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5 Etsy Sellers Hand-Making Bike Products

Oct 6, 2021 at 4:39
by Alicia Leggett  



I'll admit, I've never looked for bike parts on Etsy before. In my mind, Etsy has always been for ordering beeswax candles, handmade wooden earrings, home decor, and things that smell like pumpkin spice. Sure, it is those things, but it's more than that, too. There's also Bike Etsy. On Bike Etsy, people who aren't satisfied with what's already out there decide to make their own products, and some of the results are pretty cool.



Frame Bags from Liv's Bike Bags



Features

• Handmade in Tacoma, Washington
• Made to order with customizable colors and sizing
• $55 - $120 USD
• Made from waterproofed canvas
• YKK zippers, ripstop lining, and 1" webbing reinforcement add durability
Etsy shop

bigquotesLiv's Bike Bags is a small Etsy shop based in Tacoma, Washington, handmaking custom bike bags to order. The bags are made from waterproofed canvas and come in a variety of fun colors, so they look absolutely great. Different models are made to take up different areas of a bike's front triangle, and there's also a top tube bag model for those bikes that don't have the front triangle space for a bag. Plus, Liv makes an around-town shoulder bag for the casual shoulder bag wearers among us.

Here are some other bike bag shops that I found and liked: CamelChopsCo, which makes bright and flamboyant bags in Scotland, BikeBoroBags, which makes canvas fork and handlebar bags at a great price, Stradasoul, which makes all kinds of cool products in Post Falls, Idaho, GECustomWorkshop, which makes nice-looking bags in Russia, EllumBagWorks, which makes straightforward, stylish designs in Dallas, Texas, and so many more. There are some great storage solutions out there.



Cool Stuff from Max Volk Design



We've covered Max Volk's rad 3D printed kids bike before, but it's worth mentioning him again.

Features

• Bike wall mount kit is compatible with tire widths up to 2.5"
• Wheel mounts are 3D printed and available for 140 mm - 200 mm rotor sizes
• $23.45 - $369.09 USD
• Balance bike is available in three main colors with 12" wheels, and has three tire width/style options
• Balance bike maximum weight is 25 kg
Etsy shop

bigquotesMax Volk Design is a makes self-described "colorful and smart objects" in Berlin, Germany. The obvious almost universally useful shop items are the clever wall storage items: the wheel and bike holders. The 3D-printed balance bike also looks great, and if I were three feet tall, I'd want to ride it.

That said, the shop also makes several desks, office supplies storage, and a very cool houseplant pot system, among other things. It's all worth a look.



Top Caps from EmRemDesigns



Features

• Designed by Emory Rempel in Victoria, BC
• Outside diameter of the cap measures 1.375", fits a standard headset spacer
• Several color options
• Designs include nods to the BC area or demotivational sayings
• $20.63 USD
EmRemDesigns on Etsy

bigquotesEmory Rempel is half of the Canadian duo behind Farside Components, but he also has a small Etsy shop where he sells machined top caps inscribed with either a graphic of Vancouver Island, a list of local trails, or a demotivational saying like "Just Walk It." The caps themselves are designed in BC by Emory, CNC lathed, and anodized, and each includes a titanium bolt because "no one should look down and see a rusty bolt on a piece this pretty."



Bike Racks by Hyacinth Racks



Features

• Handmade in Ukraine
• Stainless steel with a polymer paint option
• $49.99 - $79.99 USD
• Adjustable or non-adjustable fork stays
• Available on Etsy, but they also have a web store where there are more products for sale
Etsy shop and main web shop

bigquotesHyacinth Racks makes sturdy stainless steel front racks, rear racks, and other accessories in Ukraine. It appears that the racks are mostly sold in Ukraine, but on Etsy they are shippable to the United States and I assume other countries. The racks have multiple mounting options and seem adaptable to a variety of bikes while keeping the bulk and weight minimal.



Handy Gadget Mounts from ProBike3D



Features

• 3D printed in St. John's, Canada
• Different versions for a range of different full face helmets
• $9.91 - $22.29 USD
• Simple, clever design
• Relies on a single zip tie to stay in place
Etsy shop

bigquotesProBike3D is a small operation that 3D prints accessory mounts for mountain bikers, generally designed to fit the chin bars of full face helmets. The one that most appeals to me is the Lezyne light and GoPro mount adaptor, which allows a Lezyne light to be mounted to any GoPro mount, including the mounts made by ProBike3D. That seems like quite a simple and elegant solution that would allow an under-the-peak GoPro mount to serve a few different purposes and help with night riding visibility. Also, all the GoPro mounts are made to fit a wide range of the most popular full face helmets, so if you're someone looking to mount a GoPro on a helmet chin bar, this does seem like one of the simplest, most cost-effective ways.





