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    Homemade project- turn your backpack into a pannier

    Maybe this will be useful to someone on here... here's pictures of a rack i built to carry a normal backpack (or any bag for that matter) as a pannier.

    Most of the items were bought at Home Depot.
    I didn't end up using the bungy cords pictured.
    I got the reflective tie downs at REI.

    It's not light. But very functional. One change to the design is that i would probably cut the bottom plywood angled back to the vertical plywood (ie a trapezoid instead of a rectangle). There is rubber on the inside of the hooks and on each end of the locking lever. Everything was put together with locktite and is pretty much rattle free.

    The pictures don't show it too well, but there are three straps that i use to hold the bag. Two horizontal (reflective) and one that runs vertical.

    Its mounted to a early 90's roadbike that I am currently using as a commuter. There is just enough heel clearance with the setback shown.
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    And a few more pics...
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    Great idea!

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    Very nice. Panniers vs. backpacks is a problem I have been wrestling with all year. A store-bought basket or grocery bag pannier would hold a backpack nicely, but then they are store-bought...and what's the point of that? I like your solution.
    Safe, efficient, and comfortable transportation.

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    Nice job.

    A lot of cyclists get too keyed in on weight.

    But most of us aren't in a race, we just need something that works!

    I would like to NOT wear a backpack on my short commute. Maybe I can adapt your idea to my folder.
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    Nice job. I had a similar idea when I posed my design on another site. Update us/me on how the hooks work as I concidered that but had my doubts about long term durability.
    http://www.backpacking.net/makegear/panniers/index.html
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    That's a good effort. If you're like me, you're already planning an even better version in your head.

    I love my panniers. But the one big thing missing is some kind of shoulder strap for when I'm walking around with them. So I might be coming at this from the other end - turning my panniers into backpacks.

    Either that or trying some of those foldable 'shopping bag' panniers I could just toss a backpack into. Or better yet, make my own.

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    That's a good effort. If you're like me, you're already planning an even better version in your head.

    I love my panniers. But the one big thing missing is some kind of shoulder strap for when I'm walking around with them. So I might be coming at this from the other end - turning my panniers into backpacks.

    Either that or trying some of those foldable 'shopping bag' panniers I could just toss a backpack into. Or better yet, make my own.

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    Actually, thats a pretty finallized product. I could make the bags more rugged, but thats not a redesign. The next thing is grocery pannier as asked on another thread. Loki and my design would work real well for a backpack. Its hiding the hooks that would be difficult for me. What about adding a single shoulder strap, like a messenger bag? Should be an easy modification.
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    Loki, did you concider using a plastic cutting board. It would seem to be less rot resistant.

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    My favorite pannier is a briefcase style one w/ handles on top and a shoulder strap if your feeling lazy. It's perfect for library runs, and such. Got it for $18 on craigs list .

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    Plastic would work well too. I just used a piece of beadboard I had left over from a cabinet project.

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    Just posted this link in the grocery pannier thread. http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=71235 Check it out, these bags come with a shoulder strap & are easy to remove from your rack & carry around with you. I think they are a "best buy" for a combination backpack/pannier. Don
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