A visit to Timbuk2 headquarters, and a custom Bicycle Times backpack

By Trina Haynes

My very first official cycling bag was a Timbuk2 “Bolo”. I was handed it, my clipboard and a rain jacket my first day as a bike messenger in 1989. Needless to say it is still in my closet, adorned to my wall as a momentous turning point in my ongoing love for bicycles. While in San Francisco last month I had the opportunity to visit Timbuk2‘s California office.

For more than 20 years Timbuk2 has been making and shipping custom/build your own bags, out of their California office.

Founded by a San Francisco Bike Messenger, Rob Honeycutt, who was determined to make a bag that was durable enough for the gritty lifestyle of a real messenger, he sewed the very first bag in his garage in 1989, the company name was “Scumbags”. By 1990, the realization that “Scumbags” needed a more credible name, Timbuk2 was born. It was not until 1991 that the swirl logo was developed.

I found this old gem at the Seattle Bike Expo the following weekend.

Timbuk2 has continued to grow with a complete line of bags and accessories. I am excited to announce that Bicycle Times has teamed with Timbuk2 in creating our very own custom bag. Made in San Francisco and adorned with the Bicycle Times logo, it’s now on sale in our Online Store. With a large reflective stripe, a padded laptop sleeve and super-durable ballistic nylon fabric, it’s going to last you a long, long time.


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