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    New Tour Divide Gas Tank!

    Superlight. Mad volume. No sway. Narrow for long out of saddle efforts.
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    Cuben Fiber Full Kit

    A cuben fiber kit I made earlier this year in prep for Summer bike packing fun.
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Size:  113.5 KBMine 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.

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    made harness prototype

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    i had an idea for a front bag setup with a rigid holder.

    first prototype seem good. need some finishingMake Your Own Bikepacking gear-img_20141105_202337.jpgMake Your Own Bikepacking gear-img_20141105_202201.jpgMake Your Own Bikepacking gear-img_20141105_201843.jpgMake Your Own Bikepacking gear-img_20141105_201854.jpg
    expensive cars are a waste of money. Expensive bikes...not so much!

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    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

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    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
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    expensive cars are a waste of money. Expensive bikes...not so much!

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    DIY Pogies - Patterns/plans?

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    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?

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    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheirOnlyPortrait View Post
    Hola Addy Marx,

    where do you buy the cuben fiber?

    Saludos,
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    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
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    I use a Singer 5525 from the early 80's.

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    Yesterday I was sewing 1000D Cordura with this thread

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheirOnlyPortrait View Post
    Hola Addy Marx,

    where do you buy the cuben fiber?

    Saludos,
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    Hola Federico,
    The best source is Zpacks. ZPacks.com Ultralight Backpacking Gear - Shelter
    They're the best!

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    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

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    Have you seen the recent lively thread below about sewing machines?

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dream4est View Post
    superlight. Mad volume. No sway. Narrow for long out of saddle efforts.
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    that looks very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marna_Kazmaier View Post
    that looks very nice!
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    Where'd everyone learn to sew/where on the Internet can I learn to sew/are there any particularly good books on sewing?

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    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.

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    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]Make Your Own Bikepacking gear-p1010035.jpg
    I think the bobbin tension is ok, but am not sure... I am a complete novice so any info would be much appreciated
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    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.

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    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

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    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!

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    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

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    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]Click image for larger version. 

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    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.

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    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!

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    what do you guys use to seal the seams? tape or the liquid stuff?
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    I've used the sealing tape before but the liquid I've only used on my tent.

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    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

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    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.

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    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,
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    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,
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    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,
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    sewing stuff with an eager 4yo on your lap is quite a challenge...
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    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".
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    Quote Originally Posted by drøn View Post
    sewing stuff with an eager 4yo on your lap is quite a challenge...
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    Very Cute!

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    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

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    Here are some recent pix of bags I am rocking for the Tour Divide 2015 coming up in 2 weeks.Make Your Own Bikepacking gear-may2015bike-207.jpgMake Your Own Bikepacking gear-may2015bike-210.jpgAttachment 992118Make Your Own Bikepacking gear-may2015bike.2-003.jpg

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    Looks great, Mark!

    How are you attaching the little bag on the downtube?

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    I just realized I never posted my bag.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Thanks to everyone in this thread for the help!

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    Finally done with my mid. The color is little too much but otherwise i am pretty happyMake Your Own Bikepacking gear-img_0098.jpg

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