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    Senior Member squirtdad's Avatar
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    building racks and basketss hints and suggestions.

    Hi,

    any suggestions and hints on building rack/baskets?

    tubing/rod, solder type, tricks, hints, etc.

    this would be a great change to post racks you made as insipration also, especially front small baskets.

    thanks
    '82 Nishiski commuter/utility
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    looking for: De Rosa 58cm ELOS frame and fork internal cable routing

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    http://curmudgeonbicycles.blogspot.c...ck-part-1.html (linked to part 1, but there's more after) Here's something I'm working on. On a break now while I wait for the frame it's going on to be done. It won't be adjustable at all, so I want to make sure that it's level, even if I screw up a braze-on placement ;-)

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    It is a pretty simple project, though I haven't done baskets per se. I use either 4130, or SS depending on the finish I want to put on, and I use 45% sillver, and harris flux. I use files for the miters and home made benders.

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    I have built a lot of frames, but only one rack. I found it very fiddly. I'm going to work on tooling up a little for building racks to make them more presentable. You will be known by your worst work, not your best work, so riding around with a crappy rack probably isn't a good idea.

    Drawings are a very good idea. Cleaning the inside of the tubing before you bend it is a really good idea. People make their own flap wheels for a dremel tool by cutting a slit in a piece of aluminum. You use this to clean the inside of the tubing. Use a slow speed on a hand drill to polish the outside of the tubing if you are using stainless. Think about the design a little to minimize splices. A miter is much easier to deal with than a splice.

    I do like using stainless for one-off racks, although brazing is complicated a little. Silver is probably the way to go, although for more experience people nickle silver works for the filleted joints. I tried using nickle silver for splices and found it too difficult, so I'm going with 56% silver for that. For 4130, I use brass for everything.

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    make jigs to hold all the pieces in place, and alignment.

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