• 05-11-2014
    dream4est
    2 Attachment(s)
    New Tour Divide Gas Tank!
    Superlight. Mad volume. No sway. Narrow for long out of saddle efforts.
    Just need the new bike to put it on!Attachment 892458Attachment 892459
  • 09-12-2014
    Addy Marx
    8 Attachment(s)
    Cuben Fiber Full Kit
    A cuben fiber kit I made earlier this year in prep for Summer bike packing fun.
  • 09-13-2014
    Marna_Kazmaier
    4 Attachment(s)
    Attachment 923086Attachment 923087Attachment 923088Attachment 923089Mine is "old school". We used to bicycle camp and are working toward getting back into it. It has been a few years (like 16). In the past I made all our gear. I can't even remember all the sets of Saddle Bags and Handle Bar Bags I have made, over the years, for bicycles between my own and my kids. I have the information of how I make these and the Hard Panniers too, on Does My Butt Look Big In The Saddle - Front Page and or Far Out Living - Front Page

    The difference between a set of Panniers and a Saddlebag is the fabric that holds the two Panniers together on the Saddlebag.
  • 11-04-2014
    nocnypatrol.org
    made harness prototype
  • 11-06-2014
    tartosuc
    4 Attachment(s)
    i had an idea for a front bag setup with a rigid holder.

    first prototype seem good. need some finishingAttachment 936966Attachment 936967Attachment 936968Attachment 936969
  • 11-06-2014
    Marna_Kazmaier
    You all really "do nice work". I enjoy seeing your gear and what you have designed.

    I have my patterns cut our for my Handle Bar Sling and the bag for within. I will need my husband to help me draw out, trace, my Frame Bag.

    I also made a Bright Yellow Polar Fleece Scarf to size with velcro closure. That way, while riding, it does not have long ends to get caught in things so that you might get choked or pulled off the bike. I used to make these for horse back riding for myself and others. I made a matching Balaclava and an Ear Band. Yesterday I bought Neon Green Fleece to make more....to match the color of my new Gravity Bullseye Monster Fatty. Ha3
  • 11-16-2014
    tartosuc
    5 Attachment(s)
    My rigid farme setup did not work as i wanted so i build a harness today.
    Its got fiberglass strips to make it more stable.

    I also made a bladder pocket out of a old wetsuit to prevent my water to freeze
  • 01-22-2015
    toothjockey
    1 Attachment(s)
    polyester thread info
    I am hoping you guys can shed some light on thread for me. I have read that all polyester is crucial for outdoor gear. I bought some at Joann Fabrics- Coats & Clarks OUTDOOR 100% polyester.
    Attachment 957819
    I am trying to get the kenmore 158 i bought off of CL to work (missing a thread guide) and the repairman is telling me not to bother if I'm going to keep using this thread. Is there all polyester thread that is more friendly with a home machine? I am getting very frustrated with the whole thing. I can't find out any information about this thread, but it looks like there are different gauges of polyester thread? What are you guys using? I would love to make a tool roll for saddle, handlebar harness, tarp, etc.
  • 01-22-2015
    toothjockey
    deleted
  • 01-22-2015
    dream4est
    If your machine won't handle that poly thread, you need a more powerful machine.
    I had the same issue. A bag maker clued me in on which old machines workwell. Older is better in home machines- small non-commercial machines of today have plastic parts and weak motors. One of the old strong machines is the singer 15 series and it's many clones. I ended up with a Japanese clone that puts that exact thread thru 6 layers of vx21. All day. My singer from the 70's is nice for zigzag and such but can't handle poly thread at all. Plastic garbage really.
  • 01-23-2015
    1 Speed
    I'm with dream4est.... I do my bags on a 60+ year old German machine. Of course, it's an industral saddle making machine with a motor about the size of an old Beetle motor. Look on Ebay or find a good industrial machine vendor. They often carry used machines and they're usually a lot less expensive than new as well as being of higher quality, in many cases.
  • 01-23-2015
    fotooutdoors
    I would agree, but, if you want to work on some lighter weight gear in the interim, Gutterman thread is lighter than the Coats & Clark that I have (I think this is the same thread you are trying to work with) and very good quality. That said, if your machine can't work with the Coats and Clark thread, webbing will be a non-starter regardless of the thread. But you should be able to sew something like a silnylon tarp and maybe a frame bag, depending on how you do attachment for the latter.
  • 01-23-2015
    Harold
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bikepackingdude View Post
    Anybody ever make a sleeping bag?

    Old post, I know, but I did make sleeping bags a few years back.

