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    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.
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    First Bag

    Hey there BikePackingDude,
    Yea it can get a little tricky in some areas. Cool thing about sewing is that you can undo most of what went wrong and try again without to much damage to the material. Yea, keep it up, the more you put these things together the better you become at it and the easier it gets. Time for you to make a Handlebar pack and then a Seat Pack. Put up some pics if you can.
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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.
    While tough, it gives you a great feeling of accomplishment when you're done and use your bag, doesn't it? It definitely gives you a better feel for what bag makers go through with every bag. Doing exactly the same thing is how I got started making bags for other people and now it's what I do almost every day.

    Like T-Man... I'd like to see a photo or two.

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    Yeah it was a fun project and I am going to make a handlebar bag and a seat bag this winter. I am trying to post a photo but it wont upload, I am a dork with no computer skills at all lol. I will post it on my blog
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    here it is finally!
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    ... and if we just ...

    Dude.... it looks good. What material did you use? In the photo, it looks like a softshell material of some sort. Let us know how it works out for you.

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    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.
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    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.
    Nice clean looking bag !
    And your dog looks like it's begging to go outside...

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    Love the helper too. My helper is a cat... she loves to lay on the fabric the second it hits a flat surface. Looks like it fits well. I'm curious about how the softshell material holds up, especially where it rubs bottle mounts and cable stops. There's way more vibration in a frame bag than you'd expect.

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    No he was tired and wanting to in the house we did a ride in the morning. I am curious about the soft shell material myself I will let you know how it holds up
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    Great thread with good discussion.

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    Make Your Own Bikepacking gear

    Anybody ever make a sleeping bag?
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    Make Your Own Bikepacking gear

    Make your own bikepacking gear? Bike bags? Tarps?

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    Not directly bikepacking related, but. . .

    Here is a hack that I did with a CO2 pump so that you can store the cartridge inside the body

    Here is my attempt at some "power grip" style pedalsThis honestly didn't work all that great but ehh it might inspire someone. . .

    I would love to make a frame bag and rack as well. hopefully sooner rather than later.

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    OT, but do you have any pics of your diy bags dream4est? Especially interested in your seat bag.

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    I made this seat bag as a dry bag "holster" Per Jerry W's plans at:

    Full DIY Bikepacking Kit

    As far as I know, it is the first bag made to work with a dropper post and get full drop without any tire rub on a full suspension frame. As pictured it clears at full compression fully dropped 5" (KS i950r).

    The differences from Jerrys drawings/pics are:

    Cut the side panels smaller to keep holster closer to saddle.
    Spilt velcro at front and placed high around seat post clamp are to avoid limiting full travel of post.
    The extra nylon strap of top cam buckle was left long, wrapped around saddle rails and back onto itself with velcro attachment.
    Extra strap/cam buckle not attached to holster that pulls dry bag to saddle. It is the grey strap in pic.

    The extra strap and extra length top cam buckle strap are needed to hold the bag in place as you cant use a post wrap front velcro attachment (like the single wrap on the Pika or the double wrap on the Viscacha) or the post will only drop an inch or two and the bag will be too low in design so it would rub the tire at full compression even if you could get the post to drop all the way "through" the velcro.

    Like JerryW I am using multiple sizes of dry bags to fit the intented application. Pictured is the medium bag rolled up with a smallish load.

    Total weight with dry bag and extra strap is 7.5 oz. Cost me about $8 to make if that. Volume fully loaded is about Pika level.
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    Here is the rest.

    Frame bag is bolted to water bottle mounts and has a shock cord top tube mount. Super wide 3.5" flange, foam frame and mini cordura side rub panels. 4.5 oz
    Gas Tank is your basic gas tank. 1.8oz
    Faux harness is a stem bag in the shape of a beret that mounts to stem and has a nylon strap for front lower dry bag. Bag and dry bag weigh 4oz
    Upper front dry bag is kind of like a stuffable reverse harness. Twin nylon cam buckle straps mount it to lower dry bag and bars sandwiching cables in between. 3.5oz

    Material is black polyester, grey and orange silicone coated ripstop, blue cheap waterproof coated nylon and a little cordura in rub spots. Super light bags but hey I made them for AZT and CTR and I saved 1.25 lbs over the usual suspects gear.

