Touring - Ideas for making protective compartments in handlebar bag?
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I'm trying to think of a good way to make some padded dividers in my small handlebar bag. I'd like to have a vertical slot to drop my camera into so I can quickly get to it and easily return itto its spot, and at the same time offer some protection from being jostled about in an open space. Then have a few slots or sections for other things so they'd be easy to grab without rifling around and possibly losing something.
05-26-06, 02:09 PM
You can make dividers from thin foam sheets + foam-compatible glue. You may be able to get away with duct tape to hold the sheets together.
Check out this commercially-available product for ideas:
05-26-06, 02:13 PM
Hot glue and high density foam carpet padding ( find scraps in most any carpet store dumpster )
First, line the bag with the padding and then cut pieces to make the compartments. Hold them in place with hot glue. Don't glue the padding to the bag it is a PITA to get the glue off.
I wasn't sure if glue would work. Thanks for the suggestions!
05-26-06, 03:12 PM
Add zippers to sewn in see-through netting material. You can sew to the inside cover and inside line of the handlebar bag. These two pockets were the result of my wife applying no small amnount of creativity to improve an already good Arkel small handlebar bag.
05-27-06, 07:19 AM
Correx is stiff, provides excellent protection and is easy to cut, bend, glue and rivet. You dont need any padding. My Carradice bar bag is basically a correx box covered in canvas. You can get the stuff from For Sale signboards.
Old Hammer Boy
05-27-06, 10:00 PM
Make dividers or pockets out of any good, heavy material and sew hook part of hook and loop tape to the ends. This allows you to move them to any chosen spot in your bag. They'll stick pretty much to most surfaces other than real smooth ones. Topeak, and probably other manufacturers provide these. They're real handy.
05-28-06, 05:14 AM
You can use padding from photo bag, or pieces cut from a closed-cell matress. My favorite is camp clothes, something I don't wear until I have cleaned up. It's dual purpose!
Get one of those neoprene cup insulators. Also, small deerskin and suede drawstring pouches, which are sold around the web, make good protective bags for a camera without much bulk.
You can use padding from photo bag, or pieces cut from a closed-cell matress. My favorite is camp clothes, something I don't wear until I have cleaned up. It's dual purpose! Ultimately, that's what I had in mind. I just didn't know how to go about recreating it inside my bag and where to get the supplies
05-29-06, 10:37 PM
I have the Arkel large handlebar bag. Great and sturdy bag, but had to find a way to keep the camera in place. Then I sewed a "harness" using seatbelt material. It worked, but was a bit cumbersome.
Then I finally bought the Ortlieb Camera liner which they sell for their large bag. It works in the Arkel bag like a charm. For separators, I used what comes with it as well as a few other "partitions" I had from another project (I just had to sew some Velcro). I now have a vertical pocket for the camera and the other half may serve either for a lens, the flash, glasses...
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