a few pictures of a friends bike that I built a heavy duty front
rack for. Not
too sure on the year but I'm guessing late 70's early eighties.
I helped him purchase the bike from a local shop here in Seattle
that sells a lot of used bicycles and components. It was in great
shape and is a fine example of what I wish were more available new
from bike shops these days.
is a rider who is hard on his bicycle and he also needs to carry
fairly heavy loads from time to time so when it came to the design
of his rack I didn't want to mess around. It's somewhat over engineered
but I didn't want it to break.
rack deck support struts are 7/16" x 0.035" chrome moly. steel.
The deck itself is made from 3/8" x 0.028" cro-mo, bent up using
an inexpensive bender from Aircraft Spruce. All the joints are oxy-acetylene
brazed with brass rod. The rack mounting points at the lower part
of each fork leg are the threaded parts of cantilever studs, brazed
on with a generous fillet of brass.
classy and sublte paint job is courtesy of a can of Rustoleum.
reports that he really likes the rack and used it on a daily basis.
It probably would have been more optimal to increase the fork rake
thus lowering the trail was the case for many of the porteurs of
old (see Jan Heine's articles in VBQ)
but we decided against that. Scott's a good bike handler and a strong
rider and seems to have no problem with manoeuvring the bike.
tried to document this build with pictures but found it hard to
do. Constantly stopping to take photo's disrupted my work flow.
I suspect this may improve as I get more experienced with building
this kind of thing. I hope you can use some of my pictures.
for the site.