    The point here is that while the guys who make the expensive stuff are worth every penny (the time involved is significant, a point that cannot be overlooked here), the bags cannot be dialed in to your bike with alterations and IMO dont feel perfect. Good but not an extension of my bike. IMO most of us should just bust out a cheap sewing machine (borrow your aunt's) and go to town. You will remember 8th grade all over again!
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    Hmmm, my saddle bag is based on the same design, but it likes to wobble all over when I have just my clothes in it (not more than 4 pounds, and deff smaller than the pica). Did you use any plastic stiffeners like Jerry? I did, and am wondering if that was a mistake. Thanks for the pics!

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    Fotooutdoors I would add the extra straps like I did. Mine went all over the place too, until I wrapped the top buckle strap around the seat rails and velcroed back onto itself at its base on the lower flap ( and then added the extra strap to tuck the bag hard into the rails). You might get by with just the second strap but I was getting side to side play until I did the first mod correctly-if you look I pull the strap around the front right seat rail, over to the left and around that, and then back to itself and velcro. The bag juts out to the right side (viewing from rear of bike), you then pull it back left to secure velcro. Real tight if you do it right and snug it at each step of the process.

    With a little practice I can get the top buckle strap off the seat rail, unbuckle the cam and be in the dry bag fast with the dry bag still snug to the seat rails with the second strap. Total access to the back half of the dry bag.

    edit- I did use plastic stiffeners. I just dont think Jerrys original strap design is enough to hold the bag tight. Once a little play develops the sway is pronounced.

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    Lookin' good buddy!
    They'll only get better from here on out :thumbup:

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    Hey fotooutdoors here is another view of the bag with a bigger load. I used a black strap instead of the grey in previous pix to be the floating strap that tucks the bag into the rails. You can see my extra length of top cam buckle strap better as well. With the bigger load I just wrap it around the back seat rails simple style and back onto itself. The setup is bomber!! I can even go bigger than this with no movement at all.

    Good luck with your bag. I am sure you will tighten it up. My way is probably just an example.
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    I like the seat bag that is going to be my next project
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikepackingdude View Post
    I like the seat bag that is going to be my next project
    Same, that and a handlebar mount for a dry bag of similar design. The handlebar mount might come first simply because it's easier to do though :P

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    Some cool diy stuff in here...

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    Took a shot at making some credit card touring bags for the road rig. Kind of a pain, but kind of fun too. Now onto the MTB frame bag, gas tank, and seatbag.

    Merry Christmas everyone!!


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    i like those... nice work!

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    Great ideas here...right into what I am looking to do. Awesome stuff

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    Lots of good stuff in here!
    Here is my take on the SeatPak



    Lighter and simpler

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    That looks really good !
    More pics please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabies010 View Post
    That looks really good !
    More pics please.
    Thanks!
    Alright, here's are couple more: Weighed today in this config @ 220 grams, or .49 lbs

    Top side


    Underside daisy chain


    Internal. Red fabric is housing the plastic spine


    Side. Approx 14/15 litre capacity after rolling the end a min of 3 times
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    wow that's actually pretty awesome.... I do sewing on the side for tactical stuff...I definitely will look into making a few bags for my bikepacking rig so that I don't depend on my USGI stuff

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    Very cool dude that is what I need for sure! Your stuff is so cool I am alway in awe
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    I am about to start work on 2nd versions of my bags. I made my front drybag system work with cables run above the drybag without a traditional harness. Previously I was running cables around the bag. The system works both ways now. No foam bumpers or spacers just a small velcro strap for the cables. Cables dont bunch or bind. Now on to a second version with a higher quality materials (VX21).
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    Nice. I just started to pursue a handlebar 'burrito' style bag myself


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    I started a new thread here but was asked to copy it on this thread. So, here it is.

