Make A Cheap Hard Saddle-Bag For Your Bike

Make A Cheap Hard Saddle-Bag For Your Bike

Add some storage beneath the seat of your bike with this ridiculously cheap and simple hard-backed saddle-bag. It’s made from recycled material, and you’ll always have a place to stash stuff on the go. Gerry at How to Fix Bikes, a blog about life as an avid cyclist, turned a plastic jar into saddlebag. The steps are as simple as finding an appropriately sized jar, washing it out, and punching holes that line up with the support bars under your seat to anchor it with zip ties. The whole project is dirt cheap and makes good use of old, recycling-bind-bound jars. You can see in the photo Gerry uses his to stash an emergency repair kit for his bike; the peanut butter jar he used is the perfect size for some small folding tools and inner tube. The only modification we’d suggest is hitting the container with a coat of black spray paint to make it stand out less in comparison to the dark frame of the bike, and perhaps saving a thin sheet of packing foam from your next electronics shipment to wrap around the inside of the jar to cut down on bouncing cargo. If you have a crafty bike-related tip or storage solution, sound off in the comments below.


  • Nice pictures. But saddle bags are so cheap ;-). I not sure if this construction works when riding with a mountainbike. I guess you will loose the “tank”.

  • I’m going to have to agree with @fahrradreparatur here. I think it’s so easy to find nice saddle bags to add storage to your bike. Granted that this idea is a cheap and simple alternative, I can’t imagine fixing it onto my bike after I’ve paid a lot of money for a top of the range one! Maybe we could try and get the storage container in a bit more of a flashy colour or something that would match the design of the bike a little bit more?

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