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Old 10-05-05, 07:08 AM   #1
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New type rack for Ford Escape....



The truck was too tall to wrestle a bike atop...I don't like those Nanny racks on the back...and wanted something more agro, so I designed my own. My machinist fab'd some S.S./Alum fork-trap clamps and we welded up a frame to cradle the back wheels. One cool thing - the center of the back window is competely clear. I'm filing for a design patent and hope to offer them for other kinds of trucks (you need a tow hitch and top crossbars..) See a little more at jims-garage.com

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Old 10-05-05, 08:05 AM   #2
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I'd prefer one where the back tire sat lower and the front tire was cradled up top instead of the front forks. I dislike having to remove the wheel all the time, it's a PITA when you have disc brakes (the brakes always need to be readjusted after you put the wheel back on).
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Old 10-05-05, 05:44 PM   #3
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freakin' sweet, man.

have you considered the repercussions of bikes with different wheelbases yet?
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Old 10-05-05, 05:55 PM   #4
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The truck was too tall to wrestle a bike atop...I don't like those Nanny racks on the back...and wanted something more agro, so I designed my own. My machinist fab'd some S.S./Alum fork-trap clamps and we welded up a frame to cradle the back wheels. One cool thing - the center of the back window is competely clear. I'm filing for a design patent and hope to offer them for other kinds of trucks (you need a tow hitch and top crossbars..) See a little more at jims-garage.com

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Ya know, that would fit my Mazda Tribute.

How much for your guy to make another one??
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Old 10-05-05, 08:53 PM   #5
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I'm filing for a design patent and hope to offer them for other kinds of trucks (you need a tow hitch and top crossbars..)
1. A utility patent will be more useful.
2. Hopefully, it was on file before you publicly disclosed your invention - not so much of an issue in US but will negatively affect rights overseas.
3. Get a good patent lawyer - cheap is expensive if it gets you nothing.
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Old 10-08-05, 01:13 PM   #6
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Jeff: You're probably right - as more sophisticated front ends are developed, it'll be a bigger pain to break them down... I'm kinda always a couple of years behind.. Look at my shop bike!

Ihota: Ya..that's a problem. so far - for this truck - this rack only fits bikes that are about 40-42" from fork tip to center of wheel bottom. I've two other designs on paper that would be more universal.

TooMany: No Tributes - sorry. They have a different top rack.

S-D: You're right of course, but I've watched friends run off for patents for $3-5k with the result that they now leave bits of paper for their grandchildren to show how smart Pops was. I'm a fiddler with about half dozen things in the developer tank at any moment... I figger selling a few piece establishes some 'prior art' in case something explodes. Nothing has yet, and I've stayed busy in the aviation business for 20yrs without them.

Thanks for the feedback guys!

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