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    Pannier

    I'm posting this in here, as I'm not really sure which sub forum would be most appropriate.

    Anyway, I want some nice pannier for my commuter. I want some that are leather and canvas. Can't seem to find any like that. So, I'm willing to make my own, but I know nothing about sewing, especially if leather is involved. Anyone have any tips? Advice? Made some already?

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    Have you checked the Brooks website already?
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    There's a dude here in the forum who makes them. I think he's from Detroit. I'll look around and see if I can find the thread.

    Edit: Either I remembered this wrong, or I suck at searching the forums. I didn't find what I was looking for. I found these thought:

    Sewing Panniers
    any tips for making your own panniers?
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    Carradice are a good model to use for DIY. Use lightweight corrugated plastic as stiffener for the back and base and rivet the mounting rail through canvas and board. Rivet on some plastic feet.
    Rixen and Kaul mounting system is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha View Post
    Have you checked the Brooks website already?
    that's a bit more then I was hoping to spend.
    $275 US? My waterproof pannier from REI cost about $80. I was hoping to keep the cost somewhere south of $100. May not be possible

    Thanks for the suggestion though....might give me an idea if I learn how to sew them up.

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    No, good canvas panniers are a little on the pricey side. Velo Orange has a pretty good selection of moderately priced canvas bike luggage, and Wallingford has some ludicrously priced bike luggage. Here's one for cheap available through ebay, but the quality and size may not be to your taste.

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    I think I have found a way to get close to what I'm looking for.
    http://www.bikechina.com/tb1.html
    Not exactly, but could be a good starting point....now, how do I sew leather accents to something like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    There's a dude here in the forum who makes them. I think he's from Detroit. I'll look around and see if I can find the thread.
    Maybe here? I think he did a wonderful job.
    Custom, handmade or DIY touring gear

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    Maybe get a pair of German special forces backpacks from the Army/Navy surplus? Take off the shoulder straps, sew in some inserts to make it a bit more rigid, install some Ortlieb parts to secure it to your rack.


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    http://www.bikeforums.net/members/mechanicalron-138923.html, MechanicalRon is his username, he does make his own bags and he is from Detroit, and I believe he even sells his bags

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanwood View Post
    http://www.bikeforums.net/members/mechanicalron-138923.html, MechanicalRon is his username, he does make his own bags and he is from Detroit, and I believe he even sells his bags
    He does do some nice work...no doubt about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatbrakes View Post
    Maybe here? I think he did a wonderful job.
    Custom, handmade or DIY touring gear
    Quote Originally Posted by ryanwood View Post
    http://www.bikeforums.net/members/mechanicalron-138923.html, MechanicalRon is his username, he does make his own bags and he is from Detroit, and I believe he even sells his bags
    Yes, that's the guy I was thinking of. Thanks for finding those threads. I was beginning to think I'd hallucinated them.
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    REI has Brooks on sale.
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    There's a whole list of DIY pannier links on this page. Some more involved then others. Worth a look though.

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    Here's another site to checkout. http://www.minnehahabags.com/

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    My first bags.
    I did not have a machine at the time to sew leather so I used a crpenters nail set and a block of wood to make the holes in the leather. I sewed them by hand with heavy cord and boiled neetsfoot oil and bee wax (aprox, 7 to 1 ratio) to make the proofing cream. They are tataly weather proof and dont make your dirty clothes stinky! If you need help just let me know, Ron.
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    O-yea,,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanwood View Post
    http://www.bikeforums.net/members/mechanicalron-138923.html, MechanicalRon is his username, he does make his own bags and he is from Detroit, and I believe he even sells his bags
    That's him and he just started selling these. Feedback was really positive from what I remember. He's not always around, but his stuff looks like it would be worth the wait if that's what you're looking for.

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    ModoVincere sent me a message and I gave him the scoop on what I know. He should be able to fab up some bags he can be proud of for years to come
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