Thrifty Granny Spirit Possession: Project #1

23 Aug

Da’ Bike Bag

Oh believe me, it’s not like I am the first one to make a bike seat bag.  There’s nothing new under the da’ sun and I’ve seen this project lately on a couple of my favorite bike blogs.  On the heels of many people’s concern about my riding at night (oh my!), I make this bag to soothe their little souls with safety by ensuring my own with tools and supplies to fix flats plus much whatnot: in addition to wallet, teeny moleskine & pen, bike lights, and cell phone there is also room enough for my fave-o-rite coffee cup.  If I’m gonna spare the air by biking I might as well save a tree and bring my own cup too, right?

So how about da’ bike seat bag?  Hate the idea of going to buy one that looks like all the others.  So, in the spirit of my fave-o-rite bike blogs, my being possessed by thrifty grannies, and all do-it-yourselfers worldwide, I went to the thrift store and finally found the proper purse to outfit the Nishiki.  (I will have to catch you all up on the drama timeline of the roadbikes…but not now.  Now, we honor Nishiki who is not only a solid dependable renegade but also unbelievable fun.)

And finally, yes it really is as simple as it seems.  I found the purse at the thrift store, cut off the straps, clipped two “S” carabiners (or “S”-biners) on the metal loops where the straps formerly hooked, decorated the already gaudy black and dayglo pink purse with dayglo yellow reflective tape, filled it with goodies/necessities and clipped it to Nishiki’s seat. Done. Done. Done.

Total project cost?

purse: $2.99

S-biners: 2 @ $2.25 each

reflective tape: $5.00 (used half. so technically, $2.50)

About ten bucks.

Plus a short latte at the Flying Goat where they kindly deduct .25 cents if you bring your own cup: $2.25.

So, purse + caffeine = $12.25. Sweet.



4 Responses to “Thrifty Granny Spirit Possession: Project #1”

  1. Posky August 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    It’s wrong of me to judge a woman by her purse but, then again, that is about the coolest purse I’ve ever seen.

    • Heather Frendo August 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

      Yes!!! I’m sure you’re not the only one who thinks I’m cool via my purse. But…you’re first to say so and that rocks! So glad you came back to check out how the spirit possession is going. ~Heather

  2. Prada For Breakfast August 25, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Wow, great project! I definitely am going to need one of these for my bike…they look so handy!! Maybe I’ll try my luck at making one of these soon.

    – Halie

    • Heather Frendo August 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

      Cool! Thanks for checking it out. It is totally handy and sooooo easy to make. And you can go in any direction with it–choose your purse depending on your personal style…let me know how it turns out! I’d love to see pics. ~Heather

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