Custom frame packs (click link for photo album)start at $110
(and up, depending on features)

Everything Bag (click link for photo album)
- one bag only - $50
- one bag with p clamps or hose clamp mount - $60

Bar bag with pocket $75

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Monday, May 2, 2016

In stock now

In stock now, for next day shipping.

Everything bags, black. Quantity 5. Can come with hose clamp mount.

Orange cuben fiber bar bag harness - designed for no pouch, this is just a very light harness to strap a dry bag to your bars. You provide the dry bag.
This is a one off product, made a little narrower so it will fit in drop bars also.  $40 shipped.

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Last fall a few Cleaveland Mountaineering bags had the privilege of touring the Himalayas in northern India.

Jon Muellner and David McCulloch rode about 800 miles and 70,000 feet of up and down (rough numbers), getting off the beaten path. They say the bags worked really well, and so did the bikes - early 1990's steel mountain bikes, with early 1990's Shimano Deore components - rock solid stuff that didn't let them down - they had no mechanicals even considering the very rough roads they where on.  Strangely enough, David even went to boarding school in India with my mother in law!

Here's some of their pictures, check out their full write up over here:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A tale of two frame bags...

Yesterday I made probably the heaviest, and definitely the lightest frame bags I've ever made.
Both are from fabrics I don't use much, but from very familiar patterns.

The first is for a Surly ECR, and is made from #8 cotton duck fabric in olive green, with mil-spec velcro, also in olive green. I've never used cotton duck before, but it is very robust and good for backpacks. Plus it has a nice "old fashioned" look - if you're riding an ECR, you may as well have a frame bag to match. Weight is 1 lb 4 oz - a contender for the heaviest frame bag I've made. Features are dual compartment, and padding along the tubes.

Cotton duck is quite prone to fraying along the edges so every exposed edge of the fabric is covered with 1" grosgrain webbing. This not only prevents fraying but also increases seam strength and looks better. Since seams in cotton duck fabric are also more likely to pull through the fabric edge, I used a wider seam allowance and did 4 lines of stitching.

And here's the finished product!

I've made a few frame bags from 2.94 oz Cuben Hybrid fabric, but had not yet used one myself, and wanted to get a good feel for how they last. The fabric takes a layer of 1.43 oz cuben fiber laminate (dyneema fibers), and adds a 50 denier layer of polyester, which increases the strength and abrasion resistance, mitigates fraying, and can be dyed in more colors than the base cuben laminate. The fabric tensile strength is over 100 lb/in. Because the cuben fabric is a laminate (the x and y fibers are layed on top of each other, not woven through), it is easier for stitching to rip through. Also, a weak point is created at the stitching holes. To increase the seam strength, a lighter weight thread is used (so the stitch is properly balanced) and a smaller needle is used (to poke smaller holes in the fabric). But before stitching, I put on little adhesive patches of cuben in the corners (see picture below). This reinforces the fabric at the higher stress points. After the stitching is done, I seal the fabric edges with cuben seam tape, that is a 0.51 oz cuben laminate with adhesive backing. This strengthens the seam, protects the thread from abrasion, prevents fraying, and offers some extra water protection.

Here are the first two I've made, both of which have seen thousands of miles and are doing well. The purple one is for a small Salsa Fargo and only has a left map pocket (my favorite feature). The grey one is for a titanium road touring frame, and features a cut out for a water bottle, left map pocket, and a panel loader.

When I saw the fabric also available in high visibility orange, I knew it was time to make a cuben bag for my commuter bike. With the extra fabric I made a matching bag for the Jones Loop Bar.
Both bags also use parachute cord to connect to the bike - another experiment for me, though certainly not a first.

The frame bag weights under 5 oz - a candidate for lightest frame bag I've ever made (the purple cuben bag weighted 4.9 oz so is also a contender - but it was for a much smaller frame, but had a left map pocket). The frame bag it replaced weighted in at a stout 1 lb 2 oz making the new one a full 13 oz lighter!

One other sewing project of note, a customer requested a black bag with "red accents" for his Bruce Gordon Rock and Road touring frame to prepare for some upcoming all terrain adventures. Here's what I came up with.

Exploring the desert!

Who needs a sawzall... I need a workout!

Homemade wheel truing stand from the scrap pile at the antenna factory. It easily adjusts to any wheel diameter or hub width out there, and the axle dropouts are interchangeable so I can make different ones if need be to accommodate all the wacky modern axle standards. Now I just need an excuse to build a wheel.

Are you as excited as my one year old?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

More product development

The last few hundred miles of commuting I've been using a new Everything Bag idea, that uses Voile ski straps.

