A great pannier seems like an essential for transportational cycling.
When my last DIY pannier auto-distructed recently, I scoured the Internet for a pannier that would work for commuting, shopping or the occasional tour.
I noticed that many panniers in my price range (< $100) were either too small, too expensive, too flimsy (tended to pop off the rack....) or generally too ugly.
After study the Arkel site for their pannier hook kit, http://www.arkel-od.com/panniers/acc...es/hookkit.asp I decided to rescue a back pack I had lying around and make my own.
I used a flat 1 by12 inch flat bar I bought at Lowe's and drilled holes to hold two carabiners. To fasten the bag, I drilled out smaller holes in the bars, ran the holes through the back of the pannier. The bag is fastened to the bar with two screws and some giant washers (on the inside oft he backpack...)
Anyway, just wondering if you build or buy your own panniers? If you do have great panniers like Arkels or Ortliebs, wondering how practical they are for commuting/shopping?