Step 2: Install the shelf brackets (bike rack hooks)

  • Place shelf brackets to one side of the bucket, just inside the corners, and mark flange to cut
  • Cut out plastic bucket flange to fit shelf brackets flush with the bucket, using a utility knife.
  • Bolt the shelf brackets to one side of the bucket, just inside the corner using 4 machine screws, and fender washers and lock nuts inside the bucket.
  • Bend down the brackets forming hooks, at the first screw hole.
My friend and I bought two 5 gallon buckets from the local donut shop for 50 cents each (that was a while ago maybe inflation may cost more now) He looped them together with a length of rope long enough so one hung on each side of the motorcycle. We went from Ohio to Maryland and back. I also used one as a carry on case when we went camping. Clothes container and night table by my sleeping bag.<br />
Do you have photos of this? How did you secure them to the motorcycle to keep them from flopping around?
Sorry it took awhile to answer back. It was a motorcycle and it was just a short piece of rope long enough to loop through the handles and lay across the seat. No problem with them flopping around. No pictures of it though. Dont know if its any help.
Hi - Scroll down to my Nov 19, 2009 response on this. Click on the photo, and it should be clear how I attached the bottom strap onto the rack mount. This design is for a bicycle, not a motorcycle, so that may be the problem here.<br><br>Beekins
Thank you for the quick reply.<br><br>n8pzg referred to a motorcycle in his post. I wonder if that was just a misprint on his part?
any suggestions as to how to get those brackets bent?
Yes - I use vice-grips and a hammer. I bold the bracket on so I can access the bolt, and then bend the bracket. If you bend the bracket at the bolt hole, it bends easier. I have made 20 pairs of these panniers this way.<br><br>Beekins
hey still looking for some of those containers, only finding round ones...<br /> your design is ace, what sort of pannier rack have you got? i need to buy one and have no idea what to look for. tks <br />
Hi, Curlykale - The square buckets (food grade) are used commercially for feta cheese, mayonnaise, salad dressing and dog food that I know of.&nbsp; They also are used for detergent. DO NOT USE THESE, AS THE DETERGENT IS PERSISTENT, AND THE FLAVOR GETS INTO YOUR FOOD IF YOU HAVE FOOD IN THE BUCKETS.<br /> <br /> Large restaurants, especially Greek or Italian or any other Middle Eastern restaurants are good bets to try.&nbsp; Large grocery stores also will give away these buckets or sell them cheaply.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I don't know where you buy new empty square 5 gal buckets, but I don't have a problem getting them in a town of 75,000.&nbsp; Good luck.<br /> <br /> beekins<br />
I missed your question about pannier rack.&nbsp; Because the tube bungie on the back of the pannier has a hook, any kind of rack that has a bar that you can hook onto on top works for the bent angle bracket hooks, and a rack mount that has a place close to the axle to place a hook will work.<br /> <br /> beekins
I&nbsp;made my panniers from this kit. <a href="http://www.arkel-od.com/us/all-categories/bicycle-accessories/cam-lock-hook-kit-1.html" rel="nofollow"><br /> http://www.arkel-od.com/us/all-categories/bicycle-accessories/cam-lock-hook-kit-1.html</a>
I understand how the upper part of the panniers hook over the carrier tubes.&nbsp; Does the bottom part connect to the seat stays, or just rest against them?&nbsp; If you mentioned it, I did not see it.<br />
Check it now.&nbsp; I added a couple of comments and a couple more photos showing where the S-hook connects to the bike rack.<br />
&nbsp;Thank you. &nbsp;That helps.

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