Front view of bike frame bag

Who says you can't make your own gear (MYOG)?

What is MYOG?

Make your own gear is vibrant community of outdoors enthusiast who want to learn and share how you make their own gear

Why make my own gear?

Freedom to explore and create

Making my own gear sparks a deep desire to explore the unknown. By releasing the pressure of perfection, exploration allows me to freely follow my creative flow to create new things. It taught me a lot about trusting my intuition and listening to the voices inside - big or small.

Develop and learn new skills

Before starting this project, my experience with technical materials was limited as most of my work involved sewing muslin blanks. Similar to leather, there's no going back once the stitching has begun. Along the latter of course there was selecting the correct presser foot, choosing the right thread, and adjusting the other various settings on an industrial sewing machine.

Extend the life of materials

Due to the nature of ordering technical materials, there is often excess at the end of a project, especially for custom orders. My previous employer has a designated area in which these materials were stored & encouraged employees to use them.

Work within budget constraints

Facebook marketplace, online forums, and shared equipment made this project possible. Cheers

Back view of bike bag on a bridgeUp-close perspective shot of bike bagperspective 2 of bike bag on a bridge


This is a custom frame bag for a vintage 1980's Schwinn road bike. The bag was inspired through an online community known as MYOG or make-your-own-gear. However, this project is far from complete - with a 1,000 mile bike ride from Chicago to Denver in mind - one must consider all the implications. From ensuring your basic needs are met to the nice haves, like a repair kit and navigation system. The gear adds up and so does the weight.

This frame bag was built custom fit to maximize space to carry the essentials while focusing the weight to be more balanced. The next steps might include building a water filtration bladder to partially fit in the frame bag. Another might consider other pockets for extra storage and organization.

Overall, this was a very rewarding experience and I hope to continue elevating the bike frame bag.


Thank you to my previous employer LemonBrat for granting me the opportunity to take on this exploration. If you're interested in the project the ripstop was originally from you can find that here. Thank you to the MYOG community and LearnMYOG for the knowledge and support provided along the way. And of course, thank you to my family and friends for none of this would be possible without y'all.