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Old 05-12-20, 06:54 PM
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FS: Unique 4x8" Round Leather Saddle Bags

Hello folks!

In what I hope will become a new aspect of my crafting hobbies, I've completed my first two saddle bags... These are completely hand-crafted from vegetable tanned leather with copper rivets and buckles, and are carved, stained, and waxed. Each one has 4" round sides of 3-4mm thickness, and the main piece and straps are cut from the same 1.5-2mm thick leather. The straps are completely detachable as they are just slotted into the bags, making for easy replacement over time. There are minor imperfections in the stitching and tooling marks here and there, but overall each bag presents very nicely and is of the same fine quality that my patrons have admired for nearly a decade.

The sizing is based on my desire to have bags that can fit a flat repair kit, a spare tube, a multi-tool, a protein bar or other small snack, a phone, and a wallet - typical necessities without cutting corners. I am often grieved to find that I have to take cards out of my wallet before a ride, or downsize my key fob, or leave a spare tube or snack behind, with the slightly smaller bags that are so common on the market.

These are no more waterproof than most natural leather products, although the wax balm used as a final step to seal the finish provides some protection. Any usual waterproofing spray will help, but I would recommend trying to keep the bags dry as much as possible, for obvious reasons...

The price for each bag is $100 including shipping within the United States. As I build up a portfolio and advertise through other venues the prices will only increase... I will be privileged to know that fellow C&V forum members are the first to handle my cycling goods! Please ask any questions that come to mind, whether you are interested in purchasing one of these bags or perhaps having another leather project come to fruition. Cheers!

-Gregory

(p.s. The interior of the black bag will look more even as it was still drying when the photos were taken.)












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Old 05-12-20, 07:16 PM
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Saddle Bags

Love them!!

They are larger than the Brooks I use.
But not so large as to be distracting.
The Brooks can fit only tire tools, a spare tube, and precious little else.

Very Nice!!!
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Handsome bags!
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Old 05-13-20, 01:56 PM
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These are so cool! I don't have a bike that would work aesthetically with these bags, but I hope to eventually see one in person on a fellow C&Vers bike. I'll also keep these in mind for future builds. Best of luck with this new venture.
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These are very nice bags. I'm curious but is that a sort of a Lord of the Rings map on the brown bag? It's a very striking visual.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
These are very nice bags. I'm curious but is that a sort of a Lord of the Rings map on the brown bag? It's a very striking visual.
Map of the Lonely Mountain. Yes. I see it.
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Thanks for the compliments, folks.

bikemig That particular motif was just imagined up by me and I did not have Tolkien or anything else in mind. However, I've been heavily influenced by Tolkien's literature and artwork for years, and one of my articles was even published in Mallorn, the annual journal of the Tolkien Society. I've finished several examples of leather work inspired directly by Tolkien's charming, amateur artistry. Here's some of it... Please note that everything below is actually carved into the leather, though some of it may appear to just be ink or paint work. The colors on the purse are all leather stain applied with brushes.

I can and hope to do this level of work for cycling equipment in the future. It just takes clientele!

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Old 05-13-20, 05:51 PM
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Looks like it would be a good handlebar bag also!
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Beautiful bags. You are incredibly talented.

If I can make a recommendation. Where the bottom piece comes up and is covered by the flap., it appears somewhat shallow. It looks like it would hold items more securely if it continued up at least halfway up the back.

Great job!
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Very cool!
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Originally Posted by stevel610 View Post
Beautiful bags. You are incredibly talented.

If I can make a recommendation. Where the bottom piece comes up and is covered by the flap., it appears somewhat shallow. It looks like it would hold items more securely if it continued up at least halfway up the back.

Great job!
Thank you! In the case of these two bags, the lower lip is indeed a bit below the halfway point, but as I've used a similar bag with similar angles for years without trouble I'm not too concerned. There is about half a inch of the flap that get tucked between the buckles and front to "seal" up the front. My focus was getting enough of an opening for easy access, with the flap not extending further up than where the loops are for the saddle. However, now that these two are complete, I think there is ample space to access the bag and I can easily stitch up future ones another half inch or so up the front. Thank you for the suggestion!

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Fantastic work!!!
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