Saturday, April 16, 2016

Randonneur in custom blue

Panniers in two-tone Waxed Canvas

Working with leather drives me crazy. 
The leather work takes the same amount of time as making the bag itself. But man do I love the way it turns out! Working with leather feels great in the hand, under the blade and flows well on the machines. I'm lucky to be able to work with all of the materials and tools that make me happy. Canvas, waxed canvas, leather, brass, lightweight xpac fabric, and synthetic webbings. They all serve a different purpose and produce a different aesthetic. 
I enjoy them all. 
I enjoy making stuff.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Beautiful Tool Rolls for Synaptic Cycles-Joe Bartoe

I've been doing a lot of custom runs for shops this year. Joe at Synaptic and I have been talking about doing a tool roll for a while.  Joe supplies customers with high end bicycle rentals in southern California.  He wanted a purpose build roll that had everything his customers would need on a fast road ride. The bag needed to reflect the colors of his shop, and his personal aethetic, it turned out great! One thing that really takes the bags to another level for shops is having Falls Creek Outfitters supply custom patches. Walter is great in finding the size, colors, and patch design layout that fits your style.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Deposit for custom work

I've posted a page on the website, hope this is helpful.
You can now use a credit card or paypal using the site.

Go-Fast Porteur

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

What goes into a custom job, a poem in list form

Lots of talking.
more talking
more talking.
more talking.
cutting leather
working the leather
punching holes and slots
more layout
confirming the final layout
attaching other build elements
building  website
delivering to post office
emailing owner that it's on it's way
every day

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Ride Report: Mt. Tam 100k

Riding, for me, is always challenging.
Regardless of distance or terrain or weather, each ride has it's own challenges.

For the Mt. Tam 100k, I was ready for a full day of suffering up climbs, but I wasn't ready for what actually happened.

The sun disappeared quick and the gentle rain started.

Then the wind and rain increased just as the climbing started.
At the peak of the first climb, the rain kicked even harder.
I was underdressed and my hands and arms went numb at the top of the second climb. 
Then visibility went to zero in the heavy fog and driving rain.

I panicked twice and put my foot down to prevent myself from being blown sideways off the bike.

Then up the ridge, up 7 sisters, and up to the top of Mt. Tam.
At the peak, I notice my flat tire, which I changed with frozen hands.

Then I noticed my shoe had come apart.

Luckily I got to sea level safely and finished with a few minutes to spare. 

Thanks to Rob, RBA for the SF Randonneurs, for designing this route, a RUSA 100k Permanente.

Next time, warmer clothes and duct tape.

This weather didn't last long.

Bottles re-filled and ready for the climbing.

Time to add duct tape to my emergency kit.

Backpack in Black Canvas with leather wave

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Vegan Brevet Randonneur Handlebar Bag for Canada

This is a rackless front handlebar bag made with Xpac. It is amazingly lightweight.