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    Cruiser Panniers

    I want a set of panniers for my cruiser but i want them to look cool. I want motorcycle saddle bag look and something made of either leather or Canvas.

    I saw these Brooks Roll up panniers that I thought had about the right style... 300 bones is definitely out of my price range, but I could see myself making something similar out of some canvas or denim or leather if i had a source.

    http://clevercycles.com/store/?c=web...phalt-one+size

    Anybody make their own cool lookin panniers? I've seen the threads where folks have turned kitty litter buckets and old backpacks into panniers but I gotta be stylish here.

    I'd love to see some pics of some cruisers with panniers just to get some ideas...I'm leaning strongly towards breaking out the sewing machine this weekend.

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    How about kitty litter buckets spray painted, gold, silver, or copper?
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    ...lord knows I've got enough of em 2 cats = mucho litter.

    I kinda like the notion of a more natural material like Hemp Canvas/Denim, Cotton or Leather.

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    Those are slick. I have made panniers out of old Mil. Surplus bags before. If you can deal w/ your style being earth tone or camo ,they work pretty well. I now need to figure out if I can modify mine to roll like that.

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    I like the idea of Mil. Surplus bags, there's an Army/Navy store close by I might start there.


    A buddy suggested goin to Salvation Army and getting some Jeans/Jean Skirts or a Leather Jacket to source the fabric...could be pretty cheap that way..

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    pretty sure that wont be a problem on this.



    but I do think I'm gonna want to replace the read fender with a full length one... and Will I need to get a Rack of some sort to mount it on?

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    I currently use Wald folding baskets on the rear rack but the next ones are going to be canvas or duck sewn with brass colored thread and Steampunked with leather straps and brass/bronze fitting from the hardware store.

    For me they must fold flat or rollup so that they are always with me and they have to fit my grocery bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deez View Post
    I want a set of panniers for my cruiser but i want them to look cool. I want motorcycle saddle bag look and something made of either leather or Canvas.

    I saw these Brooks Roll up panniers that I thought had about the right style... 300 bones is definitely out of my price range, but I could see myself making something similar out of some canvas or denim or leather if i had a source.

    http://clevercycles.com/store/?c=web...phalt-one+size

    Anybody make their own cool lookin panniers? I've seen the threads where folks have turned kitty litter buckets and old backpacks into panniers but I gotta be stylish here.

    I'd love to see some pics of some cruisers with panniers just to get some ideas...I'm leaning strongly towards breaking out the sewing machine this weekend.
    I have to admit that while I only spent about $60 (less than 90 with shipping I think it was) they weren't large enough and were not as strong and durable as I'd hoped for. I didn't want leather or canvas but Harley Electro-Glide c.1980 was very nice and there are shaped rounded motorcycle panniers with a leather/leather-like covering on other cycles I see. An organic or synthethic lining is not desired by me as I don't want liquid items leaking into them. I carry groceries in them but on the other hand the Schwinn allows me to haul more in my full compliment of Wald baskets.

    Did you look at the Wald site to see if they have a more affordable way to do this? Have you thought of dying plain canvas and treating it to stitch a custom bag? You could tie-dye it if it struck your fancy!

    Here's another idea--make the bags so that they can be lifted out and dropped in, with a zipper flap to shut them off and a hanger system. You can then be green and carry them out to the bike and into the house without loading and reloading. You can roll them up and strap around with a metal fastener that attaches to the frame when out of use or to the bag during use anyway.
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    Hey, it's the brooks demo bike. I want to buy one and turn it into an actual bike.

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    I saw some brooks panniers that had just come in to a bike shop I wandered into while on vacation in CA, and they were beautiful. They're messenger bag also looks dope, although the shoulder pad probably needs a decent break in period.

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    Man that Army Bread Bag is cool. not sure if it would be the right size or what but it sure is cool.

    Rollfast, you have some great ideas there, I especially liked the idea of a zipper system to allow me to carry the bags into the store and off the bike into the house... as it is I'm currently contemplating whether canvas/denim is a smart move as I watch thunderheads build outside my window Of course there's plenty of good waterproofing washes like Nikwax i could use to make a canvas bag at least rain-resistant.

    The Harly Electro style bags were kinda what I had in mind originally then I saw the Brooks bags...they're just so damn expensive. Is there an outlet or somethign like that I could get them cheaper from?

