As of 2012, I no longer use my own home made panniers. There
is now a good store bought version at a reasonable price. Ortlieb
Panniers made in Germany. Before, I couldn't find any panniers on
the market at a reasonable price so I made my own, but now these panniers
are so good and fairly inexpensive that I no longer make my own. Commercial
pannier design is improving over the years.
Like a waterproof bag that clips to the rack. Bag can be folded
For historical use, see below a set of panniers I made before
discovering the Ortlieb Panniers.
Some people put files in them to shove under the bed. Two plastic
boxes, like one can buy cheap at a variety store. For each box,
cut two holes in the bottom near one of the long sides. Then place a
wood rod inside next to the two holes. This distributes stress from
the next step.
Used on my 2006 trip.
See photo below.
Run short stubby lengths of
bungy cord through the holes. Tie around wood rod and side bar of
back bicycle rack. Panniers hang sideways from both sides of rack.
Rods that attaches bike rack to back wheel dropouts keep boxes from sagging
Place lids over tops of boxes
that point sideways. Tie another bungy cord around entire box to hold
lid on. Put your stuff into bags that fit inside boxes. It looks
sloppy, but works great; at least for me. ---True story.
Tent, sleeping bag and other
bulky items can lay across the top held on with, you guessed it. More
My bike in 2004 as passing through Palo Alto, CA. Tupperware Panniers
and dish style AM radio antenna booster on front.
Review of Bikerev Trailer
used in 2008
Bike touring questions