    Hi all,

    I made my own frame bag over the holidays and wanted to share my results. Thank you to those that previously posted about how they built theirs - hopefully someone finds my info helpful as well.

    The full write up is here on my blog (Bike Frame Bag Construction).



    This was a learning experience that I really enjoyed - particularly since I was doing the work inside the toasty warm house while the outside temps were less than toasty!

    I used Cordura 1000D and I think it was a good pick. I'm no expert and time will tell but it "feels" pretty good in terms of weight and strength.

    Now I'm onto a couple more accessories for a season of bikepacking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    Here is my take on the SeatPak
    This is VERY NICE HomeGrownMN! I think one of these is next on my list. Kinda scarey as it looks to be many orders of magnitude more complex than a frame bag. Thanks for sharing your photos!

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    1000D cordura is more than good enough! I use it myself for ammo pouches, and it is sturdier than the older LBE pack material that is looking good!

    the only worry is the strength of stitching and thread; I hope you used a #18 needle and a thread rated "Heavy Duty" ? (or at least 69 pounds tensile strength) for stitch strength with 1000D; somewhere between 2 mm and 3mm straight line stitch length should be strong enough. (similar to USGI spec for pack stitching) and double stitching as well....as for zig zags, I can't remember offhand the specs needed for the maximum strength...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDNM View Post
    This is VERY NICE HomeGrownMN! I think one of these is next on my list. Kinda scarey as it looks to be many orders of magnitude more complex than a frame bag. Thanks for sharing your photos!
    Thanks.
    It is as complex as a frame bag and possibly more. Don't worry, you're seeing the 5th version Lots of prototyping here

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    Can a saddle bag handle, pair of size 12 shoes and a helmet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogii View Post
    Can a saddle bag handle, pair of size 12 shoes and a helmet?
    Shoes inside for sure. I've done it commuting with my work/riding shoes.
    Helmet, not inside. But can easily be strapped on top/off the back and made to work

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    Bracket I made to hold my pump water filter. It could also be used for a cook kit(cup/stove/propane) or an oversized water bottle.



    Uses bottle cage mounts to bolt to the frame Its way overbuilt with aluminum 3/16"x3/4" spine and 1/8" bands, foam to cushion the contents and velcro straps attached by speedy rivets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CamoDeafie View Post
    the only worry is the strength of stitching and thread; I hope you used a #18 needle and a thread rated "Heavy Duty" ? (or at least 69 pounds tensile strength) for stitch strength with 1000D; somewhere between 2 mm and 3mm straight line stitch length should be strong enough.
    Wow! That is more like chord! I used T70 thread from RockyWoods.com which, according to their website, is rated at 11 lbs tensile strength. I think I could run a bit heavier thread thru my machine but not THAT heavy!! :-) Sounds like I probably used a heavier than necessary fabric.

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    Finishing up some gear for my wife and I for our TNGA trip next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDNM View Post
    Wow! That is more like chord! I used T70 thread from RockyWoods.com which, according to their website, is rated at 11 lbs tensile strength. I think I could run a bit heavier thread thru my machine but not THAT heavy!! :-) Sounds like I probably used a heavier than necessary fabric.

    excuse me. my honest mistake, I kept thinking Size 69 (or govt size E) is 69# (probably has to do with fishing line being rated as weight....)

    I just looked up Nylon 69 specs and indeed it is rated at 11 pounds tensile; so basically your thread is correct for the material!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CamoDeafie View Post
    excuse me. my honest mistake, I kept thinking Size 69 (or govt size E) is 69# (probably has to do with fishing line being rated as weight....)

    I just looked up Nylon 69 specs and indeed it is rated at 11 pounds tensile; so basically your thread is correct for the material!
    No worries. Good to hear that I was using the right thread - even the losers get lucky sometimes! :-)

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    Something different...

    This is not the place to discuss gun control/laws/feelings/opinions. I don't even own a sidearm fwiw. Ok.