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    Wow I'll tell ya, that Military Surplus website is AWESOME

    check this out.

    http://www.galaxyarmynavy.com/item-fo-57-816.asp ...would look pretty badass.

    This too

    http://www.galaxyarmynavy.com/item-8142.asp
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    I have used the swiss bread bags. They are easy to install because the leather straps on top can be buttoned onto the outside rail of the rack. If you have 2 you can put the straps together and set it over the top as a saddle bag set up. The back of the bags are heavy water proof synthetic of some sort. I put copper hog rings in the back to attach a bunge cord ring, quick and easy.
    The down sides are they are smaller than what they appear, and to loading them is a bit akward. The top is a leather reinforced seam/hinge. to load it you put your stuff in the canvas body (mine varried on having a pocket sewn into them but all had a devider and eye hook hasp) close an eye hook hasp then fold it down to close with the leather strap you see on the add. The leather strap dose not let you over stuff.
    Check prices also because I got mine @ cheaperthandirt for like $20 for 5 + shipping and handling.

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    now i'm on a mil-surplus kick.

    http://www.fatiguesarmynavy.com/stor...tyle_Field_Bag


    I really like the size of these Paratrooper shoulder bags but they all have Isreali army logos on them. I'd prefer to keep my bike seperate from my opinions of Middle Eastern politics.

    http://www.fatiguesarmynavy.com/stor...r_Shoulder_Bag
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    Check the dementions and attachements on "butt packs" no I am not joking

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    yeah those looked promising as well although potentially on the small side.

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    I ran these bags that I got from Cheaper than Dirt as front panniers on a 500 mile tour this spring. They are part of what they called a Swedish Harness. It had some smaller bags and shoulder straps with it too. I took the spring off of the clip that attached them to the harness and hung them on my rack then bolted the hooks on with 5mm bolts and locknuts. I also ran a strap around the rack and each bag to keep them from flapping around. They worked great. and were $20 each if I remember correctly.

    When I took the pictures, I was just test fitting them, so they weren't properly attached yet.
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    You could also look into a set of "throw over" saddle bags at a horseman's supply store or from a motorcycle accessory store. The throwover type is two bags that have flapps in the center that are laced together. You can seperated the two and modify the flaps to tie them to your rear rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deez View Post
    Man that Army Bread Bag is cool. not sure if it would be the right size or what but it sure is cool.

    Rollfast, you have some great ideas there, I especially liked the idea of a zipper system to allow me to carry the bags into the store and off the bike into the house... as it is I'm currently contemplating whether canvas/denim is a smart move as I watch thunderheads build outside my window Of course there's plenty of good waterproofing washes like Nikwax i could use to make a canvas bag at least rain-resistant.

    The Harly Electro style bags were kinda what I had in mind originally then I saw the Brooks bags...they're just so damn expensive. Is there an outlet or somethign like that I could get them cheaper from?
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    FWIW - I bought some more "Bread Bags", I found on good deal on them at Sportsman's guide.
    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c...5&kwtid=252255

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    Quote Originally Posted by deez View Post
    I want a set of panniers for my cruiser but i want them to look cool. I want motorcycle saddle bag look and something made of either leather or Canvas.

    I saw these Brooks Roll up panniers that I thought had about the right style... 300 bones is definitely out of my price range, but I could see myself making something similar out of some canvas or denim or leather if i had a source.

    http://clevercycles.com/store/?c=web...phalt-one+size

    Anybody make their own cool lookin panniers? I've seen the threads where folks have turned kitty litter buckets and old backpacks into panniers but I gotta be stylish here.

    I'd love to see some pics of some cruisers with panniers just to get some ideas...I'm leaning strongly towards breaking out the sewing machine this weekend.
    These are what I plan to buy for my cruiser. (Top of the page)

    http://www.choppersus.com/store/cate...Bars-and-Bags/

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    Well I got a dilemma. I ordered a rack for my panniers and the rack doesn't fit over my 3" rear tire...


    I'm thinking Frame pack might be the way to go now.

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    Here is a cheaper alternative to the brooks roll up saddlebags.

    Here's what it looks like on a peddle powered bike. The drybag on top is a Kriega US5 fender pack.




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