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    Tandem Fork Stand for Transport

    I thought you guys might want to see a little bit of “overkill” on a stand one of my workmates made for me to support the front of our bike in our minivan.

    Yes I could have nailed a couple of 2x4’s together, but I work in the Product Design and Development department for a well known manufacturer of ski and wakeboard boats where "good enough" is never good enough . We use a lot of high-density polyethylene sheet, commonly known by the brand name Starboard. We recently bough a new van (see my other thread for a review of the 2011 Odyssey) and needed a stand to hold the fork securely while transporting the tandem to ride events that we enjoy throughout the SE.

    My friend is one of the CAD engineers. He put this design together and cut all of the parts on our CNC router for me.

    It holds the fork quite securely and the front wheel nestles in its own integrated stand next to the bike.
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    Very cool!

    Does it have a stop of some kind to keep the bike from sliding forward if you have to brake suddenly?

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    The forward stop is the rear wheel against the console and there are two straps, from the stem to utility hooks above the rear windows, to keep it against the console and prevent it from hitting the back door when I accelerate.

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    Reg, rather than admit it's Starboard, you could have probably bench raced that stuff as carbon nanofibres in sheet form.

    That stand is without doubt "Good Enough".

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    Mud, Gore & Guts eddubal's Avatar
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    Your stand looks great! It's always great to see a well thought out and designed project brought to life.

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    Nice stand, but I'm not trading my well-worn BikeTight Gliderboard (instant adjustment for two fork mounts across the entire width of the Ody)

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    I'd rather be riding DKMcK's Avatar
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    I especially like the "Team Ullmann" logo on the front!

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