    This is a piece for an L.E.O that likes to carry his sidearm whilst biking/commuting.
    A little departure from the norm, but I know there are plenty here and elsewhere that
    either have the permits to carry or are required to carry in the backcountry. (aka Alaska)
    The hard part is making this somewhat 'universal' since I don't have the bike here. After some contemplation I decided the MOLLE system would be perfect and adaptable. It's padded with ~.25" of closed cell foam and has a water-resistant, but easy to open zipper.
    Here you are:





    MOLLE





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    that is a nice idea indeed; but my concern now is the velcro concept....what I would go for would be the LEO duty belt keepers; they include a line 24 snap button that will hold the weight better than just velcro; and this will help if the velcro should fail... otherwise, your pouch looks pretty good!
    where it is legal to open carry, people do so, even on bicycles; I have seen more than a few examples of sidearms on bicycles; mostly on the belt of the person riding, sometimes attached to the handlebars; and then there is the rifle rigs I've seen on hunters who uses MTBs for hunting rather than hiking....most commonly I see them with the ATV handlebar rack holding a rifle across the handlebar; they usually are paired with a small trailer to carry the meat out, as well as panniers to balance out the handling from what I've seen... I personally think an older style of scabbard parallel to the fork would be a better system as it brings weight down closer to center of gravity; but it might not be workable for those who have suspension forks. gun laws/control discussion is not to be brought up here I agree.

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    Looks perfectly suitable for stashing stuff other than a handgun. A pair of them would have more capacity than a fuel tank, I think. No interference with pedaling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CamoDeafie View Post
    that is a nice idea indeed; but my concern now is the velcro concept....what I would go for would be the LEO duty belt keepers; they include a line 24 snap button that will hold the weight better than just velcro
    To be honest. I think the MOLLE stitching would fail before the velcro came undone. As long as you get a good wrap around, it's amazingly strong.

    Quote Originally Posted by random walk View Post
    Looks perfectly suitable for stashing other stuff other than a handgun. A pair of them would have more capacity than a fuel tank, I think. No interference with pedaling?
    You are correct on uses other than a sidearm. This one was specifically for that purpose though. Not sure on capacity, but it'd be close.
    No interference whilst pedaling around the neighborhood. I could see potential issues if one were standing and hammering on a climb, but I'm guessing the user isn't standing and climbing much.

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    hmm interesting. I see that you have double stitched the MOLLE webbing; I know there is a product that is rather expensive, but would be excellent for two of these pouches; its Tactical Tailor's MALICE clip; it requires the use of a screwdriver or tool to undo; basically a 1" wide X 3-5" long Zip Tie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CamoDeafie View Post
    hmm interesting. I see that you have double stitched the MOLLE webbing; I know there is a product that is rather expensive, but would be excellent for two of these pouches; its Tactical Tailor's MALICE clip; it requires the use of a screwdriver or tool to undo; basically a 1" wide X 3-5" long Zip Tie.
    It's actually quad stitched at the least. I don't want that to ever be a problem.

    I had to look up the MALICE clip. Thats a cool idea.
    I'm familiar with the metal version, but I like the idea of the plastic ones. At least it would deter a few people

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    oh wow, quad stitching...heavy duty for sure the metal version really don't do well with bike frames lol since they come undone way too easily; but MOLLE/MALICE systems is a great way to make bags/stuff compatible not just on bicycles but also gear and equipment..I've seen people put MOLLE panels on their vehicles for carrying items like first aid kits, tools, equipment for camping/off roading; and I have to say, it is a cleaner way of doing things with less weight as opposed to making drawers/racks/containers to hold the same things. I am looking forward to more stuff from you! I might make myself a burrito handlebar thing with the webbing I have....got the same design but scaled down from the USGI compression stuff sack.... we'll see!

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    Sweet stuff, I've been creepin this thread for a while. I wish I could sew!

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    I checked another frame bag off the list. This one is much smaller but every little bit of space helps! More details here on my blog.




