Favourite thing

May 13, 2012

One of my favourite things with making bags for customers is receiving photos of the bags in use. It really makes it all worthwhile seeing the bags being put through their paces and are being used for what they are designed to do best.

Here is Stu’s setup out for a weekend jont in the Cairngorms.

In other news, seatbag designs have taken a step further in progress and should be available in the summer BUT watch out for non-custom half-frame bags coming very soon!!

the process

May 6, 2012

divider

April 14, 2012

XL bag put together for an Orange P7 frame recently.

This bag has a removable velcro divider to vertically separate the bag into 2 different sections. Not only does this give different compartments to organise your kit, it also helps hold the side panels closer together when it is fully packed. oh yeah, velcro at the left of the picture is to hold tent poles inside the bag underneath the toptube.

 

And breath…

April 7, 2012

It’s been busy at NoLogo recently with lots of orders coming and going, I thought I’d take a wee breather from sewing to publish a few pictures of some of the recent happenings.

framebag enjoying some "rare" sunshine

In it's natural habitat...

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This bag has been made to fit around the rear suspension. Note the extra straps on the top tube to hold tent poles. Also, velcro on downtube positioned to avoid coming into contact with a crudcatcher.

Plans afoot…

March 16, 2012

Well, it’s been a while! I’ve been beavering away at orders and seatpack protos, hopefully I’ll have the seatbag ready for sale within a few weeks. Sourcing material in the U.K appears to be one of the most difficult parts of product design- I’ll get there though!

Orders are coming in “thick and fast,” it’s great to see lots of fellow bikepackers planning their adventures for the coming year. Watch out for a “how to make a frame template” blog soon.

Along with all this, I’ve been trying to plan the 1st of my own trips this year – Scottish Coast to Coast. There are lots of variations out there but I think I’ve found a good one starting at the far west tip of Skye and ending up in Montrose.

here is my planned route- not my image, I can't remember where I got the image from, hope it's ok to use

Looking forward to it, but don’t worry all orders will be shipped before I start planning properly :) I’ll also have a tarp to show off for that too.

Couple of pics…

February 9, 2012

I’ve been jealous of my handywork recently, so decided to make myself a half frame bag for commuting similar to the bag I made for a recent customer’s cross-check.

I've replaced the TopTube bag to the newer design for this setup (not pictured)- perfect commuting combo, no need for a rucksac here!

I also received great feedback from a customer who I made a FrameBag for their Pugsley. This bag flares out toward the headtube for increased storage capacity without the bag interfering with the knees during the pedal stroke.

This bike and bag will be making its way to compete in next February's 'Arctic Ultra 430miler!!'

History

February 4, 2012

Don’t be fooled that these bikepacking bags are a new idea, adventure cyclists as early as before 1900 have been putting together custom made bags for every occasion. The difference nowadays is the materials we use are far more superior and to those used back then.

X-pac has pretty much revolutionised the whole outdoor industry, now people can get a bag that is as bomb-proof as a bag made from heavyweight cordura that you could have picked up 10years ago but at a fraction of it’s weight. Using this fabric ensures that bags unbelievably robust to survive the rigors you will put them through on any given trip, but you also don’t have to feel as though you are starting off with a bag that weighs a “ton” before you have even put anything in it! What would we do without technology, eh?

Here are a few pictures I’ve found on my internet travels:

Arthur Richardson- 1st across Nullarbor 1896, 1st round Oz.

Franci Birtles, Warren & Robert Lennie, at Eucla WA, 1907. Lennies attempting Perth-Sydney record. both pics found on epicyclo's flickr photostream

 

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