    My Homemade Hiking Quilts | The GPS Geek

    Right now, I'm working on a couple pairs of insulated pogies and afterwards I plan to do a seat bag.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/fat-bikes/diy...ns-942156.html
  • 01-23-2015
    TheirOnlyPortrait
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Addy Marx View Post
    A cuben fiber kit I made earlier this year in prep for Summer bike packing fun.

    Hola Addy Marx,

    where do you buy the cuben fiber?

    Saludos,
    Federico
  • 01-29-2015
    chrisx
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by toothjockey View Post
    I am hoping you guys can shed some light on thread for me. I have read that all polyester is crucial for outdoor gear. I bought some at Joann Fabrics- Coats & Clarks OUTDOOR 100% polyester.
    Attachment 957819
    I am trying to get the kenmore 158 i bought off of CL to work (missing a thread guide) and the repairman is telling me not to bother if I'm going to keep using this thread. Is there all polyester thread that is more friendly with a home machine? I am getting very frustrated with the whole thing. I can't find out any information about this thread, but it looks like there are different gauges of polyester thread? What are you guys using? I would love to make a tool roll for saddle, handlebar harness, tarp, etc.

    When I had this problem, they gave me some thinner nylon thread to use. After they laughed at me for not listening the first time.
  • 01-30-2015
    1 Speed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheirOnlyPortrait View Post
    Hola Addy Marx,

    where do you buy the cuben fiber?

    Saludos,
    Federico

    Hi Federico.... I buy mine here. You might consider the Hybrid version as it helps a lot against abrasion problems which Cuben is prone to ZPacks.com Ultralight Backpacking Gear - Materials
  • 01-30-2015
    Harold
    1 Attachment(s)
    I use a Singer 5525 from the early 80's.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/8007861@N04/16398091585" title="DIY Pogies by Nate, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7365/16398091585_92aef73644_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="DIY Pogies"></a>

    Yesterday I was sewing 1000D Cordura with this thread

    Attachment 960071

    With a heavy needle, I was sewing bar tacks through 8 layers of fabric. It was on the edge of the machine's capability, but possible.

    I use this stuff for lighter work with a finer needle. No problem whatsoever.

    https://www.guetermann.com/shop/en/v...&type=consumer
  • 02-02-2015
    getoutnride
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by toothjockey View Post
    I am hoping you guys can shed some light on thread for me. I have read that all polyester is crucial for outdoor gear. I bought some at Joann Fabrics- Coats & Clarks OUTDOOR 100% polyester.
    Attachment 957819
    I am trying to get the kenmore 158 i bought off of CL to work (missing a thread guide) and the repairman is telling me not to bother if I'm going to keep using this thread. Is there all polyester thread that is more friendly with a home machine? I am getting very frustrated with the whole thing. I can't find out any information about this thread, but it looks like there are different gauges of polyester thread? What are you guys using? I would love to make a tool roll for saddle, handlebar harness, tarp, etc.

    I ended up using this same thread. It was the only thread I found that wouldn't break before the fabric ripped out. I had trouble at first with it jamming or fraying. First you need to adjust your lower bobbin tension so that is slides out properly (for set up see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaH9yB7XUBk) Second make sure your needle is big enough and has a large eye for the thread. I was using a Schmetz 100/16 needle and could go through 3 layers of heavy fabric and nylon webbing, be it at the capacity of the machine. Hope this helps.
  • 02-02-2015
    Addy Marx
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheirOnlyPortrait View Post
    Hola Addy Marx,

    where do you buy the cuben fiber?

    Saludos,
    Federico

    Hola Federico,
    The best source is Zpacks. ZPacks.com Ultralight Backpacking Gear - Shelter
    They're the best!
  • 02-13-2015
    Dragonturbo3
    Hi Guys,
    I was hoping for some help selecting a machine. I found an old used Sears Kenmore at a sewing machine shop. It looks like it is from the 80's and is beefy looking. I let the owner of the shop know what I would be doing with it and he said that will be fine. Is there anything I should be looking for to make sure it can handle the heavy duty work.
    Thanks for the help.

    Michael
  • 02-14-2015
    jan_nikolajsen
    Have you seen the recent lively thread below about sewing machines?
  • 02-14-2015
    Marna_Kazmaier
    I will say it again. <smiles>

    I make Harnesses for a living. Marna&#39;s Menagerie - Front Page and Marna&#39;s Menagerie - Front Page IT IS NOT THE SEWING MACHINE it is the needles and threads used. And you need to go back over your seams at least three times to make them very strong, strong enough to hold all your items with the bag getting rough use on the trail.
  • 02-14-2015
    Marna_Kazmaier
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dream4est View Post
    superlight. Mad volume. No sway. Narrow for long out of saddle efforts.
    Just need the new bike to put it on!Attachment 892458Attachment 892459

    that looks very nice!
  • 02-15-2015
    dream4est
    1 Attachment(s)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Marna_Kazmaier View Post
    that looks very nice!