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    Well I made a second set of bags and went full X-Pac instead of lightweight silnylon or ripstop. I got some really light finished products as the X-pac sits up so well it requires few second layers or third layer stiffeners. Used some Molle webbing attachments and shock cord mounting as I hate mad straps/velcro everywhere. Oh and made the seat bag a zippered version of the drybag style. Throw in some Molle style 1 liter bottle holders and the AZT 750 setup is about there.
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    that is a sweet rig!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dream4est View Post
    Well I made a second set of bags and went full X-Pac instead of lightweight silnylon or ripstop.
    Very nice!! I love the bottle holder! Can you post some more photos of your seat bag please? I'd like to make one myself but keep putting it off as I suspect it is a lot of work!

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    DIY feedbags. Large enough to hold a 32oz Nalgene bottle. I attach them to handlebars & stem with a long length of paracord, although velcro one-wrap or zip-ties would also work.

    The hi-vis interior makes it easy to see what's inside.

    Construction steps available here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dream4est View Post
    Well I made a second set of bags and went full X-Pac instead of lightweight silnylon or ripstop. I got some really light finished products as the X-pac sits up so well it requires few second layers or third layer stiffeners. Used some Molle webbing attachments and shock cord mounting as I hate mad straps/velcro everywhere. Oh and made the seat bag a zippered version of the drybag style. Throw in some Molle style 1 liter bottle holders and the AZT 750 setup is about there.
    Finally a rig that looks like it has enough storage space to bring your gear and your food. Many of the others look like you choose one or the other. Nice work!

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    great ideas

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    Finished my handlebar Pak over the weekend. I've been spending lots of time dialing in the mounting
    hardware and orientation. After many versions, I believe this design to be superior.
    Main 'burrito' style pak with external zippered pocket. The external pocket is internally divided and has the
    mesh on the outside.
    This will be seeing some time on the AZT300 race next month

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    This is awesome. I'm horrible at sewing but it'd be worth leveling up my skills to make my own bike packs.

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    Made a frame bag for my SS. Thinking about making some more!Make Your Own Bikepacking gear-frame-bag-004.jpg

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    Well done sir. They are especially nice on a SS

    Noticed your hose was quite long and thought I'd offer up one of my solutions Hydration Station_how to manage your hose

    Many of us find it quite delightful these days
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    I actually extended the camelbak tube to make it long enough to drink from(long torso I guess). It is the perfect length now and I saw somebody using something similar, here is a video of the set-up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICF3cB45naw

    I made another one for a buddy. Just curious of what machine you guys are using?

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    I was inspired by you guys to try to make my own bag. I made a pattern, bought some fabric, and sent it off to the mom's house for a little sewing action. (She really should get all the credit) Turned out ok, I think. For under $10, it will surely work for at least one trip.
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    nice stuff

    Quote Originally Posted by HomegrownMN View Post
    Finished my handlebar Pak over the weekend. I've been spending lots of time dialing in the mounting
    hardware and orientation. After many versions, I believe this design to be superior.
    Main 'burrito' style pak with external zippered pocket. The external pocket is internally divided and has the
    mesh on the outside.
    This will be seeing some time on the AZT300 race next month

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    How to make this nice stuff ,can you send me the instruction ?

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    Good job!

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    Really nice looking bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dream4est View Post
    Well I made a second set of bags and went full X-Pac...
    Total overkill Personally I'd go much lighter.. less is MORE.

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Size:  78.0 KBMade some new gear. TX-07 X-Pac Summer Rain Pogies!! This time I tried the TX-07 with the white side out, to see how that handles abrasions/elements. The grey side does okay, better than anything in its weight class, but I think the white side may be better for durability.
    I also made some VX-21 waterproof shoe covers in dark grey. No pix yet. Still drying the seam sealant.
    Going to do some more testing in the CTR next week. Still looking to market my designs but need more R+D.

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    Handmade shoe covers. I was about to buy some but the prices and quality out there are a joke. These rock compared to what I have owned in the past fit wise. Dont fall off my feet walking around or hikeabike.Name:  bikebagsjuly13 004.JPG
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    Simple Top Tube Bag Build

    Did this last night while I was watching the TDF ITT stage. Just simple hand stitching, no machine needed. Relatively easy way to create either a gas tank (front) or jerry can (rear) top tube bag.

