How does this all work with the cable for the front canti-brake? Does the cable rub the sling everytime you use the brakes?
I've got a similar bike and thought about putting stuff in the front like that but I can't really see how it would go with the cable. Euh, close up picture maybe?
Good question. Long story short - there's some compromise to your braking power, as the damn cable will get in the way of the sling. Hard problem to get around. My front brake was compromised during these photos anyways, as that wheel is built with a strange offset Velocity rim, so when it got all untrue, it sort of stayed that way, as my attempts at bush-truing were naught.
That isn't to say the cable was in the way all the time - perhaps just when hitting a bump, or the sling wasn't cinched up. I'm not sure if Jeremy designed his sling this way, but the sling attaches to your handlebars and then has straps for your dry bag. It also
has that top pocket, which itself has a few straps that click into the bag itself. If you cinch those straps, the sling and everything else also get cinched up, relieving pressure on all the cables running. Sorry I have no photos of this - bike was a loner, after I cracked the frame of my main rig and it's back w/it's owner.
If I was to have this as my main setup, I'd figure out some sort of device to protect that brake cable - from itself and from the cable hitting your bag and eventually causing wear. Perhaps all it needs is some part from a all-weather system, so at least the cable has protection around it. Or, go for disk brakes up front - or at least V Brakes (and maybe a problem solver, for your levers) to truly get around this problem. As it is, if I was (road) touring, and was using a sling like this, I'd probably just go for it!
Oh hey, my Sell An Anatomic saddle just got delivered! Weighs a metric ton!