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built a mini frame bag
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Ted E
(Mtn_nut) - MLife

Locale: Morrison, CO
built a mini frame bag on 06/16/2011 17:36:55 MDT Print View

I know my bike isn't really a touring bike, but i figure i can get by with it as long as i keep my load light.

the bag is big enough to carry some quick access gear while touring (wind jacket/pants, warmer gloves, etc), otherwise i can use it to carry wallet, phone, flat repair gear, snacks, etc. for long day rides. im also going to build a tank bag too for long day rides. I think i'll also build a full size frame bag for some actual multi-day touring in the fall.

This one is built with 1000 denier cordura, #5 water resistant zipper on the right side with a flap to help keep it dry/clean, and 2" velcro. the bag is a hair over 3 ounces. It ended up being slightly taller in the rear than it should have been, so it's not as tight as i would have liked it to be, but it still works well. since i don't have a sewing machine, i hand-stitched this.

I still have enough cordura to make more of these, however i think im going to go with some lighter material like X-PAC since it will be easier to stich together and will result in an overall lighter bag. However this cordura seems like its bomber and will last forever.

Ryan K
(thesergeant) - F

Locale: Ryan
NICE1 on 06/16/2011 21:32:05 MDT Print View

You did that by HAND!? That's crazy, how long did it take you?

My hat is off to you myfriend. Great looking piece of gear. I;m about to embark on the same project myself.

Craig Savage
(tremelo) - F

Locale: San Jacinto Mountains
great job! on 06/17/2011 10:38:19 MDT Print View

it would still allow for a shoulder strap, very cool!

Ted E
(Mtn_nut) - MLife

Locale: Morrison, CO
Re: NICE1 on 06/17/2011 11:41:33 MDT Print View

i would think it probably took 20ish hours of actual sewing, plus time to get dimensions and draw out the templates and transfer the templates onto the material. the zipper was the hardest part to do because the material is really thick and i wanted it to look really nice, so i sewed it along the edges of the zipper to get it in place, then i cut the material down the center of the zipper, tucked it, and then sewed that flat. i added the flap because i figured it would keep the zipper cleaner, and thus extend the life of the zipper, since that would probably be the first thing to fail.