Thought you guys might get a kick out of this! After looking through all the options on the market, I was disappointed with how much money everyone wants to charge for panniers. My bike is my daily driver since I'm in SoCal. I don't own a car. Being a middle class 26 year old without an unlimited amount of expendable income and having a reasonable head on my shoulders, I decided to make my own. I figured ammo cans would make a good pannier, and they have the added benefit of being cheap as hell if they get beat to crap, so I headed to my local military surplus joint and snagged a couple of 40mm boxes for $60 total. (This photo was taken before my lovely girlfriend bought me my awesome Caribou top case.) I didn't feel like fabricating my own mounting bars, and I like the Givi quick release, so I just bought those as the base. $230... By far the most expensive part of the build. I mounted them up, removed the Givi specific hardware, and added my own. I went over to my buddy's house and sanded/ground off all of the rust down to the metal. In the process of doing this we discovered that the little flaps that tighten down the lid on one of the cases were rusted out and frozen. We were able to oil one of them up and get it working again, but the other one snapped off, so we welded in a piano hinge, which was actually a pretty cool solution. I took them home and figured out how to mount them up and drilled the holes. I'd eventually like to figure out a little bit more elegant of a way to mount them in (like spacers inside of rubber grommets or something), but for now it will do. Once I knew how they were mounting up and got all the holes drilled, I cleaned them up and painted them. I used flat black Rustoleum Protective Enamel. I did about 8 or 9 coats total so that it would have a nice thick layer to absorb some of those scuffs that they're bound to collect soon. Once they dried overnight, I mounted them up!!! It was raining, so forgive all the wet photos, but I suppose it's a good first test. They turned out pretty nice I think, especially for a sub $400 build. Like I said, I'd eventually like to find a way to have them mount a little more elegantly, but for now I think this will do. Hope you guys enjoy checking these out as much as I did putting em together!