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New(er) set of panniers

Another set of live aboard panniers for a long distance tour. These are a simpler version of the last set and are about 25% smaller.

A three-panel roll top design featuring:

– Reflective hits

– Passport pocket

– Removable waterproof liner

– Heel  clearance cutout

– Two strap closure

– Webbing attachment rows on the front, compatible with MOLLE attachment systems

– Double hook and bungee attachment system

The shell is 1000D Cordura, the liner is 18oz vcp and the buckles are all ITW.


Originally designed as rear bags (heel wedge) but set up real nice up front.





Working on a cycling hip pouch/fanny pack design now, should be up soon.


Long haul panniers



These are for a multi-month, rambling cross-country tour of the US. They were designed to be: huge, watertight, simple, super durable and carry-able for any off-bike excursions.


-The non drive side has backpack straps that can either strap stuff to the front of the bag, strap down flat or come off at an angle for use as a backpack.

-Both bags have a removable and completely sealed pcv/truck tarp liner for complete weatherproofing. Having a removable liner makes cleaning the bags easier and lets you remove all of the contents quickly if you want to lock the bike up and take your stuff with you, not to mention you could stash wet clothes under the liner in a pinch. You could also replace the liner if you accidentally  stabbed it with a knife or melted it in a fire, or something.

-Both bags also have completely removable lid pockets which will each hold about three cycling water bottles. These are handy for quick stuff (food, sweater, glasses, map, etc.) and can be used to strap bulky stuff between them and the bag (sleeping bag/pad), they can each also double as a handle bar bag.

-An in-seam passport pocket is on one of the bags.

-The lid pockets each have female buckles on the front and male buckles on the back (towards the bike). This allows the bags to be ran as simple roll tops without the top lid pocket.

-Both bags have three side compression straps for scrunching/streamlining.

-The bags are attached using the tried n’ true hooks with a bungee. I used bike specific Jandd pannier hooks as they fit well with the rails and are coated to prevent rattling/paint scratching. This system is especially nice as you can replace/fix everything about it with materials found in a typical hardware store, and it doesn’t rattle.

-Back-facing removable reflective hits keep you visible when you wanna be.

Top lid/pocket. Zipper flaps help keep the water out but this portion of the water will not be water proof in an extended downpour.

Top lid/pocket. Zipper flaps and inverted teeth help keep the water out of this pocket but it probably won’t be water proof in an extended downpour.


Back/bike side

Top lid open

Top lid open

Halfway to backpack. Moving the hook buckles on the bottom of the straps from the bottom loops to the side loops (left strap) they convert from out-of-the-way-when-riding to backpack straps.

Halfway to backpack. Moving the hook buckles on the bottom of the straps from the bottom loops to the side loops (left strap in the picture) converts the straps from out-of-the-way-when-riding to backpack straps.

As a backpack, with a bedroll. Having the straps on the front avoids having hooks/backing plate against your back.

As a backpack, with a bedroll. Having the straps on the front avoids having hooks/backing plate against your back.



I’ll be posting some updates as theses get some miles in em’.

Off to make myself a framebag for when I go to join these bags in a few weeks!

Small(er) Rolltop Backpack

Just finished and sent out this morning.


Measures about 6.5″ deep, 12.5″ wide and 18-25″ tall, but the bottom is tapered so the volume is a little less than that of a straight box. The tapered bottom is a fancier design that serves to push the load towards your back and therefore carries loads more snugly against you. After using this bag for a day I really really like this design for smaller bags but can’t see it working for those giant bags I’m partial to. But given how much I like this bag I may be making myself a smaller bag sometime in the future…


  • Water bottle side pockets: made with old inner tubes for elasticity
  • Outer front pocket: includes pen slots, a slip pocket and velcrow closing pocket for small important stuff. Oh, and the pocket flap has a handle sewn into the bag so you can easily open the pocket or carry around the bag from the front.
  • Interior laptop pocket: fits them devil machines
  • Interior zipper pocket: to keep your stuff from mixing with your other stuff
  • Integrated backpad: helps keep the shape and stops stuff from poking you in the back
  • 1/2″ closed cell foam shoulder straps: ergonomically shaped, includes a removable/adjustable sternum strap and attachment points for phone holsters/keys
  • Daisy chain: horizontal along the bottom of bag, allows you to strap/clip all kinds of stuff to the outside of the bag
  • Roll top closure: fits to the amount of stuff you have in the bag and can still be closed when over-filled by using a different set of loops on the back.
  • Double layer Cordura construction: Less waterproof than the completely impermeable truck tarp (VCP) liners in my other bags but it’s much lighter and more abrasion resistant

