My inspiration to build these panniers/bike bags came from a trip I took, a few years ago, to the beaches of Normandy France. After that trip I found myself learning as much as I could about the infamous battle that took place there and about all of the countries that were involved. As long as I can remember, I have loved going to military surplus stores to see and touch all that history.
Recently, I found myself wanting some panniers/bike bags for my bicycle and for my motorcycle, but I wanted something that I thought was cool and had some character.... then CLICK! the light came on!
I looked all over the place for what I wanted and found an endless supply of sky-high priced bike bags as well as a few people making their own bags out of some crazy things like this
Cat litter bucket panniers...Yikes! ↓
Don't let this happen to you
After I saw this I decided to start making my own panniers ☺