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Old 07-25-08, 03:10 PM
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My homemade front frankenrack.

I'd been wanting to make a front rack for my commuter for some time but being rather lazy this project was largely forgotten till the other week. It's a rather rough build out of some 3/8 and 1/4 inch stainless tube I had. Yet to try a load on it as I don't really have suitable bungee or tie down stuff, but I think it may work out. I went for a kinda 'odd' size maybe but was looking at general utility for a few applications as the pics show.

I know it ain't super pretty but let me know what you think.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/econnof...7606367934360/
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Old 07-25-08, 03:12 PM
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looks pretty good to me.
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Old 07-25-08, 03:14 PM
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From a few paces away, I'm not sure I could tell that from the outrageously priced one that Rivendell sells.

Good work.
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A hack rack (or is that a rack hack, or a hacked rack, or racked . . ahhhh forget it). I love it.
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Originally Posted by RazorWind View Post
From a few paces away, I'm not sure I could tell that from the outrageously priced one that Rivendell sells.

Good work.
+1

I was expecting to see an assortment of ductape, pipe, and some cut up license plates. This is definitely closer to those riv nittos.
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Old 07-25-08, 03:26 PM
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Woahhh... you got skilz. Nice!


And sweet chucks.
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Looks nice. I wouldn't put any weight on it though. Looks like the only thing holding it up in the back is the horizontal mounting bracket. Probably hold a six pack though!
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I've been wanting one of those nitto's that Riven sells...but seems like the one for canti's is always out of stock, and yeah a little pricey for no more than it is as well. More or less this was just taking some scrap and playing with it a bit, I don't have a welding machine suitible for stainless at my disposal too often. All in all I'm pretty pleased with the end result, basic idea was something I could tote my cooler/lunchbox to work on, or tote some brews on. It's suprisingly rigid, the fork attatchment at the steerer I need to play with a bit....the strap thing is off one of those cheapo front racks NASHBAR has or had....could never make that thing work, but at 9 bucks I didn't expect alot and I'm sure I can reuse it on another mount.

Gotta get me some various bungee/straps, possibly a net and play around with it a bit this weekend.

Thanks for all the feedback
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Old 07-25-08, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by knobster View Post
Looks nice. I wouldn't put any weight on it though. Looks like the only thing holding it up in the back is the horizontal mounting bracket. Probably hold a six pack though!
that electrical bag is 40lbs easy. yeah I've not tried it loaded yet. but rest assured it'll hold more than a 6r'....most the weight essentially would be carried by the front struts....the rear is all I could make out of what I had laying about to mount it today, but I have no real concerns about strength, I've been welding along time.
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Old 07-25-08, 03:56 PM
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Skills! That's really nice looking, and I wouldn't worry about loading up moderate weight on it with that crown attachment.

Now if you really want to haul some heavy stuff on it, I've seen some porteur style racks like yours which have the crown mounting bolt welded directly to the rack frame. It would take some measuring, but that would really look awesome. (and some light support struts on the rack platform, so stuff can't fall through.)
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Old 07-25-08, 04:13 PM
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Looks great a little more refinement and Velo Orange would sell them for sure. They are always looking for new and neat stuff to market.
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Oh my, that thing is sweeeeet. Good job!
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Looks good.You don't need a special weld for stainless,any welder will work on stainless.
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Beautiful.
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I'd buy one from you
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Too good to be called Franken... Well done, except for the Swiller beer--Try Molson, Labatt maybe?
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Originally Posted by Booger1 View Post
Looks good.You don't need a special weld for stainless,any welder will work on stainless.
Actually I coulda used my wire feed welder of doom but it's hard enough to weld stainless tube with proper tig rig...let alone splatter and bubblegum it with a mig gun from sears and just have it break later.
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I'd buy one from you
Yes, I agree. Your rack is so well done I can't tell it from a pro factory made job!

You might be on to something here.
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Very professional looking. You should be proud.
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The simplicity of that rack along with fact you did it yourself makes it very nice. COOL!!
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Old 07-26-08, 02:49 PM
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Hey, nice rack. Seriously though, a diy rack that can handle that much weight is really impressive!
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That's impressive. It looks clean and high quality to me! Good job.
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Oh, I love it! Looks really sturdy. Especially since it can hold your beer and essentials.
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A little practice and some silicone spray for the splatter(get rid of the splatter core wire) and your wire machine will look just like the tig.Use shielding gas and real wire,that will cut the splatter down by about 90%.

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