Here’s it being made:


interior zipper pocket with pen loops

Outer back panel with integrated backpad and shoulder straps

Outer back panel with integrated backpad and shoulder straps


Irene being an ass

All the panels

All the completed panels

Finished product:


Water bottle pocket and daisy chain doing their jobs


Side view; it’s easier to see the tapered bottom and shoulder strap attachment triangle in this one


Finished shoulder straps (minus the sternum strap)



Inside the front pocket. Each side can hold a regular cycling water bottle.

Inside the front pocket. Each side can hold a regular-size cycling water bottle.

Inside the main compartment

Inside the main compartment

This is it closed when it's overfilled, the hook-buckle just slides onto the series of loops along the back panel

Closed when overfilled; the hook-buckle just slides onto a series of loops along the back panel.


Overfilled from the back

Overall I’m real happy with it, It’s probably my favorite bag I’ve made thus far and I’m hoping to make more like it soon.

but for now…

I’m building a set of panniers for my buddy’s cross country bike tour and I’m super stoked about it.

 Email to talk bags:

New Roll-Top!

fresh outta my bedroom…


– It’s pretty massive at about 19 x 13 x 8 (rolled down) but four compression straps keep the excess down

– Expandable front pocket that can fit a cereal box

– Removable cinch cord on the front to hold squishy stuff

– removable and adjustable shoulder straps

– removable sternum strap and waist belt

– metal hook closure

– 18 oz VCP interior for superduty water protection

– old sailcloth and 1000D cordura exterior

– Lots o’ attachment points for hauling weird loads with bungee cords

– super thick (0.5″) contoured shoulder straps made with EVA foam

– Removable and adjustable internal coroplast frame sheet (I added some aluminum stays to keep the shape that I bent to my back)

-Removable 2″ reflective strip on the bottom

Here are some pictures of construction and features:

Interior with laptop pocket getting bound (without a binding foot, yeah!)

doing some evil things to my machine to get her to sew through half-inch closed cell plus webbing

Straps. That seabelt webbing at the top lets you adjust where the bag sits on your bag and you can kinda see the internal frame sheet and it’s curvature. oh, and a sternum strap goes with these now…

oh snap(s)! I really like snaps, I think I’ll be using a lot more of them now that my dad gave an old snap kit

Removable reflective tape and base compression straps

Cinch cord is super handy for keeping wet stuff out your main compartment

semi-secret back pocket, main pocket and front pocket

oh yeah and there’s a hidden zipper pocket under the flap for the front pocket, for the small stuff (stitching looks like shit, sewing with sailcloth is something I’m only beginning to master). The top of this pocket is bound with old inner tube, I’m trying it out here before moving it to other bags, but it looks and feels really solid.

inside the main compartment





If you wanna talk bags give me a shout at

Backpack on the way

prototype rolltop backpack for myself in the works…

includes old:

  • sailcloth
  • bike tubes
  • campaign signs
  • odds n’ ends






should be taking some finished product pictures here in a week or two or three…

Daniel’s Waxed Canvas Market Bag

Just finished my first project with waxed canvas and it turned out great!

Back in the day ancient mariners would melt an oil and wax mixture into the fibers of their clothing for waterproofing before going out to slay sea monsters. Well, this fabric stuck around and has made a recent comeback in the world of the messenger bag due to it’s durability, water resistance, and gnarly look, not to mention that it ages similarly to leather and is made out of good ol’ cotton.  So what I’m getting at is that this bag is ready to head on down to the farmers market to pick up some organic local cage-free veggies while looking good and protecting your cargo…or go to sea to slay sea monsters.

anyway, design wise, it’s super simple and a copy of a previous shoulder bag that Daniel liked, but with a flap added for waterproofing. oh, and I added a hidden side handle for easy grabbing.


with the flap folded in

flap up

no rain! you can kinda see the handle protruding at the top right

there’s that handle




off to design a rolltop!

