Founded more than two decades ago by a San Francisco bike messenger to produce bombproof, function-heavy bike bags that could withstand the daily rigors of that lifestyle, Timbuk2 has ridden the wave of mainstreaming bike culture. As it's expanded, it has made many departures from its core roots, but the top-of-the-line Especial is an attempt to turn back the clock and give the hardest-core riders something they can be proud of. Made of wear-resistant Cordura ripstop and nylon on the outside, and waterproof TPU inside and on the boot, this bag stands up to foul weather and everyday abuse. Magnetic tension-lock buckles offer on-the-go, one-handed access to the interior, and the ambidextrous shoulder strap allows for day-to-day customization. An internal laptop sleeve, organization pockets and an under-the-flap U-lock holder round out this gear-hauling commute specialist, and the whole sleek package is wrapped in high-visibility reflective binding that's sure to put you on every motorist's radar.
$179-$199; timbuk2.com
Peter Koch