Having been put off by the price of commercial bike panniers (you can easily spend £40!!!), I decided to go about making my own. I wanted something removable, and well secured (the streets of London have rather a lot of holes in them).
The other day I went past an army surplus store, and found a small bag that was perfect for the task! It is rather small (too small for a laptop), but perfect for a change of clothes, and some lunch. It also had quite a few hooks and rings which made it perfect for attaching to a bike.
This instructable has been inspired by all of the other main pannier instructables. I would like to think of it as a 'best of', and as such claim no originality.
On we go.....
Step 1: Materials
- Suitable bag. Army surplus bags are great for this as they are tough, and usually have a load of rings. Mine was a tenner, can't beat that!
- Bungee cord. I got a pack of 5 x 90cm (just under 3ft) for £9.99 from a local hardware store. You can probably find them cheaper, try eBay.
- Ring from a keyring (the metal bit keys go on). Free from an old keyring.