1. The waterproofing coating really stinks, I am not sure what makes old waterproofing stink so much. Blah!
2. I just find that they are not big enough for my gear. I like to travel in cooler weather and that means some woolens, which tend to be a tad on the bulky side.
I paid a $2 for the Cannondales at a yard sale, so I have gotten my moneys worth for sure! Looking at the panniers below, I am sure I could sew my own, however As much as I like constructing, I enjoy supporting other craftsmen. With being in the market and looking around I am really interested in a set of waxed canvas panniers and prefer made in North America. There are three that have caught my eye thus far, and they are...
1. Frost River's Highway 1 Panniers. $190
They are really nice, I am totally digging the no buckle / piece of stick aspect, while some say fiddling with string might get difficult with gloves on, plastic buckles can break. I love the aspect of the typical "Duluth" style pack, but in pannier form. My only concern is they do not post measurements for the panniers, I have sent a email to inquire.
A Slick looking set of panniers made by a two person operation in Seattle. I love the side pockets and the cut aways for extra heel room. Also really digging the extra external pockets, for quick access to things, and the water bottle pockets is a nice touch.
I know Canada has Arkel Panniers which are top notch, but I am not a huge fan of their design and color choices. What are your options? which of these do you like? Any other recommendations?