A couple of boxy rando front bags

These were two different custom orders. The backs are angled to match the angle of Nitto front racks, so that the tongue of the rack can help support the bag without the need for an additional decaleur. The blue one was enormous! The green one is celery and navy, and you can see it on its matching Rivendell here.

They both have cuesheet windows on the top; for reference, the viewable area is about the same between the two of them, believe it or not.

 

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Expandable backpacks

Jake was looking at a backpack kinda like this in EMS, so I made him one for his birthday. I borrowed it at one point and decided I liked it, so I made me one too. They are expandable via side zippers, plus two different compression straps on each side. also have laptop slots against the back accessible by a zipper on the side that doesn’t really show in the photos. I’ve found mine to be very comfortable to carry, even with a large load.

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New jackets

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About eleven years ago, I made myself an Ultrex winter jacket with a Cordura yoke and 2″-wide strips of reflective tape. After wearing it every day all winter for eleven years, I decided it was time for a new one. So I made us matching jackets, from the same pattern as before. Here you can […]

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Custom rack trunk bag

This one was from awhile ago. It has a sleeve for the “tongue” on the end of the rack, angled to match, with additional lash points on the lid and a strap to go around the saddle rails in case additional stability is required when it’s full. I particularly like the black and tan together.

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Results are in!

Howdy Picklers,

Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey! As always, your comments and feedback are immensely helpful and appreciated.

So in case you were wondering how you fit in with the rest of the survey respondents, here are a few stats:

• Over half of the respondents were men between 40 and 60. No one listed their age as “Wouldn’t you like to know!” which guess means you don’t mind telling me.

• 5% of you appear to have been misdirected, as you were actually looking for cucumbers in brine.

• Your two most common cycling activities were recreational group riding. Four people claimed to be one-person unicycling polka bands, and I sincerely hope that the four of you will get together and make a quartet album accompanied by viral video.

• You enjoy (or presumably enjoy) rides of all different lengths, and the vast majority of you (86.5%) seem to be just fine with mixing miles and kilometers.

There’s some new stuff in the pipeline as I have a chance to get to it, and I’ll keep you posted.

You can still take the survey if you feel underrepresented, and of course I always welcome any comments, feedback, and photos.

Keep the rubber side down!

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Please take the Customer Feedback Survey

Please take a moment to complete this customer feedback survey. You can still take it even if you’ve never bought, tried, or even seen a Dill Pickle item. Your feedback is invaluable in helping me make improvements to existing products and design new ones.

Also, I’d love to create a gallery on this site of customer photos with their Dill Pickle Gear stuff in action. If you have a photo you’d like to be included, please send it to store *at* dillpicklegear *dot* com.

Thanks very much in advance!

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Pickle Project: Cycling Cap sewing pattern

*** This pattern is now also available as a kit! The kit includes everything you need to make any of the options for pockets in the pattern, and an assortment of fabrics and colors. Check them out on the “Accessories” page!***

Edited: Now, with photos!
The first batch are courtesy of Lovely Bicycle!‘s photostream:

Emily's Hats

Emily's Hats

Size Small, large brim, with earflaps, wool coating.

Emily's Hats

Emily's Hats

Size medium, summer weight, no earflaps, quilting cotton.

Emily's Hats

Size large, earflaps, small brim, polar fleece and nylon ripstop.

Emily's Hats
Size large, earflaps, large brim with plastic stiffener, fleece.

And a few more, including a little of the process:

Winter and summer, both with the large brim option.

Winter and summer, both with the large brim option..

 

 

 

Binder clips are a handy alternative to pins that don't distort the fabric as much and work much better with thick materials.

Binder clips are a handy alternative to pins that don’t distort the fabric as much and work much better with thick materials.

 

Earflap piece, turned and topstitched.

Earflap piece, turned and topstitched.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing the inside seam allowance by trimming and zig-zagging.

Finishing the inside seam allowance by trimming and zig-zagging.

 

Finishing the inside seam allowance by topstitching each side flat.

Finishing the inside seam allowance by topstitching each side flat.

 

There's an x-wing on my hat!

There’s an x-wing on my hat!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small brim option.

Small brim option.

 

I saw this material at the store and had to buy it.

I saw this material at the store and had to buy it.

 

A childhood obsession.

A childhood obsession.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we get into the holiday shopping spree season, I thought it would be nice to offer a sewing pattern for a great gift you can make yourself. This cycling cap pattern offers four sizes, two different brim choices, and optional ear flaps, and works great in all different materials from light, summery cotton to warm wool and fleece. It’s quick and simple, and the end result is something any cyclist can use more of!

You can also try making it out of old or discarded cycling jerseys or jackets, sheets, shirts, t-shirts, pants, shrunken lightweight sweaters, etc. No stampeding into the mall, since you might not even need to buy anything to make it!
The hat is designed to lie flat with minimal bulk under a helmet, with optional wrap-around ear flaps that are thicker and warmer.

The pattern has two brim options: the larger one is closer in size and shape to that of a baseball cap, the smaller one is more like a typical cycling cap’s brim.

This pattern is available here for free for your own personal use, but if you like it, please consider making a donation to the League of American Bicyclists.

If you have questions, put them in the comments to this post so that other people can see them too. Happy sewing!

Pattern files and instructions, in PDF:

Dill_Pickle_Cycling_Cap - instructions

Ear Flaps

Large Brim

Side Panel

Small Brim

Top Panel and Hat Band

 

Pattern pieces in JPEG format, in case the PDFs don’t work for you for some reason:

Ear Flaps

Large Brim

Side Panel

Small Brim

Top Panel and Hat Band

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Random Cycling Limericks

The site has a new silly feature, random cycling limericks at the bottom of the home page. Click refresh to get another one. If you are expecting a refined and tasteful wit, you will be disappointed, but if you would like to contribute to the list, please do send ‘em on over. I reserve the right to edit for content, clarity, meter, or any other whim. :)

A Random Limerick: (If you don’t like it, click “refresh” for another one)

There once was a cycling fan named Skye
Who watched the Tour de France every July
But he picked the wrong spot
And "nature breaks" caught
He got showered as the peloton "whizzed" by
-E. OB

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New: Camera Insert, Reflective Mudflaps

I’ve finally gotten around to posting photos of the reflective mudflaps, plus a couple of mudflaps actually in use.

There’s also a new padded camera insert available for the small saddlebag. It’s available on the Small Saddlebag page, as well as under “Now In Stock”. For more details and photos of it in use, check out this recent post on Lovely Bicycle!

Small Saddlebag with Camera Insert, courtesy of Lovely Bicycle!

Image from Lovely Bicycle!

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Dill Pickle Gear featured on Lovely Bicycle!

I’m belated in posting this, but have a look at this lovely feature on Dill Pickle bags on the blog Lovely Bicycle!

The author lives locally and came by to see what it’s all about, have a chat, and take photos of my work room. And it’s a glimpse of the new camera insert, which I haven’t yet had time to photograph and add to the site.

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