I went in to Sydney yesterday for a pannier workshop with the Green Living Centre (was the Watershed) in Newtown.
Hugely useful and wonderful! I cannot believe they put this on for free.
Now, I just did a great big review of the whole damn thing, and accidentally hit "back" just as I was about to publish it, so if you're after lots more information, feel free to email me.
These are a tiny version of the green bag panniers - cheap and cheerful and very useful! You can also get some really sweet greenbags with cute pictures on them, so this would work out well if you want a splash of colour for very little cost. They're lined with corflute (unsure how to actually spell it) so that they stay nice and stiffened and don't get pulled into spokes or deraillers.
Despite their simplicity, the bucket panniers were my favourites! They used buckets from various places, they got them all for free, and apparently Boost throw away a huge number of square white buckets with lids that are perfect for this (and with the lids become rain proof!
You can see in this picture that the elastic stabiliser is a piece of recycled inner tube. Fantastic idea!
You wouldn't want to use these on a bike with an expensive or fancy rack, as you can see it's already scratched it up a bit. I don't mind - but I'm thinking it might be worth lining them with some rubber stuff to stop them rattling as well as scratching.
Wonderful stuff, and I think they'll work very well for tall awkward things when I have to carry them. Would be rather nice if I was the fresh food market type and had to carry celery and fresh flowers home. As it is, I think it'll suit a baguette or two just fine. :)