Tool Roll: Version 2

September 25, 2011 at 9:46 am | Posted in bicycle, handbuilt, Lemolo Bags | 6 Comments
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Worked on the Tool Roll design a bit the past couple of weeks. Size-wise it is about the same. Changed the way it attaches to the saddle, strap that holds it closed, better elastic bands for tube, reinforced a few areas. Also, thinned it down a bit by doing away with the inside flap as it seemed less necessary than originally thought. Prototyped this version out of the same fabric as the previously mentioned handlebar bag. Man, those two would look good together on one bike! Check out some photos below. Drilled holes into the hand stamped Lemolo name plate and riveted it onto the roll after these photos were taken. Really happy with how it turned out. One step closer to final design and production stage!

-Elias

Sneak Peek #2

February 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Posted in Backpacks, Lemolo Bags, Uncategorized, What's New! | 2 Comments
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As promised, here is the sneak peek of the aforementioned bag. As you can see this guy is quite a bit bigger than the last one. You’ll be able to stuff a fair amount of crap… I mean really important stuff… in there when you need to.

This bag features a roll top and flap system and larger outer pocket. I used oiled leather for the top flap, pocket flap, and re-inforced bottom this time. I haven’t done a whole lot of work with leather in the past and I am very happy with how this shaped up. As you can see from the photos above, I have once again employed that marine canvas, beautiful cream colored cotton webbing, and heavy-duty brass hardware. Although I am thinking a more heavy duty waxed canvas might be in order for this bag. Needless to say, I am very happy with how this backpack turned out. Being that it is prototype #1 there will be things that will change before we reach a final product stage. All of those things I will try and figure out as I use the bag over the next few weeks.

I am very excited about the future of this bag and the bag mentioned in the previous post. I hope you are as well!

-Eli

Petite vs. Portland

April 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Backpacks, Lemolo Bags, What's New! | Leave a comment
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I’ve already had a bit of interest in the new backpack design… thought some comparative photos might help give you all a better idea of the actual size of the bag. Like I mentioned before, it is a bit smaller and will sit a little higher up on the back than the Portland Backpack. Although I am labeling it the Petite Backpack it is not a super small bag… it just happens to be the smallest backpack I currently make.

Here are some pictures of my personal bag (a Portland Backpack) and the Petite Backpack (the bag on the left in all photos). The top left picture makes the bags look like they stand almost the same hight. That is a bit deciving as my bag is slouching a bit due to the fact that it has been used almost daily the past few months. A new Portland Backpack would stand slightly taller.

As far as fit goes, the Petite Backpack suits a person with a shorter mid section and all-around smaller frame best. It is a shorter backpack so it might feel like it was riding pretty high up on someone with a long torso. You’ll probably notice from the pictures that the shoulder straps are a bit closer together at the neck area as well. This helps the bag ride more snuggly on shoulders considered anything but broad. I made this backpack for my friend Lynnsy, so naturally I thought it best to have her model it.

Like I mentioned above, if this bag becomes a production item it will be the smallest of Lemolo backpacks offered. That being said, it is still a good sized bag that will certainly be able to carry enough stuff for an overnight… or 2 depending on how you pack.

-Elias

Prototype – Small Backpack

April 17, 2010 at 10:20 am | Posted in Backpacks, Lemolo Bags, What's New! | 4 Comments
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I just finished up a project that I have been thinking about for some time now. This bag is the first prototype of what could become a standard Lemolo bag. It turned out so well that I felt like I had to share it…

It is bit smaller than the Portland Backpack and was designed for someone with a more petite frame, although anyone should really be able to wear it. This little bag stands approx. 15″ tall and measures in 7″x12″ at the base. Although the two bags share some of the core features you’ve come to expect from a Lemolo this new pack is a bit simpler and I’d like that to reflect in the cost. I decided to not add any pockets to the inside of the bag. It’s a manageable enough size to be able to find anything you need fairly quickly and pockets can cramp the main compartment of a small bag. Like the Portland Backpack this bag features a re-inforced bottom, back padding, blinky loop, 3-D outside pocket, side pockets, and compression strap(s). Of course the chest strap (on both bags) is adjustable both horizontally and vertically to ensure a snug, comfortable fit as well.

I hope ya like it! Feel free to comment or shoot me a email (lemolobags[at]gmail). Is there even any interest in a bag of this size? I’d love to hear what you think.

-Eli

Why Wald?

February 24, 2008 at 10:27 pm | Posted in Basket Bags, bicycle, bikes | Leave a comment
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I’ve been working on some prototype bags for a couple different Wald baskets recently. One of the things I’ve been working on is a basket liner. It will be similar to the Basket Bag, but designed to be more of a “permanent fixture” in the basket. Here are some pictures of the first prototype…

 

Why all the bags for Wald baskets you might ask? I’ve been designing bags for Wald baskets since the beginning. I like their baskets for a number of reasons. Here’s four, in no particular order…

1. They are highly accessible. You can get Wald baskets at almost every bike shop I know of. There is a reason for that… it’s probably reason #2.

2. They are very reasonably priced. You can usually get set up with a great basket for under $20 bucks. We all know, when it comes to bike parts, twenty bones doesn’t go far.

3. They are universal. Wald baskets are super easy to install and no matter what kind of bike you have, odds are you will be able to find a Wald basket to fit.

4. They keep it local. Wald baskets always have been and still are made right here in the USA. I hope they keep it that way.

I’m not trying to force you to buy one, but if those aren’t good enough reasons I don’t know what is. Even if your not thinking about getting some sort of Basket Bag from me you should still go get a basket, it just might be the most functional aftermarket part you buy for your bike.

-Elias

Almost done…

February 5, 2008 at 5:02 pm | Posted in handbuilt, Lemolo Bags, What's New! | Leave a comment
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I posted some pictures a couple weeks back of a prototype Seat Bag I was working on. Well, here is round two…

The first one had Velcro, I took that away. Velcro wears out. This bag should last a good long time, longer than the Velcro would have held tight. Now there is a side release buckle instead. I know it doesn’t leave the bag with as clean a look, but in this case it’s function over fashion.

This bag is just about ready to go. There are a couple things I still need to change, but they are all minor. I have not decided on the color of the first run yet. Right now I’m leaning toward the color pictured above or navy blue… the olive green is still an option though.

I hope to have the first run of 5 or so made and ready to go by this weekend!

-Elias

A few things…

December 31, 2007 at 6:04 pm | Posted in Backpacks, bicycle, bikes, handbuilt, hip pouch, Lemolo Bags, What's New! | 4 Comments
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First off, I’d like to note that I just finished a “custom-stock” backpack and it is listed on the For Sale page. Make sure to check it out, and if you’re interested in purchasing it then drop me line. 


Secondly, I have a couple pictures of the *new* HIPstr pouch for ya…


And last… but certainly not least, I prototyped a seat bag! There are a few bugs I still need to work out but if there is some interest I may make a run of them… maybe 5 or so to start. We’ll see where it goes from there… hope ya like it.

P.S. Have a happy and safe new years eve this year! Watch yourself out there; it’s probably the worst night to be out and about on a bike due to drunk drivers, crazy cabbies, etc. Wear your lights, watch your back (and front and sides), and have fun ringing in the New Year!

P.P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!!!

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