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Old 04-12-12, 02:56 PM
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Spiffy rear rack mount

Here's what I did at work this morning, instead of earn a living:


Pletscher racks are cool: strong, simple, well-designed and cheap. They have two flaws. The rat-trap thingy is heavy & useless, and their seat stay clamp is responsible for almost as much frame disfigurement as kickstands. I removed the spring-loaded part and got rid of the clamp, bolting the rack to the brake pivots instead.

I modified an old MAFAC brake bridge by cutting off the pivots & drilling the out spring bosses. The Pletscher rack needed two reliefs cut to clear the offset part of the bridge: after that it was a straightforward drill-&-bolt job. The rack's legs were also shortened a bit to get the angle right and to get the rack as low as practical. If I were to carry a lot of weight, I'd add a second leg forward of the first to reduce bending loads on the brake.
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Old 04-12-12, 03:04 PM
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Now that's a nice job!
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Now that's a nice job!

+1. Very clever and neat-looking mount, Michael!
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Old 04-12-12, 07:24 PM
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That's spectacular. Love it. On a Frejus?
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On a Frejus?
Yup. '62 TdF. Got rid of the original miserable Balillas & put on MAFACs. Huge difference!
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i'm taking the design to china, getting it mass produced then i'm gonna sell them all over the North America and the world and i'm gonna make millions..

j/k... it's really nice, great work! keeps everything clean and smooth
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