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    Made a CO Flag frame bag for my Intense Spider 275c, fits 3L water, outdoor research helium jacket, phone, keys, some snacks. Also has a built in phone pocket. I used basting tape for this one and it made a HUGE difference on how neat it came out. Tape the seam together, then stitch it. Also did semi-flat felled seams with tape on all the external seams so its pretty much waterproof.

    The red and yellow on the C were cut from plastic folders, two layers thick for each color, the rest is xpac vx21. Everything is mounted with shock cord (works way better than velcro straps), and all parts that touch the frame have that grip stuff they use on countertops that you can find at lowes or any hardware store.

    Also, had all the attachment points go to the inside with loops, then used shock cord to make an internal net to internally strap down the hydration reservoir or anything else in there. Also, doing semi-flat felled seams on curves is really hard, probably why the commercial frame bag makers don't bother doing it.

    If you use shock cord to mount it, you can control how wide the bag gets when it's full based on the tension in the shock cord when you strap it down, works well to keep the sides from hitting your crank arms when you really stuff it.

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    cool!

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    Handlebar bag

    Well I've been looking at this thread off and on for about the past six months and realized that I still haven't posted up the handlebar bag I made about a year ago. I used 1050 denier coated ballistic nylon for almost all of the bag except for the map pocket (1050 Denier coated INVISTA® Ballistic Nylon Fabric - Black). For the thread I used some of the heaviest duty thread I could find that would work with my sewing machine (10 oz Cones of Strongbond 40 Bonded Nylon Thread). I made a map pocket on the top with some clear plastic and riveted on a decaleur so it could mount to the rack that I have. Here is a picture from after I had everything all layed out and just had to sew the sides on of all the pockets:
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    Here are couple of it finished up and on the bike:
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    The next thing on my list to make is a tool roll type saddle bag. A few different companies make them but they are pretty simple so I might try to make one myself. I will probably use the left over ballistic nylon from this project and the same thread too. Next I would get some 1" or 3/4" inch webbing and a buckle to match that so I could get it all tucked up under the seat super nice.

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    Saddle Bag

    I ended up just going to town this morning and made a saddle bag in a couple of hours, then went for a ride with it. I started out by cutting a piece of cardboard to what I thought would be a good idea, then cut the same shape onto some of that 1050 ballistic nylon that I used on the handlebar bag. It ended up turning out pretty nice. It is not as easy to access as I was hoping, but I rushed the whole thing since my old saddlebag broke yesterday and I had no way to carry my tools on my bike. It ended up being 2.1 oz (60 grams), which is not going to slow me down.
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    Here are a couple of pictures of it not on the bike. The first picture is it unfolded with all of the things that I put in it rested on top in the same way they go inside. One thing that I tried to do with this saddle bag is to have it fit my phone so I don't have to wear anything with pockets to be able to carry my phone with me.
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    After I finished it I went out for a ride to test it out. It mounted on the saddle pretty easily. If you noticed in the previous picture there I went to Ace and got a piece of webbing with a cinch buckle on the end. I just thread the webbing into the buckle when I put it on and then I can cinch into place and it is much more stable than saddle bags that use velcro.
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    When you look at it from far away you can hardly even tell that it is there. Much better than my old saddle bag and it can fit more.
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    I will probably be making different variations of this to try to get a very good bag dialed to the max.

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    Xpac and DCF frame bags

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    Orange one on the nomad is VX25 xpac, can fit two 100oz reservoirs with space to spare, with the crankarm clearance not being an issue with the shock placement on the frame I was able to make it extra wide. The one on the intense spider is 1.43oz dyneema composite fabric, weight without shock cord mounting is .25lbs, will be interesting to see how that one holds up.

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    Dude that is legendary. The frame bag and leather saddle on a Santa Cruz nomad! What a bike man

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4AM View Post
    Dude that is legendary. The frame bag and leather saddle on a Santa Cruz nomad! What a bike man
    Thanks! hahaha they climb really well with both shocks locked out. Also, with the ridiculous amount of frame bag space in it, its my new go to bike for all day epic rides in the mountains.

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    so, my MYOG stuff has taken a leap recently, as I started having some parts made to sell and then a couple more and so it goes.

    I've been making more bags in some cases to utilise these parts and my skills are progressing - though still very basic- no pro level stuff here!...

    I designed a rotating mount for the steerer that will hold a gas tank style bag in line and without any frame rub. there is more info here and here if you are interested.

    I decided it was time to make a proper gas tank bag. sides reinforced, padded base and one handed operation. specifically for a DeWidget. I made it from Liteskin LS42 and lined it with VX21 with a 8mm padded base sleeve. its been pretty nice!..

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    Not shown is the plastic sheet I cut and stitched between the 2 layers of fabric along the sides to make them stiffer.

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    There is another component that can be retrofitted to the DeWidget that allows feedbags to be mounted *not* to the stem.

    Video to show how it works...

