Ready? Here we go.
First, I actually have no idea how many custom Randonneur handlebar bags I've done, but that number sounded fancy so I used it.
This one has just about every custom customization I can think of, including stuff that I don't do for anyone. Except me and Winter Bicycles.
I have to say, the best thing about this bag is the owner. He knew exactly what he wanted in a bag, how it would perform, what it's limitations were...
Working with him gave me confidence to go for it and make the elements all work together.
The tricky thing was the rack/bike/bag interface. Certain bag elements would have to be sacrificed in the build, due to his rack interface.
However, this is where the custom bag maker, aka me, comes in.
It so happens that I've been doing this little thing that makes everything happy. But I don't tell anyone because most people are like...uh...what?
Also, it's a pain in the ass to make on my end, but I like it, so I do it.
And, as they say in Hawaii, it makes it "mo bettuh"
PS- Isn't that a nice patch? Rob has those for sale on the SFR website. Walter made those for us, from Falls Creek Outfitters.
Oh, speaking of shout outs, shout out to Becker Gear in Alaska for sending the leather down. I need to send you some fabric or something cool. Thanks Tupps!
Back to the bag.
Waxed mustard, beautiful leather trim and panels and straps. Full buckle closures on all the flaps,except the main cavity. The buckles are solid brass. This will be the last bag I make with these beautiful buckles because my f$$$$cking supplier will no longer carry them. I'm not happy about that.
Full 3-D side pockets and rear too. Inside there's a bunch of sorting pockets.
Here comes the tricky part.....
See that thing at the bottom? No? Good.
It's a sleeve that goes across the entire bottom of the bag, to fit the Nitto touring rack and others that use a non-rando tombstone backstop.
The rear pockets and traditional tombstone sleeve are mounted on top of the full sleeve. Tricky eh?
This is why there's a secondary stitch below the leather panel to the bars. It terminates the full backstop sleeve and anchors everything down nice and tight.
And it's tight. Especially with a bit of polycarbonate on the inside back panel and a bit of 24oz waxed canvas in the stiffener sleeve.
As I like to say "lot of brain thinkin went into this one".