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(and up, depending on features)

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- one bag only - $50
- one bag with p clamps or hose clamp mount - $60

Bar bag with pocket $75

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Saturday, June 25, 2016


I think there's some corollary to the Clausius Statement of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, that goes something like this:

"Every bearded nerdy bike mechanic type, left long enough in a closed system, will eventually ride a Surly."

It was inevitable....

This one I picked up used for less than the new cost of the frame and fork.
It came to me in decent shape but in need of a bit of fine tuning. The drivetrain was a Hope singlespeed rear hub with 15 - 27 t cassette (6 out of 9 speeds). The XT derailleur wouldn't fit any bigger. Plus that big empty triangle looked weird and I had to carry my stuff in a backpack!

So I contacted my favorite local mechanic and he got to work.

Here's a nifty little bit from Wolftooth Components, called the Road Link. It is a derailleur hanger extender so you can fit a bigger cassette in the back, it was designed so roadies can run a single chainring and a really big low gear in the back to make up for it. Here I'm using it so I can fit a bigger low gear on a singlespeed hub.

Then I checked clearances on a cassette I had. There was a little ring, about 2 mm thick at the center of the biggest cog. This I took off carefully on the disc sander, and that gave me just enough room to squeak on 7 speeds instead of 6, and the Road Link gave me enough clearance to go up to 34 t instead of 27 t.  Works great. Paired with a 32 t chainring it gets me most places I need to go now, on trails. The singlespeed hub reduces dish in the wheel, making it stronger, and the narrower cassette improves chainline.

Oh, and it has big tires and a squishy fork too.

Then we set out to make a nice custom frame bag to fill up that weird looking empty triangle.

There - that's starting to look better.

The Quality Control Manager inspecting a few custom bags.

Here's a stuff sack made specifically for the Everything Bag. Diameter is about 4-1/2", and the roll top closure goes from about 8 to 12 inches, for a capacity of 2 - 3 L. Fits perfectly in an Everything Bag or similar fork mounted cage, and carries your stuff. This one was made from my heaviest fabric and weights 2.5 oz. They're NOT waterproof but are quite water resistant.
Need one for your next adventure?
$30 shipped per bag.

The flowers were great this spring due to the extra rain, but now they're long gone in the heat.

Every one year old needs a custom mountaineering backpack.
This one is made of a festive mix of cuben fiber and XPAC fabrics, and is complete with full strength dual haul loop (good for when the climbing gets steep and the leader has to haul his pack, or good for mommy grabbing him fast), a crampon pocket (also good for extra diapers or teddy bears), compression straps, and two ice axe loops.

Monday, May 2, 2016

In stock now

In stock now, for next day shipping.

Everything bags, black. Quantity 5. Can come with hose clamp mount.

Orange cuben fiber bar bag harness - designed for no pouch, this is just a very light harness to strap a dry bag to your bars. You provide the dry bag.
This is a one off product, made a little narrower so it will fit in drop bars also.  $40 shipped.

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Last fall a few Cleaveland Mountaineering bags had the privilege of touring the Himalayas in northern India.

Jon Muellner and David McCulloch rode about 800 miles and 70,000 feet of up and down (rough numbers), getting off the beaten path. They say the bags worked really well, and so did the bikes - early 1990's steel mountain bikes, with early 1990's Shimano Deore components - rock solid stuff that didn't let them down - they had no mechanicals even considering the very rough roads they where on.  Strangely enough, David even went to boarding school in India with my mother in law!

Here's some of their pictures, check out their full write up over here:


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A tale of two frame bags...

Yesterday I made probably the heaviest, and definitely the lightest frame bags I've ever made.
Both are from fabrics I don't use much, but from very familiar patterns.

The first is for a Surly ECR, and is made from #8 cotton duck fabric in olive green, with mil-spec velcro, also in olive green. I've never used cotton duck before, but it is very robust and good for backpacks. Plus it has a nice "old fashioned" look - if you're riding an ECR, you may as well have a frame bag to match. Weight is 1 lb 4 oz - a contender for the heaviest frame bag I've made. Features are dual compartment, and padding along the tubes.

Cotton duck is quite prone to fraying along the edges so every exposed edge of the fabric is covered with 1" grosgrain webbing. This not only prevents fraying but also increases seam strength and looks better. Since seams in cotton duck fabric are also more likely to pull through the fabric edge, I used a wider seam allowance and did 4 lines of stitching.

And here's the finished product!

I've made a few frame bags from 2.94 oz Cuben Hybrid fabric, but had not yet used one myself, and wanted to get a good feel for how they last. The fabric takes a layer of 1.43 oz cuben fiber laminate (dyneema fibers), and adds a 50 denier layer of polyester, which increases the strength and abrasion resistance, mitigates fraying, and can be dyed in more colors than the base cuben laminate. The fabric tensile strength is over 100 lb/in. Because the cuben fabric is a laminate (the x and y fibers are layed on top of each other, not woven through), it is easier for stitching to rip through. Also, a weak point is created at the stitching holes. To increase the seam strength, a lighter weight thread is used (so the stitch is properly balanced) and a smaller needle is used (to poke smaller holes in the fabric). But before stitching, I put on little adhesive patches of cuben in the corners (see picture below). This reinforces the fabric at the higher stress points. After the stitching is done, I seal the fabric edges with cuben seam tape, that is a 0.51 oz cuben laminate with adhesive backing. This strengthens the seam, protects the thread from abrasion, prevents fraying, and offers some extra water protection.

Here are the first two I've made, both of which have seen thousands of miles and are doing well. The purple one is for a small Salsa Fargo and only has a left map pocket (my favorite feature). The grey one is for a titanium road touring frame, and features a cut out for a water bottle, left map pocket, and a panel loader.

When I saw the fabric also available in high visibility orange, I knew it was time to make a cuben bag for my commuter bike. With the extra fabric I made a matching bag for the Jones Loop Bar.
Both bags also use parachute cord to connect to the bike - another experiment for me, though certainly not a first.

The frame bag weights under 5 oz - a candidate for lightest frame bag I've ever made (the purple cuben bag weighted 4.9 oz so is also a contender - but it was for a much smaller frame, but had a left map pocket). The frame bag it replaced weighted in at a stout 1 lb 2 oz making the new one a full 13 oz lighter!

One other sewing project of note, a customer requested a black bag with "red accents" for his Bruce Gordon Rock and Road touring frame to prepare for some upcoming all terrain adventures. Here's what I came up with.

Exploring the desert!

Who needs a sawzall... I need a workout!

Homemade wheel truing stand from the scrap pile at the antenna factory. It easily adjusts to any wheel diameter or hub width out there, and the axle dropouts are interchangeable so I can make different ones if need be to accommodate all the wacky modern axle standards. Now I just need an excuse to build a wheel.

Are you as excited as my one year old?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

More product development

The last few hundred miles of commuting I've been using a new Everything Bag idea, that uses Voile ski straps.

The Voile ski strap cinches down very tight - tighter than the webbing cam strap can go.
The new hose clamp mount is also more stable than the p clamp mount.
These straps I ordered too long, but they can be easily swapped out for other straps as it isn't sewn onto the bag, it just goes through a slot that keeps things in place.
The cam strap version does hold the load quite securely and is easier to operate if you are getting at the load more often. Also I need to try the Voile ski strap version with different types of loads to see how it works for other things too - stuff sacks, sleeping pads, etc.

The thermos doesn't bounce AT ALL in this bag. Very, very stable.
I'd like to get a few out there in the wild to get some more customer feedback.

And here's some pictures from some semi-recent adventures.