Lifesaving Bag

We have heard of numerous accounts of Timbuk2 bags acting as protective barriers from the pavement in motorcycle or bicycle accidents. Recently we received this letter from a customer which really struck a chord. We’re grateful that our bag helped save a life and even a laptop.

Dear Timbuk2,

A month ago my husband was riding his bicycle home from work in Silicon Valley when he was hit by a car. He’s an experienced rider who bikes 100+ miles a week, and he always wears his custom Swig backpack to protect his laptop. His neck was broken in three places upon impact and he sustained a lot of additional trauma.

When he was hit, his body was thrown off his bike, over the hood of the car and then onto the pavement. He tucked and curled on the way down and was able to avoid hitting his head and helmet. Instead, he hit first on the back of his neck/top of his shoulder blades and then rolled down on his backpack until he came to a stop.

The bag:

We think his Timbuk2 pack likely absorbed an enormous amount of force from the impact. It certainly saved him a significant amount of skin damage by padding his back. And, if you can believe it, his laptop still works. Barely a dent.

Each doctor we see tells us how lucky we are that he’s alive and that his injuries weren’t worse than they are. He’s recovering from several surgeries now and his prognosis is good.

We wanted to write to thank you so much for your product. I don’t know how much a part your pack played in saving his life, but I know it certainly saved him from far worse injury. We are so happy to have him still with us – and it’s thanks in part to you. “


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  2. Amy says:

    I once had a similar experience riding to work when my front tire got caught in a rail road track that was sort of at a 30 degree angle to the road. I started to go down, straight into the traffic on my left and my bag swung around to the other side of my body and righted me again. It was miraculous!

  3. nick says:

    I had a similar experience (minus the broken neck). When i was hit i did a flying flip over the hood of the car landing with a sholder roll. My product (RED) thumbprint messanger protected my back, and i too came away somehow with a functioning laptop. My beautiful italian steel Mondonico, on the other hand, did not survive the crash. Every single tube on the frame was bent and crushed. But i lived to ride another day.

  4. Joey says:

    What a heartfelt note! Speedy recovery to the injured rider!

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