A new framebag

8 04 2013

The Wildcat frame bag has been great – holds all the long stuff in the top section (pump, poles, sleeping mat etc.) and the bottom section swallows the less frequently needed gear such as tools, spare inner tube and fuel (gas, meths, occasionally petrol/white gas). Never been over stuffed and holds everything very securely with no movement.
Nice touch is the map pocket on the non-drive side. I’ve had maps in there as well as light batteries with an extension cable up to the bars.
Build quality seems to be great – mines holding up very well so far.
Here it is, having been well used on a recent trip out in Derbyshire (December Bivi Ride 12)
Wildcat Frame Bag
and on a more recent bikepacking trip in January (that’s my full winter kit on board – more on the contents in a later post)
Winter Bivi Kit

A new framebag

7 05 2012

A few months ago I thought it would be nice to get a fully fitted, bespoke framebag for the Voodoo Zaka (my main bikepacking bike). So rather than go back to the States (Revelate are not doing custom work I don’t think, just for Salsa fat bikes, and I didn’t want to get something from Porcelain Rocket or Carousel Design) it was one of the new UK suppliers for a custom job…. There are a few people like Buggybags in the UK but I’d had contact with Ian B before and his with Beth now makes custom bags with very good reports. They are and based in Brecon and i’m always happy supporting a cottage industry in Wales too.
I sent Beth a pretty poor template of corrugated card that was too thick (the boys pinch all the cereal packets pretty quick), she did really well and translated my thoughts and emails into a very nice bag made to my specs (a bit wider up front with a central divider and a big map pocket on the non-drive side). It’s a great fit and takes a huge volume of gear with no issues. Straps are positioned to not interfere with my Gas Tank too. The upper pocket will take the tent poles or a small tripod on days when I want to get out with a camera too.

Wildcat Gear Frame bag for a Voodoo Zaka