Part of bikepacking’s attraction is its DIY ethos. This is not off-the-shelf REI type adventure! I’m working on stitching my own gear and taking some crazy ideas from the internet. Here are some of the resources getting me there:
Porcelain Rocket is a custom bikepacking gear company run out of a basement on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Scott Felter is making bikepacking gear in fresh, goofy colors and taking it to cargo extremes. This video shows step-by-step how to measure the inner dimensions of your bike frame. You can also see a great photoset of Scott making a framebag in his workshop, here.
After yelling at my sewing machine for hours, I discovered user error and impatience were the root of my problems. If you’re jamming or breaking needles, I recommend the following debug steps:
The soda can stove is an ultralight backpacker classic. While there are many designs online, the “Hannah Stove” is the minimal-est in terms of construction. While Pepsi seems to be the fizzy drink of choice, I made my first stove after a night of consuming adult beverages.
And after building a couple working ones, why not anodize it?