Pants are for suckaz
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Mt. Airy, MD
Bikes: Hardtail MTB, Fixed gear, and Commuter bike
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(1) yes, completely home made by me. It only took about an hour to make but I planned it all out before I started and I had all the tools I needed to make it happen (drill press, welder, conduit bender, etc.). I am completely self taught when it comes to welding and metal work so I was pretty happy with how it came out. The curved front/side tube is 1/2" steel conduit, the rest is 3/4"x1/8" steel bar stock. I used conduit hangers for the handlebar attachment points.
(2) I have not experienced any shifting/braking problems when using the rack and the cable housings pop right back out to where they are supposed to be when I remove the rack.
(3) I intentionally mounted my CETMA clone very high so I wouldn't block my dynamo powered headlamp. If I were mounting the "platform" lower I might have run the cables over the vertical rails rather than smooshing them back like I did.