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HOW TO MAKE A TEMPLATE

 
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TRACING: NOT JUST FOR KIDS

Making a template is often the first step towards a new custom frame bag.  When we make a frame bag, we need a pattern - a template - to work from, to make sure the bag fits exceptionally well.  While we have a large library of templates built up from years of making custom frame bags, we still don't have every bike ever made... that's where you come in.  If, after placing your frame bag order, we contact you to ask for a template of your frame, here's how to make it happen.

 

STEP 1

Find a piece of cardboard or posterboard, and grab a Sharpie, pencil, or pen.

STEP 2

Hold the cardboard behind your frame triangle - you can hold with one hand and trace with the other, or tape the cardboard to the frame so you can take your time and be more precise.  Trace the inside shape of your frame, making sure to keep the pencil at a nice, 90* angle to the frame tubes (if you tilt the pencil up or down, you make the template larger or smaller than the actual shape).  Make notes for all braze-ons, cable stops, brace tubes, gussets, funny-shaped tubes, and suspension parts like rear shocks and rocker links.  Essentially, you're making note of anything that would prevent a velcro strap from lying flat all the way around the frame tubing.  The more accurate your template, the nicer your frame bag will fit.  If you make the template poorly, your new frame bag will fit poorly!

STEP 3

Put your name, phone number, and your bike's year/brand/model/size on the cardboard.  Fold or roll up, put in a large envelope or mailing tube, and send it to the address below.