What materials and skills are available?

Currently bags are bought in Nairobi, though it is possible to buy backpacks of adequate quality in Mtoti Andei. The materials are available in Nairobi - for the bag itself, the straps, zips, pockets. There are sewing workshops in Mtoti Andei, so it would be feasible for them to be made locally if required. Jeremiah is convinced that the local seamstresses/tailors have all the necessary skills. They certainly have manually operated sewing machines capable of sewing the thickness of canvas used in the current bags.

If it was necessary to construct supports for panniers, then metals are also available locally. Right angle, square, round metals of all thicknesses can be bought in the market in Mtoti and the local artisans are capable of making quite complicated fixtures. Nuts, bolts, tubes, supports are all sold in the local market. Small repair kits are also available there.


Before you begin

Web references

Specific design context
1. Product Design - A portable carrier

2. Product Design - An improved bicycle taxi seat

3. Product Design - Firewood Carrier

1. A portable carrier for vets

The area where paravets work

The origins of the roads
What are the roads like?
What are the bikes like?
How do they carry their equipment now?
What's wrong with current methods?
What distance do they travel daily?
What's their ideal carrier?
What diseases do they Treat?
What equipment do they carry?
What carrier making skills and materials are available?

  2. An improved bicycle taxi seat

The area where the taxis operate

The bicycle taxi business in Kisumu
What's a bicycle taxi like?
What are the current problems?
What would be an ideal bicycle taxi?
Have they tried other ideas
What materials and skills are available locally?
A bicycle taxi for a paravet?