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1  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: Water bottles at the rear axle on: December 01, 2018, 05:42:31 PM
 I suppose the p clamp and strip allowed
I suppose the p clamp and strip allowed to much in and out motion. 

Ah, I suspect you're right. IIRC, I only ran standard-sized water bottles. But perhaps they still would've failed in time, in the same way your's did.
2  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: Water bottles at the rear axle on: December 01, 2018, 01:39:32 PM
I've done it by mounting the lower cage hole to the fender/rack mount at the dropout, and the upper cage hole to a p-clamp on the seat stay. I haven't put many miles on such a setup, but it held for the ~50 mile ride I did with it. If it were to fail I'd guess it'd be at the p-clamps; a couple spare p-clamps wouldn't be a bad idea.
3  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / DIY 1120-esque rack setup on: August 02, 2018, 07:50:19 AM
Back in 2012 (whoa, that long ago?), I posted about a front rack I built for my Fargo. When the Trek 1120 came out I was surprised at the similarity between its front rack and mine.



Coincidentally, I'd also been working off-and-on on a similar way to mount dry bags to the sides of a rear rack, as the 1120 does. After lots of thought and some trial and error, here's what I've come up with.

Generic rear rack, to which I added brackets out of 1" x 1/8" thick aluminum bar; p-clamped to the rack struts.



Initially, I cut reliefs in the edge of the aluminum bar to keep the straps in place, but later cut slots in the bar - now the straps won't slide off no matter what.

This worked OK, but strapping a dry bag tight would push the bag between the struts, too close to the tire for comfort.

So I scavenged some coroplast signs (picking one with an agreeable color and text), cut to shape, and zip-tied to the rack.

This works great - push-through virtually eliminated.



And plenty of heel clearance.

I use a Revelate seatbag for more technical/singletrack bikepacking, but this setup allows me to haul more stuff (and keep it off my back) for gravel, longer trips, etc.

(Lens distortion makes the bag look enormous in this pic; it's really not as big as it appears)


4  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: feedbag/question on using foam for lining on: March 13, 2018, 06:23:41 AM
Seems to me it'd be important to use closed-cell (rather than open-cell) foam, so that it doesn't soak up & hold water if/when it gets wet.

That said, I've used Reflectix for padding before - lightweight, doesn't absorb water, and holds its shape pretty well.
5  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Bikepacking coffee? on: January 09, 2018, 05:35:25 AM
I've settled on concentrated cold brew. Make it in advance, take as much as needed. In camp, all that's needed is boiling water.

Not so feasible on a long trip, but for the week-or-less trips I generally do, it's great.
6  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Hub dynamo and electronics thread. on: June 09, 2017, 06:33:45 PM
I guess the alt. would be to have some sort of USB to AA recharger (is that actually a thing?)

There's the MintyBoost, if I understand what you're thinking of - https://www.adafruit.com/product/14

I've built one (construction isn't difficult if you're handy with a soldering iron) and it works well with my phone (Andriod); can't speak to iPhones. It works well for emergency powering/charging a phone, but carrying/buying multiple sets of AAs would be heavy & costly.
7  Forums / Routes / Re: Katy Trail on: May 17, 2017, 06:19:50 AM
Mostly depends on the weather/current trail conditions. If it's dry, a road bike (with as wide a tire as will fit) would be better. When the trail gets wet, it can get soft - so a mountain bike would be better.

Not much of an answer, I know.

Another, shorter, option is the Wabash Trace trail (http://wabashtrace.org/) - 62 miles in SW Iowa. Very nice, more shade than the Katy, and better camping options - many towns along the trail allow camping in city parks. As I recall, camping along the Katy is more tightly controlled; camping alongside the trail is not allowed.
8  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Salsa Cowchipper, Dajia Far Bar? on: April 28, 2017, 06:04:47 AM
+1 to threepin's thoughts.

I run the cowchipper and find it very comfortable. Most of the time I ride in the drops, but on less technical singletrack or gravel, being on the hoods (or even tops) is nice.

I've never ridden the Dajia Far Bar (or the woodchipper), but I'd be worried that they have too much flare, and that the 'on the hoods' position wouldn't be as comfortable.

RE threepin's upside-down pic: I right-clicked the image and clicked 'Open in a new tab' (Chrome browser) and it displays right-side up; dunno why it's upside down here.

Edit: went back and re-read threepin's earlier post, as well as RonK's. Not surprisingly, seems like comfort, and how much flare is too much flare, boils down to personal preference.
9  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: alcohol stove variations on: March 23, 2017, 09:40:26 AM
Here's one I made, using a heavier-wall Bud/Bud Light aluminum bottle. Just crimped repeatedly around the edge with a pair of needle-nose pliers until I got the opening to the size I wanted.