106 Comments

  • 423 1
 Love this article. Should be a regular piece to continue to highlight grassroot companies.
  • 123 0
 Or maybe PB should have a dedicated section for these people to showcase their products
  • 32 0
 @matadorCE: I would love a place on Pinkbike to show the products I make. I have emailed them prior about doing a review with no response.
  • 10 0
 And it's all very reasonably priced too!!!!
  • 5 0
 @seamstern: Mate they don’t even reply to anyone on the thread dedicated to simple picture uploading for an avatar never mind something like this!
  • 10 3
 Unless they pay advert fees that would be against PBs new overlords... I mean Outside investors
  • 1 0
 This 10x
  • 1 0
 @Jcolis1904: "I for one welcome our new ant overlords" - Kent Brockman
  • 5 1
 "Should be a regular piece"

Won't happen because they are too small to afford to pay for ads in OUTSIDE Magazine.
  • 1 0
 @bbeak: hahaha true enough
  • 57 1
 Someone needs to invent a wireless top cap that can be controlled via a smartphone app. Preferably using a new standard sizing. It's about time someone disrupted the stale top cap industry.
  • 15 0
 with a Bluetooth connection to change what it says, maybe even terrain dependent, when I'm climbing it says something about pedaling more, descending something about sending it...
  • 7 0
 Already done mate. My lovely custom topcap is now obsolete, all bikes these days need an edc tool, a swat tool or some other integrated tool solution, otherwise your bike simply wont work on the trails of 2021 (2022 trails being released in a few weeks).
  • 5 0
 As long as it still says just walk it. That speaks to me. If we all walked the climbs we could just go SS too.
  • 8 0
 Nah, we just need new standard. #topcapboost
  • 4 0
 @Darwin66: I've been avoiding existing trails for the last few months, waiting for the 2022 trails to come out. I just heard a rumor though, that the 2022 trails are delayed until spring of 2023, which sucks
  • 4 0
 Punter! Why not have bluetooth bearing preload control on every pivot point on the bike? Or condition-aware air systems for the tires...automatically air down when you hit sand, air up for the rock gardens.

Fully-autonomous steering systems, for when that boring fire road grind just can't interrupt your redditing.
  • 5 0
 @JarrodB: It only needs to say one thing though: "Look up you moron!"
  • 1 0
 I am bummed about the top caps and how many cool designs there are because I’m already using that space for my OneUp EDC tool. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 1 0
 @kpickrell: thanks, I laughed pretty hard at that one Smile
  • 1 0
 @DarrellW: Yup. Followed very shortly by another one, to really help fragment the market;
#supertopcapboostplus
  • 39 11
 I always find it interesting when people are selling 3D printed parts and do zero finishing work on them. Maybe I'm out to lunch but a lot of 3D printed products look very "prototypey"
  • 12 1
 You can sand it but to make it look refined you'd have to coat it in something or paint it.
  • 45 0
 I've got one of the chin mounts, and they're small enough that you dont notice it at all while in use. And in this case, finishing work means the product is more expensive, and it makes zero difference to its function. They a great product from a tiny manufacturer.
  • 21 5
 I have to second this, 3d printers are great for one offs and quick changes to help develop an idea but really not a good solution for final products, I've been working on a chain guide and 3d printed a lost wax casting to make an aluminum mold so that I can injection mold the parts from home. The items to make an injection molder at home isn't very expensive and honestly once you have the mold and plastic injection system it's much cheaper and quicker to produce parts with better consistency versus 3d printing. I collect and grind down hdpe from milk jugs and tops of 6 packs, I can mix some of the 6 pack colors in with the clear milk jug and it gives some really cool marbling effects.
  • 6 6
 they are called makers , they often think the unfinished look is a selling point , some of us think you couldnt be arsed mate
  • 5 1
 How much cheaper is it to 3d print that kind of thing instead of injection moulding or whatever alternative? Also why not just make it out of laser cut wood? Enough plastic crap out there as it is
  • 5 3
 @blob425: so where can we buy your so-much-better products?
  • 6 0
 @Kyanw: It depends how complex your injection mold is... you can spend as little as $5,000 or over $50,000. When it comes to small brands making these types of parts it will almost always be cheaper to print them unless you can sell LOTS of them.
  • 4 0
 @Kyanw: a mould tool is a lot of money even for something that small your in the 10s of ks
  • 5 0
 Consider it the milling marks of plastic. Everyone loves machined billet porn.
  • 3 0
 @Kyanw: There's different shapes to mate with different brands/models of helmets. Hence the number of units sold for a given helmet is probably small, way too small to pay for molds.
  • 8 0
 I have one of these mounts. It's probably smaller in person than it appears on your screen. The mount is barely visible on your helmet, let alone the finish texture. I'd much rather have these fully functional parts at a low price than pay more for something polished up unnecessarily.
  • 2 0
 @ream720: I'm planning on having them on my YouTube channel in the coming soon, haven't posted in a long ass time but if your interested I can send over some of the parts and processes, I've been working with my school on it for a while as a senior project
  • 2 0
 @ream720: not claiming it's better either, if he has alot of designs it's probably better as it's expensive to make a bunch of alloy molds, my chain guide just has the upper and lower so I was able to just make one mold for each
  • 1 1
 That's because a majority of 3d printed parts that people sell would be better off made with another manufacturing method.
  • 3 0
 There is actually a fun video that talks about when 3D printing doesn't make sense: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaTusBKMRVY

