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    Senior Member Chris Pringle's Avatar
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    Elegant Leather Panniers for my Mixte

    Mexico is a country with traditional artisans who take great pride of their leatherwork. They produce beautiful horse saddles and saddlebags, purses and shoes. I decided to take advantage of my living here, to have one of the local leather artists make me a custom pannier. I'm having two individual panniers built - one for each side. Basically, I wanted to get something that would fit a 14-16 inch laptop (I've only seen one or two panniers in the market capable of that), a jacket and a few extra things, portable (handle), easy to engage/disengage and be able to fit in multiple racks. Also, I wanted it mostly in leather but a good portion of the surface recovered with a sturdy weather-resistant fabric (what you see in black).

    My leatherworker still needs to add a few last touches: add a pocket underneath the flap, carve my initials on the center piece (in between the two buckles) and attach little straps on the side to attach a light. He just wanted me to take it home over the weekend to try it on my bike. I decided to take a few pics to share with you. This week he will work on the remaining details and on my second pannier.

    Dimensions: 12 (length) x 5.5 (expanded width) x 17" (height)

    Here are some pics. Let me know what you guys think.

    This was my inspirational bag:
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    This is my modified version:



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    Pannier attached to the bike


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    My Toshiba laptop inside the pannier - Notice the inner part of the flap is all leather:


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    I can use the leather straps to hold a sports jacket or windbreaker


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    And there's enough space to fit the jacket inside along with the laptop


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    Pannier closed with laptop and jacket inside - My initials will be in the centerpiece (in between the two buckles)


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    Extra strips of leather in the areas where buckles and hooks were installed for durability - The bottom strip is adjustable to fit a variety of racks


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    When not in use in lies extra flat - less than an inch - It expands to about 5.5"


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    Last edited by Chris Pringle; 04-14-11 at 03:56 PM.
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    Don't be a "Drew" Muttleyone's Avatar
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    Wow super nice. You might just have yourself a nice side business in the making there.

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    Beautiful! I also love the twined handlebars and stem - and what a LONG stem!
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    Bianchi Goddess Bianchigirll's Avatar
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    those are awsome. they make me want to run out and buy a Mixte
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    i didn't know it got that cold in mazatlan. your stem is wearing a turtleneck.

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    Wow, that is fantastic! Would look great on my new mixte!

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    Riding like its 1990 thenomad's Avatar
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    Those look spectacular! How much in US dollars?

    I wonder what could be done to protect them during rain or keep dust/splashes from getting into the computer on a long ride?
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    Stunning!

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    Senior Member Chris Pringle's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenomad View Post

    I wonder what could be done to protect them during rain or keep dust/splashes from getting into the computer on a long ride?
    The entire bag is made of weather-resistant material - it's not supposed to get wet inside, but the pannier itself is not airtight. If one is extra concerned, an inexpensive dry bag over the laptop will do. In regard to the leather portions, all fine leather needs to be treated every few months or so if you have it constantly exposed to the elements.

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    Very nice!
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    Senior Member Chris Pringle's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    those are awsome. they make me want to run out and buy a Mixte
    Thank you, BG. I'm surprised you don't have a Bianchi Mixte already, but I hope these panniers will look good on any bike. I'm planning on using them on my early 90s Trek 700 hybrid bike as well.

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