so, im more looking into lightweight road bike touring, and i would like to keep my waterbottles for now, so i built a mini frame bag. I know my bike isn't really a touring bike, but i figure i can get by with it as long as i keep my load light.
the bag is big enough to carry some quick access gear while touring (wind jacket/pants, warmer gloves, etc), otherwise i can use it to carry wallet, phone, flat repair gear, snacks, etc. for long day rides. im also going to build a tank bag too for long day rides. I think i'll build a full size frame bag for some actual multi-day touring in the fall.
This one is built with 1000 denier cordura, #5 water resistant zipper on the right side with a flap to help keep it dry/clean, and 2" velcro. the bag is a hair over 3 ounces. It ended up being slightly taller in the rear than it should have been, so it's not as tight as i would have liked it to be, but it still works well. since i don't have a sewing machine, i hand stitched this.
I still have enough cordura to make 3-4 more of these, however i think im going to go with some lighter material since it will be easier to stich together and will result in an overall lighter bag. http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/2320/img20110616104956.jpghttp://img225.imageshack.us/img225/6186/img20110616105011.jpghttp://img850.imageshack.us/img850/9321/img20110616151344.jpghttp://img840.imageshack.us/img840/383/img20110616151242.jpg