    Thanks. I have been going without that bag lately I think I am about to add it back in and ditch the backpack for race season.Attachment 964593
  • 02-19-2015
    Pynchonite
    Where'd everyone learn to sew/where on the Internet can I learn to sew/are there any particularly good books on sewing?
  • 02-19-2015
    jn35646
    Google, YouTube, scrap fabric and a sewing machine are all ya need. If you enjoy the learning part of it you'll figure it all out. I'm on the journey myself.
  • 02-19-2015
    toothjockey
    2 Attachment(s)
    I am hoping you guys can help diagnose a sewing issue. I was stitching some practice lines, (just bought some new thread and needles) and it looks like the machine is skipping stitches. I messed around with the thread tension, and can't really tell if it made a difference. it seems that it skipped more when the setting was for longer stitches (not sure what the correct term is). Here are a couple of picks. Its hard to see in the background of the pics, but one of the lines was of much smaller/short stitches and looks better...ATTACH=CONFIG]965985[/ATTACH]Attachment 965984
    I think the bobbin tension is ok, but am not sure... I am a complete novice so any info would be much appreciated
  • 02-20-2015
    1 Speed
    Wow... for me, that's a tough one to diagnose. It could be not enough bobbin tension or thread tension as well. Try rethreading the machine. That works for me when mine kind of wigs out. Check to make sure that your needle is in correctly as well. Other than that, I'm kind of out of ideas provided it's not a machine problem.
  • 02-20-2015
    abrooks
    Hi,
    I'm new to this pack making lark, but I'm an old hand at sewing and machines...
    To set up a nice balanced stitch, where the the threads interlock between plys of fabric use difference coloured (UK spelling) thread.
    In my experience, the cause of skip stitching can be varied.
    Here are a few problem solving tips.
    1, if it was sewing ok and suddenly it is not, check that it's threaded correctly.
    2, Check needle. when sewing thicker fabrics, the needle and be easily deflected and hit the throat plate. This can bur the needle point or even bend it.
    3, If you have just changed a needle, check that it is pushed all the way up in the needle bar.
    4, Remove the bobbin and check the for snagging in the under thread.
    5, Remove throat plate clean any build up of fibers.
    6, It could be that the hook point is too far away from the needle scarf. With home machines this is the way they are setup. The manufactures don't expect them to be used with heavy weight materials. A thicker needle may get you by.
    Beyond this, it's having some who knows a thing or two about machines to lok at it. Or there may be a youtube video instruction on how to set up a machine.

    Good luck
  • 03-09-2015
    TheirOnlyPortrait
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 1 Speed View Post
    Hi Federico.... I buy mine here. You might consider the Hybrid version as it helps a lot against abrasion problems which Cuben is prone to ZPacks.com Ultralight Backpacking Gear - Materials

    Thanks for the tip 1 Speed!

    Saludos,
    Federico
  • 03-09-2015
    TheirOnlyPortrait
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Addy Marx View Post
    Hola Federico,
    The best source is Zpacks. ZPacks.com Ultralight Backpacking Gear - Shelter
    They're the best!

    Hola Andy,

    Sorry for the late response... I'm trying to get a decent bag with Cordura (much cheaper for practice) and will be ordering some cuben fiber at Zpacks as soon as I'm able to build something decent :)

    Saludos,
    Federico
  • 03-20-2015
    brankulo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by toothjockey View Post
    I am hoping you guys can help diagnose a sewing issue. I was stitching some practice lines, (just bought some new thread and needles) and it looks like the machine is skipping stitches. I messed around with the thread tension, and can't really tell if it made a difference. it seems that it skipped more when the setting was for longer stitches (not sure what the correct term is). Here are a couple of picks. Its hard to see in the background of the pics, but one of the lines was of much smaller/short stitches and looks better...ATTACH=CONFIG]965985[/ATTACH]Attachment 965984
    I think the bobbin tension is ok, but am not sure... I am a complete novice so any info would be much appreciated

    i had this problem in my beginners sewing days when i inserted needle backwards.
  • 03-20-2015
    TheirOnlyPortrait
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bikepackingdude View Post
    Just finished my first frame pack and it is harder than it looks and I learned a lot, made a few mistakes but hey thats part of learning.

    Hola bikepackingdude!

