Tag: DIY

Patterns and Bags

Things come in waves and right now the wave is full of patterns. I haven’t pedaled in almost two weeks now. At all. But maybe some rest is a good thing, right?

Last night I worked on two patterns for some tall guys. Their frames are huge. I’m sure one could fit a small child in them. I’m not advocating that, simply pointing it out.

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Since I was in the bag making spirit I also worked on my own custom bag. Seems like bags for myself always fall to the back of the line. I’m sure that’s true for anyone that makes anything. Something about the cobblers kids have no shoes.

I was able to install the zipper on the drive side panel of my bag. Now I just need to lock down the patch placement.

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I’m pretty sure they will go here. It looks pretty good they will be a good distraction from the small child trapped in there. I mean, uh, nevermind.

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Camera Bag. Lessons Learned

Ok, so I finished assembling my first attempt at a camera bag. It came out kinda close to what I had intended, but there are many things to fix. The main thing is that I need more foam in the sides for the bag to hold shape. It’s pretty flimsy. It’s probably a combination of the fabric I used and not enough foam. I guess I really can’t have too much foam for a camera right?

I learned a trick in assembling the bottom. Thanks Scott. I need to adjust the measurements for the top flap, possibly even get rid of it. However aesthetically, once the measurements are fixed, I think it will look good. Also, it’s an extra piece of insurance in keeping the camera from popping out of the bag.

On the next one I’m going to add a microfiber interior that will allow me to attach a padded divider. I think that will help to give it some more shape, as well as keep the camera nice and snug in there.

Thanks for following along and apologies for the crappy iPhone pics. I was just taking them as I went along. Now quit reading this and go make something with your hands!

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Handlebar Bag V1

I finally attempted making a standard handlebar bag for a straight MTB bar. There was more to it than I had originally thought. More to plan out, more pieces to cut. That meant more to learn though. It’s opened my eyes in many things. I always get stoked when it goes from thoughts in my head to a bag that is mounted in my bike. That’s a pretty good feeling.

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Salsa Spearfish Framebag

I’m headed out this weekend on an overnighter with a couple of friends. After some local intel from Brendan at The Hub Cyclery I’ve decided to ride the Salsa Spearfish for this trip. The Spearfish is not a bike that I’ve ever used for bikepacking, and to be honest I’m still figuring out how to ride it. Having suspension is a foreign thing to me. I know it’s working, but it just feels weird. Who cares about that though.

The main issue for me is that the frame makes it tough to carry gear inside the triangle. I don’t like gear on my back, so this has been a concern for me. Also, the forks don’t have bottle mounts like my trusty Fargo does. So I made a custom framebag that is just big enough to carry a water bladder, which will equal the amount of water I’m used to traveling with The problem of course is that all the gear that I carry in my framebag will have to go somewhere else. That’s for another night though. Here are some in progress shots of the framebag and the payoff is the framebag mounted up. I still need to trim the straps to the right length, but the hard work is done. Now it’s time to ride it!

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Getting the Idea Out

I’ve been thinking about a specific bag for the front of my Fargo since coming back from the Tour Divide. It was much tougher than I thought to get the idea out of my head and assembled in real life. After a few frustrating hours and many ripped seams I managed to get something made. I’ve got some changes in mind already for the next one, but now that it’s in a physical form it’s much easier to figure out how to fix it. What do you think Scott?

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