    Used a 3x4x6 (72cubic inch) cosmetic bag that I saved from being thrown out. Cut off the handle it had on the top lid. The thicker 'rubberized' material and piping trim give it rigidity. Added some sticky-back velcro loop pieces to the inside, just to make sure the case material didn't have issues when stitching it all together.

    Tested it out and it works great. Can be attached either horizontally or vertically. Sure it will serve me well for many years, if not decades. Looks wonderfully funky too, so it goes well with all the other homemade, inventive gear I've made.
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    Great idea. I love finding things to repurpose like that. I'm trying to find the right small pack to modify and use on my handlebars. The search continues.

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    i've just started on this long, but interesting path...





    here is a post about where i am up to so far...
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    MYOG S24O under top tube bag and saddle bag...

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    For bikepacking...and might just replace the Camelbak too!

    Did up a few new bags over the last couple weeks. Went up to UT for a few days, and even though I passed on doing a BP trek, I tested out the new bags through a couple trail riding days. Yeah, the bags will work well in a bikepacking setup, but, after finishing the testing, I think I'm changing my setup even for extended trail rides. Riding like this, the back felt wonderful after 4 hours of slickrock and rocky trail riding.

    All three packs (gas tank, jerry bag and frame bag) are just made of simple packcloth, sport zippers and 1.25" overlapped and outside stitched velcro.

    Not worried about the fact that they are not waterproof: They can essentially be made so at any time and no problem to seal things in ziplocs. A brief, passing shower is one thing, but for a multitude of reasons, I'll just pass on doing a trek if there is likely to be wet weather setting in.

    Gas tank: 2x3x8 for 48 cubic inch volume. Carried a bandana, snacks, keys, camera and a headlamp.

    Jerry bag: 2.5x3.5x6.5 tapering to 8 for 64 cubic inch volume. Carried a spare tube, my trail tools and more snacks. A 4oz Isopro canister will easily fit in there with a tube and the tools.

    Frame bag: 15.5x6x19 triangle by 3 wide for ~300 cubic inch volume. Carried my Camelbak bladder, tire pump and shock pump. Just left the front open for a tube port, which works great. Tied a couple zip-ties to the frame and used another on the bladder tube to attach a visitor pass clip thing to make a tube holder. The tube length was fine and can be extended more by not routing all the way around the head tube.

    For an all-day, dawn to dusk riding option, I'd like to make another pack to fit down the back side of the seatpost and be a vertical seatbag. Something about the size of the jerry bag (2.5x3.5x8). With that, it would allow the carrying of a water filter, additional food and drink powders, at least. I can still make room in the frame pack to add in a long sleeve jersey or light windbreaker.
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    I have been testing some newer models lately. New Front harness and gas tank. About to make all new bags as well- will post again when I am done.





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    Make Your Own Bikepacking gear

    My attempt.









    The frame pack has built in Velcro specifically to hold my hennessey rain fly. The front bag is a super simple roll top dryish bag that I secured with para cord and Canadian jam knots. The gas tank was an afterthought. I put Velcro on top of the Velcro that attached the frame pack. So the gas tank does not work solo.



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    ^ Nice Paul!

    They'll only get better from here on out :thumbup:

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    good work, paul, AND you made me go look up "canadian jam knot". good stuff.

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    While not quite "bikepacking" per se, I modified these bags to fit the current rack I have; yes I know the rack seems way too close to the seat post area, and the location of the bags seems way too close to the brake arms...I am aware of that, and so far they work OK.. the bags have reinforcing panels, some sort of thin plastic, and had ribbon ties...I paid $4 each for them from a thrift store...and sewed on straps and snaps, similar type to what I use for MOLLE gear, they are marked "ARTISTRY" and I looked up the name; seems they were for make-up kits.....but hey, they're right size/shape, and have reinforced backs and fronts, so they made for good cheap panniers....and they can hold 2x 1 gallon bottles of water...more weight than I would realistically put in, but the space's there.... now the next thing to do is make a frame bag, or a handlebar bag... or put snaps on the corners of the flaps to secure them.


