A friend and customer sent us some photos of his lovely daughter, Amara, modelling one of our messenger bags. This one is made from sand canvas with a postage fabric panel on the removable flap. It also has a water bottle holder attached on one side using the molle webbing system that we use on many of our products.
This is a gallery of the fabric I currently have for the flap of the canvas messenger bags which come in two sizes (soon to be 3).
This last week has been custom and new product week. Often a custom order turns into a new product that I have been considering for a while. One I have finished today is the second set of our new Big Fella Panniers. This set has pockets for water bottle on the back of each and has one side narrower than the other. They also called for a longer throw-over strap which I will keep in future sets. It will now cover a 600mm distance between bags. The finalised template for these large 25 – 35 litre panniers is now done, which mean it won’t feel like reinventing the wheel every time.
Canvas care notes below.
If there are complementary zip ties included in your order they are removable ones to assist in securing your item, if needed.
Please ensure that you secure your luggage well. The panniers have tie down points to use. Because they are called throw-over panniers does not mean they don’t need securing.
Canvas is not heat proof so please be careful of where you place your luggage in relation to your exhaust system.
Canvas Care Instructions
To help maximise the durability and life of your defab® Canvas, please follow the following instructions
thoroughly – this will allow you to enjoy many years of excellent service and satisfaction from your defab®
• Prior to using your defab® canvas we recommend that you thoroughly wet your canvas with a domestic hose
and let it dry fully in the sun. This is necessary to allow the fabric to settle after transport and packaging.
Failure to do this may cause leakage in initial exposure to rain.
• Store, pack or roll up only when clean and dry.
• To remove dirt, brush dry fabric with soft brush. (An occasional hosing may remove dust and some
• Never scrub the fabric.
• Do not expose to petrol or oil.
• Immediately remove deposits of organic matter (such as soil, grass cuttings, leaf litter, bird droppings,
vehicle exhaust, pollutants, etc)
• Remove any mildew, as it appears, first by brushing, then by treating with diluted chlorine bleach (typically
1 part White King to 4 parts water to achieve 1% available chlorine) Allow to dry in full sun, then hose well to
remove any residue.
• Do not use strong bleaches such as ‘pool chlorine’.
• Do not use soaps, detergents, solvents, or other liquid cleaners.
Exposure to the elements and excessive cleaning may affect the water proofness and appearance of the
canvas. Occasional rejuvenation of your canvas is recommended. Additional proofing may help re-invigorate
the canvas. Only use one type of proofing agent on your canvas. Fluoro-chemicals like Scotch guard may be
used on all fabrics. Only reproof® by defab® is recommended to be used on defab® canvas.
The Motorcycle Pudding has been travelling to motorcycle rallies since the 70’s. It is used as a tool to raise funds for the Flying Doctors. Here is the story.
I have been babysitting the Pudding since the New Year and waiting for someone who can take it to the Border Rally later in the year. In the meantime I took it along to a rally at Handlebar Haven in Kilkivan. It is a great spot ran by friends of mine: Annie and Jock. At the rally the Pudding got to meet Scott Britnell, who is racing in the next Dakar.
I also donated $2 for each motorcycle tool roll sold while I had it here. Plus I made it new clothes to celebrate it’s birthday.
As you can see the Pudding is encased in resin to protect it. I think it is so that some traveller doesn’t get hungry! A diary accompanies the Pudding so that the carrier than make any notes. Someone is about to come and take it off my hands and so it’s journey continues.