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RickH
05-29-2012, 01:24 PM
Picked up a vintage bag from the late 90s on eBay and it arrived today. Hard to find any info on the Super Musette, but got this from Wayback Machine archive of April 1999:

A bike messenger-style shoulder bag with class. Because of its complete lining and rigid foam stiffener, the Super Musette keeps its crisp looks and won't become a big sloshy mess on your hip. It has multiple pockets for pens, diskettes, etc. , plus both an open-top and a zip-top file-size pocket on the front under the big main flap. The flap has a super bright ReflexiteŽ stripe and secures with two big buckles; it has a zippered mesh pocket on the underside. Inside, the Super Musette is pretty simple - one big main compartment with snaps for the optional Lap Dog, making for a cool computer bag. The whole thing carries on a stout 2" webbing shoulder strap which ajusts on both sides with cam buckles and has a grippy pad, plus an adjustable and removable waist strap for bicycling. There's a simple 1" webbing grab loop on the back, too. Made of 1000 denier CorduraŽ with #9 & #10 YKK Coil zippers. Available in black / lime green, black / plum, and solid black. Come on you squares, get some color!
One size: 17" x 12" x 7" 1350 cu.in. / 22 liters $105

On the rear, there is a vertical loop of 1.5" webbing below the grab loop. Anyone have a guess about it's intended function?

moriond
05-29-2012, 02:44 PM
Welcome to the forums, RickH.

So you're the one who won this recent eBay listing for the Super Musette (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tom-Bihn-Super-Musette-Messenger-Bag-Nice-/280883720187?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Backpacks&hash=item4165f96ffb). I can point you to a couple of old forum links that discuss this bag:
http://forums.tombihn.com/tom-bihn-news-everything-else/223-bid-super-rare-tom-bihn-bag.html
http://forums.tombihn.com/questions-about-bags-accessories/1957-tom-bihn-museum.html

There are a few other posts from forum members who own(ed) this bag, but I don't thin they are actively viewing the forums now. (One early member actually posted that he might sell his bag). The second link includes a picture of the same bag in purple.

HTH

P.S. Not to threadjack, but can anyone identify this Tom Bihn messenger bag that was recently listed on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/TOM-BIHN-LAPTOP-BAG-/160803202740?pt=US_Laptop_Cases_Bags&hash=item25709e26b4), and snapped up as a buy it now?

moriond

Katy
05-29-2012, 02:55 PM
Wow! It's beautiful! I have to say.. I'm a little jealous!

RickH
05-29-2012, 03:36 PM
Yep, I'm the one. Thanks for the links. I may have already read them as part of my research before bidding. Hoping someone has an idea about the vertical loop on the back. My first thought was for an umbrella, but it seems to small.

Rick

RickH
05-29-2012, 03:40 PM
Thanks, it is certainly green. I believe I might be developing an obsessive problem though. I didn't really need this bag, but I knew I wanted it. If I'm not careful I might start buying bags to carry my bags. :)

Rick

nukediver
05-29-2012, 05:28 PM
If I'm not careful I might start buying bags to carry my bags. :)

Rick

Funny you should mention that. When not in use, I use my Aeronaut to store all my other TB bags. If you needed a reason to buy more bags...

Moose
05-30-2012, 02:05 PM
I believe I might be developing an obsessive problem though. I didn't really need this bag, but I knew I wanted it. If I'm not careful I might start buying bags to carry my bags. :)

RickH, I'm seeing a kiwi Kit in your future. :) By the way "obsessive" is a problem only if you're trying to quit.
Welcome to the forum,
Moose

plume
05-30-2012, 02:44 PM
Wow! It's beautiful! I have to say.. I'm a little jealous!

+1 what Katy said!

historygal
05-30-2012, 03:34 PM
I love the current TB decal/logo with the plane, but it's interesting to see past ones. Are there others?

Darcy
05-30-2012, 07:08 PM
Hoping someone has an idea about the vertical loop on the back. My first thought was for an umbrella, but it seems to small.

Rick

Tom says:
"It was there so that the user could slip either end of the waist strap through it and then snap the the ends together, so the waist strap wouldn't dangle when not in use."

RickH
05-31-2012, 08:21 AM
Tom says:
"It was there so that the user could slip either end of the waist strap through it and then snap the the ends together, so the waist strap wouldn't dangle when not in use."

That makes sense. The original waist strap is AWOL, but I can probably adapt the one that came with my Ristretto if needed. Thanks.