The Voile ski strap cinches down very tight - tighter than the webbing cam strap can go.
The new hose clamp mount is also more stable than the p clamp mount.
These straps I ordered too long, but they can be easily swapped out for other straps as it isn't sewn onto the bag, it just goes through a slot that keeps things in place.
The cam strap version does hold the load quite securely and is easier to operate if you are getting at the load more often. Also I need to try the Voile ski strap version with different types of loads to see how it works for other things too - stuff sacks, sleeping pads, etc.

The thermos doesn't bounce AT ALL in this bag. Very, very stable.
I'd like to get a few out there in the wild to get some more customer feedback.

And here's some pictures from some semi-recent adventures.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Product Development AND Garage Sale!

Here's a couple new products in the works....

And, some garage sale stuff down lower.

Jones bar bag.  Now permanently on my commuter bike.  Works great, easy to make.
Get it now for $65 shipped. I can also make these for other brand bars with a closed area in it.  Just ask.  Same price unless its really weird or highly custom.

New mount option for the Everything Bags.  There's an aluminum bit with three threaded holes that the bag bolts too, then the aluminum hose clamps onto the bike - on the fork, downtube, or anywhere else! I've been riding the first one on my commuter bike fork for a couple months and it hasn't budged.

Advantages over the p clamps are the bag is mounted on center, and the hose clamps fit from 61/64" to 1-3/4"so should cover almost every size fork leg and downtube out there. If not - get a different set of hose clamps! So you can change forks, or move the bags to a different bike and not have to buy new p clamps.  Easy!

Possible disadvantages are - it *might* scratch your frame, or over torquing could crush a carbon tube (this is the same with p clamps though) - so put a few wraps of tape on the fork first.
The hose clamps have little tails so you have to be sure they're not anywhere near the wheel and no where they could cut you.  Or trim the tail off.

Pricing is still $10 per bag, same as p clamps.

The first test ride was up and down The Ribbon in Grand Junction. For those unfamiliar with GJ trails, this trail is steep desert singletrack with a lot of rocks.  The freeride guys get shuttled to the top...
The Everything Bag was unnoticeable down there - until it was time for some water.  Much lower profile than having a bag on the fork.

It didn't move or slip the entire time and gave more room in the frame bag for a fleece, hat, gloves, and an apple plus tool kit, tubes, and pump.

And a few flashback pictures to November 2009.

A long, cold, dark, snowy ride/hike up a 4x4 road. I had a crock pot going and looked forward to it the entire time.

And now for the garage sale goodies.
Prices include shipping to the 48 states (other locations get charged shipping) and are "Or Best Offer."
Trades work too, not sure what I need though so you'll have to make a trade offer.

Salsa Enabler fork
Lightly used, great condition. Comes with a trimmed steerer tube (I can measure if you're interested), star nut, and reflective tape on it.
$60 including shipping

Bar bag - almost like the "production" model now, but lighter weight fabric and #5 water resistant zipper. A new bar bag is $75, this goes for $50 shipped.

Partial frame bag for my old singlespeed.
$20 shipped.

Muddy bike shown but not included.

And now for the weirder stuff.

This is a custom/prototype bag for aero bars.... 
You could try it on aero bars or a rear rack or who knows what.... lunch box for the work truck?
Dual zip top

Padded internal dividers

Its 0.001% more aerodynamic than a bar bag...

Lots of straps on the bottom.

Two bar bag pouches without the harness - old style straps (won't fit a current style harness) but maybe you can figure out what to do with it - get both and buckle them around your trail dog???
$15 each, $25 for both.

Bar bag pouch without the harness #1

Bar bag pouch without the harness #2
Cute kid not included.

Both have curved sides to go around your stuff bag

Both have water resistant zippers, but different sizes of zipper.  
One has a padded back and reflective tape, the other doesn't.

Here's the first bar bag harness I ever made.  A few steps up from just using straps, but nowhere near a real bar bag.  $15 shipped.

Next up is some warm gear for the coming winter...

Here's a hood for when your jacket doesn't have one and you need a little something extra.
$25. Has a cord for a chin strap and a short zipper in the front.  Pretty thick and warm.

And...... one pogie liner.  Yep, I only made one and did a redesign.  So its yours if you have a use for it. Its some sort of synthetic insulation - polarguard, primaloft, or the like, with thin breathable nylon on either side. The velcro is to hold it into the shell that I never made. There's a zipper pocket in there too.
Yours for $8 to cover shipping, or free with any other order.

That's it for now, other than a few bonus baby adventure pictures.

Helping Daddy start a fire with flint and steel on a frosty morning!

Its cold outside of the nest!

Father-Son hike in slippers!

World's smallest frame bag?  For a Santa Cruz full suspension bike...