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    Cheapest saddlebags ever...

    Picked up a horse saddlepack a few months ago for about $25. They looked horrible on bike because they laid flat and looked like an unmade bed. Someone on this forum suggested putting plastic buckets inside to give it shape. It worked! Took the black widow out for a spin on this nice sunny day.





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    Mike Carter. Woodland, California (NorCal). '89 Tw200 (Black Widow Edition). Blood red Jimbo shield, Cycleracks, Nuvi 500 GPS, Kolpin fuel pack jr., D shield bark busters, 55t rear sprocket, Golden boy front tire, Ricochet shield.

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    Boy Evan,
    It sounds like you saved enough money on those bags to buy us all lunch.
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    looks great! I saw a pic on the internet where a guy used kitty litter pails for saddle bags, cheap and effective.

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    Mike,
    I thought you were getting ready for another river crossing. Nice sacks.
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    That is cache creek! Was really flowing a few weeks ago after those storms. Looks like I can cross it with quad next week. Didn't try with tw because would be wringing out my socks "joeband" style. ...lol

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    This pic should give u an idea how high the water was....
    Mike Carter. Woodland, California (NorCal). '89 Tw200 (Black Widow Edition). Blood red Jimbo shield, Cycleracks, Nuvi 500 GPS, Kolpin fuel pack jr., D shield bark busters, 55t rear sprocket, Golden boy front tire, Ricochet shield.

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    You guys are sooooooooooooooo lucky to live out west. Jealous....... OMM.
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    Good work evan on the saddle bag "stiffener inserts". Those look more stout than the kitty litter diggin's which I've used. I've used my inserts for a couple years and not only do they give the empty bag some shape, they also protect the inside of the saddle bag when you carry "stuff" in them. I can't claim the idea either, as I saw it on some forum somewhere a long time ago with no recollection of the author.




    Of course with the kitty diggin's 3 way odor protection, this may help when your sardines in mustard sauce can punctures in your lunch box!

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    Great solution to the unmade bed look. Looks like you have room to haul lunch for all of us next group ride.
    Should the plastic eventually shatter you may wish to look into Rubbermaid waste paper baskets. They used to be made of a more flexible, rubbery plastic that endured well as a backpack liner for me. I used them on sampling programs where as day progressed my pack would get heavier with sharp rock samples or wet stream sediment bags, neither of which felt good against the kidneys.
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