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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?

    Saludos,
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    Soon to be bikepacking South America making & printing family portraits for those who've NONE. www.theironlyportrait.com

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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.

    <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

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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.

    https://www.guetermann.com/shop/en/v...&type=consumer

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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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