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Re: Anyone ever build their own harness?

Postby cleepa » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:55 pm

I built my own waist harness along the lines of the original Ride Engine customs. It's been going strong for 5 years now. It's not at all difficult.

Here's how RE did it:
1) Make a thermoplastic mould of your back
2) use the outside of the mould to form a custom harness

Here's how I did it:
1) Make a thermoplastic mould
2) Use the inside of the mould to make a fibreglass version of my back
3) Use outside of the fibreglass copy of my back to form a custom harness.

I used 5 layers of carbon and 4 of kevlar. I'd do it that way again. It is stiffer than the carbon shell harnesses I have hand flexed, but not enough that I feel like I'd want to reduce the number of layers. The reason I put the kevlar in there is that I liked the idea of having layers of less brittle fabric in there in case of failure. Kevlar is annoying to work with, so you may or may not wish to do that. You should vacuum bag the layup while curing.

For the spreader, I use a Jay bar. It is stainless, so very heavy. But it comes with a very nice pad.

To attach the spreader, I use 2 inch wide webbing. There's a loop of that with something like https://www.securefixdirect.com/25mm-st ... 5337-p.asp on it.

For padding, I have a single layer of 5mm neoprene tacked on. There are definitely better ways to do this. My intent was to give the whole thing a try, cut the shell down to the size I needed, experiment with different padding, etc. 5 years later, I still haven't bothered to change anything as it works so well. This is one thing you might want to improve on, especially if you ride with a lot of power or without a wetsuit.

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Re: Anyone ever build their own harness?

Postby fluidity » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:47 am

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Tue May 05, 2020 7:39 pm
I’d love to know how to make my own hardshell like Ride Engine use to be. I have a very strange lower back and nothing really fits me that well.
I suspect they use a sheet of low melting temperature nylon-like plastic known in the USA as "Friendly plastic" and at Jaycar Electronics in NZ and Australia as "Polymorph plastic"
It can be made workable with boiling water and will be able to be moulded while still hot without cooking you, though I'd recommend you wear gloves and some clothing to insulate while working it.
When cold you can drill it for attaching stitching. You might have to buy the raw plastic and melt it, roll it into a sheet.

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Re: Anyone ever build their own harness?

Postby peppedurso » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:12 am

cleepa wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:55 pm
I built my own waist harness along the lines of the original Ride Engine customs. It's been going strong for 5 years now. It's not at all difficult.

Here's how RE did it:
1) Make a thermoplastic mould of your back
2) use the outside of the mould to form a custom harness

Here's how I did it:
1) Make a thermoplastic mould
2) Use the inside of the mould to make a fibreglass version of my back
3) Use outside of the fibreglass copy of my back to form a custom harness.

I used 5 layers of carbon and 4 of kevlar. I'd do it that way again. It is stiffer than the carbon shell harnesses I have hand flexed, but not enough that I feel like I'd want to reduce the number of layers. The reason I put the kevlar in there is that I liked the idea of having layers of less brittle fabric in there in case of failure. Kevlar is annoying to work with, so you may or may not wish to do that. You should vacuum bag the layup while curing.

For the spreader, I use a Jay bar. It is stainless, so very heavy. But it comes with a very nice pad.

To attach the spreader, I use 2 inch wide webbing. There's a loop of that with something like https://www.securefixdirect.com/25mm-st ... 5337-p.asp on it.

For padding, I have a single layer of 5mm neoprene tacked on. There are definitely better ways to do this. My intent was to give the whole thing a try, cut the shell down to the size I needed, experiment with different padding, etc. 5 years later, I still haven't bothered to change anything as it works so well. This is one thing you might want to improve on, especially if you ride with a lot of power or without a wetsuit.
Hi cleepa, I did the same, I have a 3mm carbon hard shell, now it’s time to glue padding and drill some holes to fix the spreader bar.
Can you please share some pictures?


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