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After being disappointed with eBays poor range of saddle bags I decided to make my own. I wanted something vaguely vintage looking so I decided to pull apart an old army canvas bag. I used many of the pre-existing features of the bag in my final design. I needed a bag which could hold everything I needed for long rides. The bag can accommodate: Mini Pump Spare inner tube Clip on bike lights Keys Puncture repair kit Wallet

Step 1: Find A Bag To Destroy

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The bag I have chosen is an old army style satchel which I found in a charity shop for about £2. It has an internal pockets, buckle fastening and a thick hemmed edge which I plan to utilise. The first step is to begin disassembling the bag using a seam picker or a Stanley knife (be careful!) try not to cut through or rip the fabric.
Mr Chutney (author) 2 years ago
This project won me an instructables T-Shirt!I feel like a proper instructabler now.
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CruelLeader2 years ago
This is wicked cool. I'm gonna go see if I can find a bag to modify as well.
The detail with the baton is really clever, I would have never thought of that myself!
Mr Chutney (author)  CruelLeader2 years ago
I actually got the baton idea from another instructable! It makes a big difference and really stops the bag from sagging. I hope your project goes well.
tkeech2 years ago
Hey man love the bag and the bike. Can I ask what bike saddle u have because I am looking for a saddle like that
Mr Chutney (author)  tkeech2 years ago
Cheers dude!
The saddle is a Madison Flux. You can also get a Charge Spoon which is basically identical but very slightly heavier. It's a fantastic saddle, highly recommend it.
criggie2 years ago
Does the bag touch the back of your legs while peddling ?
Mr Chutney (author)  criggie2 years ago
No its fine. Before I added the seat post strap it did knock against my legs a little bit. Ideally I would have one of those lovely Brooks saddles with bag loops on the back.
onemoroni12 years ago
Very nicely done.
hogthrob2 years ago
nice work bkonw, like the bike too. i have a '57 claud butler that i am in the process of restoring. going for the same leather seat and saddle combo but keeping the deraileur.
keep up it up dude.
Mr Chutney (author)  hogthrob2 years ago
Sounds like a great project. Claud Butler bikes are fantastic, they seem to last forever. I used to be a postman and the post bikes frames were all Claud Butler manufactured. Each piece of the bike was made by a different British bike company. They were fantastic bikes.
davmaldo2 years ago
Great ible! i just recently did something similar with an old bag of mine. Got an "engineers bag" (convenient, with me being an engineer and all :P ) from an Army/Navy Surplus store and converted it to a pannier. I made the hooks collapsable so bad can still be worn comfortably as a messenger bag. I haven't yet waterproofed it, but I purchased the wax in preperation. here are some photos
Mr Chutney (author)  davmaldo2 years ago
Hello there Davmaldo!
That looks fantastic! There is some serious bag engineering going on there. It all looks extremely practical. My bag takes forever to remove which is its biggest weakness... A quick release system is probably what's needed. Thanks very much for sharing your project!
uersel2 years ago
This looks very nice! Maybe I will make a similar one for my vintage bike I'm just building right now. I would recommend to add rivets to the saddle attachment to reinforce the seems.
Mr Chutney (author)  uersel2 years ago
Excellent recommendation, thanks very much.
danbemp2 years ago
Nice instructable man! Also, serious bike envy. Dunno about those neon green cables though...
Mr Chutney (author)  danbemp2 years ago
Thanks very much Dandemp. The cables don't look quite as bright in real life, I spent ages trying to decide between green and blue... at least they match the bag!
cmmello2 years ago
I was going to make this then realized my bike has multiple gears. Oh well.
Mr Chutney (author)  cmmello2 years ago
Lol, Very good.
I've just stated single/fixed gear in order to encourage internet traffic.
iiswhoiam2 years ago
What a cool project, it reminds me of my beloved Carradice saddlebag. I would recommend waxing the the canvas for waterproofness and to add a little stiffness to the bag.
Mr Chutney (author)  iiswhoiam2 years ago
Carradice bags are absolutely brilliant! I would love one. I love the waxing idea, it hadn't even occurred to me. A little experimenting is in order.
owlplaylist2 years ago
So cool
Mr Chutney (author)  owlplaylist2 years ago
Thanks very much owlplaylist!