in Watauga or North Richland Hills. I’m always going to some god-awful suburb somewhere in the metroplex for this stuff. Anyway: back to the office with my tall-boy Buds and the Dallas Morning News.
I don’t know about the “Mini” part of this bag. It seems pretty big to me, although it is the smallest of this line. And, of course, I’m not a bicycle messenger. The bag has all kinds of pockets and compartments, and a very comfy adjustable shoulder strap. I think that it might take me a while to get a hang of the adjustable straps. I noticed that once I had this six-pack in there, it got all bulgy and uncomfortable, but it just needed some adjusting.
See that little American flag? These bags are manufactured in San Francisco, in the good old U.S. of A: I find that comforting. You can see the waterproof neoprene inner lining. Chrome says that these are waterproof, and I believe them. The whole interior inner lining is a removable bag of sorts, and there are all kinds of pouches and pockets. The bag is clearly very durable and well-manufactured, with strong material and no-nonsense stitching. This image of the bag hanging from the handlebars of Big Red, my 1976 Schwinn Speedster, gives you a better sense of the shape of it:
The bag is designed to be worn diagonally across the back…….
And it has this handy and attractive quick-release seat-belt type buckle across the chest:
The buckle is one of my favorite design elements. If you’re wearing a hat or a bicycle helmet, or if you’re about to pass out from heat exhaustion, the quick-release aspect is very nice. These bags come in many lovely color patterns, but not if you meet some stranger in a parking lot to buy one. Then you get whatever the hell that you get. But black isn’t a bad option for something that is probably going to get pretty dirty, and get a lot of wear. So far, I have taken my Chrome Mini Metro Bicycle Messenger Bag to the grocery store, the beer store, the coffee shop, the post office and my bank, and I like it. This August weather in Texas doesn’t make an additional layer of anything make you feel any cooler, but that just goes with the territory.
And if I haven’t yet convinced you to at least consider the Chrome Mini Metro Bicycle Messenger Bag, this Clown Car video will.
Michael W. Hubbard
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