    I'll try to build my first frame bag this weekend... hopefully I'll have something to share on Monday ;)

    Have a great weekend!

    Saludos,
    Federico
  • 04-02-2015
    Megashnauzer
    what do you guys use to seal the seams? tape or the liquid stuff?
  • 04-02-2015
    1 Speed
    I've used the sealing tape before but the liquid I've only used on my tent.
  • 04-02-2015
    brankulo
    Does anyone know of fabric that will not frey? Fleece is not what i need and hypalon is too expensive. Also would be nice if it came in couple colors
  • 04-02-2015
    NickandBruce


    I'm hoping to turn this into a 3 compartment full frame pack flared at the front for bike packing with a Krampus.

    1050 d Ballistic for frame tube panels, dividers, and reinforcements
    210 d Dyneema X gridstop for the main panels
    1.9 oz/yd PU coated ripstop for internal panel
    mesh for small inner pocket

    The plan is pretty simple: a top pocket for holding a 3L bladder with hose port, a lower pocket for additional storage (clothes & tool probably), and a flat panel on the opposite side with a mesh pocket up top for holding snacks. Debating on adding a port on the flat pocket side for USB cables.
  • 04-17-2015
    TheirOnlyPortrait
    1 Attachment(s)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheirOnlyPortrait View Post
    Hola bikepackingdude!

    I'll try to build my first frame bag this weekend... hopefully I'll have something to share on Monday ;)

    Have a great weekend!

    Saludos,
    Federico

    Hola!

    Sorry for the late response, I'd been bikepacking Northern Argentina for my 1st warm up trip :)

    My bags don't look great up close, but they did a great job during my trip!

    Saludos,
    Federico
    Attachment 981902
  • 04-17-2015
    TheirOnlyPortrait
    1 Attachment(s)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheirOnlyPortrait View Post
    Hola!

    Sorry for the late response, I'd been bikepacking Northern Argentina for my 1st warm up trip :)

    My bags don't look great up close, but they did a great job during my trip!

    Saludos,
    Federico
    Attachment 981902

    Attachment 981910
  • 04-17-2015
    drøn
    1 Attachment(s)
    sewing stuff with an eager 4yo on your lap is quite a challenge...
    Attachment 981960
  • 05-28-2015
    Megashnauzer
    we feed our dogs beneful dog food from a 40lb bag. the plastic the bag is made if is some pretty nice stuff. i've made some tote bags and a wallet with it. i'm not sure of the durability of it but it might be good to use for a mock up. the bags are taped together so when i pulled it all apart it makes a sheet about 36"X39".
  • 05-28-2015
    Marna_Kazmaier
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by drøn View Post
    sewing stuff with an eager 4yo on your lap is quite a challenge...
    Attachment 981960

    Very Cute!
  • 05-28-2015
    Marna_Kazmaier
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Megashnauzer View Post
    we feed our dogs beneful dog food from a 40lb bag. the plastic the bag is made if is some pretty nice stuff. i've made some tote bags and a wallet with it. i'm not sure of the durability of it but it might be good to use for a mock up. the bags are taped together so when i pulled it all apart it makes a sheet about 36"X39".

    YOU ARE SO RIGHT! Feed Bags are WONDERFUL for so many things...here are a few I use them for,
    Far Out Living - 101 Uses For Empty Feed Bags

    On another one of our website I have how to make a Bag For Hanging Human Food while camping and Bickpacking. I have photos there. Does My Butt Look Big In The Saddle - Trail Spinning
  • 05-29-2015
    dream4est
    3 Attachment(s)
    Here are some recent pix of bags I am rocking for the Tour Divide 2015 coming up in 2 weeks.Attachment 992116Attachment 992117Attachment 992118Attachment 992121
  • 05-29-2015
    TobyGadd
    Looks great, Mark!

    How are you attaching the little bag on the downtube?
  • 05-29-2015
    dream4est
    Hi Toby!
    That white bag has one gas tank style webbing/velcro/d ring deal. Its hard to see as its black and butted up to the downtube. I also use a reusable zip tie to pull it in at the top where the bag folds down and buckles. Its attached to the small zip tie for the rear brake guide. That keeps it from rubbing front tire at full compress. I love the reusable zips- i got em for a gps mount, spot mount and a phone mount inside the gas tank. I can be in and out of that downtube bag real quick.
  • 05-29-2015
    TobyGadd
    Cool, thanks Mark. I'm going to check into reusable zips!

