a more permanent version of a traditional kitty litter pannier for bicycles. especially suited for those who don't want their hard work jacked.
just a few notes:
-this will show you how to make one pannier--for two, pretty much do this twice (i like one permanent hard pannier and another detachable cloth one)
-there are two parts to these instructions, standard and highly recommended (yet optional) reinforcements for the bottom of the bucket
Step 1: ingredients: things you will (undoubtedly) need.
excluding the price of the bike, rear rack (~ $26), kitty litter bucket (my cats poop a lot), plywood (everyone has some lying around somewhere OR you can get some from the trash near a lumber store or construction site) and tools, this cost me about $8.
- a bicycle with a rear rack
- one kitty litter bucket
- 4 U bolts (saddle clamps would also work) *
- 4 straps*
- 8 washers*
- 8 nuts*
- 1 bungee cord -- i used 24" (not necessary, but recommended)
*make sure to measure these for a snug fit (bouncing around isn't a good idea). i used two bolts 7/16 x 2 inches and two 1/2 x 2 inches. straps and nuts came included. the measurements will depend on how you mount the bucket. my smaller measurement was for the bars of the rear rack alone and the other was for the bars plus some of the bucket's lip.
optional bottom reinforcements:
- 1 bungee cord -- i used 36 with a few knots
- 1 eye bolt
- 2 washers
- 2 nuts
- reflectors (unless automotive death is a plan of yours)
- nice stickers and/or propaganda
- measuring tape
- stuff to mark (pens, pencils, or markers)