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October 3, 2009

IMG_7159I know, Timbuk2 bags are getting a little outdated. A bike messenger these days wouldn’t be caught dead using one of these old bags.

I don’t know if that is completely true, but these bags have now been around for a long time and I am sure all the “cool” people believe that this bag company has sold out and they have moved on to smaller and better companies.

This is not the case for me. I love bags. I have mentioned it before and this will surely not be the last time I write about a bag.

IMG_7157I picked this bag up from a bike shop in 1996. I was working at a bagel shop and my cousin worked at a bike shop just down the road. I remember paying a lot of money for this little bag, but I loved it. It is now 13 years old and really needs a bath, but I refuse to wash it. It has been to Russia, Japan, and Africa with me and I will continue to use it because it doesn’t seem as if it is going to fall apart anytime soon.

Timbuk2 bags hold up really well. Incidentally, I have two other bags from Timbuk2, the two sizes larger than this one and both at least 8 or 9 years old. There are no tears, strains, or rips anywhere, not even on the seams. The quality is outstanding.

I was prompted to write about these bags when I went to Timbuk2’s website and found this. Bag recycling? Really? They tell you to mail them back your old bag and they will donate it and give you a 20% discount on your next bag.

I got to thinking: Why in the world would someone need to get rid of the bag? They are always useful. They look good, and they last forever.

I give props to them for recycling their bags, they even have a place that they use to blog about the adventures of the recycled bags. It’s not quite set up yet as they just started it today, but it looks like it will be interesting.

I can’t say that I will be giving my bag to anyone else, though. I love these bags and I will use them until I either lose them or they are stolen.

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