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thenorthwind wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:32 pm Nice one Tim.

I'm impressed you got the roof on straight with your choice of on the job refreshment :wink:
trob6 wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:05 pm Image
Thanks Dave

I always think safety wine is very important working at height :lol:

I wondered if anyone would spot that so 10 points to you, it was in fact water!
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trob6 wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:36 pm Thanks Dave

I always think safety wine is very important working at height :lol:

I wondered if anyone would spot that so 10 points to you, it was in fact water!
Safety wine :lol: I'm stealing that one.
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It called a French spirt level :grin:
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Made for Shaf his new tool roll.

I think it's really for the boss, Missus S!
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Bearbonesnorm wrote: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:38 pm Similar lines Jack - I've just crayoned out a down-tube mounted crud catcher come trowel :wink:
Oh yes combine the two, good idea Stu.....................I'd probably slash my leg open on it though :oops:
Did think of a trowel come temporary bike stand prop too.
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ledburner wrote: Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:44 am Made for Shaf his new tool roll.

I think it's really for the boss, Missus S!
Thats gorgeous. This one is for the missus but I might get you to make me another please Dan. If you can be bothered. To go on back of my door in the outhouse. It's all rather messy (the outhouse and shed).
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The second one should be easier as I've already made one..
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I've got some Shed-envy going on having been following this post. With two young children i have very little time to devote to big projects and over the various lockdowns have devoted myself to my Singer sewing machine in the evenings and made some bags.

Lockdown mk1
two stem cells (one a drawcord and the other a rolltop)and also a rolltop frame bag:
Image20210130_145248 by Martin Brown, on Flickr

A lesson learnt from using the rolltop frame bag was to either shorten the straps on the drive side/ stitch them to higher up or make sure you always buckle it up properly and don't cycle off allowing the strap to get caught between the chain and ring ripping the stitching of the webbing as you grind to a halt.

On the inside of the frame bag i added a 100mm wide velcro loop strips to each side and made up some cord adjusters with velcro hook tabs so i can cinch the sides in around gear to stop the bag billowing out and also it keeps cerain items in place when you pack or remove items:
Image20210130_145417 by Martin Brown, on Flickr

Also made a tool/spares pouch out of an old Patagonia jacket and spare bit of cordura.the dimensions were made to fit in the bottom of the frame bag:
Image20210130_145440 by Martin Brown, on Flickr

Handle bar harness:
Image20210130_145555 by Martin Brown, on Flickr

Image20210130_145602 by Martin Brown, on Flickr

I went on to make various stem cells and handlebar harnesses for my friends, which helped cover the cost of the materials for my bags :-bd

Current Lockdown 2 projects are:
A bivi bag for my 6 year old daughter for our post lockdown bikepacking bivi trip. It's made out of 2 old 3ply goretex jackets that I had kicking about. My daughter already loves it and is quite pleased I kept the sleeves as she can get her hands out while still being toasty warm in her sleeping bag. Just have to glue/tape the seams a bit.
ImageMyog bivi bag by Martin Brown, on Flickr

Other projects and ideas on the go just now include a 4 man 'bothy shelter' using the Hilleberg fabric that I ordered a few months ago and also I'm looking at making a rolltop bag that has the closure along the long edge for easier packing (like a basket bag but with a rounded bottom) and placing it in the handlebar harness.... if anyone has made a rolltop basket bag similar I'd be keen to see some pictures to give me ideas for my prototype. Also got plans for a solo sized tarp (again Hilleberg fabric which i have plenty of) and had thoughts last night at work about replacing the elastic cord on the handlebar harness with some form of mesh stuff panel to keep waterproof jacket/gloves etc in.

