I love traveling with duffel bags because they're easy to pack (you can just shove stuff in the corners) and the one I have always fits into the overhead bins on airplanes way easier than those bulky boxy type of rolling suitcases. But, now I'm getting old and creaky so it's harder to schlep my favorite Timbuk2 duffel around on my shoulder nowadays. Here's my simple and easy solution. 

Step 1: Ingredients

Thick velcro (about 3 inches wide) - I had some lying around 
2 Wheels - $3.49 each at the hardware store
Metal rod that will fit through the wheels - I got a hollow aluminum tube because it's light and I knew I could cut it with a hack saw - $6.99
4 Shaft collars - for holding the wheels in place on the metal rod. make sure they fit around the metal rod snugly - $3.23 each 
A willing duffel bag - one that is big enough that you won't have to bend over awkwardly to drag it around on its new wheels. Also, it should have a handle on one end (or you can sew one on)
Total cost: ~$28

Sewing machine 
Allen wrench
Hack saw
Sharpie for marking the rod

<p>I have been wondering about a solution like this. I am going on safari in South Africa and wheeled luggage with a rigid frame is not allowed on the small planes. In addition, soft bags must not be greater than 10' x 12&quot; x 24&quot;. We also want to do carryon for our flight to South Africa, and Air Emirates restricts carryon to 26 lbs --and that is in business class. We can get down to 26 pounds, but I did not want to lug that through airports. So your solution is perfect! Wheels detach when It's time to hop into the small planes! Thanks. </p>
<p>This is great but I live in the UK and I'm not sure if I can find some of the key things, like the right wheels and tube that would fit them. Plus everytime I type 'shaft collars' nothing comes up! Is it possible to give more details about the exact items used and their measurements? I'm looking to add these to my massage chair bag as I'm a mobile therapist. Thanks!</p>
need something like this ( small n removable) to my backpack because cheap airlines only allow height of carry on to be 16&quot; ( something like that) and many roller backpacks are taller than that ( not counting the toddler backpacks) because of the handle and wheels underneath. Will check out your idea and wesyoung's too. I like to incorporate a handle..which I have..from the legs of my broken camera tripod..<br><br>Thanks.
<p>Excellent idea... also been thinking and dreaming of this for soooo long... God i love the internet soooo much sometimes.... haha.. Thanks a lot once again!</p>
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<p>Hi, wondering about spinner wheels and a pull handle for duffels or totes that have a sleeve that I could fit them over and sit on a base of some kind - keeping it light of course! Any ideas? I have the luggage - two great pieces in fact - but it is just lacking the wheels!</p>
<p>Good idea, Ronny K! I made a couple of modifications that worked for my duffel bag (which is 36 x 15 x14 and soft): I decided to attach the axle, not with velcro, but rather using two grommets which I placed in the corners (on the bottom, rather than the side). The velcro looked tricky to me: I don't have much confidence in my sewing ability and the material looked too think for my machine. I first tried roller-blade wheels, which I found were too small; the duffel dragged. I replaced them with 6&quot; lawn mower wheels. They were perfect. Held the wheels and the axle in place with hose clamps and washers. Wheels -- $5 each, 5/16&quot; rod -- $4, hose clamps -- 70 cents each, washers -- dime. Easy to assemble. Thanks again, for the idea!</p>
<p>That's awesome! Nice job. I'll have to try out grommets on my next bag. </p>
thanks for the tips !
great ible... I have been pondering for years how to get a lightweight system to add wheels to bags. I can't wait to try this! <br>
THANKYOUUUUUU I had been thinking HOW to make something like this! <br>Thought about getting some skate rollers... too. <br>
Excellent Ible...Fast, clever and useful...Good job!
Great idea! I plan to put this to use soon. Thanks for sharing it.
Great idea!
Thanks! Been meaning to do it forever.

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