Next I started think about a bag for commuting, I knew I wanted something to sit on the front rack, be easy to remove and something that I might conceivably use for touring in the future. Ordinarily I would just make something for myself but with time being tight I settled on a second hand Carradice Super C saddle bag with a plan to do some modifications to it.
I don't like how a lot of quick release bag/bar systems are pretty chunky so I wanted to try and do something that was a little more svelte but still secure. I saw that Restrap use Fidlock magnetic fittings to attach their rando bag so I thought this might be the solution for me so ordered up some bits from contact left.
First step was to remove the QR fitting that the bag came with and widen the existing holes to screw in the Fidlock female connectors. As for the handlebar mounted connectors I was orginally going to mount the male connectors on a piece of stiff plastic sheet which would in turn be mounted using the clamps from a DrJ0n G-funk handlebar set up. Instead I came across a thin piece of metal sheet of the perfect width in the attic and cut that up instead.
Just testing it the connectors work really well and they need a really positive action to unclip so I don't think the bag will be flying off any time soon. At the moment the backing plate is bright orange but I'll be spraying it black. Then I'll make a matching unit that will be zip tied on top of the rack and attach to other connectors which I'll be putting on the bottom of the Super C.
After that I planning to add some internal sleeves in the bag to hold stiffeners to give it some body as well as a carry handle and repair the d-rings on the back in order to hook up a shoulder strap. Hoping to have some more pictures of the whole thing once it's finished this week.