One day, I'll get on to building a shed/workshop to be proud of. Might even move the sewing machine out there for some quiet time :grin:
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Superb stuff there. :-bd
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The jackets-bivvy-bag is ace!
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RIP wrote: Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:59 pm The jackets-bivvy-bag is ace!
I hereby declare it to be called the Jivvy bag.
I can remember seeing a bivi bag similar to it before, but can't remember where. I don't think it had pockets to keep all the essential items that my daughter will bring though :grin:
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Martin B wrote: Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:35 pm
RIP wrote: Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:59 pm The jackets-bivvy-bag is ace!
I hereby declare it to be called the Jivvy bag.
I can remember seeing a bivi bag similar to it before, but can't remember where. I don't think it had pockets to keep all the essential items that my daughter will bring though :grin:
I saw these years and years ago in my youf, on camping trips where our vicar had one - it's a classic/old German army design I think... waterproof, sleeping bag, sleeves, zip at the bottom, basically the original "bed in a bag":
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I really like the Jivvy bag, I bet your daughter cant wait!
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Martin B wrote: Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:35 pm
RIP wrote: Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:59 pm The jackets-bivvy-bag is ace!
I hereby declare it to be called the Jivvy bag.
I can remember seeing a bivi bag similar to it before, but can't remember where. I don't think it had pockets to keep all the essential items that my daughter will bring though :grin:
Hilleberg Bivanorak?
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That's the one Dean :-bd
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Martin B wrote: Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:20 pm I've got some Shed-envy going on
devoted myself to my Singer sewing machine in the evenings and made some bags.
I think there may be a support forum for that

Also made a tool/spares pouch out of an old Patagonia jacket and spare bit of cordura.the dimensions were made to fit in the bottom of the frame bag:
Image20210130_145440 by Martin Brown, on Flickr

Tool bag from Pata-Gucci? I can't decide if that's up cycling or down cycling :grin: [/]

Handle bar harness:
Image20210130_145555 by Martin Brown, on Flickr

Image20210130_145602 by Martin Brown, on Flickr

What did you use for stiffener/support stays inside.



One day, I'll get on to building a shed/workshop to be proud of. Might even move the sewing machine out there for some quiet time :grin:

Your better half will have some quiet time aswell.

My handle bar bag & harness.
On this thread. https://bearbonesbikepacking.co.uk/php ... og#p242877

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If we're widening the definition of "project" to include construction jobs, our lockdown activity mainly involved using this
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Into this
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We didn't get it finished until mid June as the filtration pump needed replacing and the local quarry that supplied the sand and gravel didn't reopen until mid May, it took 42 tonnes of sand, cement and gravel, all of which had to be barrowed the 50m from the nearest access point for the lorry. Kept me fit.
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ledburner wrote: Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:00 am
Martin B wrote: Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:20 pm

Handle bar harness:
Image20210130_145555 by Martin Brown, on Flickr

Image20210130_145602 by Martin Brown, on Flickr

What did you use for stiffener/support stays inside.


I used 2mm cosplay foam (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cosplay-Eva- ... 890.l49292)
between the inner and outer face. I then got one of the thicker-ish (1.5 -2mm) flexible chopping boards and cut 2 strips that were a bit narrower than the 40mm webbing and slid them in behind it. Then stitched the bottom of the webbing to hold them in place.
Hopefully that makes sense. If not I might be making another one up soon and i'll take photos.

Great effort on your bags and harness. I concluded that by the time I made several prototypes of a saddle bag it would be better to just buy one. Ended up getting an Acepac holster one from here for Crimbo.... well chuffed with it.
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Firstly. Go easy as I am using lockdown to get to grip with music recording. It's really really hard comapred to the simple 4-track I used to use many years ago.

I decided to try and recreate a song from my youth which I've always loved. It's Dead and Buried by Alien Sex Fiend. 90% of you will have left the thread already, but after a few weekends learning a DAW and messing about I've managed to get a version that is not a million miles away from the original. I need to get better at mixing which is ridiculously hard (for me). But I learnt a lot doing this. All vocals an instruments are me so you know what's coming.

I even made a little video to go with it as the original was so long ago videos hadn't been invented.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaTKduElfz8
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pistonbroke wrote: Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:50 pm it took 42 tonnes of sand, cement and gravel, all of which had to be barrowed the 50m from the nearest access point for the lorry.
Good effort :-bd
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:-bd wow, Dave wins, thread closed :-bd

I'd have played that back when I was DJing in The Boiler Room* in the 90s and I'm sure no one would have realised it wasn't by ASF**

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Dave Barter wrote: Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:25 pmAll vocals an instruments are me so you know what's coming.
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Dave, that's ace, loved it, good skills, interesting comment on there too :-bd
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Great aswell, not quite my taste in music but I can appreciate the skill involved.
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Some serious talent in this place. Love the track and vid Dave, and Martin's bivvy bag is ace. Back in the 80's I worked with a guy who used to sleep in a thing like that. It also had a way of zipping into two legs, which he used to do in the morning and then wander in to work wearing it. He'd just wear it all day as his normal clothes. He was very smelly.
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