View Full Version : Messenger bags in Madison/Milwaukee

Oatmeal Girl
08-22-2003, 12:31 AM
Ok, this is driving me insane- I'm looking for a messenger bag large enough to carry textbooks/school supplies in. Made of canvas/cotton/hemp, plain and simple, dark color, you know what I'm talking about? I can't find one anywhere, even on the internet. Theyre all big shiny plastic/vinyl/leather and I dont want that kind. I know I'm being super-picky :) but these bags are out there and I intend on getting one! My question is- are there any stores in the Milwaukee/Madison areas that would carry a bag such as this?

08-22-2003, 01:48 AM
Hey Oatmeal Girl,

can't say about anything local, but here in Calgary there are some stores, Bentleys is one I think, that carry canvas etc. style messenger bags that are big enough to hold binders and textbooks.

I have one that I don't use anymore, but I can take a pic and show you.. It's a Point Zero one I think.. Fairly big, can fit binders and stuff in it. :)

I think they're around $25 or less, CDN.. If you can't find any on the net or around you, I could easily grab one for you if you wanted. :)


08-22-2003, 10:26 AM
Bentley has a website, I just found a flier: www.shopbentley.com

If you find something and they don't ship (haven't checked yet) lemme know, ship it to me and I'll send it on. ;)

08-22-2003, 01:38 PM
Possible Madison resources:

Revolution Cycles, 2086 Atwood Ave, 608-244-0009 . Madison's only collective-run bike shop; they're also the unofficial "go-to" shop for Madison's bike messengers; 'course, they might be pushing the vinyl/plastic ones, but it'd be worth a call.

Hempen Goods, 900 block Williamson St., 608-287-0410 . All kinds of things made of hemp; I know I've seen backpacks and "briefcase" type bags; not sure about messenger bags, tho'.

Home Environment, 216 N. Henry St, 877-251-4905 , http://www.home-environment.com/ . Lots of hemp and organic cotton items.

Budget Bicycle Center, 1124 Regen St, 608-251-8413 . Probably Madison's best stocked bike shop.

Williamson Bicycle Works (Willy Bikes), 640 West Washington Ave (no, they're not on Willy st anymore), 255-5292 .

Hemp or cotton might be expensive; you might have better luck finding one made of nylon, like a typical backpack or pannier.

08-23-2003, 04:28 PM
Have you checked out what Dickies has to offer?


Or just Yakpak? http://www.yakpak.com/