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HOW TO MAKE A PAPER TEMPLATE

 
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TRACING: NOT JUST FOR KIDS

Before we released our PicturePerfect digital photo template process, making a paper template was often the first step towards a new custom frame bag.  If you are old-school and would rather mail us a paper template than email photos, that's completely okay.  Follow the below steps to get rolling.

 

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.