…like a mystery Star Trek planet
Ifi drizzled earlier, and the bags collected about 2mm. So my hypothesis is that they are waterproof.
Well at least it’s now actually a ‘bag’, and frankly I’m pretty happy with it as a proof of concept.
Ifi have some body pains today, and everything got rained on, which has put the kibosh on further construction.
Meanwhile, I finally figured out what was stopping me from getting an image from the DJI (RSC2) Raven Eye transmitter with my little A6400. Bluetooth interferes with it, but turning it off on your camera isn’t enough if you are a geotag fan like me. 10 years ago they stopped putting GPS units in the cameras themselves which propped an industry in GPS dongles. FF that decade and phones have taken their place. When I shoot a still image the camera reaches out to the phone for the geolocation at the moment the image is being written to the memory card, which is done over Bluetooth. So you can’t have both, and I don’t think it’s a DJI issue, I think it’s Sony.
Slow going over the last few days. My energy level hoses, may have a kink somewhere, or maybe the world accidentally parked her car on it or something. Anyway, I caved in, and cut a jig out of plywood and got gluing earlier, on the parts which will turn it from a concept into a vessel.
Should I mention that I’m actually a touch, proud, of this here invention? All my prep was bang on, my initial design was also bang on, and whatever modifications I made along the way have really just been indulgent.
If I were to make something like this for sale, it would be simpler, maybe one or two additional parts, like a liner material, I think I’d have to charge more than I’d like to pay for one, given the reasonable options on the ‘zon (that mega online retailer’s last syllable, just because I don’t want the algo’s to see it in my post and them find a way to saturate me with nonsense). Why then am I making my own, if the zon ones are so ‘resonable’? Challenge, see how well I can follow my own instructions, nothing else on the market as tough and fits exactly what these do.
I had a supplychain disruption Last week, and settled it on Friday, which allowed me to get into the more intimidating part of the build.
Intimidating because in building down one side first, soI can have more control in the corners, by working on the inside of them.
I had to stop working on it shortly after I started, today. It’s ferociously hot here at the moment. So much so that all of my tool handles either started to sweat, melt or become too hot to use. Also the black tarp became too hot to handle even with gloves. The dinger says its 37.8 Celsius, which is about 5 more than is easy.
I do fully realize that despite it being a cheap project, my design would make this bag labor intensive and expensive.
Regardless, this project is a functional thing, and is a social media experiment, to see about doing this blog on the regular again. Because it’s a challenge and I think I need to.
So this has been super indulgent design and preparation…
However, all good things come to and end, and give way to even better shit. Like gloooiiinnng! Sticky glue time!
Because I am using machine belt marinated in shrink wrap, I’ll have to form the corners, with a heat gun, when the track cover piece is attached. So my thinking was to put corner areas where the track cover piece, won’t be bonded, and will be able to conform better to the rigidity of the belt.
I should mention that apart from the Black tarp material, everything else I already had. I did buy the roller, a roll of masking tape, and 6 pony hand clamps which were on sale.
I’m glad I thought about things ahead of time. I started the gluing process in the middle of the structure and am working outward on the distinct chance I will have screwed up a measurement and have to work it out, and to my mind working with a solid anchor point at the start, makes the most sense to me.
get by with a little help from my friends…
Day 2 of the sprawling and indulgent design and construction of my new panniers. I’m inventing as I go, and making pretty notes with my own particular variant of handwriting. In B or B2 0.3. On 5mm dot grid. Claire Fontaine or Rhodia, only, ever. Pentel ORENZ NERO, the most inspirational creative weapon I’ve ever used. Cameras not withstanding.
Anyway, moggy, numero fluff, came to hang out with me in the heat, to halp out with things like materials testing in regards to thermal conductivity and fluff characteristics in hot weather, and I there quality assurance measures and tool control.
..Invention, as the adage goes, and of course, it’s true.
I recently had a theft and assault event leave me with a sore hand and my bike panniers being stolen, along with a scuzzy rainjacket and two well used and memorably scuzzy face masks. My bike light too. It’s the masks though, they had special sentimental and religious significance for me.
Needless to say that my brain went into construction mode and I found a company called MyTee who distribute (or manufacture) tarp to trucking companies and as such I can get oceans of my favorite material for .25 what local area dealers were willing to sell me a chunk of it. This is probably a well guarded secret in certain circles..
My brain works in such a way that I dream the final product and I already know what I need, to do it. The digits will come later, I know what I need the thing I’m making, to do; and I deconstruct my idea backwards until I reach a point where my hands catch up to my brain.
Invention had most of the tools I knew I’d need to build a set of panniers and finish up a bunch of other bag ideas that I cut but have been waiting to bond.
I use the industry standard Vinyl seement as ‘muricans calls it. In just gonna call it glue. HH-66, it’s amazing. It stinks something awful to ladies, but blokes like me smear it on before going dancing.
AFAIA no bike pannier maker makes a bag that is designed specifically to hold a fully crammed average brown paper 17x12x7 grocery bag which is waterproof and/or has a lid.
Considerations include: Material integrity and how much support I may need to design into the structure. Construction process and how I may need to build a brace to hold the folds I’m imposing on the material. This roasting hot weather and how awesome it is when the material is soft, can be formed and trained with a roller and tape, and that the HH-66 behaves like spring breakers in heat.
“..next time, stick around, don’t be afraid to engage with him, in a general way, and if he asks (why are you taking so many pictures), you can tell him its a study of life on the street, and that he happens to be a perfect fit, for part of it.
This way you can build a relationship with him, and trust, and you will get astonishing images worthy of note, as long as you maintain a core vision of how the symmetry of the elements work together in the frame, then your images will fucking explode.”