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    Biking With Your Cafe Bag

    Hi everyone,

    Who goes biking with their Cafe Bag and the waist strap? Does it stay pretty secure? I mainly do light off-road biking and regular road biking, nothing serious anymore.

    I already have a Co-Pilot and a Synapse 25 (which works great for biking but can be a little big and hot in the summer). I've been eyeing the Nordic/Solar MCB for quite awhile. When Darcy mentioned that Nordic might run out one of these days I freaked out since I don't have a Nordic bag yet, lol! Thanks for your opinions, as always
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    Nobody bikes with their cafe bags? I'm a bit surprised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff A View Post
    Nobody bikes with their cafe bags? I'm a bit surprised.
    @Jeff A Many people who like the Messenger style use horizontal bags like the (recently discontinued) Imago, that was sold with a Quick-Adjust Messenger strap option. I like to use the Q-AM strap with my Imago even for general carry purposes. The Large Cafe bag can also be ordered with configurable strap options, including Q-AM strap or Absolute strap. It's possible that people who read your post either prefer to use a horizontal bag or use the Large Cafe bag with the Q-AM strap option. You might look into the 1" Cafe/Ristretto Messenger Stabilizer strap that was announced in the blog a year ago. This is a relatively recent product specifically for messenger bags that don't offer the Q-AM strap option, and I don't know people who use this. The Q-AM strap is padded, which is comfortable for cross-body carry even when not riding a bike. The Messenger Stabilizer is an add-on webbing strap for the regular (Small and Medium) Cafe bag arrangement to let you carry the bag higher up on your back. I haven't used it myself.

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    I have a Small Cafe Bag, and the the 1" Cafe/Ristretto Messenger Stabilizer strap, and have used this configuration for cycling and light hiking before. It works well, and the straps (stabilizer + 1 waist strap) are easy to stow away in my bag if I get off my bike and want to walk around messenger-style again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moriond View Post
    @Jeff A Many people who like the Messenger style use horizontal bags like the (recently discontinued) Imago, that was sold with a Quick-Adjust Messenger strap option. I like to use the Q-AM strap with my Imago even for general carry purposes. The Large Cafe bag can also be ordered with configurable strap options, including Q-AM strap or Absolute strap. It's possible that people who read your post either prefer to use a horizontal bag or use the Large Cafe bag with the Q-AM strap option. You might look into the 1" Cafe/Ristretto Messenger Stabilizer strap that was announced in the blog a year ago. This is a relatively recent product specifically for messenger bags that don't offer the Q-AM strap option, and I don't know people who use this. The Q-AM strap is padded, which is comfortable for cross-body carry even when not riding a bike. The Messenger Stabilizer is an add-on webbing strap for the regular (Small and Medium) Cafe bag arrangement to let you carry the bag higher up on your back. I haven't used it myself.
    Thank you sir
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