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Old 06-17-06, 07:40 PM   #1
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Old-Skool Panniers

I found these WWII vintage leather panniers today for $20. Leather needs some reviving, but they fit the back rack pretty well.



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Old 06-17-06, 07:45 PM   #2
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Nice.

They look very similar to the bags made by Brooks.

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/bags/brooks-bags.html
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nice!
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Sweet.
A fine buy.
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Holy smoke, those are nice bags. The retro-grouch crowd would easily pay twice that amount for vintage stuff like that.
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The more I look at these, the more I think they were made for the back of an Army mule. But my Rat will do in a pinch
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I wonder what army secrets they held?
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I've found markings on them which seem to indicate they were made for Swiss students to use. On a bike or motorcycle, I don't know.
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I found these WWII vintage leather panniers today for $20. Leather needs some reviving, but they fit the back rack pretty well.
Those are nice.

Get yourself some liquid glycerine saddle soap (there used to be some spray stuff in a bottle called "Leather New", I think) and work those puppies new. The liquid glycerine stuff won't darken the leather like neatsfoot oil will, plus neatsfoot oil can tend to rot the stitching out.
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I have a pair of really old ones too. I've got no idea what to do with it except continue looking for an old school english 3 speed to attach them to the back. Until them, they remain packed away...

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