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Old 12-19-12, 11:13 PM   #1
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Ghetto Parking Rack from Crib Rails

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(I made my rack out of the bottom rails (that the mattress used to sit on); I took this picture this way because I"m trying to get a few bucks for the side rails on CL)
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You can thank the CPSC for setting standards for the gap between rails so it's just about perfect for mtb tires. (though I don't think that's what they had in mind.

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Cool and it is still keeping your babies safe!
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You can thank the CPSC for setting standards for the gap between rails so it's just about perfect for mtb tires. (though I don't think that's what they had in mind.
What's CPSC? Child Protective something? In fact, you see one MTB in the rack there, but for the picture I did have to put in that bike but not another, or maybe it was front wheel not back, because I had a MTB tire that was just a leeeetle bit too big. Probably could force it in though.

In the pic, the rack part is not even screwed into the base or the stays screwed on yet; since I'm moving I decided to keep it flat-packable and finish it off in the new place. I expect it to be quite sturdy -- and squeeze 3-4 more bikes in there!
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What's CPSC? Child Protective something? In fact, you see one MTB in the rack there, but for the picture I did have to put in that bike but not another, or maybe it was front wheel not back, because I had a MTB tire that was just a leeeetle bit too big. Probably could force it in though.

In the pic, the rack part is not even screwed into the base or the stays screwed on yet; since I'm moving I decided to keep it flat-packable and finish it off in the new place. I expect it to be quite sturdy.
Consumer Product Safety Commission, A federal agency that sets minimum safety standards for all kinds of products including bikes, toys and things like cribs. In this case they set a standard for the maximum gap between the slats because babies tend to put their heads through and get stuck (or worse). As long as tires are smaller than babies heads every new parent will own the raw material for a bike rack when the kids get older.
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For anybody that cares to reproduce, the way I made this was to cut some scrap 2x4 in half, use a table saw to nibble out a notches with depth=thickness of bottom part of the rail, so it sits in flush, then I measured for the stays, did some trig, and came out with angles of 32/58 degrees (note 32+58=90). Probably 30/60 would also have worked, I would recommend do the trig first with 30/60, and let the resulting position of the bottom of the stays dictate the length of the 2x4 base.
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...As long as tires are smaller than babies heads...
Unfortunately not always the case! But of course it would be easy enough to cut out any number of rails to make some wider spaces.
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Cool and it is still keeping your babies safe!
Yes indeed! Except my favorite baby still gets special treatment (you can a little bit of my ceiling-hung Surly Crosscheck in the background)
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Great idea....practical, low cost, and no landfill fodder
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Ghetto? With a bit of refinishing you have an artwork.
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Ghetto? With a bit of refinishing you have an artwork.
And actually, this would be a terrible bike rack to actually install in a public place in a ghetto. Anybody with a cordless saws-all could steal any bike in 2 sec. (instead of the 30sec it might take to defeat a lock)
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I had been saving those things for 10 years actually. Moved from England to US, flat-packed our crib, and somehow the shipping company managed to lose the headboard and footboard, so I had these three crib rails sitting in my garage all this time. I knew I would eventually find a use for them! (I also considered ripping the rails into 2 or 3 sticks each and using a doweling jig to make arrow-shafts -- still might do that with the other two...)
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[QUOTE=RubeRad; use for them! (I also considered ripping the rails into 2 or 3 sticks each and using a doweling jig to make arrow-shafts -- still might do that with the other two...)[/QUOTE]

Now that's recycling!!!!
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I had been saving those things for 10 years actually. Moved from England to US, flat-packed our crib, and somehow the shipping company managed to lose the headboard and footboard, so I had these three crib rails sitting in my garage all this time. I knew I would eventually find a use for them! (I also considered ripping the rails into 2 or 3 sticks each and using a doweling jig to make arrow-shafts -- still might do that with the other two...)
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