    I need to get around to making a feedbag or two to take advantage of that!

    Next top, an under-the-downtube bag...
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    Second post of 3 (or more?) see below for the first ....




    Ok, so with a feedbag done, I moved onto an under-the-downtube bag. I like this area as it is often under-utilised. With bike packing I like a lot of small bags dotted around so the main weight is distributed and the steering and saddle area are relatively unencumbered.

    I had designed a plate - the Strap Deck - that bolts onto bottle cage bosses, or can be strapped directly to the frame with a layer of Revelate's tacky frame saver tape inbewteen to aid in stability. For the later (actually for both uses) I suggest using Voile straps.



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    The bag would need to fit between the cranks and I wanted a couple of strap retaining webbing areas so it couldn't move. I wanted the bag that could contact the Strap Deck to be made out of VX33 - a relatively tough, abrasion resistant fabric - but lightened the load by making the top roll section from LS42 Liteskin. The bag is 26cm long folded, 11cm diameter and weighs not much.

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    It fits and works beautifully.

    Next up - a SUL bar harness and dry bag with an optional pocket.
    Last edited by dRjOn; 03-15-2019 at 02:50 PM.
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    Part 3 - look down there for parts 1 and 2!






    Ok, so superlight harness and dry bag and maybe a pocket.

    I love the Revelate harness and used the very first style when it first came out too. the newer one is bomber and probably overbuilt for the light loads I tend to take. A packraft? for sure you want the Revelate.

    With Revelate releasing the Pronghorn, I had a glimmering of a plan to make something similar myself, but as I tend to Use Jones bars or a BarYak, I wanted 4 point mounting.

    I used VX33 again for the outer layer, some thin plastic shim stock to reinforce and a carbon fibre tube, contained in a webbing cylinder that also held the double sided velcro straps captive. the shim stock was probably too much, but so it goes. The lining is good, ol' grid stop.

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    Ok, too many pics for one post, so a couple more to come....
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    Part 4 - look down there for the rest!....



    The dry bag - double ended and light, just the right size - 16cm diameter and 46cm long. I used 170gsqm DCF Hybrid. this is a dyneema fabric on one side and is coated with a low denier woven fabric on the other for abrasion resistance. You can also sew it easily as a result. Off course, the dyneema side looks cool, but on the outer of a bike packing bag can lead to abrasion issues in some areas, so I turned it to the inside.

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    The roll tops are Apex buckles, in 20mm size and 2 layers of thin polyamide webbing with a plastic reinforcement so it stays TIGHT. when closed.

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    Next up is waterproofing. I used some Cuben double sided sticky tape, applied one side to some very thin light DCF and the other is stuck across the sewn seam along the length of the dry bag.

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    All done! light (though next time i'll use the lighter Hybrid fabric) and waterproof.

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    For a rock steady Gas Tank bag > the DeWidget

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    Bags are looking good. Here's a downtube bag I made last summer out of kevlar carbon composite sail cloth.Make Your Own Bikepacking gear-20180823_195559.jpg

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    Part 5 - looks down there for the rest!





    Ok, so I tend to try to go light, when bikepacking, but it can be useful to have a wee pocket up front for essentials. Hip flask, wallet, you know, essentials.

    VX21 for this one as abrasion inside and out very possible.

    So, 20x2x11cm only.

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    Truth be told, I had screwed up a wee bit. I wanted an internal divider, and I wanted it to mount separate to the harness retention of the dry bag so it could be removed. I also wanted it to have some elastic cord up front to allow a jacket or similar to be thrown on to dry as I ride.

    I didn't have exactly the hardware I needed and I only had red elastic cord. I'll remedy this when I get some new stuff in the post.

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    Then done!

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    Altogether it looks like this:

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    as you can see, I had to sub in some hardware that will be replaced by the correct sized parts when they arrive. black elastic, too.

    Pretty happy with it all so far!
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    kitejumping - Nice! I like the shock cord mounting! I need to try that sometime...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn View Post
    kitejumping - Nice! I like the shock cord mounting! I need to try that sometime...
    Yeah, the shock cord mounting works really well if you plan on leaving the bags installed. Sailrite double sided basting tape is much quicker and easier than clipping fabric together or using pins too when sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitejumping View Post
    Yeah, the shock cord mounting works really well if you plan on leaving the bags installed. Sailrite double sided basting tape is much quicker and easier than clipping fabric together or using pins too when sewing.
    ive not heard of that - ill look it up! thanks!
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    Sick! I love the systems for holding drybags to the bike. Looks like yours is super lightweight, and still durable with the dual materials. If I ever getting around to doing a frame bag that probably be a good technique, doing more wear resistant material where it contacts the frame and the sides can be super lightweight stuff.

