Some random bikey stuff.
Here are my three main bags. If I'm not riding a bike with a rack then I'll take one of these.
From the left:
Banjo Bag: cheap. Light weight. Comfy. I use this more than any other bag at the moment. It's the right size and I'm really happy with how nice it feels. It's not waterproof. I got it for $20 on close out at 2 Wheel Transit.
Liza's Timbuktu. I bought this for Liza from Beth H a few years ago. It's nice size for going out at night (dare I say man purse?). Fits a U-lock and a sweater. It doesn't have a wrap-around chest strap thing, so I don't use it for commuting, but it's great for tooling around.
The Chrome bag. I bought this from a friend of mine who owns a shop in Olympia. It's a great bag. Very comfy for heavy and big loads. Super water proof. And with the buckle, you look like a tough guy. I actually don't like the buckle; it's unnecessarily heavy and clunky when you set it down (say, on a glass top counter or table).
This bag is an REI "Flash" from a couple years ago. I added the reflective strips. Mike, the shoe cobbler, did a really good job of adding pockets to the outside. They're perfect for holding snacks or a water bottle. I fixed up this bag specifically for the Midnight Century. I use it for long rides off road, almost exclusively in the summer. It also holds a water bladder, so that's handy.
So that's the bag part of the post.
Great bike. In the box up front is about 20 pounds of bike crud for the P2P shop. In the Ortlieb: lunch, rain gear, u-lock, other assorted daily crap. Riding it through the rainy wet streets down to work with that load was a joy. It helps that the commute to work is nearly all down hill, so it's nearly always a joy.
But I'll always dig this bike. It's just so damn reliable and able and humble.