Lets make a set of our own panniers!
You have lots of choices of materials when making bags. Plastic kitty litter boxes are popular but just do not look good to me. Some people make panniers out of corrugated plastic signs. Others reuse cloth bags either military or backpacks. One of the biggest problems with home made cloth bags is they do not have an internal structure and are limp when not loaded with stuff. These bags could get caught in the spokes causing an abrupt stop.
The Swiss army surplus ammo bags are made from canvas and leather. These bags are sturdy and have enough structure to hold their shape when empty. Canvas is not a waterproof material, but it dries out pretty fast and does not hold water in like other bags might when water eventually gets in the bag.
The tools you will need:
- A drill to make holes for the mounting hardware
- Screws to attach the mounting hardware
- Rubber gloves if you plan to dye the bags a different color