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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear on: August 30, 2011, 09:49:35 AM
12wheels

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« on: August 30, 2011, 09:49:35 AM »

I have several sizes available.  They are made from X-Pac VX 21 or 42, 500, 1000 denier cordura, and 1680 ballistic nylon with a plastic skeleton to keep them rigid when riding singletrack.
Small, 4-6 litre capacity, $100  
Medium, 5-10 litre capacity, $125.
Large, 6-12 litre capacity, $130.

Proven design, trail tested and used by forum members in the last two Tour Divides and Colorado Trail Races, the Arrowhead 135, Arizona Trail Race, Huracan 300, Trans North Georgia, Allegheny Mountains Loop, and Paris-Brest-Paris.

I also do custom work and can provide frame packs, carriers, top tube bags, etc.

Send me a PM or email -gdw1914@yahoo.com if interested or buy them direct through my Etsy Shop.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/116241887/medium-bikepacking-saddlebag?ref=sr_gallery_20&ga_search_query=saddlebag&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all

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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #1 on: August 30, 2011, 04:44:23 PM
THE LONG RANGER

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2011, 04:44:23 PM »

Def. check out these bags. Greg (12wheels) worked incredibly closely with me when he created the saddle bag, frame bag and top tube bags for my Tour Divide rig - four bags in all!

I initially gave him a visit because of a post on bikepacking.net about his saddle bags, the same ones shown above. I really wanted someone to source someone local to make my Tour Divide kit bags and man, did I luck out in meeting Greg. Well worth the rides to Boulder via Denver (helps to find a good offroad training route!).

He first showed me the saddle bags he had recently made and I was pretty blown away by the attention to detail and construction. They looked like they could certainly do the job. I'm very very tough on gear, so I'm extremely reluctant to try things that I'm not totally and completely sold on - it'll just end up on the junk heap. I bought one of the saddle bags on the spot, extremely excited to try it out. Greg wanted to assure me that if anything was found needing additional attention, that he wanted to know what he could do to make his gear better for exactly what I planned to use it for -  that he wanted me to be 100% satisfied. That was really cool of him.

Greg told me he also has made frame bags, once I told him I was having trouble sourcing that local as well. The Other Guy was a nightmare of never-ending back and forth emailing that never got anywhere and wasting my time as the start crept up closer.  

But with Greg, within 5 minutes, we were both sitting on the floor, taking measurements of my frame and discussing what types of design problems I wanted to solve - my frame - a Kona Big Kahuna 18", does NOT have have a lot of space inside the front triangle and I wanted to exploit as much available room as possible, without it getting in the way of the myriad of design problems that present themselves: crank, feet, knee and chain ring clearance, durability, the cables the are routed on the bottom of the top tube just to name  some initial hurtles. And SIMPLE! I wanted something very simple. A frame bag looks like an easy project: a triangle-shaped bag, but there's a lot of little "gotchas!".

With the frame bag and saddle bag down, we marched towards the next problems - the top tube bags! I gave Greg some mock ups I had designed in my studio just out of cardboard and described how I envisioned them working: Ultra minimal, ultralight, unfussy. Greg took almost no time to turn around my prototypes into working, usable bags. I was 100% satisfied with his work, he made some amazingly useful, ultra lightweight gear.

I (still!) owe Greg a round or two (or three!) of beers for his help in my Tour Divide and going the distance in his workmanship.  He's the first person I'd call up if (or when) I ever need custom bags made again. Super fun and easy to work with, extremely communicative and attentive to my ideas - and filled with a ton of great ideas of his own that I would never had thought of:

Some of the nice details on my frame bag were a HUGE bulletproof zipper for the single compartment, a small, inside pocket specifically for a passport and an easy-to-access outside pocket, exactly sized to put a map in. That outside pocket turned out to be most handy also for my, "wallet" and a tri-tool - no munging around the other very tightly packed bags. Never lost a thing, either.

If I could describe my Tour Divide in one word, it would be TOUGH! Tough on my gear, tough on my bike, tough on my body. Greg's gear pulled through! Really proud to be using his gear. After my ride, Greg wanted to continue to get feedback on how his bags could be even better. Incredible.




