I set to work last night getting 2 bags ready for putting together this morning. The first bag is a half frame bag made of VX07 made for a road frame for lightweight commuting/touring purposes. All contact points are padded with high density foam and finished off with a water resistant zipper. Really pleased how this one turned out.

Half Frame bag

The second bag is for my mountain bike. http://dutchblog.net/ The first bag I made (& tested in Glen Tilt) worked out really well, but there were a few finishing touches I wasn’t happy with. I set to work on a neater design. Made from the more hardwearing VX21 fabric, this single-compartment full frame bag has a map/accessories pocket on the zip side and is highlighted with bright orange fabric inside making it easy to find what your looking for.

Full frame bag, VX21 fabric

If you like what I am producing and would like pricing or just to chat about ideas, please get in touch.

Zip detailing

November 23, 2011


zipper pull in garage

A new frame bag is in the midst- Zipper is a lot neater than the last. Really happy how this one is turning out. It’ll be a simple, single compartment design with a mesh/map pocket on the inside. As standard, all contact points with the frame will be reinforced with high density padding. This one is made with the more durable VX21 fabric.

waterproof zippers are standard on all bikepacking bags

Well, it’s a really stable design but it is quite fiddly to get all the straps secured to the bike. I have been tinkering with the design for the last while and I’m pretty sure I’ve resolved the issues. All I need to do now is get the sewing machine out and get to work. Hopefully, I’ll have it completed within the next few days.

I’ve started to get some interest in my designs and have a few orders to be completed by Xmas holidays.

I’ve also been speaking to a few fellow climbers and hillwalkers- there are more thoughts that have to be put down on paper, lots to think about. All good.

Handlebar harness

November 12, 2011

Managed to complete the first effort handlebar harness- seems to be pretty solidly put together- will have to invest in an industrial machine at somepoint, after 3 broken needles it is finished.

I’ll get some pictures of it on the bike tomorrow, perhaps sneak in a test ride too…

Next up is a new improved single compartment frame bag and seat pack are in the design stages.


They’ve arrived!

November 9, 2011

time to finish and test the handlebar harness- Fingers crossed it’s as stable as I’ve worked it out to be (theoretical engineering vs actually using the product in the field can be miles apart).

This harness has been designed to carry a 8-10l dry bag. There will also be attachments for future map/safety pouch to be secured onto it.

I broke my first needle the other day

New lining fabric arrived in the post on Friday and I quickly set to the Top Tube bags Mark 2- you can now find what you’re looking for much quicker and it looks pretty good too. These bags can be made from xpac vx07 or the slightly more durable vx21 fabric, YKK water-resistant zippers will be on all production models too. To protect the frame, High Density Foam is used on all sections that come into contact with it and gives the bag a better structure.

p.s. I’m still waiting on items for finishing the handlebar harness, hopefully it shouldn’t take too long…

couple of tweeks needed on these top-tube bags, I’ve been using one on the cross-check for commuting and has proved to be very handy!

Handlebar harness (proto) should be completed soon- just awaiting a few buckles to arrive in the post.

Great day for testing a full frame pack. The day started off dry but very cold, this didn’t last for long. As I got into the Glen proper the wind whipped straight into my face for the first 10miles. As I started to climb, the weather decided that it was time for rain, hail, sleet, snow…etc

The bag feels really secure on the frame, there are a few tweeks that I need to fix on the next model but apart from using water resistant zips throughout this design is good to go.

This is obviously a custom model, where you can choose from many different design and fabric options. This model has a velcro divider separating the upper and lower parts of the bag. Fabric-wise, as with all products, X-Pac vx07 or the slightly more durable vx21 can be chosen. Teaming this up with YKK water-resistant zips make this a very worthy durable bag.

Yes, thats the first snow of the year on the summit of Bein 'a Ghlo

Survived the weather

It begins…

November 8, 2011


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