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Timbuk2 Especial Messenger     Photo: Courtesy Timbuk2

The Cyclist's Closet: Timbuk2 Especial Messenger

Our favorite new cycling-inspired apparel and gear for Bike to Work Week

This structured, weatherproof, well-thought-out commuting briefcase is light years ahead of the billow bags you might associate with Timbuk2. With a fold-over, dry-bag style closure and waterproof TPU on the inside, it has kept my small control room of electronics (computer, phone, tablet, chargers, Garmin) safe and dry, even in pouring rain and spring graupel. A smart Velcro design allows the shoulder strap to be run from either side, and the simple-to-use magnetic buckles make getting things in and out easy. There’s a zip-closure organization pocket inside and handy stow pockets (complete with waterproof zippers) on the outside. And though I was initially skeptical of its 24-liter capacity (of the size large), I’ve come to appreciate that it can haul a day's worth of everything I need. $200

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