Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    620
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Anyone know where a person can buy trays(only)

    I'm in the process of designing and building a two bike rack system for mounting our bikes upright inside a new vehicle we just got Friday. I've been looking for a place to buy just the aluminum extruded trays that are part of most fork mount systems. I do not need to buy the entire system(i.e. "steelhead"). I ONLY need to buy a pair(or a length) of the extrusion. Does anyone have any idea where a person might find such a thing? I'm about to give up and just build it out of some nice quality wood. Or if anyone has any junk laying around that I might be able to scavenge the trays off of let me know and maybe we can make a deal.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Madison-ish
    My Bikes
    2003 Specialized Allez Elite
    Posts
    298
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm not exactly sure what you are looking for but you might want to try Menards or Home Depot. You might also want to talk to a local welding/metals shop and ask them. My guess is if its metal, you would have better luck with the metals shop.

  3. #3
    That darn Yankee TexasGuy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    West West Fort Worth
    My Bikes
    Mongoose XR-100, Eros Bianchi
    Posts
    4,286
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TYB069
    I'm not exactly sure what you are looking for but you might want to try Menards or Home Depot. You might also want to talk to a local welding/metals shop and ask them. My guess is if its metal, you would have better luck with the metals shop.
    Hahah Menards. Are they still doing well ?
    Life is about hanging onto what you think is important and finding out what really is important.
    "Stop Ruining my joke!", "No, a joke implies humor attached at no additional cost"
    So many sayings, so little sig space.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    620
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TYB069
    I'm not exactly sure what you are looking for ........
    Maybe this will explain ...

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    London, Ontario
    My Bikes
    Cervelo Soloist
    Posts
    45
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Do they need to be Yakima in particular? If not, Thule sells just the tray portion as a spare part.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    620
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Ex-rower
    Do they need to be Yakima in particular? If not, Thule sells just the tray portion as a spare part.
    No.

    Was hoping to find a supplier instead of having to pay a huge markup to buy from a major rack maker. It's just a couple of pieces of weird shaped aluminum. Maybe the stuff is custom made for the rack companies and the average joe just can't buy it.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Madison-ish
    My Bikes
    2003 Specialized Allez Elite
    Posts
    298
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by dragracer
    Maybe this will explain ...
    Ahhhh, now I see. Take that picture to a sheet metals shop and see what they think. It could be that they have to custom weld something for you (expensive ). Also, you may want to take a walk through the local scrap yard. The kinds of junk/treasure you can find in a scrapyard is usually amazing.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    177
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think you might try looking for "U-channel". comes in all sizes.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Cavedog's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Valrico, Fl
    My Bikes
    Street and Trail
    Posts
    51
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Does it have to be a U shape? 2" angle iron (90 degree angle) turned on end, like a broad V would work. I'm guessing that the OP wants the wheels to fit into the channel. You will need to add pieces to make it stand up in that configuration. Just some random thoughts on a sleepless night.
    Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.

  10. #10
    45 miles/week Eggplant Jeff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA
    My Bikes
    Jamis Aurora
    Posts
    2,020
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You can buy U-channel or "angle iron" (in your case you want angle aluminum ). Look in the phone book under metal suppliers, if you've got one nearby they'll deal in thousands of pounds of metal at a time, but if you go back to the warehouse they'll have a pile of "drops", pieces cut off to make other orders, they'll usually sell 'em to you really cheap. It's a great way to get metal (steel and aluminum anyway, that's probably all they'll have very much of in the drops pile).

    If you don't have a metal supplier, check hardware stores. It'll be more expensive there, and the selection will be more limited, but it's worth checking.

    By "more expensive" I mean a 20-foot piece might run you $15 at a metal supplier, whereas a 4-foot piece might run you $10 at Home Depot. Neither one is super expensive.
    Treasurer, HHCMF Club
    Now living in the land of the cheesesteak.
    But working at a job where I can't surf BikeForums all day any more...

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •