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    Hello Again!/Lifestyle Change/Bag Suggestion

    Hello, all!

    I was a frequent poster up until the world blew up in early 2020. For those of you who may not remember me - as you might glean from my handle - I'm a network television writer and showrunner - FORMERLY in New York City.

    My lifestyle has changed dramatically since I fled New York for America more than a year ago. As a result, so has my need for (and how I use) my beloved collection of Tom Bihn bags.

    I am no longer walking the streets of Manhattan on a daily basis, carrying stuff; I am now a "car" guy. And now that I'm also working exclusively from home, the only time I find myself needing a bag is when I'm heading to the gym or to the country club.

    Since leaving New York more than a year ago, I haven't touched my Pilot, Co-Pilot, Medium Cafe Bag, or the granddaddy of my "EDC" bags, my Ristretto.

    I'm finding that the only bags I'm reaching for now are the small ones: my Small Cafe Bag and my Sidekick. No one is more surprised than I that my Sidekick - which I really just bought as an afterthought and barely used in my New York City life - is now my primary EDC bag!

    I do, however, have two suggestions:

    1. A zipper inside the top of the Small Cafe Bag, under the flap. I love the size, shape, and look of the Small Cafe Bag, but I feel like the whole thing is a giant gaping hole. I need a bag that I can quickly strip off and toss into the car without stuff spilling out everywhere (which doesn't happen with the Sidekick, since everything is zipped up nice and tight). A zipper just inside the top, under the flap, would provide security without compromising the aesthetic, and of course could just be left open for those who don't wish to use it.

    2. Dressier materials for more formal wear. It doesn't necessarily have to be leather, but none of my bags seem to have the polish to carry off with a suit and tie.

    Hope you all are doing well, and it's great being back on the forum!​

    PS: Just took a weekend trip and used my Western Flyer. I cannot recommend the WF enough as an overnight/weekend bag!
    Last edited by NYCWriter; 03-16-2023, 05:51 PM.

    #2
    Welcome back NYCWriter
    It's great to hear that you're doing well!

    Roughly where did you end up?

    If I'm carrying cross body vs backpack, I use my Side Kicks for just what you describe. I then size up to a PCSB when I need more space and even to a DLBC if I need more than that.

    The PCSB doesn't have any organization other than the outside pocket and folks have been asking for a bag about that size with SE/SK type organization for a long time... and the good news is that TB is working on something inspired by or along those lines, so you may have an additional option soon.

    Haven't heard of any updates coming to the Cafe Bag family... TB did add the open top back pocket from those bags to the Makers Bag though.
    “Commander, I always used to consider that you had a definite anti-authoritarian streak in you.”
    “Sir?”
    “It seems that you have managed to retain this even though you are authority.”
    “Sir?”
    “That’s practically zen.”
    -Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

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      #3
      Originally posted by G42 View Post
      Welcome back NYCWriter
      It's great to hear that you're doing well!

      Roughly where did you end up?

      If I'm carrying cross body vs backpack, I use my Side Kicks for just what you describe. I then size up to a PCSB when I need more space and even to a DLBC if I need more than that.

      The PCSB doesn't have any organization other than the outside pocket and folks have been asking for a bag about that size with SE/SK type organization for a long time... and the good news is that TB is working on something inspired by or along those lines, so you may have an additional option soon.

      Haven't heard of any updates coming to the Cafe Bag family... TB did add the open top back pocket from those bags to the Makers Bag though.
      Thank you so much.

      I ended up back home in Western Pennsylvania.

      I have several PCSBs, but I really just use them for packing; they don't have the structure or interior organization of the Side Kick.

      However, I've found the PCSB comes in handy in the summertime for packing one of my LLBean medium-weight hoodies for when I'm headed to the movies (the A/C in theaters these days can be brutal).

      I'm tossing around the idea of getting an Icon, since they zip up nice and secure ...

