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Old 11-10-11, 11:54 PM
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Handlebar or frame mounted rack?

So I recently picked up a Worksman Port-O-Trike and I'm in the process of building it up. I just put a new trunk on the back replacing the old milk crate. But, since I'm rolling on 20" wheels I'm thinking I should disperse some weight up front. Some friends suggested frame mounted racks, there is always the front handlebar basket. Or I'm even thinking of covering then mounting the original 19" milk crate to the bars via zip tie. What do you guys think? I don't want to spend a lot on the front rack as I'm planning on replacing the fork and doing some other stuff in the future.

Here is what she looks like so far:

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Old 11-11-11, 05:37 AM
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rack frame

[ATTACH]DSCN1165.jpg[/ATTACH] easy on off wit hose clamp. the rack is bolted to an old kids fork you could bolt any thing to it and it comes off in 10 seconds.
but basket on handle bars is simple and in wallmart.
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Go with a basket of some type (lots of choices in baskets) to make your trike more useful.
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If you are considering replacing the fork , are you willing to Burn Paint and braze on stuff?
a Big old Wald basket can be mounted on a support manufactured for the purpose
by a decent welding shop
Standard hardware is hanging from the handlebar and a pair of struts to the wheel axle.. cruiser wheel.

But you don't have to use those , then the basket can be lower..
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Old 11-11-11, 08:12 PM
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It's a trike; the weight is already balanced.
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Originally Posted by xoalaska View Post
It's a trike; the weight is already balanced.
Not exactly. The front end lifts up quite easily not sure if that is due to the 20" wheels but it did it before the new trunk was installed with no weight so it is definitely rear heavy.

As far as the welding fietsbob, I'm not really looking to have a lot of work like that done. I'm mainly looking for a quick cheap fix to add some weight to the front so it doesn't lift so easily. Some of that may be due to me normally riding a track bike and not being used to the lower gear ratio but I would imagine with the trunk loaded up it would be pretty rear heavy no matter what.
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Originally Posted by SykkelSpruce View Post
Not exactly. The front end lifts up quite easily not sure if that is due to the 20" wheels but it did it before the new trunk was installed with no weight so it is definitely rear heavy.

As far as the welding fietsbob, I'm not really looking to have a lot of work like that done. I'm mainly looking for a quick cheap fix to add some weight to the front so it doesn't lift so easily. Some of that may be due to me normally riding a track bike and not being used to the lower gear ratio but I would imagine with the trunk loaded up it would be pretty rear heavy no matter what.

Big cheap Wald basket then.
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i ended up going with a temp basket which is a 19" milk crate i covered in material. In time i'll replace it with somthing a bit nicer looking.

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I like the frame mount scheme on my Brompton,
because, the wheel doesn't have to shift the load too, then..

though the Handlebars must turn over the load..

Frame mount on the front of a trike and you could carry some
pretty heavy stuff,
as long as you don't corner too fast.

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Yeah, I think frame mount is the way to go, I may be having a friend make me a baker's rack style frame mount rack in the future so I can handle serious loads on the front.
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