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Old 06-24-05, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by celephaiz
Yo guys, so I am commissioning my sister to sew me up a new "summer" courier bag. So basically, there have been discussions on using non waterproof bags that wont trap sweat on you back and brands and styles of those bags. However, I haven't seen anything specific as to what you would use for fabric, homemade strapping system to make the shoulder strap adjustible. any ideas? (by the way, getting a sister to stitch something like this up was one of the best ideas i ever had... saved some real loot)
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Originally Posted by mikorp
check the dumpster at reload. works here in sf for timbuk2 and chrome.
damn good idea... between that and the free samples discussed above, i'll be cutting down the cost

as for that whistle buckle... you laugh, but i ordered one....

i've basically got lots of stuff coming my way and i'll pick the one i like the most but i guess thats the reason you do it yourself
thanks everyone who helped me out today and i'll post pics when its finished
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Old 06-24-05, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by celephaiz
damn good idea... between that and the free samples discussed above, i'll be cutting down the cost

as for that whistle buckle... you laugh, but i ordered one....

i've basically got lots of stuff coming my way and i'll pick the one i like the most but i guess thats the reason you do it yourself
thanks everyone who helped me out today and i'll post pics when its finished
i'm surprised no one mentioned this DIY messenger bag.
http://eeio.blogspot.com/2004/12/rec...messenger.html

i'm also in the process of trying to make my own bag. mostly a chrome knockoff, but with some mods. went to the junkyard today for the seatbelt buckles. was also thinking of airline seatbelt buckles, but i'm not sure where to get those. that seattle fabrics site is great, probably be ordering some sample packs off there soon.
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Old 06-27-05, 04:38 AM
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Not quite the same deal, but I recently made a canvas saddlebag for my new B17. I just used regular artist's canvas (my mum had it lying around), and a pair of leather toe straps, and strong cotton thread. Splash proof, tough, just big enough for my 15mm wrench and a multitool

Now I'm thinking about making a little matching knapsack, if I need to carry more stuff than will fit in my saddlebag, but not enough to fill my Chrome. I think artist's canvas is ideal, it's tough as old boots, easily available (any art supplies store or framing shop should have it), and it just looks cool.
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Old 06-27-05, 09:08 AM
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I just wanted to say that this thread rox. Celephaiz, is your sister going to use a sewing machine, or do hand stitching? I would love to embark on a project like this, but I'm not sure I have the skills. I haven't really sewn fabric since that surfboard pillow I made in Home Ec class about 11 years ago. But, when the raw materials are a product of scheming free samples and dumpster diving, it's totally worth a try, no?
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Old 06-27-05, 09:18 AM
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Yeah i don't know what she'll be using, i sent her cut and copies of fabric recommendations from these people as well as a picture of what i wanted colors etc. I'm leaving the country on friday to rent a beater to ride around the neatherlands for a week. While I'm gone i hope she'll have time to stitch the bag itself with pockets and laptop sleeve and then hope that my buckles/straps come in the mail in the meantime. but yeah definately give it a shot.. getting her to do this for me is one of the more brilliant ideas i've had in recent months.
that one sight with the free samples requires you to be a company. So i guess me and my sister now have a bag company! alright!
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About the back sweat problem, a perfect solution would involve having something like a suspended mesh panel between your back and the bag so that air can circulate across your back. (they are doing this on expensive hiking packs and camelbacks I think) Another possibility would be to have a double layer back on the bag with some sort of semi-rigid open cell material that will provide air space between the two layers. Maybe neoprene with holes punched through it would work. Anything that will provide a pocket of air between your back and the bag.

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About the back sweat problem, a perfect solution would involve having something like a suspended mesh panel between your back and the bag so that air can circulate across your back. (they are doing this on expensive hiking packs and camelbacks I think) Another possibility would be to have a double layer back on the bag with some sort of semi-rigid open cell material that will provide air space between the two layers. Maybe neoprene with holes punched through it would work. Anything that will provide a pocket of air between your back and the bag.

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Old 06-27-05, 06:00 PM
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can anyone share with me how long their sample order from itwnexus.com took to arrive?
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can anyone share with me how long their sample order from itwnexus.com took to arrive?
About 7 days for me.

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Originally Posted by Jonny B
Not quite the same deal, but I recently made a canvas saddlebag for my new B17. I just used regular artist's canvas (my mum had it lying around), and a pair of leather toe straps, and strong cotton thread. Splash proof, tough, just big enough for my 15mm wrench and a multitool
Here's my homemade saddlebag/burrito bag story: I went to the local thrift store (LTS), and bought an old canvas tote bag, they had tons of them, screened with some stupid conference logo or something on one side. 10 seconds with a razor blade later and I liberated the ugly screen printed side from the blank back, leaving me with almost 1 sq. ft. of plain canvas. Waterproofed that sucka with some all purpose waterproofing which was in the basement, sweet! Total cost: $.50, 5 mins of time invested. Can't get much better than that.
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Old 06-27-05, 07:19 PM
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I followed the link mrbertfixy provided:

http://eeio.blogspot.com/2004/12/rec...messenger.html

What a fantastic site.
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Old 06-27-05, 07:54 PM
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I always laugh when people quote the golden section or Fibonacci Sequence or whatever like it's the holy design grail. It's not. It's a geometric coincidence. A bit like KOPS

If I was going to design a bag, I'd start by taking a picture of someone standing (rear view) and someone sitting on a bike and see what shapes sit best on the back. Almost all messenger bags are designed as a basic square envelope with their corners lopped off, which is great if you're making a backpack....except you're not - you're making something that naturally sits off-centre because it only has one strap.

Anyway, my facination with the trend is pretty much over anyway. Twin strap bags are much better than single strap bags, and as I'm not trying to look like a messenger I figure....why bother?

Kudos to anyone who makes their own, though. I checked out the Freitag site and nearly had a stroke. Have you seen the prices on those things??? And they use mostly 2nd hand materials, too.

Oh yeah, one thing - Once you've made yourself a bag, you might like to try your hand at making your girlfriend a little outfit....

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Old 06-28-05, 05:56 PM
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Canucks looking for materials might want to check out this site: http://www.justmakeit.com

Calgary-based supplier of outdoor/sportswear fabrics, patterns and notions.

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Thylacine wrote:

"I always laugh when people quote the golden section or Fibonacci Sequence or whatever like it's the holy design grail. It's not. It's a geometric coincidence."

The ratio of the so-called golden section, spoken of as Phi, has meaning beyond coincidence, but like music it straddles the rational and the irrational and one cannot discuss it easily.
However, one can appreciate the ratio and play with it, and the author of the referenced site

http://eeio.blogspot.com/2004/12/rec...messenger.html

certainly plays with it.

Check it out.
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