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Flickr user ‘xddorox’ has a nice and simple DIY hard saddlebag for your bike. It’s a great use for an old plastic jar, and makes a fairly watertight enclose. Just remember to take your stuff with you since it doesn’t have a lock.

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Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.



  1. ehrichweiss says:

    That’s a carrier, yes; a saddlebag, NO!!

    1. Marc de Vinck says:


      Yeah, I noticed that too, but I decided to name it that way since the original maker called it a “saddlebag”. I was hoping to sneak that by……….

  2. BigD145 says:

    Theft of bikes and things on bikes is a big issue, so I’d prefer to see something like this be removable. The only problem with that is that this plastic thing is likely to stink after absorbing road grit.

  3. TD says:

    I’d be a little concerned about the noise from stuff rattling around inside it while riding. Lining it with foam or neoprene might keep the noise down.

    Mounting it on the handlebars with the cover tethered to it would let you use it as a carry-all for cell phone, etc., or as a drink holder with the cap removed.

    1. Marc de Vinck says:


      Those are 2 really good ideas, thanks!

  4. ionymous says:

    A saddle jar?
    You could zip tie a plastic jar to just about anything.