Personal setups » Gordo’s homemade Frame bag


It was a while in the making. I needed a large frame bag for multiday trips in an effort to get the load off my back. This cost about 15 bucks and around 11 hours total time. So, at the rate most people get paid, it was about 235 bucks. The satisfaction of making it yourself is hard to beat though. I will let you know how it works out shortly.













Comments (20)

GoatrakNovember 11th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

That looks like some beautiful work you did. I thought I was doing well by slightly revamping a JanD frame bag to fit on my bike. You can’t really look at the hourly cost, because like you say, the satisfaction that comes with it is priceless. So, are you tackling a seat bag next?

GordonNovember 12th, 2008 at 7:58 am

yes. the seat bag is on the drawing board. I will let you know how it goes.

orangedogNovember 12th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

awesome – I assumed these were widely available in stores, and after looking for one the other day, had no such luck. may take your route and make one up. could also add internal front pouches for light batteries.

great looking bag.

David AllenNovember 12th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Wow, you obviously have some sewing experience. Very nice looking bag and nice setup as well.

Dave Allen

EricNovember 14th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

nice work – like the macro photos.

what do you have planned for the top plastic pieces?

GordonNovember 14th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

I had no plan for them. I just think it is nice to have a tie-down point – just in case – may need to strap down a jacket or something to it

DanYellJanuary 6th, 2009 at 12:19 am

Water repellant? Do soft sided models retain water weight? Half gallon milk jugs welded together would truly repel water. And be a good width.
Do soft sided bags get heavy when wet?
My typical seatbag gains weight wet. Been trying to invent a milk “gallon jug” seatbag, hard to fit everything through that little hole tho. I have thought about slight supports to the “gallon jug” from the seatstays.

GordonJanuary 6th, 2009 at 9:14 am

The material is 1050 Cordura, coated with a water repellent. I have had it soaked and it did not take on much weight. Anything carried in it would not care if it got wet anyways.

velomattJanuary 7th, 2009 at 7:24 am

Gordo, your post inspires me! My co-workers wife has an old Singer 300W she is tempted to part with. I have been contemplating buying it and make my own bags. I know there will be a learning curve but like you said, the satisfaction of making something yourself IS priceless and it allows you to make all the decisions. I think im going to pull the trigger! Where is a good place to buy fabric, zippers, etc ???

DaveJanuary 30th, 2009 at 7:04 am

There are two places I can recommend for buying materials:
…just make sure to get enough so that its okay if your first attempt is not useable.

GordonJanuary 30th, 2009 at 7:27 am

seattle fabrics is a good source – that is where we ordered our materials from.

DougV.April 19th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

If this pack is to be used for long, unsupported treks, think I would have made the pack fit the entire triangle and omitted the water bottle cut-out, instead sewing-in a compartment to hold a large volume water bladder. I like the design for commuting and other short trips as I wouldn’t need a lot of storage for water but for “stuff”. I have a similar bag that is smaller, fits in the top half of the frame triangle and it has always proved very useful, but its generic design didn’t fit all my frames equally. Did you make the water bottle cut-out for fear of the pack bulging and interfering with cranks? I think it’s great and will look at making my own to fit my FS bike.

Jeremy CleavelandJune 29th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Great work. I just ordered some spectra gridstop and fixings to make a full frame bag for my 1×9 Jabberwocky. Did you use anything to stiffen the edges, or just wide velcro?

GordonJune 30th, 2009 at 9:54 am

I used #500 or #600 cordura for the edges of the bag (the red parts) black parts were 1050 cordura. Since then I have lightened it up with other types of materials.

TommyAugust 18th, 2009 at 3:11 am

Have you put any dividers into the bag?

If so how do you sow them in. I can see how you make a basic bag (make inside out and invert) but how do you add dividers which would also help with keeping the bag from bulging?

Many Thanks


GordoAugust 18th, 2009 at 8:47 am

I originally designed the bag with removable dividers – using Velcro to hold them in place. I abandoned the idea because it did not seem that useful to me. I try to carry the heaviest stuff I have (beyond water) in the frame bag. I have straps for a pump sewn in, but beyond that, it stuffs nice and tight with a few 29er tubes, tools, water filter and a tarp, a flask, maps a long sleeve micro layer and some other stuff. I don’t know that compartments would help the task.

lee gomezSeptember 7th, 2010 at 5:47 am

Nice job check out pcych .com they have two new frame bags for on and off road

BikerButt76August 12th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Great looking work. Im confused though, wouldnt you prefer a bit more space and attach water bottles to the fork?

squintygirlJanuary 31st, 2015 at 9:58 am

Brilliant…can I just ask, did you use waterproof seam seal on the seams and zip? Can you recommend a lighter fabric that is waterproof? Cheers…..sewing machine at the ready

Dave BottFebruary 13th, 2015 at 1:21 am

Very proffessional looking job, but a bit complicated. I made mine by sewing two halves of material together leaving the top open.I sewed a double ended separable zip across the top. This zipped the bag onto the frame and allowed access inside. I kept the bag stretched out by tying it to the stearinghead, seat tube and bottom bracket. I used kite material, which is light, ripstop and waterproof coated but not terbly durable.

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