I’m sure you know by now about the love affair I have with my bike. (See Exhibits A, B, and C for starters.) It’s the Crosby from Pure Cycles and it’s the perfect everything — color, ride, size, shape. It’s perfect. She was getting a little antsy for an adventure so we decided to take her to the beach, but I had the idea to deck her out ahead of time with some pretty pannier bags so that we could carry all of our beach gear on the back rack. I gotta say, this is one of those projects that turns out to be relatively simple but gives you so much bang for your DIY buck. The bags look great on the Crosby, they’re super functional and sturdy, and you can use them at the beach or anywhere. Let’s make ’em!
- 2 bags – any bag from a sturdy material will work; we used these
- 2 wood squares that will fit inside and against the back of your bag (find them at a craft store)
- bungee cords
- lashing hooks
- screws (2 packs of 8 – this package will come with the nuts you need as well)
- flat washers
- crescent wrench
- phillips screwdriver
- drill with 1/8″ drill bit (this kit is actually pretty cool if you’re a weekend maker and need to get your tool collection started)
Make Time: 1 Hour
Step 1: Drill three holes in each wood square — two on either edge of one side, and one at the bottom center of the opposite side.
Step 2: Insert the wood square either into the back inside pocket of your bag (if it has a back pocket), or hold it against the inside back of the bag. Use an awl to poke from inside the bag, through each hole in the wood, and through the outside of the bag. Be sure to keep the wood in place while you are making your holes so that they are all aligned. Remove the wood and use the awl to enlarge the holes so that they’re large enough to slip a screw through.
Step 3: For each of the three holes, slip a screw through a plastic hook. Put the wood back in the bag aligned with the holes. Entering from the outside of the bag, insert a screw through the first hole. The hook will remain on the outside of the bag. Insert the screw until it pierces both the bag and the wood. On the open end of the screw, place a washer and a nut. Tighten the nut using the screwdriver and wrench. Repeat for all holes in each bag. The top two hooks will be placed with the rounded hook portion on top, and the bottom hook will have the rounded portion on the bottom.
Step 4: Use a hammer to break away the orange ball on two of your bungee tarp ties.
Step 5: Affix the bags to your bike! The top two hooks go over the top of the rack. Then hook a bungee around the bottom hook, down and through the bottom hole in the rack, back up and onto the same hook. Your bags are done!
Step 6: If you want to make a bonus towel holder, read on. Cut off the straps from one of the purses.
Step 7: Cut two 11″ sections from the strap, trying not to include any buckles or holes.
Step 8: Use the awl to puncture a hole on either end of each strap, approximately 3/4″ from the end.
Step 9: Use the same technique from Step 3 to affix a hook into each hole.
Step 10: Roll and place your towel on top of the back rack. Hook one strap over each end of the towel. You’re ready to roll!
Maybe one of the coolest things about the project is that with the bag that still has its strap, you can tuck the strap inside while you travel and then unhook the bag and use it as a purse too! Just pull the strap out and tuck the bungee cord inside while you’re walking around. Then you can reattach it when you’re ready to roll. This was such a fun one to make (and use!), hope you try it out. See ya at the beach! xoxo
Product for this post graciously provided by Pure Cycles.