I never seriously tested its efficiency, but it seems to work about as well as other designs, particularly on smaller diameter pots because the flame is concentrated in the center rather than around the stove's circumference (e.g. like a top burner stove). Use it with a separate pot stand, obviously.

10  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Stem spacers are cool, I swear. on: July 25, 2016, 05:50:23 PM
Wonderful feelings of super comfort are all that matter - who cares what anyone else thinks?

RE head tube stress - I wouldn't think so.
11  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: 1 pan wonders of the world on: December 11, 2015, 06:44:14 PM
I didn't create this one, but it looks pretty good.

http://www.bikepacking.com/plan/bikepacking-recipe-thai-salmon-curry/
12  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: DIY Bags to fit Gorilla Cages or Salsa Anything cages on: December 09, 2015, 09:02:01 PM
Very nice; thanks for the step-by-step.
13  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: Shock cord mounted frame bag on: March 13, 2015, 05:24:11 PM
Looks great, congrats!
14  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: Frame Bags: Experimenting with Different Attachment Methods on: December 10, 2014, 06:35:32 PM
Here's mine. Daisy chain of 1" webbing around the perimeter of the frame bag, and paracord to lash it to the frame tubes. Works great. A bit of a PITA to put on & take off (like lacing a shoe with 7'-8' of shoelace), but not that bad, and it's not as though it's on & off frequently. And plenty of paracord available in case of emergency.

I don't run a gas tank but it'd be easy to route the paracord to accommodate any velcro attachment straps.

15  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: sewing machine on: August 21, 2014, 07:38:31 PM
Sweet! Thanks for the update.
16  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: sewing machine on: August 20, 2014, 07:53:53 AM
Sounds like a tension issue to me. I'd also check that you have it threaded correctly.

If you don't have it, here [1] is a 237 owners' manual; I haven't looked through it but it might show how to disassemble & adjust the tension indicator. If not, some Googling ought to turn up some results.

The spool rattling around on the pin could be a contributing factor as well; a spool stand as discussed in this article [2] might help.

[1] http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/2b978f44b6159571b8168c0410baa128abe9c6e1.pdf

[2] http://www.superiorthreads.com/education/spools-verse-cones/
17  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: sewing machine on: August 12, 2014, 09:31:11 AM
My machines are all straight-stitch only; I have an assortment of feet for it but almost always just a foot like this (which would also fit your 237):

http://shop.sew-classic.com/Low-Shank-Straight-Stitch-foot-narrow-45321-45321.htm

You may need a different foot in order to do zig-zag.

No affiliation with sew-classic, but I've purchases from them in the past with no complaints.

Good luck with your new machine; be sure to give it a thorough cleaning & oiling.
18  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: sewing machine on: August 09, 2014, 01:01:15 PM
thanks again guys. i didnt end up getting above pictured machine. it was not working and the owner wanted quite a bit for it. meanwhile this machine popped up on local craigslist. i called the guy, it is working, he wants $80 for it. should i take this one? looks like newer model than the other one. looks like 306.

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Machine seems to be in decent condition; cabinet is rough. I'm not familiar with the 306, but did find this page which wasn't very complimentary [1]. Personally I'd probably pass, given the points about availability of needles & bobbins. Might not be a big deal, but could be a deal-breaker. Be patient & keep your eyes open; sooner or later something will come along.

Besides Craigslist, another good source for old machines is estate sales. Most of the machines I have I picked up at estate sales for less than what folks ask on CL.


[1] http://sewing-machines.blogspot.com/2009/08/singer-that-should-be-forgotten.html
19  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: sewing machine on: August 08, 2014, 06:47:33 PM
That's a Singer model 15, probably a 15-91. It's a classic all metal machine which will handle the webbing, fabric, and heavier threads you'll use making gear.   It's easy to service and replacement parts are available and inexpensive.  Buy it if the price is right, $50-75 for a working machine.

Yep, that's a 15-91. Grab it. Great machine; very desirable & lots of online maintenance/repair information.
20  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Frame bag and gas tank straps overlap-- solutions? on: July 11, 2014, 08:24:02 PM
Webbing (i.e. daisy chain) works great! Here's a pic of my DIY bag w/daisy chain. This was its maiden voyage/shake-down ride, so I only strapped the top tube (used paracord - dual use in case of emergency); used one-wrap on the seat & down tubes. For "real" rides I'll paracord the whole perimeter.

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