Cape Town based author an retired lecturer, Dr. Helmke Hennig, uses his bicycle for purely utilitarian reasons. Living far from public transport routes and no longer being able to drive a car because of failing eyesight, Helmke’s bicycle is often the only way he can travel beyond five kilometers. When presented with the challenge of transporting boxes of fruit from the local market to home, Helmke came up with an ingenious low cost solution to create pannier saddle bags out of old shopping bags and reused hardware supplies. What follows are his detailed instructions to guide you in making your own.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- A bicycle rack
- Copper tubing (2 pieces as long as the width of your rack)
- Cable ties (x 4)
- Hose pipe with a diameter that allows the copper tube to be inserted.
- Fabric shopping bags or similar which have grommets to reinforce the handles.
- Metal rods that are flexible enough to be bent, but strong enough to hold weight (Helmke used the rods from an old asbestos drying rack)
- Plastic tube to fit over rod
- Two pieces of cord
BUILD IT IN 5 EASY STEPS
Photographs by Ursula von St Ange.
Asbestos drying rack wire rod donated by Al Lastovica.
Calling all adventure cyclists across the Southern Hemisphere to join the first annual Southern Campout on the 20th October 2018.
As cyclists we love nothing better than to explore the great outdoors on two wheels – whether we’re pushing our limits on a mountain bike trail or camping out on an epic bikepacking trip. With this privilege, comes the responsibility to ensure that we have zero to minimal impact on the landscape and the people and animals living in it.