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SoYaap!

Member since Dec 2017 • Last active Feb 2020
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    Someone really should buy this! I own one of these rucksacks and it has withstood 6 years of daily abuse (including several monsoon seasons in Cambodia) and is still doing fine today. Plus it can fit a metric shit tonne of stuff in it. Probably the single best product I have ever owned, full stop.

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    Probably one of the simplest but favourite of my bags I’ve made is this rolltop handlebar bag with flap and two simple side pockets. It basically stays on my bike permanently with my tools and spares in it and easily has room for a snack or to stuff a layer in.

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    Ah cool I just found this thread! Great to see some of other people’s projects. I’m in Budapest now without a machine so nothing new from me but I don’t think i’ve put up any pics of this before. A few years ago now, after flying with a bike in numerous forms cardboard box/large soft bike bag, I knew I wanted something a bit smaller and suited to my needs so I made my own. I took the basic design of the Orucase and took apart an old hiking rucksack from a charity shop and re-used the whole back and straps as well as long zip. It’s doesn’t look like much but it’s got some cool features like 3 internal pockets for tools and Velcro removable 3 layer foam pads on all sides meaning that when not in use it packs down pretty small. So far I think it’s survived 12+ flights!

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    Thanks! Inspiration came from @spotter’s tcx of course.

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    Pretty happy with my new parts bin boardman cx bike after a quick rattle can paint job. Whilst I like 11 speed and hydraulic brakes, honestly 1x10 and well set up TRP Spyres do the job just fine.

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    There was a bit of a scramble to get a few last minute bits including a wheelset and a bottom bracket that would allow me to run a GXP crankset but everything came together and got packed into my trusty homemade bike travel bag.

    Unfortunately pulling the bike out the bag at the other end I realised that the 48 hrs I had left for the clearcoat to dry definitely wasn’t enough as the padding I’d used to protect the frame had left marks in the paint in places which was a bit annoying as prior to that I’d been very happy with the finish I’d managed to get. Ultimately though though I don’t mind too much as this was always intended to be a bit of parts bin build.

    Anyway I finally got it all put together last night and took it out for a first ride in Budapest this morning but was enjoying myself so much I forgot to take any pics of outdoors. The groupset is an old sram 10 speed force shifters paired to an X9 rear mech and 11-42 sun race cassette that has been bullet proof over the three different bikes I’ve used it on.

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    My thinking was to move the groupset over onto the curve and then sell on the frame but having never owned a carbon bike I instead settled on keeping it and taking it to Budapest with me for the next 6 months while I write my MSc thesis. First though I fancied giving it a bit more of a subtle paint job as a previous life racing cross in Scotland meant it wasn’t exactly in the best nick. Goal was to do it as cheap as possible in my parents garage and trying to get a semi-decent rattle can finish. What followed was a week of sanding, applying two coats of primer, four coats of ‘winter grey’ and then two coats of clear coat on top.

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    So my plan to limit the amount of bikes I own to two hit a hurdle last month when I picked up this boardman carbon cx frame with a Force groupset and finishing kit for a pretty tasty price.

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