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        #4
        Originally posted by NYCWriter View Post

        I'm tossing around the idea of getting an Icon, since they zip up nice and secure ...
        PA is a beautiful state

        The Icon is probably not going to be made again, so if you want one, grab one of the two colours left or look for a trade or the secondary market... Most recent update below

        Hey! This thread serves as a place to discuss new colors and designs recently added to the website. It's a good place to ask if new colors are coming, comment on new colors or designs we've just added, or post anything else you can think of. Unfortunately the previous iteration of this thread is not recoverable without some



        Or see what the new PCSB with organization looks like, whenever it happens.
        Last edited by G42; 03-16-2023, 10:44 PM.
        “Commander, I always used to consider that you had a definite anti-authoritarian streak in you.”
        “Sir?”
        “It seems that you have managed to retain this even though you are authority.”
        “Sir?”
        “That’s practically zen.”
        -Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

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          #5
          They confirmed in an Instagram post this week that the Icon is being retired. I've had one for about 18 months and it's my EDC and I really like it.

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            #6
            Originally posted by NYCWriter View Post
            .... I fled New York for America..
            LOL

            I'm more of a "car person" most days too and love the Truck family of bags. I use a Side Effect/Side Kick as my EDC bag and just toss it into a Truck along with whatever else I need for the day/road trip/errands.

            I keep Shop Bags folded in a Truck and Monster Truck (for errands, road trips, etc) and I use Pickup Trucks as around-the-house bags or for short errands not requiring extra totes. For road trips (staying w/ friends/family/AirBnB, not hotels) I pack clothes in a Pop Tote or similarly sized bag (or sometimes just 1-2 PCSBs) and toss it (plus a 3DOC w/ toiletries) into the Monster Truck.

            So, in general, I keep different size Trucks loaded with destination/event specific items and move my EDC bag-of-the-day around as needed. I initially purchased the Truck on a whim but I've been surprised by its usefulness.

            Re: a nicer bag for suits/work- There is a black ballistic SK in stock now that doesn't look too much like you're on the way to the hostel after a day of hiking.


            Pickup Truck as my EDC house-to-car bag (I leave it in the car upon arrival and just carry my SE). Sunglasses case and keys in exterior pockets, with room to spare. Inside the VPC: misc EDC items that don't need to be in my SE, such as 1st aid kit/tourniquet, charging cables, a few toiletries, extra glasses, etc.. A water bottle and self protection item also fit in the side or external pockets.


            Pickup Truck as an around-the-house bag (vertical packing cube in each side and an A5 journal in an A5 GWOP in the middle). Glasses case and keys in external pockets. A SE/SK would fit in with this load too.


            Truck w/ a vertical packing cube and SE in exterior pockets and a large Zip-Top Shop bag folded flat in the middle


            Monster Truck w/ a full PCSB, 2 folded large Shop Bags, a Pickup Truck in the middle w/SE, iPad Pro, vertical packing cube


            Truck loaded for a weekend road trip (PCSB, water bottle, iPad Pro, 3DOC clear, 3DOC fabric, VPC, large ZTSB, SE. (separate Truck for random food items, etc)​ (to clarify: I would use actual luggage for air travel/hotels, but this is handy for more casual car travel to visit our children's/friends' homes or an AirBnB)
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            Last edited by BeachMom; 03-17-2023, 08:50 AM.
            New to TB College admissions coach and empty nest mom of 3 + one spoiled Havanese.

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              #7
              That's a great roundup of the Truck family BeachMom thanks for posting
              “Commander, I always used to consider that you had a definite anti-authoritarian streak in you.”
              “Sir?”
              “It seems that you have managed to retain this even though you are authority.”
              “Sir?”
              “That’s practically zen.”
              -Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

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                #8
                Originally posted by DanielCTA View Post
                They confirmed in an Instagram post this week that the Icon is being retired. I've had one for about 18 months and it's my EDC and I really like it.
                Welcome to the Forums DanielCTA !

                What colour Icon do you have?
                “Commander, I always used to consider that you had a definite anti-authoritarian streak in you.”
                “Sir?”
                “It seems that you have managed to retain this even though you are authority.”
                “Sir?”
                “That’s practically zen.”
                -Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

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                  #9
                  It's a Black Ballistic/Island zipper combo and I think it looks really sharp.

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