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Homemade Pannier Recipe...Anyone?(6 posts)

Homemade Pannier Recipe...Anyone?Free2Pedal
Oct 28, 2003 5:37 PM
Now that my "situation" has changed, I've decided to swap my primary mode of transportation to two wheels. I've got the MTB loaded down and weighing 26 pounds. Yikes. I have a small trunk rack on the back, but that doesn't carry much. I was thinking about adding a rear pannier for grocery store trips; but I don't want to spend much. Anyone ever make their own? If you do just one panier, how much weight can it handle, typically. I supose I could discover that the hard way.

So I've reset the odometer on my car and on the bike. I've set up some rules for myself because, well, structure is good. I can wimp out if its raining, below freezing, super windy, dark, my desitation is over 20 miles away, or if I need to be "pretty." Otherwise, I ride. Any bets on which gets more miles between jobs? I'm hoping its the bike.
Oh, and I wanted to say, I totally don't understand DOMSFree2Pedal
Oct 28, 2003 5:42 PM
A couple weeks ago I posted that I was puzzled that I had no post-ride leg pain after doing an especially difficult ride that I had been unprepared for. It was 54 miles at I woke up the next day with some fatigue, but no soreness. So I figure I'm just blessed or something. But I jump on the mountain bike, which I haven't ridden much, and do 14 very flat, calm miles--making 3 long stops along the way--and I can't walk the next day. What's up with that??
I remember one on line bike shop that sold a fold up...........MR_GRUMPY
Oct 28, 2003 6:30 PM
metal basket that would hold, when unfolded, a standard paper grocery bag. Can't remember if it was Nashbar or one of the others. You could buy two, and carry two bags in the metal panniers.
Nashbar. For another idea, check....Cory
Oct 28, 2003 8:29 PM
Nashbar has the foldup panniers in the current catalog. Didn't notice the price, but seems to me when I looked at them last year they were pretty steep, like $40 a side.
A company in Massachusetts, I think it is, sells carriers made of oyster buckets (those square five-gallon buckets you get detergent and birdseed in) attached to the rear rack. They're expensive, too, but it looks like something you could duplicate fairly easily. I think it's Peter White Cycles, maybe www.peterwhite or peterwhitecycles. Or try a search for "oyster pannier."
Check this outspluti
Oct 29, 2003 9:03 AM
http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/touring/bags.htm
re: Homemade Pannier Recipe...Anyone?char
Oct 29, 2003 5:54 PM
Well, since you are now sans job, buy the inexpensive ones, you will then learn how to repair them later on. You will figure out the weight limits when the zipper busts open and the stitching needs redoing.

I ride the bicycle to the grocery store and just get what I need for today/tomorrow. I shop by weight, when the handbasket gets heavier than I want to carry, head for the checkout.

Buy some full fenders for the bike, they really help keep the road crud off you.

Right now my bet is on the car for the high miles based on your structure. Change your ride rules and the bike will "win."

Raining --> add fenders
below freezing --> add another layer of clothing
super windy --> makes you stronger, you're not going to ride that fast on the MTB anyway
dark --> add lights, you don't need the expensive ones, just so that others can see you.
over 20 miles --> leave earlier
Pretty --> car

I've done the laid off scene a few times, even did the temp worker thing for a couple of years.

Check out companies you want to work for on the Internet and ride your bike over and cruise the parking lot around lunch time, make some contacts.

Now have some fun

:Charlie