    Good luck out there this summer. I always enjoy watching your Spot. Back-to-back Triple Crowns would be simply be unbelievably cool!
  • 05-29-2015
    Marna_Kazmaier
    Very Nice Dreams4est. I like the way you have used areas that might have been overlooked. <smiles> Nice work on the bags too. I am looking forward to hearing about your trip and how the equipment all worked out for you. Thanks for sharing all the photos.
  • 07-30-2015
    NickandBruce
    4 Attachment(s)
    I just realized I never posted my bag.

    Attachment 1005306
    Attachment 1005303

    I used 210D Dyneema X Gridstop for the main panels since both of my packs with 1000+ miles on them look near flawless. 1050 D ballistic nylon for the edges facing tubes because I had no idea how heavy it was, next time it'll be lighter. The inner panel for the map pocket is polyurethane coated ripstop nylon.

    Attachment 1005304

    On the right it has a top pocket with room and ports for my 3L water bladder/inline filter and battery packs, with a lower compartment for flat kit/tools. The left side has a full length map pocket with a mesh pouch at the top for snacks.

    Attachment 1005307

    Thanks to everyone in this thread for the help!
  • 09-16-2015
    brankulo
    2 Attachment(s)
    Finally done with my mid. The color is little too much but otherwise i am pretty happyAttachment 1015955

    Attachment 1015957
  • 09-17-2015
    Carmel
    Woah, nice! Can you post some more infos like dimensions, weight etc. ?
  • 09-17-2015
    brankulo
    i'll get exact dimensions and weight later. it is not completely done as i need to add intermediate tie outs on the ridges, few other convenience details inside and seam seal the whole thing. it fits 2 people, i am 6'2" an have plenty of room in 1/2 of the space. packs tiny, i like that a lot.
  • 03-04-2016
    cuppis
    My new DIY roll top framebag.


  • 03-04-2016
    1 Speed
    Nicely done! I haven't made an attempt at a roll-top frame bag yet... in part because I've yet to understand the perceived benefit. What do you like better about it? FYI - That's not criticism, I'm actually curious... even as a bag maker. I've honestly never had issues with zippers, maybe that's why I'm perplexed.
  • 03-04-2016
    cuppis
    ^I did not have zippers in stock so I decided to try the roll top.
    I have not had problems with zippers, but this seemed like a good solution.
    Zipperless Frame Bag Review - BIKEPACKING.com
  • 03-04-2016
    1 Speed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cuppis View Post
    ^I did not have zippers in stock so I decided to try the roll top.
    I have not had problems with zippers, but this seemed like a good solution.
    Zipperless Frame Bag Review - BIKEPACKING.com

    What do they say... Necessity is the mother of invention? Again, nicely done. It'd be great if you'd give an update after you've used them.
  • 03-04-2016
    toothjockey
    A bit off topic- I accidentally burned some holes in my patagonia R1 fleece. The holes are around 1 inch in diameter and there are 3 close together, and a fourth one a few inches below. Looking for recommendations for repairing it. I have tenacious tape that I could patch it with, inside and outside or should I find some fleece and so patches? Both?
  • 03-04-2016
    1 Speed
    I'd say, especially since it's a Patagucci jacket... check here Repair Your Gear - Patagonia® Repair & Product Care Guides
  • 03-11-2016
    Carmel
    Just did my first bags, a framebag for my Straggler and a small handlebar pouch for snacks, camera etc. Handlebar bag design is based on the one made by Yanco.
    Apart from wishing for a stronger sewing machine it went off surprisingly smooth!


    Straggler


    Handlebar bag
  • 03-22-2016
    Yuval11
    3 Attachment(s)
    Hi my home made bikepacking gear
    Hi
    Bottle holder from 4inch plastic pipe
    Frame bags with my wife sewing help
    Bottle holder (82 gram) are fit up to 2 liter water bottle or small bag
    2 holder on the front fork +1 under the frame
    Bike are Kona Hei Hei trial DL 2016
  • 03-22-2016
    Yuval11
    1 Attachment(s)
    Bottle holder on the front fork
    Cut from 4inch pipe + 2 strap
  • 03-22-2016
    1 Speed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Yuval11 View Post
    Hi
    Bottle holder from 4inch plastic pipe
    Frame bags with my wife sewing help
    Bottle holder (82 gram) are fit up to 2 liter water bottle or small bag
    2 holder on the front fork +1 under the frame
    Bike are Kona Hei Hei trial DL 2016

