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Old 04-15-2016, 11:41 PM
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Custom Fanny Packs - Any Feedback?

I'm currently learning how to use my parent's old industrial Juki. I'm currently debating if I want to start producing things for sale beyond personal projects.

Inspired by Fog City Gear's Jim Santos, I started by considering a low cost alternative to small accessories with cycling functionality in mind. These bits were made using an old tarp and recycling materials I had lying around and from my parent's shop.

So far we've made fanny packs and wallets (Yanco's idea originally?).

Do y'all have any feedback or advice? Good idea? Bad idea? Is there a demand for affordable cycling gear?
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Old 04-16-2016, 07:14 AM
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yea, totally cool.

I'm a fan of anything hand built like that, and would consider purchasing over mass produced offshore stuff most of the time. I really like the Thomson wallet, nice idea!

the fanny pack is a convenient way to carry small stuff on shorter rides. i personally use a musette bag a lot when making short around town errands for little stuff, you may consider making a few of those bags with a longer strap for musette style carry.

in these days, if you can get your name out there, and garner some interest via forums, social media, out in the community, etc it's easy to set up an etsy shop or similar and sell this kind of thing. i think etsy basically exists for people with a similar business plan.

my one word of advice is to make sure you're making the best quality stuff you can if you decide to sell it. you'll turn people off right away and torpedo your business if the gear looks cool but falls apart. spend some real time doing some product testing in the real world, maybe include friends to help with beta versions before actually selling anything.

good luck to you! it makes me happy to see people making stuff!
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:15 AM
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Maybe sell the items at craft fairs and festivals first to determine the viability of those products.

I personally think the market is already saturated with enough developed product with greater means and engineering. Unless you can differentiate yourself from the rest of the market, I don't see anything new.
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Old 04-17-2016, 02:29 AM
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Maybe sell the items at craft fairs and festivals first to determine the viability of those products.

I personally think the market is already saturated with enough developed product with greater means and engineering. Unless you can differentiate yourself from the rest of the market, I don't see anything new.
Definitely feel the same way and indeed you can find decent gear for a low price already. I think I'll stick to custom orders amongst friends or in the community... Product testing is a must!
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Old 04-17-2016, 05:36 AM
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Definitely feel the same way and indeed you can find decent gear for a low price already. I think I'll stick to custom orders amongst friends or in the community... Product testing is a must!
Perhaps if you sold your products at bike races, running races, triathlons, and various outdoor type activities, you'd be able to reach your target market. Many of these types of events add vendor shows into their event to encourage attendance.
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:59 PM
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what's the price point in mind? There are options out there already so having something to compare to is cool. Hand made stuff is cool! I'm into it.
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Old 04-17-2016, 11:17 PM
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If you would be interested in working on a collaboration on a product I have been toying with for a while, I'd be happy to talk. I have a basic design in mind and good sewing skills are what I'm looking for. I can supply the raw materials and we can go from there.



Please shoot me an IM or email me a jason@recoveredcycling.com and we can talk.
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Old 04-30-2019, 03:29 PM
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Having some experience in hiking with scouts, I've had many fanny packs. They all need a holster for water bottles, whether the pack is actively holding a bottle.
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