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What do you keep in your bag?

March 16, 2010

As a working messenger for Cricket Courier Cooperative in downtown San Francisco people have often asked me what i carry in my bag besides our clients packages;

  • The bag itself is a prototype 187 sling in Kelly green
  • Trash bags to wrap packages to big to go in my bag when its raining.
  • Snacks
  • North Face goretex jacket in red
  • Arm warmers and gloves
  • Current Bike magazine
  • Spoon
  • Tape measure
  • Pens
  • Spare Earring
  • Spare lock key on carabiner
  • Water bottle
  • Radio and phone
  • Glasses case (for when the sun goes away)
  • Custom Cross street made by (now) New York messenger Fox
  • Manifest clipboard
  • Paperwork in plastic bag
  • Tools a spare tube and a patch kit
  • Front Knog light (someone stole the back one)
  • Last but not least is one of my lovely wife’s dreadlocks for luck
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Alex’s Bag

March 16, 2010

After making Dirty Dave’s bag i had the idea in my head of making an all red, all vinyl backpack. I was Stoked when Alex from TCB courier asked me to make him just that!

Alex wanted a very simple stripped down bag, no outside pocket, no cargo straps.  Hand cut red vinyl 187 logo on red vinyl bag with Roll top closure.

Red packcloth back panel with spine channel to allow the bag to sit flat even when fully loaded, .75″ thick shoulder strap with sternum strap and a removable waist strap all in red webbing. Large velcro closure pocket between the back pad and the bag.

Side compression straps allow you to really compress the bag down when its empty.

The bag is lined with a fully floating vinyl liner, with one zippered mesh pocket.

The bag has a closed capacity of 48 liters and an open capacity of 70 liters. The bag is custom tailored to Alex’s measurements.

Evan’s Roll Top Backpack

March 15, 2010

Evan works for Quake Courier in downtown San Frantastic. He needed a bag capable of carrying up to two bankers boxes and space for more…

The bag is grey 1000d cordura, ballistic base, 36′ cargo straps with 36′ extenders. Top and bottom horizontal compression straps are removable (bottom one has been removed in picture) and can be used as extenders. Large reflective 187 logo.

Large mesh side pockets with velcro closure. Ladder loop on front of bag. Female clips on the top of roll so Evan can strap on some big boxes or flats. The bag also has a side entry flat front pocket for easy access to a manifest without having to take the bag all the way off.

Back pad and shoulder pads in red 400d packcloth, Back pad has ‘spine channel’ so the bag will sit flat no mater the load there is also a removable sheet of ABS plastic between the back pad and the bag. The interior of the bag is red 400d packcloth with one large velcro closure mesh pocket over a fully floating 10oz vinyl waterproof membrane.

The bag has a closed capacity of 50 liter sand an open capacity of 77 liters. The bag is Tailored to Evans measurements.

Mr Sharkeys Camera Hip Pack

March 3, 2010

Sharkey wanted a hip pack to fit his Hasselblad camera, light meter and accoutrements.

Waxed Canvas with a Ballistic cordura base, .5″ closed cell foam padding and red 400d pack cloth liner. Velcro closure mesh front pocket and velcro/1″ buckle closure strap. 1″ removable waist strap, long enough to also be worn over the shoulder.

Jason’s Roll Top Backpack

March 2, 2010

Jason from De La Paz wanted a roll top backpack for commuting, and occasional coffee delivery.

Black on black on black. 1000d Cordura with Ballistic cordura base. 36″ cargo straps, 36″ compresion straps that are removable for use as extenders. 1″ webbing closure, custom black vinyl 187 logo.

.75″ padded straps with sternum strap. Waist strap. Padded back panel with spine channel so the bag sits flat, even when full. There is a pocket between the padding and the back of the bag too.

Lock pocket and pen slots on one side, large velcro closure mesh pocket on other.

Four inside pockets including large zippered mesh pocket, 400d pack cloth liner over 10 oz vinyl waterproof membrane. Fully floating.

Custom tailored to fit Jason.

Dirty Daves Sling Bag

March 2, 2010

Dave saw a few of my bags around town and decided he wanted one. Knowing Dave as a connoisseur of fine luggage I was more than pleased to measure him up and make him work size bag.

All Red, like most of our insides. Black ballistic base.

.75″ padded strap with metal buckle. 187 logo quilted through integrated back panel

suspension strapping at both ends of the strap ensure a consistent interface no mater the load.

Dave wanted a heavy-weight vinyl liner, fully floating 18oz red vinyl with internally taped seems,no inside pockets. Large zippered front vinyl lined pocket, custom pen slots and small velcro pocket. 36″ cargo straps with female buckles on bottom, top of opening and outside of the flap.

Large velcro closure mesh side pockets.

The bag has a volume of 50 liters and is custom tailored to fit Dave.

De La Paz Coffee Delivery Panniers

March 2, 2010

Jason from De La Paz asked me to make some panniers for his awesome custom Hunter delivery bike. The bike Has an extended extra-cycle style rear end and Jason wanted some industrial bags to take the abuse of being slogged around San Francisco delivering coffee on a daily basis.

Simple black on black 1000d corura bags, reinforced base and back panel.

two massive 2 inch buckle closure, upper compression strap.

180z vinyl fully floating liner with taped seems, roll top closure reinforced with webbing trim.

The bags are built with a sheet of ABS plastic at the back, sandwiched between the inner and outer bags. The custom fittings for the hunter frame fit into the plastic so as not to penetrate the liner.

Ginger has been using these bags for the last couple of months and they are proving watertight through the recent inclement weather.