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So I've just gotten an awesome new bike from Public, and love it to death. Cycling to work is so much less stressful than driving, and I love the classic city look of the bike. So when I wanted to add a pannier to carry stuff around, the panniers that I had for my other bikes worked, but didn't really fit in with the look of the bike. I came across this leather briefcase that my Dad bought in the 60s, and I thought this would be the perfect thing to convert to a pannier, and would suit the classic look of the bike perfectly. You could do the same thing with any vintage briefcase or even a small suitcase you'd find at your local thrift shop. 
 
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Step 1: Get some clips

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So I was lucky - one of the panniers I had was made by Karrimor and it had clips which attached onto the bike rack which were adjustable (and locked into place). Because they were adjustable, all I had to do was to remove them from the pannier frame with some screws and they could be attached to something else.

Plan B was to remove the rack clips from an existing pannier by drilling out the rivets which typically hold them together. From the other panniers I have, it looks like drilling the rivets from the inside of the pannier, using a drill bit which is slightly larger than the inside of the rivet would be the easiest way to do it.

In either case, once you have the rack clips, you are ready to move on to the next step.
rforder3 months ago

Good work! In fact, the rack clips can be ordered from Lancashire Sports Repairs, at http://www.lancashiresportsrepairs.co.uk. My Karrimor panniers are usable if battered, but I needed to replace one of the clips. Your images were useful in quickly showing them what clips I was after. Thank you!

onrust1 year ago
Looks great. Very clean cut
foobear1 year ago
stylin!
worldstrad1 year ago
Nice bike and good job switching to bike commuting! And nice pannier idea too!
HollyMann1 year ago
I love it - and love the style of the bike - although the seat doesn't look too comfy. Great job!!! :)
mrmkurtz (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thanks! Although you'd be surprised how comfortable the seat really is :-)
3366carlos1 year ago
beautiful, I would love to have one of those briefcases. Let me know if it comes across another one.
What a beautiful addition to your beautiful bike! Nice work!