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Old 04-24-10, 04:36 PM   #1
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Semi-Homebuilt Tandem Roof Rack

After deciding that all the tandem-specific racks are far too expensive I decided to see if I could modify an existing one to fit a tandem. It seems to me that the basic mechanism that holds the front of the bike would work for a tandem just as it would a regular bike, so if I could just extend the part that holds the rear wheel, it would work just fine.

I decided to use the Swagman rooftop carrier:
Based on its reviews, it works just as well as others and is much less expensive. The plus was that if I wasn't able to modify it to make it work, I wouldn't be out as much money.

I ordered an 8' piece of 3"x1" aluminum channel iron to move the rear wheel holder out. I'll let pictures do the talking.

As it turns out the aluminum bends quite a bit at the forward roof rail. I'm going to strengthen it over the front rail with some more aluminum I ordered today. But it looks good. It is quite stable (aside from the bending of the aluminum rail, which will be fixed), and I can open the rear hatch!

With the extra aluminum, so far I'm out about $120. I'll update once I modify it with the strengthened piece.
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Old 04-26-10, 05:28 PM   #2
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Here is how I built mine.
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