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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #2 on: August 30, 2011, 05:00:26 PM
THE LONG RANGER

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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2011, 05:00:26 PM »

I'll also add that I use his saddle bag on my daily commuter to fit my tools and pump and a raincoat. Any ride over 50 miles, I bring it along, no matter the bike. The weather changes on a dime here in Colorado and it's nice to have all the gear I need ready to go - no more back jersey pockets stuffed with Stuff. I honestly cannot imagine not having such a bag with me on long rides. A great piece of kit.
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011, 05:04:44 PM
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011, 05:04:44 PM »

I'm very interested in a seatbag, but don't have a clue as to how to contact you!

Can you please contact me at willburcito@gmail.com?  Thanks!!!!!!!
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #4 on: September 21, 2011, 09:22:31 AM
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2011, 09:22:31 AM »

I purchased a seatbag and gas tank from Greg, I can't wait until they get here to try them out. Greg was very helpful and great to work with. He helped me in the sizing of the items and was it was easy to make the order and process the payment.
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #5 on: October 06, 2011, 06:35:07 PM
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2011, 06:35:07 PM »

Email sent with a few questions

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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #6 on: October 10, 2011, 06:57:56 AM
Dumpster Juice


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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2011, 06:57:56 AM »

I received my bags from Greg (12Wheels) and put them on the bike, They look great and the bags seem to be well built. I could not be happier. I have my first bikepacking trip scheduled for October 21-22 and can't wait to see how they work. You would be suprised at what you can pack into a seatbag. Thanks for all your help in getting the bags to me befroe my trip and making the ordering process easy...
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #7 on: October 17, 2011, 08:52:03 PM
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2011, 08:52:03 PM »

I Used Greg's Seat bag on the CTR this year and it worked out great.  I wish I had bought all of my stuff from him, but when I found out about him my frame bag was already ordered and I had most of my other stuff.  He is a super guy that just happened to live right around the corner from me so it worked out really easily.  I cruised over there and he spent what basically amounted to an evening helping me figure it all out.

It really is a quality bag that worked flawlessly for me not only on the CTR but also on daily rides basically all season this year.

Thanks Greg!
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #8 on: November 25, 2011, 08:19:34 PM
12wheels

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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2011, 08:19:34 PM »

Bump.  Black Friday Sale - free shipping to the lower 48.
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #9 on: December 11, 2011, 03:03:50 AM
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« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2011, 03:03:50 AM »

Just found this site researching bikepacking gear alternatives. Will definitely keep the OP in mind.
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #10 on: December 11, 2011, 08:34:06 PM
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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2011, 08:34:06 PM »

Hey 12 wheels!

  The seat bags look great!! I have been wanting to make one of these for a while but, am reluctant because they look complicated. Any hints or suggestions?? What kind of plastic do you use for the stiffener??

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #11 on: December 12, 2011, 07:42:35 PM
12wheels

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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2011, 07:42:35 PM »

Thanks, I sent you an email.
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #12 on: December 23, 2011, 07:23:52 AM
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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2011, 07:23:52 AM »

Those look great. I think I'm going to have to try out some of Greg's bags. Smiley





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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #13 on: March 06, 2012, 10:21:23 PM
DistanceRider


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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2012, 10:21:23 PM »

I saw your gear on MTBR and it looks good.  I sent you an email is that the best way to contact you?
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #14 on: March 07, 2012, 02:47:41 PM
12wheels

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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2012, 02:47:41 PM »

You can reach me by email, gdw1914@yahoo.com or by sending a personal message through this forum.
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #15 on: March 30, 2012, 06:50:00 PM
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« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2012, 06:50:00 PM »

Received my gas tank today, love it. Awesome work. Will be buying more from 12wheels.

Thanks Tony
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #16 on: April 03, 2012, 06:29:18 PM
Blammo


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« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2012, 06:29:18 PM »

Another vote of praise for these these bags.  I have a complete set up 6 and love 'em.
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #17 on: June 04, 2012, 07:13:52 PM
THE LONG RANGER

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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2012, 07:13:52 PM »

All hail Greg aka 12 Wheels and his magic sewing machines! Hot of the table are a few more of his amazing creations, so new they've yet to be photographed! But I have a feeling they're going to get pictures taken of them quite a bit in the coming weeks...
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #18 on: June 09, 2012, 08:06:12 PM
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« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2012, 08:06:12 PM »

Agree - I have about 4 gas tanks and his is by FAR the best.  Super easy and great to work with.  Good price to boot.
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  Topic Name: Saddlebags and bikepacking gear Reply #19 on: June 12, 2012, 07:27:19 AM
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« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2012, 07:27:19 AM »

Greg - do you have a website of something So I can pass the Product info off to friends not on the Board?
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