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Thursday, December 25, 2008

HOW-TO MAKE A REAL CHEAP HARD SADDLE BAG

Sometimes you look around the house and miss the obvious treasure trove of stuff just lying there or about to be tossed away. Case in point, a simple plastic peanut butter jar and a pair of plastic tie wraps can give you a very usable hard saddle bag.

Clean any plastic jar with a screw-on lid, just make sure it's not too wide. If you hit it with your legs while pedaling it will be very annoying after a few miles.

Use a marker and while centering the jar under your seat, mark two spots on each side of the seat rails. Cut four small holes and pass two plastic tie wraps in there. Use quality tie wraps on your set up, unless you don't really care about losing your new container.

Strap them on the seat rails and fill it with stuff. If you want to make it completely water proof, simply add a dab of silicone over the holes for the tie wraps.

That's it. you're done. I hope some of you will find this post helpful.

Until next time, ride safe and Godspeed.

Gerry :)

9 comments:

Ranger Bob said...

That's ingenious!

lisamarie said...

very crafty, i like it.

blitzmw77 said...

The only thing I would change would be to line it with foam or something. The sound of rattling tools would drive me nuts after the first 5 bumps. Great Idea.

Gerry Lauzon said...

I forgot to mention that you could also stuff a rag in there. It will cut on the rattles and be very handy to clean your hands after an emergency repair. As always, thanks for the comments.

Gerry :)

Mike D. said...

Awesome! I ruined a few bike bags doing some small jumps on a hardtail. I'm still using one that broke I just used some steel wire to tie it to the seatpost. But I like your idea better.

Johann Rissik said...

Good one Gerry, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, but most of all ride your cycle.

Does it make any difference if the peanut butter is plain or crunchy?

Gerry Lauzon said...

Not really Johann, you can even paint the jar if the translucent look doesn't fit your needs.

Gerry :)

waterboy179 said...

You could also add a few dabs of window caulking to the zip tie holes to help keep water from getting in the container on those occasional rainy days.

Travis A. Wittwer said...

Thanks for letting me link to your Jar Saddle Bag, http://www.ecometro.com/community/blogs/portland_go/archive/2009/02/03/recycled-gear-favorites.aspx