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Old 03-16-09, 08:46 PM   #1
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Homemade Panniers

I guess I could post in Touring, but I have a feeling I will have more luck here. Does anybody have pics of homemade panniers or perhaps even old bags that have been re purposed to fill that need? I could really use some inspiration to get my sewing and/or army surplus shopping on. Of course, on the cheap is good these days. Thanks!
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Old 03-16-09, 08:54 PM   #3
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I saw one post of a guy using old leather camera bags. Do a search, you should find a few.
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I am waiting on my Arkel hardware for these plans:
http://veloapocalypse.files.wordpres...vepanniers.pdf
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Yeah, Stepinthefunk made some from equestrian bags for his velo-cheapo build and they looked awesome.
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Those Dumpster Love Shultzi bags are fantastic. Thanks for the link. I wish I had the time and skill for those.
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I liked the equestrian ones.
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I am waiting on my Arkel hardware for these plans:
http://veloapocalypse.files.wordpres...vepanniers.pdf
I love the fact that he is fixated on price for making his own panniers but is riding a Rivendell Atlantis. (Assuming that's his bike...)
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he said it was his bike, but also said he was living off of a small pension so maybe he saved up for the Atlantis or it was a gift, we don't know the guys situation.
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No sewing -- could always go the kitty litter bucket approach. That is my plan for a little later this year.
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My wife and I operate a Japanese food cart. I saved some five gallon buckets from the gari (pickled ginger). I picked up some hardware and am planning to make them this week. I'll try to snap some pictures.
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These work well for cheap: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c...p=WX2&i=124508
You just have to add a shoat ring to the back and a cinch strap from the ring to bottom of you rack. The leather straps on top fit over you rack or you can attach them to each other if you want to run bouth sides.
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Here is a link that will get you started in making your own

http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/touring/bags.htm

E-bay is good for used stuff as is Craigslist.
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Yeah, Stepinthefunk made some from equestrian bags for his velo-cheapo build and they looked awesome.
I am making a set of these myself. should be done soon. Gonna have the wife so some sewing on the straps I made
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My wife and I operate a Japanese food cart. I saved some five gallon buckets from the gari (pickled ginger). I picked up some hardware and am planning to make them this week. I'll try to snap some pictures.
really? are you some of the folks who set up in the Library mall at the end of State? Whats the name of the place? I'll have to stop by and say hi next time I'm in Madison.
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I will try and get a picture, but I used an army surplus "gas mask" bag. They are really cheap, I think I gave $1.50. It has a strap, cut that off, use the premade rivet lined holes to mount on the side of your rear rack if you have one. I used two zip ties.

Very handy, very cheap, very green (in color)
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I love the fact that he is fixated on price for making his own panniers but is riding a Rivendell Atlantis. (Assuming that's his bike...)
Maybe he's broke from buying the atlantis...hehehe. don't be quick to judge.
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Search the Utility forum. some different stuff posted there.
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Those Dumpster Love Shultzi bags are fantastic. Thanks for the link. I wish I had the time and skill for those.
I made up my mind to make these when I first read the article. I was a bit nervous until I got the bags this past weekend. Seeing the bags up close and personal and regoing through that article, it is relatively easy.

One of my concerns was the sewing, but I came across this gizmo:
http://www.speedystitcher.com/main.html

Here's a video of it in use toward the bottom of the page:
http://www.sailrite.com/Speedy-Stitcher-Sewing-Awl-Kit

I have a plastic shop that has the plastic stiffener material nearby. For the lower cinch strap, I am going to use military web belts.

I estimate I'll be able to make these over a weekend. I'm pretty excited about it actually.
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http://www.instructables.com/id/Best..._Bike_Buckets/

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Kent Peterson made panniers out of duct tape:

http://www.carsstink.org/peterson/Pa...ePanniers.html

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