You can buy $12 map bags from a military surplus store and with some strap, bungee cord, and rivets, attach them to your bicycle rack for sturdy, unique paniers.

Step 1: Supplies and Tools

-duct tape
-1/8" bit
-rivet wrench
-6 rivets (wrestled with 1/8"x1/4" but would suggest 1/8"x1/2")
-6 1/8" rivet washers
-4' of thin bungee cord
-4 small bungee hooks
-2 map bags
- 4" of strap or webbing
wow this instructable is very usefull. i don't know about you, but i'm voting for this one!
Thanks, this step should be broken up into a few steps.
I recently did something similar. If the bags are nylon it is easier to make the holes with a soldering iron. My rack dose not have the bits sticking out that you attach the loop to so mine are only attached at the top. Though I think the way you attache the panniers with the bungee hooks may be better than my method. I am sometimes coming home after dark and added some red reflective tape for safety.
Yeah, our other bike doesn't have the bottom hook so we put it over the bottom of the rack where it connects to the frame.
It would be helpful if the process for step 2 was either broken down into further steps, or if additional photos were shown for each procedure with a dash beside it (above). I like your Instructable -- a very clever way to make panniers which are likely to outlast anything available commercially. Overall, very well done.
If people didn't have a rivet gun, they could probably use leather rivets (which basically just need a hammer) in place of the pop rivets. Great instructable :)
Wow. Just came across this. Neat way of attaching to the bike. <br/><br/>I had created a similar setup...but using a Chinese People's Liberation Army Motif.<br/><br/>You can take a look here.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flyingpigeonproject.org/2009/05/introducing-revolutionary-saddlebags.html">http://www.flyingpigeonproject.org/2009/05/introducing-revolutionary-saddlebags.html</a><br/>
I have another idea for a carrier for a bike, but I'll try to turn it into an instructable myself.
I love army surplus stuff!
nice chacos! nice work on the bags too
Neat. Just make sure that the fabric doesn't get too close to the moving parts. I may make something like this myself. I saw that you can get soft military map bags at www.sciplus.com
Great 'ible-If you are concerned about the bags getting in the spokes (though with your rack it's unlikely to happen), you could get a plastic sheet, I'm thinking corrugated plastic, etc., to stitch in to the back of your bag-cut it to fit the back panel of each bag, insert it into the inside, and either stitch it with a heavy sewing awl or even rivet it in place-it will keep your bags 'up' even when empty and the contents are less likely to shift and send the bags swinging towards the spokes. Hope this makes sense-it's how some motorcycle saddlebags are constructed, and they are a little cleaner looking in that you don't need a permanent frame on your motorcycle to support the bags and keep them out of the spokes.
These map bags have boards in the back so they stay up on their own. They don't fold or flop. Is that what you mean?
Yeah, if they are already reinforced that's fantastic-it saves you some work. I may make a set of these up to straddle the tank on my Suzuki.
The duct tape helps.
Like Red Green said, you can never have enough duct tape.
Beautiful, off to the surplus store. Way cheaper than the store bought. Great for shopping.
Smart way of making the plastic hoops both hold the hooks, and lay over the rack. knocks out two functions with one thing. Well done.
Thanks. It was trial and error on that one. At first I had the hooks on the other side of the hoops but the bags were just flopping around against the rack.

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