    As a fan of color... I love the material pattern! Is is picnic table fabric or printed Cordura? Also, I'm just curious as to why you have the zipper on the main bag parallel with the downtube? Personally (granted, it's not my bag), I would worry about things falling out when I opened it. If it's for water, then it makes a lot of sense. Interesting top tube/seat tube bag. Those longer ones are becoming more popular. I get more and more requests for those.
  • 03-22-2016
    Yuval11
    Hi
    Fabric are printed Cordura.
    Zippers are for the bottle holder only, nor for the bag.
    Bottle holder are also connect to the frame tube with a lot fo stiky plastic tape.
  • 03-22-2016
    Yuval11
    1 Attachment(s)
    Fast open\close Adjastable strached strap
    Low coast easy to make
  • 04-16-2016
    rusheleven
    2 Attachment(s)
    *DISCLAIMER* - These are not mine. I found them on the googlez. If the owner doesn't want the pics here I will gladly take them down. I thought they were to cool not to share. Please check out his website. There are a few more pictures and his commentary along with them. Worth the read for sure.

    The handlebar bag is made out of a roadkill raccoon and the frame bag is made out of bark tanned deer hide. Awesome.

  • 05-10-2016
    Marna_Kazmaier
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by brankulo View Post
    Finally done with my mid. The color is little too much but otherwise i am pretty happyAttachment 1015955

    Attachment 1015957

    WOW! I LOVE THE COLOR.....and Man! Nice Job!
  • 05-10-2016
    Marna_Kazmaier
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cuppis View Post
    My new DIY roll top framebag.



    That looks very nice! My problem with it is that I would try to add too much stuff in it...and it would not close! <winks>
  • 05-28-2016
    Skeeno
    5 Attachment(s)
    Just got a Marin Pine Mountain 1. I needed a new bag to fit the new triangle size. It has mounting tabs on the top tube, so I decided to try out a internal frame and ditch the velcro straps. First I fabbed up some 1/16"x1" aluminum flat bar.

    Then grandma and I made the bag with sleeves to insert the bars. Mounted up perfectly and I'm loving the look.
  • 05-30-2016
    Limeng
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bikepackingdude View Post
    Thank you 1 Speed. I did use some soft shell material for the flat parts that hit the frame and on the bottom of the hook and loop (velcro) and the main body of the pack I used 1000d Cordura.

    Good pack and a cute dog...
  • 07-12-2016
    wesMAmyke
    Any chance someone could point be to a source for foam and plastic bag stiffening type materials? All I can come up with is industrial sources for huge quantities.
  • 07-12-2016
    brankulo
    Home depot for foam, target, walmart or such for hdpe mats
  • 07-12-2016
    wesMAmyke
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by brankulo View Post
    Home depot for foam, target, walmart or such for hdpe mats

    Hmm...I walked all over both of those places and the local hardware store and found nothing.

    What product at Walmart consists of a hdpe mat? A cutting mat?

    All they had at Home depot was rigid insulation foam.
  • 07-13-2016
    brankulo
    Its a roll of foam, pink, it is normally used under sill plates in construction. Hdpe can be found in kitchen department in form of rectaangular mats that you would put on dining table

    Owens Corning Foam SealR Sill Plate Gasket 5-1/2 in. x 50 ft.-2FS - The Home Depot
  • 07-13-2016
    wesMAmyke
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by brankulo View Post
    Its a roll of foam, pink, it is normally used under sill plates in construction. Hdpe can be found in kitchen department in form of rectaangular mats that you would put on dining table

    Owens Corning Foam SealR Sill Plate Gasket 5-1/2 in. x 50 ft.-2FS - The Home Depot

    Thanks for the link. I don't think it's quite what I'm after. I'm looking for about 3ft x 1ft of closed cell insulation about 1/2" thick and as dense as possible while still coming off a roll and flexible-ish.

    I'll have to look again for place mats made of hdpe. Also thought about looking at yoga mats for the foam. The back panel of a hydration pack is about the exact type of foam I'm trying to find, I'm about ready to cut up an old one.

    Would prefer to find an actual source for this type of stuff so I can repeat the process without hunting Walmart for supplies.
  • 07-13-2016
    campergf23
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wesMAmyke View Post
    Thanks for the link. I don't think it's quite what I'm after. I'm looking for about 3ft x 1ft of closed cell insulation about 1/2" thick and as dense as possible while still coming off a roll and flexible-ish.
    .

    Would a blue sleeping mat work for you? Their made up of closed cell foam and you could get a 1/2" thick one and cut it to the size you wanted. I don't know if it'll be ridged enough but it could probably work... It'd be better than a yoga mat.


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  • 07-13-2016
    wesMAmyke
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by campergf23 View Post
    Would a blue sleeping mat work for you? Their made up of closed cell foam and you could get a 1/2" thick one and cut it to the size you wanted. I don't know if it'll be ridged enough but it could probably work... It'd be better than a yoga mat.