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    Also I was wondering about that top cap and I checked out your blog. That system is pro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4AM View Post
    Also I was wondering about that top cap and I checked out your blog. That system is pro!
    thanks dude - appreciated! its a nice system to have for top tube bags - my favourite way of carrying snacks and a couple other things. it keeps it super steady, means no rub around the stem/headset and doesnt impede knees standing pedaling or vision of the front tyre at times you dont need a bar roll. cheers!
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    Recycled Thomson Bag

    Wolf Tooth inspired roll top bag for my tools/repair kit.

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    Awesome way to recycle the Thomson bag!
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    I think I'm going to make a frame bag out of old windsurfing sails

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkrowe View Post
    Wolf Tooth inspired roll top bag for my tools/repair kit.
    Nice! How did you bar tack just one side of bag? Did you rip it open then sew it back together?

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    The Sailrite.com site is a treasure trove of materials! Also, this stuff? Dyneema Composite Fabric Double-Sided Adhesive Tape So many possibilities.

    I've used double-sided basting tape for small home sewing projects and it's worked well; a thousand times easier than pinning.

    This is a water-soluble, iron-on basting tape that washes out when the project is complete. HeatnBond Hem iron on adhesive
    You can order from Amazon, but I get mine at Joann's Fabrics or the local Super WalMart with a fabric section.

    The light-duty home sewing machine is doing barely OK on a handle bar bag project, but not doing enough projects to upgrade to a heavy duty machine.

    Note: The latch has broken on the small sewing box that's served well for years.
    It has a tray on top with dividers for notions (thread, needles, marking chalk, buttons, etc.) and space for whatever else under the tray.

    Fishing tackle boxes "might" make a nice upgrade. They are larger, have a bazillion little divided organizers that could work for sewing items and a lot of space in the bottom for scissors and fabric and whatever else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    I've used double-sided basting tape for small home sewing projects and it's worked well; a thousand times easier than pinning.
    I like to use wonder clips instead of pins or tape - easy, quick on & off, no pin holes. Work great and sturdy enough - I've yet to have one break.

    https://www.amazon.com/Clover-Wonder.../dp/B004ZKPX8A

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    I used both tape and clips today to make a wee bag for a Yet SB6. useful to have both available...

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    I found the tight curve to be very difficult to sew - need to work on that more, (anyone got any tips?) but everything else went quite well..its a relatively complex shape so that it allows a strap to o around the 'static' part of the shock and not interfere with the knuckle as it moves forward during travel. we'll see how it works. also its not for my bike and I worked out size by a sort of 'photo fit' type system....so we'll see how correct I got the dimension too!

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    Here's a challenge. Gloves.
    I have some 3 layer Marpat GoreTex material that I've used to make lobster claw (aka Spoke Live Long and Prosper) gloves.
    They work pretty well.

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    Someone asked about tiny curves. Small seam allowances, clipping your curve, and it makes a huge difference which piece is on top and which piece is against the feed dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Central Scrutinizer View Post
    Nice! How did you bar tack just one side of bag? Did you rip it open then sew it back together?
    yep. i ripped it open. im not as skilled as the others in this thread, but it gets the job done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4AM View Post
    I think I'm going to make a frame bag out of old windsurfing sails
    So I went to go get windsurfing sails, and came away with waterproof windsurfing sail bags. I think they worked out better than sails would... Anyways, I made a half frame bag that's big enough to hold a jacket, tarp, burrito, and cookies. It leaves enough space in the frame for a water bottle. Once I strap my sleeping bag and sleeping pad to the bars and a tube and tools to the downtube that is enough for me to do an overnight. (I was going to put a picture here but my school doesn't allow downloads on the computers). I made it out of one piece of fabric to minimize the stitches. For a closure I left two long flaps at the top then sewed them together to make it a roll top. I used a sleeve with aluminum plate to bolt in to the downtube water bottle boss. I used a webbing daisy chain around the front and top then laced the bag on with some cord. To keep the roll closed and have a cinch mechanism around the bag I put webbing straps with parachute buckles through the daisy chain and all the way around the bag. Ill post a picture from my phone soon.

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    I just finished this yesterday. It turned out better than I expected. I'm planning a good size ride turkey weekend and needed a feed bag.Make Your Own Bikepacking gear-1124191721a.jpg

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    I'm needing some help. I just finished rebuilding a Yuba Mundo cargo bike, so not entirely bikepack worthy, but the bags that came with the bike need some love and attention. Is there a good one stop shop online where I can get extra long zippers, parachute cord buckles, webbing, velcro etc and the like?
    Silly bike things happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redlands R&C View Post
    I'm needing some help. I just finished rebuilding a Yuba Mundo cargo bike, so not entirely bikepack worthy, but the bags that came with the bike need some love and attention. Is there a good one stop shop online where I can get extra long zippers, parachute cord buckles, webbing, velcro etc and the like?
    It looks like you're in the States. My first stop would be seattlefabrics.com if they don't have what you need, then I'd look at rockywoods.com.

    Good luck and have fun... also, congratulations on the new bike.

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