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cruzn29er
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:37 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I am looking into purchasing a frame bag in the near future. what manufactures have you guys and gals used? which ones do you recommend?
any advice on the number of compartments? full vs half?

thanks for you help
 
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Corvus1
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:58 am Reply with quote Back to top

I have several Relevate bags. I've used them on a gravel bike and an older El Mariachi. They work fine there, but obviously you'll need custom if you're going to put this on a full squish (if it's in the front triangle).

The 1/2 frame bags seems to work well with two pockets (small on one side which only holds a map or very small things, and a larger main pocket on the other side.
Full frame bag I liked the main compartment divided into 2 sections, and a third smaller pocket near the top that only holds some things. Alternately some bag makers have a divider insert which you can use or remove. It really depends on what you want to put in there and how you'll use it. (I don't have a full frame bag any longer. Usually if I need a bag I'll use a seat bag and other small bags like a gas tank (sits on the top tube) which allows me to use both bottle cages.

There do seem to be a lot of people making different bags now so you have a ton of options. I'd look for more details on bikepacking.com
 
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AZTtripper
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:38 am Reply with quote Back to top

This thread http://www.bikepacking.net/forum/question-and-answer/frame-bags-why-did-you-go-w-that-company/ just popped up a few days ago so not much there yet.

I've been hearing good things about Porcelain Rocket.

Frame bags are easy enough I just made my own.
 
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bigworm
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:39 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I have been using this guys frame bags for a couple years not without and issues. I just have one big pocket on it. Use it to hold water a lot of the time. http://cleavelandmountaineering.blogspot.com/

The Porcelain Bags look pretty nice. I kinda really want one of these AZ flag bags though http://roguepanda.com/2014/08/25/custom-framebags/

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:37 am Reply with quote Back to top

I forgot about the AZ flag one from RP.

I made a clothes bag/messenger bag with an AZT bandanna theme http://www.aztrail.org/store/azt_bandana_new.jpg

It would be easy to use a bandanna as a outer layer of a bag. I bet I could make you a simple one for under a $100.
 
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