Monthly Archives: November 2009

Cycling

It is a mark of a civilised society that the law protects the weak from unwarranted harm inflicted by the strong.  It is important for cyclists to know that they share the roads with motorists who have an obligation to take care around them and that those who do not will be called properly to account.

The Cycling Lawyer

If only.

This is a quote from a great article highlighting the injustices that are apparent when cycling in the UK.  It is well written and well researched, a must-read for motorists and cyclists alike.

Via: Jono Marshall

Bears


Ever wondered why bears always looks so sad, it’s because they don’t have antlers.

More awesome stuff from the best goalie Paris has ever seen, Adam Russ…

Adrienne

I must give a massive thanks to Adrienne Hawkes, she is an amazing illustrator and a great person to work with on this project.

She was keen to help out from the very beginning and her style and enthusiasm has helped shape our ideas of how BELK will progress.

Thanks for the new logo!

BELK!!

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Paris BFF 09

This was a great tournament that us (Netto) and 4 or 5 London teams attended.  A great weekend, with some memorable times with our host Louis in his MadBros studio and the Brits Abroad under Le Tour Eiffel.

Loaded up for the long ride to London.

Grumpy Chan.

Mirek.

Here’s a video made by the Barcelona guys – http://www.vimeo.com/7334563.  Yours truly scoring at 6:39.

Thanks to everyone in Paris, and Netto for playing amazingly these past months.  I’ll miss playing with you guys, I think we shocked everyone this summer.

New Patterns

I came across these army surplus pouches in the gallery where I’m interning…

(excuse the terrible pictures, I’m ‘shooting on’ a Nokia 6500s)

Very simple design, 3 piece instead of 1 piece, like all my previous stuff.  I’m going to try it out for my next project.  I don’t want to shy away from anything at the moment, I’ll try everything and then sort out what direction to go in after prototypes.

Here is a very quick attempt at a 3 piece bag, I like it.  It stands up, it holds it’s shape and for the intended purpose of this prototype I think it is more appropriate than a 1 piece pattern.  It looks like a funny shape but it will make sense when it’s finished.

But I think I’ll be sticking to 1 piece designs for my bigger sling bags.

Tool Bags

I had Hassan, of Zombie United fame, over last night to lend a hand with cutting.

Like me, he has always been a little too obsessed with bags and has always wanted to make his own.  He has offered to come and help once a week and in return I will show him how to run the machine and what my processes are in making my stuff.

I thought we would start with a very simple pattern and construction, as an introduction into cutting patterns and sewing binding etc.  We made these tool bags, well I made these ones and he made one for himself.  They are 12 inches in width to make sure it swallows up your 15mm spanner and a tube, and 7 inches tall.  It’s the perfect size.

£12

Hassan suggested adding on the hand loop so that when it is in the bottom of your bag it is easier to find and pull out from underneath all your other crap, great idea that I will be incorporating into all my tool bags from now on.

These will be selling for £12 at the moment as I still haven’t had my tags made and the liner is a little dirty on some of them, but that shouldn’t really be a problem as it is a tool bag, if you’re worried about having a dirty tool bag then you have other problems to deal with.

Thanks for your help Hassan!

email – belkbags@gmail.com

Prototype 3

Yesterday i experimented with a new pattern, new liner integration, new outer material and a new strap material.

Here is the bag I made.

The shape is much more recognisable as a satchel or a laptop bag. My courier bags have a square(ish) base as I find it the most versatile, if you are carrying a small load you can cinch it down with compression straps to a rectangular shape or at full size you can carry boxes to the post office.  The new shape is OK, not my thing but I’m sure commuters and the like will find it more manageable, and recognisable.

I have been trying to constantly simplify the processes I use in making a bag.  I don’t believe in over-enginerering and over-complication.  The first bag I made was an extremely technical courier bag, it was full size, floating liner, 4 strap, suspension strapping, the works.  Comparable with PAC or Zugster.  I enjoyed making it and I’m glad I did that with my first bag as I now know I can do that kind of work, but after using and making simpler bags, I feel most of the features are overkill for anybody not working from the bag.

The floating liner was the one feature from the original bag that I wanted to keep using as it pretty much guarantees full waterproofing.  The inside liner and the outside material are completely separate (as you can see in the picture above left), only linked by the binding tape around the mouth of the main compartment.  Yesterday I made a bag without a floating liner (above right), as I thought it would be much quicker to make and easier to construct.  But it just changed the method of construction, couldn’t see many other advantages so I might stick to the floating liner.  There is a definite advantage on smaller objects though, it is very hard combining a floating liner in a very small, tool or hip bag.

There are still some unresolved issues with the pattern and the strap placement.  Once I have decided on those I will be ready to push ahead with production.