Bucky SaddleRoll V1 & V2

Its true that boredom can drive creativity. I was bored one day and desided to design a tool roll. Given my obsession with bikes and gear (buckyrides.com) it does make sense, and its not a bad place to start since I have access to the items to design around. This is a minimal tool roll that attaches to a bike.

I started planning this on paper riffing off my previous design, but this time I was going to wrap a band around the outside to attach to the bike. But the essence was similar, I wanted good access. I drew some basic shapes to scale with the proportions I needed. I folded bits of paper and studied material before moving onto a canvas prototype to dial in sizes and see if my edge new binding would work.

After creating the first canvas proto, I looked at some other designs on the web, many were waxed cotton and I decided I wanted more durability. I had set my mind on a heavy waterproof Cordura and this also allowed me to keep 1 layer, allowing for lighter weight. At some point (not sure when) I became inspired to make clear pockets so you could easily see the contents or lack of. In my prior design, I used a semi transparent sailcloth, but this time I was inspired to go full clear. I found some stretchy sewable PVC film and gave it a go. Onto proto v2:-

I made the bike attachment strap from a wider Military spec webbing so it can be cinched down hard without fear of breaking, this was important because I wanted it to snug on the bike really tight. Movement and flopping on the bike is not an acceptable option, so I had to mess around with the proportions of hook and loop on the strap. I made it size adjustable by having a double size patch of loop so that the hooks could stick in multi positions.

I had to modify the pockets to make them more durable / support for the topstich between the pockets. I used some trimmed grosgrain strips and bit of care in execution looked good too.

One of the tings I like about sewing is realizations made when sewing and testing. At one point I placed the roll on my bike and it lead to the idea to position a reflective hit for safety, so I positioned it in the best place and made it look like a cool tag, just popping off the side. Coincidentally this worked well with the grey and black scheme.

The design was pretty successful, it secured to the bike great, the functionality was spot on. Not stoked about the colors, but it’s material I had around and the transparent pockets seemed to work. This was lot more successful than most similar stage v2 prototypes. Since then I have since modified the design, mainly the shape of the flap to make folding and sewing easier.

Cordura 1000D
Mil Spec 39mm Webbing
Plastic D Loop
Transparent Sewable PVC
Color Pop Pull Tab – nylon 1″ Webbing
Grosgrain Trim
Hook and Loop same width as strap

Field Testing , I’m a big believer in making things better through iterative prototyping and real world use. I gave v2 to my friend Dustin to test and provide more feedback before I get into designing and prototyping v3.

Post ride- Dustin you don’t have a fender, should I be designing for Mud?
Dustin’s setup

The great thing about this design is that it’s easy to customize. Future color explorations are in the works, and can make it interesting. Fun and playful, subtle and serious or even matched to your bike. These should be up in v3. Im just in the process of working out the trim details.

At the moment I am set up to make small batches, so send me a message if you fancy one. I’m currently getting setup to make a small batch in different colors, not just the one shown above. There are technically still prototypes, but shoot me an e mail with your fav colors and we can see what we can do

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Future Computers

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A more “explorer” oriented bike computer. A few features of this design could be really exciting.

1) the “preempt display” on the right of unit – for navigating a route, this shows you exactly how your turn is going to manifest  before getting there, it can be really useful at messy unclear intersections and could avoid a lot of confusion.

2) – the button on the left (activate map drop) , this button when pressed auto fires up a mobile app on your iphone it auto loads up a high res OSM map and pin drops your location on it instantly. Allowing for advanced navigation- It could be used for times of “where the f am i ? ” or times of emergency. A smooth user experience maximizing the hq screen of a phone.

3) because the unit is larger – a large space in the unit for a larger battery and electronics allowing for longer trips and powering emergency lights / cell phones

Cycling Pocket Roll

Project Six:

This is a passion project I have been working on for a little while, actually since 2015 -it’s interesting in terms of design and development so I thought I would share.


a) you have multiple bikes, your under saddle tool bag is in different states of “intactness” – it’s a hassle keeping up.
b) you lock your bike in a public place, you would rather have a tool roll in your bag or pocket to save the hassle of removing your under saddle every day to stop it being stolen.
c) It’s a style thing, you don’t like on the appearance of under saddle bike tool rolls, you like the feel of a lighter bike.


I started this project with no knowledge of sewing. My development method was to create, test, refine and recreate. I am currently on V7 of my pocket roll. Below you can see the stages of my development, the latest is the blue one, it’s turning out to be pretty successful.



Key Features of the Blue tool roll v7

  • Large capacity! rolls very small, since the objects tesselate.
  • Semi-transparent rip stop nylon – durable and you can see into the pockets for small items.
  • Internal pocket configuration holds many different types/sizes of multi-tool.
  • With credit card, the roll sits really nicely in a jersey pocket due to the flat credit card.
  • Designed so tools / objects don’t fall out.
  • Adjustable velcro.
  • Future path to add straps so it could be attached under saddle.

Currently holds:

  • Pedros tyre lever
  • Traditional patches and small glue
  • Adhesive-less patches
  • Money in bills or credit card
  • Spare / master chain link
  • Tyre boots
  • Sandpaper
  • valve extenders and spare vale
  • Spoke wrench and valve core tool
  • Multi-tool of many sizes

The Original Plantool_roll_plan

Prototype & Development :-

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Chrome Kadet Photo Mods

The Chrome Kadet is pretty cool, its a small over the shoulder messenger bag. I would do a couple of things to make it a bit more bike friendly, which would include a camera mod for a smaller mirrorless camera setup and maybe some new materials to breathe better in the straps and back panel. This would be a great gravel grinder companion, for gear and photos.



Modern Gillet Jersey

The problem with riding up mountains in summer is actually descending mountains. You ride up, you get hot and sweaty, you descend then you instantly get cold and the moisture from the sweat keeps you cold. Shivering on a bike on a fast descent is not a good thing. In the days of old school racing – spectators at the top of the mountain pass would give riders newspaper to put down the front of their jerseys to block the wind for the descent, thus keeping them warmer and safer.

Below is a modern day take design for a versatile jersey with side panels that can transform into a wind vest.