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    I had just thought of the camping mat idea after posting about the yoga mat. I'm less concerned with rigidity and more looking for something dense enough as it's actually going to function as padding and not just stiffening material.

    I'll have to make another trip to look at things to cut up and reuse. So far have only found one place that sells what might be the type of foam I'm looking for in a reasonable quantity so I don't end up with 100ft of something I can't use.

    Will have to look out for things made of hdpe plastic as well, no luck with a source for that either.
  • 10-05-2016
    Rideandthrive
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    Frame pack for under $15?
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    I made my own frame pack for about $15 to get me started, out of a drain pipe extender I had in my garage. I wanted to:

    A. Make sure I enjoyed bike packing before splashing out on more expensive gear, and
    B. Get out on the trails fast.

    I was pleasantly surprised with the results. The gear I built has stood up well for over 400km and being built of flexible plastic is lightweight, not susceptible to staining or tearing, and can be left on the bike when it's on a car rack by simply bending it out of the way. The top half of the drain pipe fits over the top tube and clips into the bottom part using standard MEC webbing and clips attached with zip ties. It is not as pretty as a Revelate bag but as a bike packing experiment: it works.

    The trips I did with this setup this summer have whet my appetite for more riding, but I am in no rush to replace it with a proper bag just yet. It has proven rugged and useful, negating the need for a backpack on day rides as well. Access is excellent, unlike the one-zipper frame bag that swallows up smaller items into the depths, never to be seen again.

    I leave it on the bike pretty much full time, but removing is as simple as undoing the straps and unscrewing the water bottle screws that secure it to the frame.

    You can see more pics at:

    https://rideandthrive.wordpress.com/...packing-setup/
  • 10-14-2016
    kyle_vk
    Make Your Own Bikepacking gear
    Finally got around to sewing up a frame bag. Nothing fancy, single pocket with a single zipper, Velcro straps, and a rain flap over the zipper.








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  • 10-16-2016
    kyle_vk
    I'm thinking of trying my hand at some pogies/bar mitts. It true DIY fashion (and because I'm on a budget) I'm looking to reuse existing material. I remembered an old wetsuit was sitting in the basement and was wondering if that would be a good option for the job, or at least as an outer material with the option of adding a layer of insulated material inside if it needed to be warmer.

    Thoughts?
  • 10-16-2016
    campergf23
    ^neoprene (wetsuit material) is often used to make pogies for water sports like kayaking due to it's ability to keep it's insulation value when wet. It should work fairly well for mtb pogies. I don't know how hard it would be to work with.


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  • 11-30-2016
    misternicholas
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    Tool Roll
    I made a rollup tool bag. It's designed to carry everything needed while bike packing. My tires are setup tubeless but I like to carry 2 tubes & a pump just incase.

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  • 12-01-2016
    1 Speed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by misternicholas View Post
    I made a rollup tool bag. It's designed to carry everything needed while bike packing. My tires are setup tubeless but I like to carry 2 tubes & a pump just incase.

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    Really nicely done. The attached light is a great touch for night time repairs. ....And yes, two tubes is a good idea, especially for when you're a long way away from shops. I really like the orange Cordura-like fabric. Do you know what it is?
  • 12-01-2016
    misternicholas
    Thanks! The material I bought from ripstopbytheroll:
    https://ripstopbytheroll.com/product...nt=18632565057

    The bag fits on the back of my seat so it's mostly used as a rear light. It is one of those fancy rear/front lights so I could use it for repairs too. Hopefully I'm not doing too many night time repairs!

    Frame bags coming soon for an AWOL & Fargo. Waiting on fabric.
  • 12-01-2016
    dbhammercycle
    That's a nice little bag, but it may benefit from having an extended flap on one side, a small strip of velcro may be nice but not necessary as the straps extend around the bag. I would buy that. :)
  • 12-03-2016
    misternicholas
    Make Your Own Bikepacking gear
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    That's a nice little bag, but it may benefit from having an extended flap on one side, a small strip of velcro may be nice but not necessary as the straps extend around the bag. I would buy that. :)

    Are you talking about a flap to keep the tools from falling out? It has one of those. My first version did not & tools fell out easily. I have about 150 miles with it under my seat & no problems.

    I try to not sure a lot of Velcro because it generally fails easily.

    Here are some better pics:



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  • 12-05-2016
    yukonfatbike
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wesMAmyke View Post
    Hmm...I walked all over both of those places and the local hardware store and found nothing.

    What product at Walmart consists of a hdpe mat? A cutting mat?