That said, 3D print farms are "reasonably" cheap to setup compared with injection molding. So tinkerers can create and sell enough items to make a decent living. I will add that my hopes are these people are responsibly recycling failed prints/supports/rafts and not adding them to our already terrifying plastic crisis.
  • 28 0
 Got anyone making SRAM chains? seems SRAM is all out of them.
  • 17 0
 I'm thinking a line of headset caps with @mikelevy motivational yelling would be great,
  • 5 0
 Not a terrible idea tbh
  • 4 0
 Can I have one with @mikelevy doing the field-test-intro wink? That'll stop me ever looking down at my front wheel again...

(sorry Mike, love all your other expressions obviously)
  • 14 0
 I'm going to start making Kashima top caps, starting at 200 bucks
  • 13 0
 Kashima headset spacers would print money
  • 4 0
 @nfontanella: RSF suspension tuning sells them
  • 8 0
 I was pretty stoked earlier this year when I stumbled across Probike3d's go-pro mounts, blown away when I found out they're local to me. Great work Josh! The mounts are custom made for all popular full face lids, fit great, low profile and can be left on when not in use without getting in the way. Best of all they're easy on the wallet.
  • 2 0
 Just ordered one after reading this article!
  • 12 1
 Yoooo what about my Etsy store that sells bike products??? No love for me...

www.etsy.com/shop/CustomValveCaps
  • 6 0
 How about a valve cap with a GoPro mount? Finally the angle I’m after!
  • 2 0
 Hey they’re great! Funny and fun. I’m gonna order some
  • 3 0
 No really, click through to this guy's shop. Let's just say that there are some cool caps, and at least a couple that would be GREAT to affix to your buddy's wheels when they aren't looking Smile
  • 3 0
 F#&k! Bartender has my credit card. Hope I can close out before all the c0ck caps are gone. Buddies are going to love these for the xmastivus.
  • 4 0
 Just ordered some dick caps. Cheers!
  • 4 0
 Thanks for the love everyone! I have created a promo code PINKBIKE for 20% off. For the ones that already ordered, i'll throw in some extra genitals or something!
  • 1 0
 Dammit, no delivery to Australia?? Agh. Well, all the best anyway,
  • 1 0
 Dude, I see your comment, click on link . . . "this seller is taking a break". What a let down.
  • 6 0
 Maybe my nightrider is heavy, but I would not want the weight of it or a Go-pro out front leveraging its force on my helmet and causing it to sag. I want that light rear-bias center on my helmet so I don't have to tighten the retention to the point of giving myself a headache. That's just me though. Just gotta duck those low hanging branches.
  • 7 1
 Giant/Liv corporate conglomerate sues little Etsy bike bag company in 5...4...3...2...1...