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    stove pipe seat bag and sling

    First of all my hat is off to all the fine work here on this thread
    Here is my take on the seat pack and bar sling. I wanted to make something that would sit a bit lower on the seat post without extending out beyond the seat too far.
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    The bag holds the equivalent to a 20 liter stuff sack.Make Your Own Bikepacking gear-bag3.jpg
    I used a pice of silver rip stop for the upper top of the bag and 500 d cordura for the rest of the bag.
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    the bar sling is super basic, two bar loops with a daisy chain for the stem and 3 buckles to keep it all tight.
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    I took it out for a "shake down" ride this am and I'm happy with the results. What seems good and tight at the house can be a different story on the trail.
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    All in all super it was a fun project and I'd say the hardest part of it all is coming up with a plan.
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    New Seatbag!

    Well I am in the process of making new bags for 2014. Up first is my new seatbag. The new one loses .5oz and is right at 5oz. Went with heavier side material, lighter lower panel but 2 layers, no stiffener and removed the front velcro strap that went around seatpost collar.

    It works better without the stiffener and front strap. It is a little smaller in volume than the 2013 model but that is what I wanted. More tapered to allow full post drop. No attachment to post- rails only. No butting up to post and rubbing anymore either.

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    Great bike, Rottendan.
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    2014 full kit

    I made a new gas tank and framebag to finish this years kit. Going with the same front assembly I made in September- it works well and I dont need to make another one yet. Thanks to 12wheels for selling me an amazing sewing machine for a steal deal- a powerful machine makes all the difference.

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    nice work. looking forward to seeing how you will carry your water.

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    first frame bag. specialized camber

    first post to mtbr- planning on making my first frame bag for my new Specialized Camber. I have read and watched some videos, but am still a little unsure as I haven't used a sewing machine before. Here is a cardboard mock up of the bag and a list of materials I made for Rockywoods (was planning on making a second bag for my wife if this works out.) The dimensions of the bag are roughly 15X11X7 for the side panel and a width of 2-2.5 " Does this list look about right?

    The red line is for the zipper- 6.5" long, and the tape demarcates the velcro attachments. I might chop off an inch or so on the bottom to keep it away from the front der. and chainrings.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.
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    Hi Toothjockey... that's a good start. A couple of thoughts. I would think about moving the bottom attachment either forward or backward to avoid trying to figure out where to mount it around the bottom bracket area. Also, if possible, I find it's better to stick with the same width velcro for simplicity and the look. Having said that, I would think about making the top front piece a bit wider to match the lower and center it on the zipper line. You'll find that when you have zippers in line with the velcro, it helps with opening/closing of the zipper. Speaking of the zipper, depending on which type you bought (hopeully, rolled-separable waterproof) you can run it full length as then the seams will help act as your zipper stops. I usually make a small zipper garage at either end out of spare material as well. When you're cutting, don't forget to add your seam allowance too. Lastly, depending on how deep the bag is, you might want to add side-to-side velcro as a divider/expansion controller. Hopefully, those comments help. The first one is always the toughest.

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    Simple, effective handlebar bag setup

    ...Or, should I call mine a candy-bar bag setup?

    First off, this thread is where I found the concept for what I did. They used PVC and someone else reused some handlebar grips.

    But, I've been thinking of a handlebar bag solution, came across that thread and wanted to try it out. Didn't have any 1" PVC pipe laying around to use and didn't want to waste time and gas to go to the hardware store.

    So, here is what you need:

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    - Dry bag or stuff sack with or without daisy-chain webbing.

    - 1 set of 1" wide lashing straps (no reason you can't use 3/4" webbing, just need to find a rigid tubing that is also 3/4" wide).

