Had to share this one:
I got my Chrome bag for my 23rd or 24th birthday. That's 5-6 years ago + a bit of change. It's gone everywhere-- it sat next to me on a ranch in Argentina while I learned how to slaughter a lamb; carried my large format camera, tripod and random stuff all over Boston during the winter; took beer and bananas to Venice beach; brought clean cloths to/dirty cloths from Japan; snuck 30 bottles of beer into class in Pittsburgh; brought acircular saw, carpenters belt and a framing hammer to work in Chicago; held food while I drove from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles; held 2 live lobsters when I was in Maine; it even held my vomit when I had nowhere to spew on the NYC subway.
I love my bag.
I tried others: Bailey's, Pedro's, Timbuk2, Ortlieb and a handful of musette type bags. Vanity might have forced me to try an Urban Outfitters bag too. (I am not proud of this)
I love my bag more than all of those combined.
I love it more than I love my Serotta. I love it more than my most comfortable pair of bibs loaded with chamois cream. I'll give up beer before I give up this bag.
But the bag is old--old like an eternally cool grandpa. Not just any grandpa though. It's like the grandpa that taught you how to fish and camp and how to drive a manual transmission at 12... the grandpa that wants to listen to punk rock with you... the grandpa that bought fireworks in July and gave them to you at Christmas so you could put them a snowman's head.
Unfortunately, my grandpa is missing teeth.
Unfortunately, my Chrome bag needs new plastic clips.
It needs a bit of help. It needs new clips so that it can be my commuting companion; so that it can do it's job while I start a new job in a new city.
Can I get these from you guys? Should I send the bag in?
I know I could probably take the bag to the lady on the streetcorner. You know, the old lady that sits in the upholstry shop? Her.
I'd rather get the stuff from you guys.
No problem kid, we'll kick you some clips. Thanks for the love.