I did some searches on BF but came up dry.... I once met this guy who had constructed some really
great bike "bags"/panniers from plastic jerry cans or vats and attached them to his back
rack. He was a serious cyclist with a very high end bike.
On the internet i did find this variation which might be even better as the buckets (rather than Jerry cans are even stronger plus rigid and hence can serve more purposes) :
I thought it was a great idea because:
1. As Waterproof as any expensive Ortlieb or Vaude and possibly just as durable (no damage
from rolling up any fabric).
2. Supercheap or Free, just ask a fast food joint or maybe gas station for surplus jerry
cans. Quite some have no deposit and are thrown out.
3. Some impact resistence for your goods stored within unlike with soft Ortliebs or such.
4. Plastic Jerrycans come in lots grades, colors and sizes, quite some are deep and slightly narrow,
just like Ortliebs. All are strong enough to carry pretty heavy loads (liquids). The most predominant color
is slightly translucent white which is great for locating your gear easily, even in somewhat dim light.
5. They can be made into saddle bags too with a little ingenuity
6. Look sort off cheap hence less attractive to potential thieves than high end store bought panniers.
7. They work great with a bike trailer too.
The guy i saw had 2 of them which meant he had altered 4 jerrycans. He simply cut of the top
1/6 th portion of two and the bottom 2/6 th (all approximately) portion of the other two.
The top portions slid over bottom portions and served as lids and were secured, i forget how exactly. Maybe velcro or rubber straps.
So my questions:
Anyone seen or done this? Pictures would be great!
Any ideas on a solid securing system (both for lid and to racks)
Ideas on getting a real nice and straight cut all the way around the Jerrycan? Maybe Jokari knive or
Other ideas and suggestions?