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    Love or hate?

    I made this saddle bag for kicks and think it came out pretty well. But I really am curious to hear what you guys have to say about it. All the stitches are hand sewin, and that includes the strap as well. which was made then stitched to the bag. It's supposed to take the shape of a cylinder type bag. Didn't want anything too big but nothing too small and think this is a great size. It's made from scrap Levis 511 denim.

    So basically I just want to hear what you guys have to say about it. Any oppinions and criticism is welcome.








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    i like it

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    its nice. i neither love nor hate it.

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    looks good, how much stuff does it hold?
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    Cool, call me a consumerist for preferring perfect stitching and no frayed ends though. I'd personally rather have one the size and shape of a baguette touring bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dar83 View Post
    looks good, how much stuff does it hold?
    It's the basic cylindrical shape of a 20 oz soda bottle.

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    Good for you. I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dar83 View Post
    looks good, how much stuff does it hold?
    From the looks of it about 4-6 pages of news paper! I like it BTW, looks (as it is) home made, and I like that. I found this one last week on an old junker touring bike I found, it's going on my Schwinn Sport Tourer tomorrow.


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    Nice, job.
    Can we get a picture of it open as well?

    Let us know how it works for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebikes View Post
    from the looks of it about 4-6 pages of news paper! I like it BTW, looks (as it is) home made, and I like that.
    i thought i had it hidden pretty well. but you're spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radiocontrolhea View Post
    i thought i had it hidden pretty well. but you're spot on.
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    I like it.

    My only problem is that it looks like it would move back and forth quite a bit while riding. This would not bother me, normally, but just knowing it is moving back and forth while I am riding would bother me a whole lot. I don't know why, things like that make me weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PluperfectArson View Post
    I like it.

    My only problem is that it looks like it would move back and forth quite a bit while riding. This would not bother me, normally, but just knowing it is moving back and forth while I am riding would bother me a whole lot. I don't know why, things like that make me weird.
    No small cylindrical bag that I know of has a seatpost strap. It's how they are.

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    Nice. I love homemade ****... it's got way more character.

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    Points for trying, but seriously, get a well produced one if you must have one. You have a nice old steel frame, with a uber-cool saddle and that thing just doesn't fit. I'm all for DIY, but if it doesn't 'improve' the look of what you have, ditch it.

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    You get 1000 somethings for effort. I can't sew anything except for repairing zippers. It looks very functional.
    It's a bit like clothing, everyone has a preference for color and style.

    As far as the Concor saddle that is an outstanding choice for a place to park one's butt. I have one that came stock on a '87 Schwinn and liked it so much I got another one for a Trek I just got. They are both white.

    Sorry for the off subject tangent and it looks like your bike has gears. It looks real nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmh657 View Post
    You get 1000 somethings for effort. I can't sew anything except for repairing zippers. It looks very functional.
    It's a bit like clothing, everyone has a preference for color and style.

    As far as the Concor saddle that is an outstanding choice for a place to park one's butt. I have one that came stock on a '87 Schwinn and liked it so much I got another one for a Trek I just got. They are both white.

    Sorry for the off subject tangent and it looks like your bike has gears. It looks real nice.
    it's a 1986 giubilato 12 speed. I've been lurking the FG/SS forums becaue I want one ! I will agree with you that this saddle is nothing but pleasure to sit on. I prefer it over many other saddles! I guess thats why it's going for 150 NOS on ebay.
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    nice work.
    sweet ride, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheatreME View Post
    Nice, job.
    Can we get a picture of it open as well?

    Let us know how it works for you.
    I'll try to get a picture of the insides next time i have access to a camera. I don't have one and always end up borrowing a friends. It works really well, and doesn't swing much at all.

    I did stuff newspaper in the bag to bring out the overall shape of it. But depending on what you have inside will depend on the bag's size (the picture has the bag to it's largest possible size). I've used it and it works great. My only problem is the buckles. They work great but require a little bit more time to unbuckle. This was the only idea for a buckle I had that would fit this type of bag style.

    Keep the oppinions commin!

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    That brown leather doesn't match the blue denim as well as it could. Maybe black straps, or gray or tan denim?

    The fact that I can see the newspaper is worrying. Looks like things could work their way out of the bag and fall out.

    Otherwise, super sweet. Great work so far on a v1.

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    I really like it. As to what the others have said, if your bike had the whole vibe of being uber-sleek and hi-tech then I would agree about it not matching, but I think it's a good fit.


    Actually, this has me thinking it might be cool to get one like that for my bike. Brown leather to match my saddle or plain black if that's significantly cheaper, with just enough room for a 15mm wrench, Allen set, spare tube and tire lever.
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    yeah, I want to make one as well -- general tool kit + room for my wallet/cell, possibly larger to fit my mini ulock. I'd like to get some highly reflective tape or cloth for the exterior since I ride at night more often than during the day. easily detachable if I stop somewhere and lock up outside...and so I can walk around with a man-purse. I am sick of bags of my back.

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    This is one reason I did not want a big bag. It was exclusively for small tools and cell/wallet. Nothing bigger.

    I guess I should give this away but the straps are not leather, but a fake leather, so it's vinyl. Leather is really expensive unless I grab an old leather belt and use it for the straps. This was my first bag and will probably mess around with a few more once I get myself a sewing machine. Material use is endless. It started off with the scrap denim lying on the floor from my jeans I made into shorts.

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    Damn, I might have to get some leather and do a DIY job too. I've been looking around just out of interest, and the one I like the best is the Brooks Challenger. I'd love to have something like that, but screw that price tag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JacoKierkegaard View Post
    Damn, I might have to get some leather and do a DIY job too. I've been looking around just out of interest, and the one I like the best is the Brooks Challenger. I'd love to have something like that, but screw that price tag.
    My idea came from that bag.

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