What a beautiful bike! This is how I want my LHT to look next year, but with black Brooks acessories. Very nice indeed, congrats!
What tires are those on that Surly?
From This (2012 Salsa Fargo w/ Bob Trailer):
To This (2012 BH RX1 w/ homemade Bags):
and This (1990 Novara XR w/ Panniers & Homemade Bags:
http://worldsbetweenlines.com/wp-con...-Landscape.jpgLiving in a tent for months at a time, bicycle touring with my dog and better half Melissa, while maintaining a professional work life as a web developer takes commitment, passion, and a care free attitude. I have cycled over 7,000 miles between my two bike tours now and don't have plans to stop anytime soon. Read the latest post about the trials and triumphs living as a tech-minimalist. http://wp.me/p2KBNN-jd
Last year in Arkansas.
So, I made some panniers out of kitty-litter buckets, and they actually were AWESOME! They're light, waterproof, durable, and second as stools/chairs when you're camping. I know they look bad, but I loved them.
After my tour I took off the mounts and recycled the buckets. I think I might make them again for my next tour. Anyway, here was my rig on my tour 2 years ago. I waterproofed the front panniers, not a drop of water inside them. I was pretty satisfied with how much I invested and how well everything worked!
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John, the fact that they worked, you got out and did a trip and it was a fun experience just shows how in the end, how you carry stuff really isnt important. If its functional and it works, voila.
Other than being assured the mounting mechanism is reliable, the only thing I could see being a factor is just making sure they wouldnt jump off hitting a bump and doing any damage to the rear derailleur or anything, with the hard edges.
the good thing nowadays is that (around here anyways) there are so many more options for buying panniers. Like all diy projects, some are perfectly fine and as good as anything you can buy. Other things sometimes are a balance of cost vs problems or even like I mentioned, a prob that could result in a cost of a repair. But again, depends on how much you use something and how well made it is (bought or diy) to know how much to spend. As I commute a lot, its worth it to me to have a no brainer system that I never have to think about, and over all the years owning stuff, it ends up being cheap in the long run.
Have fun making the new set.
I haven't completed my set yet (I have the buckets and hardware), but borrowed a friends Cobbworks buckets for a 3 day, 145 (hilly) mile short tour last year and they worked quite well. In addition to appreciating using them as a stool and a table while camping, the lid makes a nice cutting board as well.
Now the question is which kitty litter brand makes the best bucket. And does the local animal shelter appreciate buckets worth of unused kitty litter without the buckets. LOL Luckily I don't have to find the answers to those as right now I'm happy with my traditional panniers.
Yes, cutting table for sure! Infinite ways to use the buckets! I was actually going to use them to hoist food into the air with a rope because I was stranded in a non-camping area in "cougar country." Long story, but I ended up getting "rescued" lol
DIY panniers are a great idea, and there are lots of examples of folks making them out there. A bit O/T, but here's a pic of my winter commuter with a pair of buckets mounted.
Hardware is available at places like REI in the States and MEC in Canada. Handy for keeping stuff dry to and from work. The buckets are available at most large grocery stores - the ones with a bakery/deli, as the muffin mix and bread dough stuff comes in them, so its food grade plastic. Most places give 'em away.
I've attached a bungee cord to the handle on one bucket, and pull it over the top of my laptop bag (which sits on top of the buckets, and then into the handle on the other side. Works well to keep stuff on top locked in place.
One downside to rigid panniers however is wind. These things act like a sail in moderate winds, and can really slow you down when you're riding into it.
The first pic is my custom built (for the original owner) 67cm Moseman, loaded for my recent tour of northern Florida
The second is Babe the Blue Ox, a 27" 1988 Cannondale ST400 with all new components, loaded for a one-nighter.
I plan on taking Babe on my next extended tour.
I also have another 27" Cannondale in progress that I have done in pearl white that will sport Alabama Crimson Tide decals
and red panniers. RTR !
Here's mine. Probably going to make a few changes to a few things when I head back out in January... I have far too much weight right now.
Here's my latest setup on 3 day tour in NH and ME. My tent is now inside the saddlebag allowing me to get rid of the Bagman rack
They are blasting one of the tunnels along the Great Allegheny Passage. This was an interesting sign to roll up on with no one around to ask questions. We decided to keep going, but pedal a little faster!
My Vaya gallery...what can I say? I like to take pics of my bike....
Not sure if this is the right thread, but I didn't see a thread for bikes that mostly tour un-loaded so here be mine and my wife's Cross-Checks, set up for supported touring, this time in Honduras and Guatemala:
Some coverage on the trip can be found on our blog if you're interested. Link in my sig.