I’ve been inspired by the dude that made his own pannier (the one using the Harbor Freight Pelican case) and am planning to start a new project.
I absolutely love the look of the Unit Garage bags, but don’t want to drop $500+ USD, so I’ve ordered the same Klickfix mounting bracket used on their system, and am planning to fabricate my own rack using either steel or aluminum round bar stock from my local hardware shop. For the bag, I’m going to use either a leather or wax canvas laptop/messenger bag from Amazon. I’ll likely add a piece of hard plastic so the back of the bag is rigid for mounting the Klickfix bracket. Including all of the parts, the bag, the rod forming took to bend the rack to the proper shape, new bolts, and the cost to have a local welder add the mounting points to my frame, I should have less than $200 in the entire project. I’ll post pics when I’m done! Here are a few links to some of the components I’m planning to use: