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Old 04-27-10, 02:09 PM
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"Tweed" Panniers

Has anyone seen rear panniers that are made of a material that's made to look like tweed?

If so, where would I find them?

The closest I've found are these Basil bags:




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not a pannier but..... i posted this here a while back.

https://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=179431
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Originally Posted by 20grit
not a pannier but..... i posted this here a while back.

https://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=179431
As an added bonus, this way you can carry all of your ammo in one place for while you're riding. I always like to keep mine close by, in case I have to pull a drive-by...
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Nigel Smythe makes Tweed bags (real Tweed bags). Once in a while Rivendell will carry some. Have not seen any panniers yet, but... Those Basil bags are nice.


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I wouldn't want to ever carry one of those very far but, boy!, that surely looks nice and looks like a well made bag.

What's it weigh when empty and dry? How about when full and wet?
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Originally Posted by Maddox
As an added bonus, this way you can carry all of your ammo in one place for while you're riding. I always like to keep mine close by, in case I have to pull a ride-by...
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I use those Basil bags on my city bike and they are great! They certainly would look period enough for a tweed ride, or get some of the cotton duck Carradice bags.

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Originally Posted by Maddox
As an added bonus, this way you can carry all of your ammo in one place for while you're riding. I always like to keep mine close by, in case I have to pull a drive-by...
i like to carry mine in a box on a rotating turret mounted on the left side of my handle bars, opposite the carbide lantern i use as a headlight. scares the crap out of possums.
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Originally Posted by wahoonc
I use those Basil bags on my city bike and they are great!
Do you have any pics?
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Originally Posted by EjustE
Nigel Smythe makes Tweed bags (real Tweed bags). Once in a while Rivendell will carry some. Have not seen any panniers yet, but... Those Basil bags are nice.


That is a styley bag...

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I want to know where I can get some of that leather they use around the edges of the flaps for my own bags. Anyone have any clue what that stuff might be called so I can search for it?
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leather piping is the term you're looking for.
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awesome. I've been working since October on making my own bag designs....even went as far as purchasing a heavy duty sewing machine and a bunch of heavy dyed canvas. My biggest challenge has been finishing the exposed edges. I've used twill tape (which doubles nicely for handlebar wrap) but i'm not totally satisfied with the look.
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Piping will sometimes have a cord running through the inside to give a nice round shape. I know this from growing up in the 70's and having cheap vinyl couches that came apart and had those cords exposed and sometimes poking you in the leg.
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found exactly what I was looking for....they call it "Leather Welt"

https://www.garrettleather.com/content/pages/welt

$9.25 a yard...not cheap but it sure is nice stuff.
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox
found exactly what I was looking for....they call it "Leather Welt"

https://www.garrettleather.com/content/pages/welt

$9.25 a yard...not cheap but it sure is nice stuff.
This is a place you need to know, if you need leather (or hardware) on the cheap. I am planning on experimenting using inexpensive canvas paratrooper bags and try to see if I can morph them into something that resembles the Duluth Packs:

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Yes I order from Tandy Leather for a bunch of my leather stuff....rivets, snaps, buckles and leather strap...They don't carry welting/piping though.


Those paratrooper bags should adapt well with some hooks and support added to the back side. I'm working on a Pannier design thats a bit of a ripoff of the Brooks Brick Lane Panniers...Brooks gets nearly 300 bux for that!
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Originally Posted by EjustE
Nigel Smythe makes Tweed bags (real Tweed bags). Once in a while Rivendell will carry some. Have not seen any panniers yet, but... Those Basil bags are nice.


Anyone know where one could buy a Nigel Smythe bag other that Rivendell? They don't have a great selection right now and I don't think they have for awhile.....
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I guess i never posted my sketches of the bags i had designed. might send em your way sometime zaphod. Start a company!!!
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I'd love it if you would, PM sent to you.

...I am on the fence with starting a Company...I went and bought all heavy duty and some pro-level tools for leather and Canvas work last Fall and sorta brought all my sewing skills back up to snuff. Lately though I've been not totally happy with my finished product, mostly because of my lack of a good edge finishing solution, and haven't been spending as much time working on things as I had in the fall. I already have promised a forum member or two a tester bag, but that was in the Fall and I just can't bring myself to rush out a bag to fulfill a promise when I'm not totally 100% proud of the product.

I think the funny part is that I've been using my own designed and sewn bags on my own bikes since early this year and they are durable as heck...I just need to make them at least as good looking as an Acorn Bag before I can send them out to someone in good conscience.

Wow sorry for hijacking this thread....Give me another month or two and perhaps the OP can order one from me
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These aren't tweed, but canvas. They are also offered at a screaming deal.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy
Do you have any pics?
Of course!

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Hey Beetle, are you putting any kind of backboard in the panniers you are making? I am making some out of a heavy canvas as well and I have been debating what material to use that will make a strong but light backer...
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox

Wow sorry for hijacking this thread....Give me another month or two and perhaps the OP can order one from me
It's nice to know I'm not the only one interested in something like this...
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Originally Posted by jish1969
Hey Beetle, are you putting any kind of backboard in the panniers you are making? I am making some out of a heavy canvas as well and I have been debating what material to use that will make a strong but light backer...
No backboard on my designs so far because I am working on a set of roll-up panniers, but they sell lightweight stiff plastic card online and at craft stores that works well for backboards and is pretty much the same thing used by the pros.


What weight Canvas are you working with? I'm using #8...its a bit heavier than what most of the imported bags are using and gives a high quality feel to the bag.
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