They say practice makes perfect, and while it’s not perfect yet, it’s getting better. Over the weekend I finished my third frame bag for the Salsa Mukluk. Bag #1 came out ok. I learned how to install a zipper on that one, so that section wasn’t very clean. I also didn’t like the sharpness of the nose of the bag.
Bag #2 I learned how to install zipper stops and zipper pulls, which I think looks better than the Bag #1 zippers. However, I learned that the pattern I made was off by a little bit. I also didn’t sew very straight while assembling the bag so that lead to two big issues. Number one was that the bag was too small for the frame. Number two was that the bag had a twist in it, so it sat in the frame slightly crooked.
So it was back to the drawing board for bag #3. I made a new pattern. Applied what I learned on the previous bags and went to work. One thing that I didn’t expect was that bag #3 came together much faster. After having figured out different pieces of the puzzle on bags #1 and #2, the sewing and assembly was much faster. There are still a couple things that I need to work on, mostly the pass-through on the nose of the bag. Overall though, it came out pretty good.
I added a patch that my friend Marcus made for fellow randonneur Jim Swarzman. Jim was the victim of a hit and run while on a brevet near San Diego. Jim was a rider that I looked up to and we chatted about different adventure rides. I think he’d appreciate the snow bike in sunny So Cal so I wanted to put this patch on there.
Now I have to figure out what to make next! Another frame bag? A couple top bags? A backpack? It’s all in the queue. Just a matter of picking the order.