    - Tube from m&ms minis candy (or some spare pieces of 1" PVC pipe, some old handlebar grips, etc...). Just want something of a somewhat rigid tubing that is right at a 1" inside diameter to match the width of the lashing straps.

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    Cut the ends off of the candy tube and then cut the tube in half. This gives two 2 1/2" sections.

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    Run the open end of the webbing thru the tube, over the handlebars and back thru the tube.

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    If you're not using a daisy-chained bag, you can close off the loop for the webbing strap, otherwise, run the straps thru the daisy-chain and then complete the loop.

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    Cinch everything down tight and either discard the extra length of strap webbing that is left or tie it off behind the fork and head tube to give extra assurance of no movement of the bag and mounts.


    Such a simple solution that I can't believe it took someone this long to figure out.

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    Introducing the HalfPipe top tube bag. This idea had been bouncing around in my head for awhile now.

    Was is worth it? Would standover be suitable?

    So far the answer is a big Yes. I've gotten a lot of positive response to this design.
    Nowadays with the ever popular dropped top tubes, there is a lot of real estate for people to use.

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    Nice name, interesting bag. For some people, that'd definitely be a great bag. I've had a couple of people ask about something similar but thus far, the standover height of their bikes has been too high for it to make sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Speed View Post
    but thus far, the standover height of their bikes has been too high for it to make sense.
    For sure the biggest limiting factor. At 6'2" and ~34 inseam it works for me. Also the nature of the Fargo and bikepacking in general
    lends itself to a mellower riding style that a rapid dismount isn't usually required.

    I kept the side stiffeners out of the middle on both sides to allow some compression if needed.

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    Made my first harness for a guy to hold his sleeping padMake Your Own Bikepacking gear-harness.jpg

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    Just borrowed a sewing machine from a friend. I'm still getting the hang of it, but it is fun so far. I sewed up all the Velcro strips onto the long strip of fabric. Next step is to sew on the zipper to one of the side panels, and then sew the two panels onto the long strip. I'm hoping to have another friend that is handier with a sewing machine help me with those steps. Here are a couple of pics- I am pretty sure I screwed up and sewed all the velcro to the wrong side of the fabric, but I don't think it will make that much of a difference. It also looks like sewing it all together with the velcro on will be a pain.
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    After having to start over and making many mistakes, I finally finished my first frame bag. I learned the hard way to avoid curves and use as few velcro straps as possible in order to simplify sewing (at least for my rudimentary skills). The bag is small because of the limiting frame design, but even if it doesn't pack much, it was fun to make.
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    Finished this one today- I will probably try to glue in a piece of thin flexible plastic cutting mat that touches the stem. maybe add some to the frame bag if i can figure out a way that will hold the plastic well. Next gastank bag will probably have a sleeve(s) for some plastic reinforcement.
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    Has anyone tried adding in support to bags after they are finished? I was thinking about supergluing some thin plastic panels to the inside of the fabric, maybe cover it over with some gorilla tape

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    Quote Originally Posted by toothjockey View Post
    Has anyone tried adding in support to bags after they are finished? I was thinking about supergluing some thin plastic panels to the inside of the fabric, maybe cover it over with some gorilla tape
    To tell you the truth... it might be easier to back up a bit, deconstruct and add it. Something to try might be to add vertical strips of fabric (folded over) on either end of the side panels to allow you to slip in/out the side support at will. I often tell people that one of the hardest parts of making bags is figuring out what needs to be there and in what order to construct things. However, sometimes, the best option is just to make a new one. You have to evaluate whether it'll take you more time and effort to deconstruct to reconstruct or just make new. Good luck.

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    Yeah, while finishing the top tube bag, i sort of knew I was shooting myself in the foot by not making sleeves. I would very much like to not take this one apart (the next one for my wife's bike will be done correctly from the start). I am thinking of using seam grip to glue the plastic to the nylon now, as it might be flexible enough to keep hold. If it works, I'll post an update

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    My first attempt at copying an Alpkit Koala seat pack. It could be better bit only a ride will tell. Thursday I am taking a 2 day. I am excited.




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