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    DIY Frame Bag in 20 minutes

    I enjoyed the shopping bag panniers thread so I thought I'd share this. It's an ordinary drawstring bag, cost was zero since it was a gimme. I've been using it for a couple of months as you see it.

    Two nails bent into a U, zip-tied to the bottom drawstrings, the plastic clasp and nylon strap is off some bag or another and attached to the top loop of the drawstring, and a velcro strip crudely zip-tied to the side. The cords with the nails go around the seat tube and hook into the grommet holes at the bottom, while the strap loops around the head tube. I spent about 20 minutes making this, with (as you can readily see) no crafting skills.

    The beauty of it is that it takes about 15 seconds to put on or take off, without cluttering my road bike up with a rack. It's sufficient for my work clothes or very light shopping, and although I've carried a six pack in it I wouldn't really push it that far.

    framebag2.jpgframebag1.jpg

    Sorry about the cruddy pics - I guess my cheapness extends to cameras also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    I enjoyed the shopping bag panniers thread so I thought I'd share this. It's an ordinary drawstring bag, cost was zero since it was a gimme. I've been using it for a couple of months as you see it.

    Two nails bent into a U, zip-tied to the bottom drawstrings, the plastic clasp and nylon strap is off some bag or another and attached to the top loop of the drawstring, and a velcro strip crudely zip-tied to the side. The cords with the nails go around the seat tube and hook into the grommet holes at the bottom, while the strap loops around the head tube. I spent about 20 minutes making this, with (as you can readily see) no crafting skills.

    The beauty of it is that it takes about 15 seconds to put on or take off, without cluttering my road bike up with a rack. It's sufficient for my work clothes or very light shopping, and although I've carried a six pack in it I wouldn't really push it that far.

    framebag2.jpgframebag1.jpg

    Sorry about the cruddy pics - I guess my cheapness extends to cameras also.
    Very neat concept. I may have to tell my cheap friend who refuses to buy anything for his bike about the post. I think a quick DIY video might be a good idea if more people bite

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrduford View Post
    Very neat concept. I may have to tell my cheap friend who refuses to buy anything for his bike about the post. I think a quick DIY video might be a good idea if more people bite
    I know it seems horrible to hang something on the bike like that, but doing it like this is so easy and convenient compared to the lengths people can go to making frame bags, surely it's useful for someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    I know it seems horrible to hang something on the bike like that, but doing it like this is so easy and convenient compared to the lengths people can go to making frame bags, surely it's useful for someone.
    Well for someone who is only concerned about functionality and price it could be great. Does it get in the way of bottles?

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    I can shove a bottle in on the downtube holder. I never carry water for a commute though, ten miles or less it's unnecessary (for me). It would actually be better to not have the seat tube bottle holder, in order to stretch the bag out a bit but I haven't found it to be an issue - force me to make a choice and I keep the bottle holder, not the bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrduford View Post
    Very neat concept. I may have to tell my cheap friend who refuses to buy anything for his bike about the post. I think a quick DIY video might be a good idea if more people bite
    Yes, I'd definitely watch (and forward!) a video if one were made. I'm not 100% clear on the concept, I'll have to read more carefully a few times and squint at the pictures some more.

    My question is, does it interfere with your knees? I guess if you keep it slender, it should be like any other frame-bag. A six-pack though, I would think that would be awkward.

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    The concept is very interesting but It would need clearer pictures. Did you try to take pics outside and closer?

    I'm the guy with a rubbermaid container instead of a rear pannier so that's my kind of solution !
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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    I can shove a bottle in on the downtube holder. I never carry water for a commute though, ten miles or less it's unnecessary (for me). It would actually be better to not have the seat tube bottle holder, in order to stretch the bag out a bit but I haven't found it to be an issue - force me to make a choice and I keep the bottle holder, not the bag.
    Gotcha, for me at least one bottle is necessary (My commute is almost 20 each way and early morn I need the H2O). I was more interested in the bag for a friend whom likes free more than ideal

    As Rube also points out below me, your method is perhaps geared towards someone a little more construction minded, and a video would do the concept great justice if you have the time!

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    TOOL roll . Under saddle..

    GP/RBW, had a use of a piece of canvas .. folded and rolled up and using a Toe strap to hold it under the saddle ..


    Hip, waxed canvas .. Maybe add a garage rag to wipe your hands .. the square of canvas

    will give you some place to put removed parts ..

    BTW Good luck with the bowlegged riding when you put things in that top tube Bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    TOOL roll . Under saddle..

    GP/RBW, had a use of a piece of canvas .. folded and rolled up and using a Toe strap to hold it under the saddle ..


    Hip, waxed canvas .. Maybe add a garage rag to wipe your hands .. the square of canvas

    will give you some place to put removed parts ..

    BTW Good luck with the bowlegged riding when you put things in that top tube Bag.
    No problem with a shirt, pants socks etc, I don't even know it's there. A useful tip is putting the garments in a ziplock and squeeze the air out.

    I tried the under-saddle roll for awhile, and it's OK if it's the only choice but I found it too much trouble fussing with it to keep it straight, securely attached and in the right spot - and it tends to rub on my legs. Frame bag is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    I enjoyed the shopping bag panniers thread ...
    linky linky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
    linky linky?

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/466035-How-to-make-Grocery-Panniers-for-4
    He made panniers out of non-tear grocery bags and some scrap particle board, total cost of $4. It looks like it would work pretty well!

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    Doesn't count unless you use those plastic recyclable bags you get at the grocery store.

    J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    Doesn't count unless you use those plastic recyclable bags you get at the grocery store.

    J.
    Well speaking of that, there IS a trick I experimented with a few years ago. Take four or five of them (or more if you want) and lay them together and put wax paper on top, then fuse them together using a regular iron. It makes a really tough flexible material. I never had much use for it, but if you wanted to make the panniers or bag with it I don't see why not.

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