DIY bonanza again

DIY bonanza continues, and again I recreated (almost) Alpkit bags. This time I made Mk2 of the frame bag I’ve got already. The bag is proven to be probably the most useful piece of kit, mostly for storing hardware like tent poles/pegs, pump, puncture kit, battery pack etc. The only change I’ve done this time is additional hole for cable on the side. Construction is simple not to say primitive. Two side panels on the left hole for cable
(corresponding with same hole in top tube bag) on the left (always dismounting on the left side) is zipper, and there’s no point to split the bag so it’s one large compartment. Polyester webbing around and stitched in places (Alpkit idea) to create attachment points for Velcro straps.
Top bag is a similar construction: two side panels, zipper in the middle, cable hole on the right. On front and bottom is piece of webbing sewn same way as on frame bag, to provide “loops” for velcro straps.
Both bags are made of Cordura type fabric which is quite stiff and thick, and probably better choice will be some kind of reinforced polyester or something. The problem with Cordura is when you sewing thick material like that it is real pain to make all tight corners nicely, but I wanted to make it on cheap from the stuff I already got. Anyway bags came out as expected, and despite the fact I’m not happy with quality of my stitching they should do the job. Below short story in pictures.

eccentric bottom bracket adjustment

Eccentric bottom bracket is neat idea for adjusting chain tension on singlespeed/gearhub bike. Basically, you can have vertical drop outs on the frame and removing installing rear wheel is always the same you don’t have to worry about adjusting chain tension like with horizontal drop outs. (and tensioners looks ugly IMHO)

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Hammock camping?

Yep. Why not. After watching couple of videos and diy tutorials, I bought bits and bobs and made one. Looks like after swapping to hammock camping, people never looked back and some of them become almost preachers. 😉 Anyway, I think that might be best idea for one/two nights micro-adventures. (even some primates figured that out)

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Cyclists terror in UK

Despite friendly gestures on the road, like this young man from Bristol, cyclists demanding more and more, and behaving badly!


Behave badly everywhere! I have spoken with couple dog owners and basically, all of them denied leaving dogs poo on trails.


They all seems to be genuine, honest members of public, so the conclusion is obvious. When nobody is watching, cyclists defecate in bags and leave them on trail! Disgusting. Shame on you cyclists.

p.s. Personally I think we need to blame mtb cyclists or cyclocross, as road cyclists can’t ride on trail. (or at least is disgrace for roadie) 😉

spring is just around the corner…

spring is around_the_cornermy arse. in the morning still below 0C 😦

blending in…

Quick walk to nearby woods, mainly to test hammock and enjoy, rare recently, dry weather.


Nothing too fancy about hammock. Rectangle piece of ripstop nylon 350x150cm with roll hem longer sides and channels on both ends, nylon straps tree huggers, Amsteel rope for suspension. As this was the first attempt, I didn’t make any permanent changes just to see if the setup will work. Feels ok, and I’m thinking that people claiming they’ll never go back to tent camping, might be actually right… Will see. to complete setup I need tarp and bugnet (underquilt in the future?). Stay tuned. To familiarize more with hammock camping I recommend two channels on YT: – Shug channel hilarious yet informative  – Joe Brewer bit of diy (I really like it) and lot of information, his setup:

Marceli blending in ;-).



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