That is unless they don't want to be associated with the likes of Specialized and Backcountry.com
  • 3 0
 I have 3d printed direct mount fender for my era and ultra light chain guide that mounts using the leftover iscg5 hole left from the bash guard…. And a oneup tire lever replacement that allows the chain pliers and chain tool to store in the pump as it was the old multi tool running the edc lite in the steerer now…, Printed in nylon for use on the bike
  • 4 0
 Been running this 3D printed chain bash guard on my 2019 GT Sensor for over a year now - taken some big hits too, and it's still goin'....Pinkbike classifieds - try one
www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2560659
  • 5 0
 Would be epic to stealthily swap in the "just walk it" top cap to your friends bike
  • 4 1
 I always wonders about helmet mounted devices - is it certified against crash standards or suppose to injure rider by default?
  • 3 0
 more top caps, just what we need! /looks at spares bag with about 20 free ones from various places... I should really get down the recycling centre with those.
  • 1 0
 Very glad to see CamelChops get a small shoutout here -- I have a bar bag and frame bag from them and they are both incredible. You can customize colors and fabrics and the quality is top notch. I get asked all the time where the bags are from. www.etsy.com/shop/CamelChopsCo
  • 3 0
 Props to this Redditor who makes 3D printed Apple AirTags mounts: www.etsy.com/shop/Project4AGZE
  • 3 0
 When does @brianpark open up his etsy store? I'm in for that 3d printer handlebar coozie.
  • 3 0
 Low-key thought that said the balance bike weighs 25kg hahaha
  • 2 0
 Chin bar mount from probike3d was really well designed. Definitely worth the purchase.
  • 2 0
 It's getting dark pretty early in the Rockies. The 3-D printed light mount looks great.
  • 4 0
 How is cnc'd hand made?
  • 1 1
 Even if it's not manual machining someone still has to draw up the parts, run the programming, fixture the parts, etc, for CNC work...
  • 3 1
 Pretty sure I wrote handmade by robots somewhere In there...that said , these top caps have more hand work than you might expect. I hand polished them all before anodizing.
  • 1 0
 @emmerz: as a person who runs cnc's, I expect that.
  • 1 0
 @emmerz: but I get your point.
  • 3 0
 Gonna buy Dick Valve Caps.
  • 2 0
 Totally recommend ProBike3D!
  • 2 0
 The "Just Walk It" headset caps are pure art.
  • 2 0
 I've seen it before but didn't realize until just now, that's a five ten sole pattern... oh yeah, it's going on the wish list.
  • 1 0
 Nice idea with hideous type.
  • 1 0
 Etsy ideas: Summer trail shorts with a waterproof phone pocket. A bike specific Lifestraw water bottle...
  • 1 0
 Shameless self plug! I make bike-related decals and sell on Etsy. Pbstuffco.Etsy.com. Wink
  • 1 0
 Was so confused when I saw the top caps with a bunch of local trail names. Love to see it!
  • 1 0
 Somebody please make some Shimano compatible rear brake levers!
  • 2 2
 That rack's joints looks like shit. I wouldn't be surprised if it broke from putting a pillow on it and riding.
  • 1 0
 The rear axle sticking out on that balance bike seems like a bad idea
  • 1 0
 It’s just future proofed, to fit balance bike boost and non-boost standards.
  • 1 0
 None of these are battery powered…fail!
  • 1 0
 Chains!! Can they make chains as the big boys can't.
  • 3 2
 hand-making?
  • 1 0
 Rack and balance bike maybe.
  • 1 0
 @dirtmcleod: i meant is hand-making a term?
  • 1 0
 oooohhh, "sellers hand-making...". i thought it was a canuck thing i hadn't heard Smile
  • 2 0
 It's been around for hundreds of years but they hyphen is Nu-metal.

The action or practice of making something by hand.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Miles Coverdale (1488–1569), Bible translator and bishop of Exeter.
  • 2 2
 golly gee i love listicles. pretty cool stuff tho.
  • 3 3
 Designing custom top cap in era of 1up edc tool?
  • 4 0
 some people carry all their tools in a pack and don't actually need an EDC, kind of crazy right?
  • 1 0
 @Deoratwo:do those people by a lot of custom top cap's?
  • 2 0
 @nickmalysh: Enough to keep kustomcaps and multiple others in business, so yeah.
  • 2 2
 Attaching a gopro with a ziptie, brillant
  • 1 0
 Fuck Ya Emory
  • 1 1
 'hand making'...with a 3d printer. Right.
  • 1 1
 Art
  • 1 3
 Abstract art to be completely precise
  • 1 4
 Why pay that much for a custom top cap when you can get a carbon top cap for the same amount of money?
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