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    briliant or butt ugly?

    When I tried to put on my existing rack on my road bike, it just didn't work. It was way too high and under the seat. My options seemed to be either buy a seat rack or make a rear rack. The seat rack lacked fun and the rear rack was only 15 dollars, not to mention the cutting board got replaced. The rack is made of a cutting board, the wood under the rack is spruce and the supports are 1/4 x 3/4 inch oak. I don't beleive its all that bad looking. Up next is to make the trunk.
    What do y'all think?
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...wing/rack1.jpg
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...wing/rack2.jpg
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...wing/rack3.jpg
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...wing/rack4.jpg
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    How about brilliant AND butt-ugly!

    And a little scary.

    And I guess I don't understand the fit problem with the rack sitting in that box in the background.
    Good night...and good luck

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    butt ugly, but you are the only one that has to like it.
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    That's brilliant in my book. How much do you think it will hold? Check out these heavy duty touring racks this guy made from bicyclinglife.com.






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    banzai... the rack in the background was too high and close to the seat. The front of the rack was sitting directly next to the seat bolt. Even if I managed to drill more holes in the rack to allow the front supports to fit, there would have been no space to put anything on top it. The logical solution would have been a seat post rack, but I decided to try this first. Within a year I hope to replace the bike anyway.
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    Hmmmm, I have a jake the snake cyclocross bike, and use a blackburn rack ( a "crossrack" ) which might work for you if that one doesnt. the proportions on my bike are likely simialar to yours. Good luck.
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    This thing is just screaming out....

    Steal someone else's bike !

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    I like it, and it'll be especially usefull if you're cooking at the campground and need to chop onions.
    Was the metal rack too high because you had to attach it to the seat stays, since there are no eyelets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncscott
    The logical solution would have been a seat post rack,
    My seat post rack is too high and close to my seat. They probably work best on a bike with a sloping top tube and long seat post.

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    Nice work on the rack...It may need paint to protect it from the elements

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooker
    I like it, and it'll be especially usefull if you're cooking at the campground and need to chop onions.


    I like it! Functional, yet stylish!

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    Butt ugly, but if it works, that's all that maters

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    That's just amazing!

    Make sure you take really good care of that wood...it'll last longer. Someday, though, it's likely to give way.

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    Is that a cutting board? You plan on making sushi on the go?

    Your bike rack will be the first bike component I've seen succomb to termites.

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    As far as weather proofing the wood, the supports are oak wich is weather resistant and it got coated with some polyurathane. I have no clue how much it will hold, but it only needs to hold a trunk. Concidering that the kayak I recently build uses the same two species of wood, I actually do not expect it to fail for reasons of the wood. The cutting board is obviously weather resistant.
    As far as the metal rack not fitting... My guesses are that the rack is higher because of the lack of eyelets and its a very racing inspired frame so the seat stays have a very steep angle which probably brings the rack closer to my seat???
    Regardless, thanks for the comments. If anyone is curious to try and replicate it on their own bikes, I would be glad to offer advice. I seriously doubt this will happen, though. If anybody is riding around Durham and Duke and you see a real funky rack, you will know who owns it.
    Thanks all
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    I don't see a rudder on the stern how do you sail it?
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    Everything was looking good until I saw the top. Replace the top with more wood and you will be able to carry cheese and wine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncscott
    When I tried to put on my existing rack on my road bike, it just didn't work. It was way too high and under the seat. My options seemed to be either buy a seat rack or make a rear rack. The seat rack lacked fun and the rear rack was only 15 dollars, not to mention the cutting board got replaced. The rack is made of a cutting board, the wood under the rack is spruce and the supports are 1/4 x 3/4 inch oak. I don't beleive its all that bad looking. Up next is to make the trunk.
    What do y'all think?
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...wing/rack1.jpg
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...wing/rack2.jpg
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...wing/rack3.jpg
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23...wing/rack4.jpg
    Scott
    That rack would be great for this bike:


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    Dude, you got a nice rack.

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    Butt ugly but strangely intriguing

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    I dunno.. I kinda like it. :x

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