New Single Strap Messenger!

Just finished a brand new bag for my buddy Richard and am stoked about getting it to him!

I know a bunch of people were interested so here are a few pictures of the transition from some rolls of fabric to a piece of carry.

but first some backstory:

Richard wanted a single strap cycling bag that was quiet for meetings and such (no velcro), with a laptop/text pocket that could also be carried as a tote/walking bag, Oh and wanted it to fit a bunch o’ stuff plus a pocket that wouldn’t crush his lunch even when the bag was completely stuffed. Alright!

It seems I’ve misplaced a large chunk of production pictures so I’m skipping the designing, prototyping, tweaking, ordering, planning, measuring, and cutting that go into the skeleton of the bag (but that’s all super time consuming and boring to see anyway).

So here are some pockets being added pre-assembly:

Finishing up the front expandable pocket

Aerial view of a zippered pocket going on the front liner

close up!

My first ever hidden zipper run on a bag, which turned out great and was super easy.

hokay, once all the exterior stuff is on (pockets, strap attachments and the like) it’s time to start assembling:

Here’s what they looked like before:

During (the worst part):

and after:

you’ll notice that this looks nothing like a bag still, that’s because the liner is completely separate from the exterior shell and is only really attached at the binding around the mouth of the bag. This method makes construction 100x harder but also makes the bag super waterproof as no threads or holes go all the way through from exterior to interior.

anyways, I’m missing the rest of the photos because the camera ran out of batteries and I didn’t have anymore (and still don’t…lame). But they would show me binding the whole mouth of the bag (with two rows of stitches for extra heavy abuse) and then attaching all the exterior straps/buckles/loops, a long-ass process.

I also skipped photos of making the strap pad, which is actually pretty cool, I used  an old inner tube (cleaned) on the inside to prevent it from sliding on your shirt and that worked great if not better than stuff that I’ve seen designed for it. Screw those fancy no-slip rich-person fabrics! and I also added a couple loops for gadgets and a tasteful amount of reflective tape. Here’s a picture of it on the bag:

back of the strap pad, check out that reused inner tube for no slippage

ANYWAYS, Here’s the finished product…finally:

there’s the front of the strap pad

Expandable front pocket with it’s own buckle. By the way, I replaced the regular side-release buckles seen on most bags with those hook-into-loop type buckles because 1) they’re super sneaky quiet. 2) They.will.not.break 3) they look cool as all get out.

I also put these strap-keeper loops on so when you don’t need em’ they aren’t just dangling around getting in the way and ruining your sleek new look. Notice how the strap excess is neatly attached to itself, yep. Oh and there’s the metal buckle for the base compression straps.

the inside! That strap thing on the right side is an adjustable stuff-holder that I came up with, it works real well for things that need to stay upright or you don’t want rolling about, and that’s just a key-ring at the top-left.

inside the expandable front pocket with a smaller slip pocket inside for gadgets/pens

the inside put to use, the water bottle is in that stuff-holder strap that I now wish I had in my bag.

Inner zip pocket with your handy road map to missouri!

But it can haul too:

yep, 38 pound tub of kitty litter

with lunch! (not smushed)

things I didn’t mention:

-the stabilizer strap (not shown) is removable (obviously) and clips onto that metal D-ring on the front center of the bag under the pocket.

-there’s a handy handle on the top

-the front pocket DOES have some velcro on it, but it’s covered up until you need it for extra water proofing in the rain or you don’t want to mess with the hook-buckle strap

-the shoulder straps come in vertically to facilitate walking but can be angled slightly (or removed) through dual tri-glide buckles on the sides (metal so they won’t slip).

-there is a removable back pad for pointy or super flat loads

-the main strap is straight seatbelt webbing (supper smooth and abrasion/everything resistant)

-I used super duty N92 bonded nylon thread for strength and endurance in UV rays (better than poly)

-the strap system is something I came up with and like a lot, but is kinda hard to explain, so just trust that it rules.

-the bag can be compressed when not full (most of the time) t0 stay unobtrusive

-those chalk markings you see will get rubbed off real soon.



and that’s about it, I may update this if find some of the missing link pictures or get some of it on an actual person.

thanks for looking, onto the next…