Timbuk2 Metro Mini Messenger Bag as a Pannier

I found a Timbuk2 Metro model mini messenger bag in a thrift store and saw the potential to use it as a small pannier bag. I added a couple plastic carabiners to the existing shoulder strap D-rings and it fit perfectly on my Topeak Explorer rack without any further adaptation— truly a 60 second project. I would consider this a fair weather rig as the bag is not waterproof and the top of the bag has a simple flap closure. It makes a perfect size for tools, snack, wind shell and camera.

The carabiners were handy, but it could be attached with webbing straps, or plastic hooks and loops of shock cord.

The Timbuk2 Metro bag with shoulder strap timbuk2 metro as pannier 5

 

Mounted on the Topeak Explorer racktimbuk2 metro as pannier 2

Timbuk2 Metro bag

The plastic carabinerstimbuk2 metro as pannier 6

The forward attachment to the front loop on the racktimbuk2 metro as pannier 3

The rear attachment with the carabiner looped around the top rail as well as the rear stay to keep it from sliding on the rail. timbuk2 metro as pannier 4

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