CUSTOM WORK - Tracing a Frame


Step 1: Gather Supplies - poster board, a permanent marker, and painters tape... you should grab your bike at this point as well.
Step 2: Remove water bottle cages and any other accessories from the frame and place your rig on a bike stand or in a steady position. 
Step 3: Attach the poster board to  your frame with your painters tape, making sure to keep the poster board nice and taught... wrinkle free that is.  Make sure to have the poster board secure enough to handle pressure from your marker, etc.   
Step 4: Consult our example tracing and get ready to  trace the frame - Make sure to account for marker width when tracing the interior of your frame.  The quality/accuracy of your tracing will translate to the fit of your bag.

Mark The Following:
- Cable Stops - front derailleur seat tube stops, and if exposed on the top tube or down tube
- Water Bottle Cage Mounts - underneath down tube only (if your using them.. otherwise they might get covered by a strap)
- Derailleur Mount
- Tube Bracing - Usually extending from seat tube to top tube (mark the interior void of the brace as well as the actual tube as noted in the example tracing)
- Top Tube Bag strap placement - Any top tube bag you will be using should be marked... if you are purchasing a Oveja Negra™ top tube bag, make a note and we will insure that the top tube bag straps will not interfere with your custom bag straps
- Frame Make, Model, Year, Size - We will often cross-reference frame tracings to manufacturers details if there is any concern of improper fit
- Your Name, Email, Phone#, Address

Read This:
Generally speaking the marks made on your tracing denote where we need to avoid placing a strap, so if there is anywhere else on your frame you would like to avoid a strap please make a note.  With open frame, straight tubing( usually steel or Ti hardtails) designs such as the Salsa Fargo we have as an example above we do not need you to mark both sides of the tubing.  We ask that frames with full suspension designs be marked on both sides of the tubing as well as any other hydro formed frames that taper or increase/decrease in tubing diameter.  All full suspension designs need to have shocks/interior mechanics traced out.
Example of a Mediocre Tracing - Most tracings are not perfect... you should try, however, to achieve perfection.. good luck.. point being the tracing only needs to be 'moderately good' so don't fret if your not the OCD type or do not have a background in autoCAD.  (Note: angle of picture makes down tube tracing/line look further away from tubing than actually is, keep those lines tight to the tubing!)

Final Step: Download and fill out the Order Form below and send the tracing our way.  Our address is 520 W. 7th st. Salida, CO 81201.  Phone# (719)293-1407.  We will contact you when we receive your tracing to discuss current colors/options/etc.  If this all sounds like too much you can always stop by our shop in Salida and we'll trace the frame for you and show you all the fabrics we have on hand..  It'll be worth the trip.  Thanks!