A Large Handlebar Bag

Posted: May 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
We are bike-lovers in a bike-loving town. When I first saw Erika’s sticker-covered Stumpjumper (with lowrider pannier racks!!!) I knew deep-down that we’d be together for a long time.

I modified an army surplus night vision goggle bag to go on the handlebars of my townbike, and now I can’t live without one. It is so nice to have a place to throw keys, phone, wallet, a U-lock, light, small pump, and maybe a burrito and bottle of wine too. The bag below is a knock-off of the army surplus bag that I have been using, made from 99+% salvaged materials. 

We have made a lot of bike-related bags now, but until this week I hadn’t made one that I really thought that we should focus on – I am kind of a ‘perpetual prototyper’…
But I think that we’ll keep making these ones.

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Large handlebar bag with wire support on the sides.

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Here is the bag in progress – body is a collage of our friend Lee’s old world-traveling backpack, a thrift store laptop bag, and a fire hose panel from an old, unfinished messenger bag project.  

 

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 Made sides out of three different kinds of fire hose. Yellow hose is from a jaunt in the woods with Jake awhile back.

 

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Here are the sides sewn in, with some bling firehose trim that also provides a tunnel for a supporting frame that is made out of wire and scrap aluminum tubing. 

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 Front has reflective trim and backpack cordura.

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Other than rivets and thread, the snaps and webbing are the only virgin materials in this project. 

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 Inside pockets are scraps from some other old backpacks.

 

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In action 

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He has only had it for a few days. Give him a few weeks and it will be full of loose change, receipts, food wrappers, diapers, wipes, a vice-grip, headlamp, swim trunks, lip gloss, and maybe a few Sierra Nevada bottle caps. Mine is.

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We’ll make you one out of your favorite old backpack – your bike-based life will never be the same.

 

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