Creative Reuse: Found Objects as Bike Panniers

Creative Reuse: Found Objects as Bike Panniers

Amber Byfield
Mar 13, 2009

03_13_09_bikepannier.jpgEarlier in the week here at Re-Nest, Jen shared her great idea to simply fix what's broken rather than buy new. So goes the story of our entire bicycle, a rehabbed 1980s touring bike. From shifter cables to wheel bearings, we've cleaned and replaced it all at home, saving us money and teaching us a great deal about bike maintenance.

But when the time finally came that we could outfit the bike with a rack and panniers, we were blown away by the cost of those little grocery-bag-sized saddlebags. That's when we took matters into our own hands.

We shelled out about $30 for the rack, but weren't about to spend upwards of $80 on panniers that fit grocery bags. Until we can find some at Goodwill or used online, we're improvising.

We took the front basket from a former grocery-getter and secured it to the bike rack with pedal straps that were removed from the touring bike's former clips. It's pretty secure, and holds up surprisingly well. A half-gallon of milk, some fruit, and cereal for an early morning breakfast run made it home just fine (along with the rider).

We're big fans of "shopping" at home before buying something new. By coming up with creative ways to repurpose something, we're saving money and resources, and everyone wins.

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