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    Make a bag into a pannier

    I have a really nice chrome messenger bag that has served me well for years.
    However, I recently have had the need to carry ALOT back from when I work farmers' markets (and get too much awesome free food [groceries? what are those?]).

    Unfortunately, farmers' markets dont pay much. I can't afford a nice pannier..

    Anyone have any good suggestions on how to make my chrome bag into a pannier?
    Without sacrificing it's use as a messenger bag as well?
    ?

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    check out bikehacks.com. Tons of DIY panniers. I think my favorite is the one made with kitty litter buckets.

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    maybe a pic or two of the bag? and maybe the bike also? have a bike rack on the rear or front? can you weld or know someone who can do it for you?

    i've played with various bags i've gotten from flea markets and stuck them on bikes, but since they're made differently each time i have to alter the idea (and some of mine are more permanent so that may not help you). i also weld a bit so i may make a brace/hanger or something to suit my purpose.

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    would you maybe consider a trailer, an old kiddie trailer, or make one even ?

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    Dude. Bikehacks.com is awesome! I may just make the front milk crate rack that was just posted....
    I live and work paycheck to paycheck, so a trailer or even getting supplies for one seems out of the question..
    Thanks!

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    Arkel and a couple other companies that make touring panniers, sell their hardware separately soecificalky so that you can retrofit other bags.

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    To fit aftermarket mounts such as arkel or Rixen & Kaul, you need a solid surface on which to bolt or rivet the system.
    Often you attatch a rail and slide the hooks into place.
    Correx is a useful material for providing a stiff backplace, suitable for rivet or bolting.

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    http://s134.photobucket.com/albums/q...t=IMG_0913.jpg

    I have a step-by-step instructional series of photographs. I use reusable grocery bags, and they fit inside the Coroplast tm Panniers. these Panniers are 12 inches deep, so the center of gravity is low.

    http://s134.photobucket.com/albums/q...t=IMG_0913.jpg

    Click on the link, and then click "next" to view the photostream in reverse order.

    This is not exactly what you asked for, but you can put your bag inside one of these hard panniers, or use grocery bags.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11629987@N02/sets/72157639939606343/

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