I bought my Chrome Industries Mini Metro bag on 14 April 2011, and I can tell you this because I still have the receipt buried away in a box file.
This might seem weird and hoarder-ish, but the £101.99 I paid was a lot of money for my 18-year-old self. The bag’s label said it was ‘guaranteed for life’ and clearly I wanted to hold Chrome to its word should I ever need to.
However, over a decade later, I can tell you I have had no need to call on Chrome. The bag has withstood years of being hurled around.
Courier bags may not hold the same appeal as they did back in 2011. But their flap-over designs and how they hang at an angle across the wearer’s back are still signifiers to many of a particular mentality and time, when fixies were the cool bike of choice and bike messengers could enjoy a weird Z-list level of internet fame.
My Mini Metro bag may have become a mnemonic for my late-teen awkwardness and early-adult-life idiocy, but the fact I still use it when I commute by bike means it is undeniably a High-Mileage Hero. The buckle
Chrome’s bags are immediately recognisable due to their unique buckle design. Looking through pictures from the last decade of my life, the gleaming finish of the buckle is present in many of them.
The story goes that the people at Chrome wanted a messenger bag with a quick-release strap , so they salvaged a seatbelt […]