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So after doing a lot of research into building bucket panniers.....I came across this link on instructables.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Building-Better-Bucket-Panniers/

I think this is best design out there for a cheap and high quality bucket pannier.    The pannier clips ordered from Jandd.com are awesome, easy to attach to the buckets and were only $1.50 a piece.   The one think I wanted that I hadn't seen anyone do yet was get some buckets that weren't the god awful kitty litter white ones.   I did quite a bit of internet searching before I found a company that would sell me two buckets of the color I wanted and wouldn't cost much more then buying kitty litter buckets.   This is what I found:

http://www.affordablebuckets.com/5gapapco243e.html

They make the 4 gallon bucket in a wide variety of colors to match most bikes.   I got two black buckets with matching black lids for $20 shipped to my door. 

If you have questions feel free to email me but use the link above for an inventory list and build instructions.   I just wanted to offer my two sense on the buckets.  

would this work with a round bucket as well?
all of the plastic box paniers are nice! I took a heavy cardbord box and slapped on in my rack (not so great but fine for library trips)<br><br>these (and all of the kitty litter/bucket type) look great<br><br>here are two improvements<br><br>1) add panels of foam insulation on alll side to make one side a cooler, you could get very fancy here.<br><br>2) add LED lights if the black plastic is too dark to see contents, or, like your car boot, easy to see at night<br><br>ciao
how did you get them to sell you only two?
man, those look good. Do the lids come off and go on the buckets easily?<br>

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