    All they had at Home depot was rigid insulation foam.



    For a light weight stiffener, try the cheap roll-up cutting boards made for backpacking from any dollar store (cheap) or fancy backpacking outfit (more expensive, same thing). Work great for making bikepacking gear
  • 12-06-2016
    kyle_vk
    Did some initial testing and decided to make some cuts into the wetsuit so now I'm committed. It was far to small anyways so no risk if I screw it up. It turns out that the arm hole is a nice fit over the handle bar, tight but not to tight to get over the shifter. The leg hole also seems about perfect for my arm, it would be snug with a thick coat but should be perfect, just slightly loose at mid forearm, when I'm wearing normal cold layers. The arm didn't have a whole lot of area to work with so i may need to add some fabric to connect the two, but it looks like it could very well work out.

    A couple pics of it very roughly pinned together after first rough cuts.




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  • 02-03-2017
    skankingbiker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cuppis View Post
    My new DIY roll top framebag.



    What material did you use?
  • 02-03-2017
    skankingbiker
    Is this a dumb idea? Use/modify an molle small dog harness to serve as a seat post cradle for a 15L dry bag in the back?

  • 02-04-2017
    1 Speed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by skankingbiker View Post
    Is this a dumb idea? Use/modify an molle small dog harness to serve as a seat post cradle for a 15L dry bag in the back?


    Just a quick look at this pic and I'd say that it's probably quite a reasonable idea.
  • 03-24-2017
    ShredAZ
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    Seatbag Harness
    I recently picked up a sewing hobby. When I heard my buddies were interested in dabbling in bike packing, I decided to try making my own gear.

    I started with a seatbag harness. Essentially, it's a harness designed to accept any sort of drybag/stuff sack. Really happy with how it turned out!

    Cost of materials were maybe $15 - $20.

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  • 04-22-2017
    kyle_vk
    Does anyone have a pattern/template for a saddle bag (or dry bag holster)? I'm going back and forth on some different ideas and would love to be able to knock one out that's proven so that i can react and make adjustments.
  • 04-27-2017
    Lordie
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kyle_vk View Post
    Does anyone have a pattern/template for a saddle bag (or dry bag holster)? I'm going back and forth on some different ideas and would love to be able to knock one out that's proven so that i can react and make adjustments.

    yup i would like to know as well something like the terrapin but able to hold a regular 5L drybag
  • 05-14-2017
    kitejumping
    3 Attachment(s)
    First version of my framebag, made using water resistant canvas, 2nd version will use x-pac. Holds 3L of water, snacks, phone, keys, etc... allows me to go for longer rides without needing a backpack or hip pack. This frame only fits a 20oz water bottle in a cage, so 3L is a big upgrade. Will use the id badge reel trick to mount the bite valve once one arrives in the mail. The ROK straps used to secure the bladder to the downtube and keep it from bulging into the crank arms work excellent.

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  • 05-14-2017
    misternicholas
    Here are some pics of a few new bags I have made in the past few months:

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  • 05-28-2017
    ToMorrow
    @ShredAZ - I made one VERY similar to that. I made it initially as a test run and would build up something nicer/stronger when it failed. 2 years later it's holding strong. I like it because I can run a smaller bag on the mtb and then use the same harness with larger bag on the road bike. Having the extra feet of cord has come in handy as well.
  • 05-30-2017
    kitejumping
    1 Attachment(s)
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    DH bike version, made from x Pac, weight about .25 lbs and fits a hydrapak and snacks. It made porcupine rim a lot more fun last weekend not having to bring a backpack.
  • 06-07-2017
    kitejumping
    3 Attachment(s)
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    Getting better at it, made this one for a darkside to carry tools and stuff, xpac is super light, only weighs 60g.
  • 06-09-2017
    kyle_vk
    For those that have made feedbags, do you use any sort of stiffener to maintain the shape? i've got some left over x-pac type material from a frame bag project and some 1.9oz ripstop as well, so i'm planning on having a go at a feedbag over the next couple weeks.
  • 06-09-2017
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kyle_vk View Post
    For those that have made feedbags, do you use any sort of stiffener to maintain the shape? i've got some left over x-pac type material from a frame bag project and some 1.9oz ripstop as well, so i'm planning on having a go at a feedbag over the next couple weeks.

    I don't, for the most part. On the Cookie Jar that I make, the liner is basically a coozie, for lack of a better term. It's also removable. The foam inside the layers of cordura lining, helps to add rigidity. That, along with the heavy Cordura that I use on the outside of the bag and the vertical ribs (from the four panels) on the bag, gives it a pretty fair bit of stiffness.