Thanks! In a message dated 6/9/2006 2:14:40 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: Yes, it requires some modifications... in fact, I
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, Jun 9, 2006
In a message dated 6/9/2006 2:14:40 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
requires some modifications... in fact, I recommend you find a good
welder. I make a big mess and start small fires when I try to weld,
so I found Steve Salinas at Steve's Bike Shop in north Pasadena
are 3 problems you need to solve: 1. the stock Burley rack setup
includes two stays that are meant to reach from the front top edge of the
rack to the seat stays on your bike. Of course, the FreeRad moves
the rack way out of reach. Steve solved this by cutting some stock
aluminum tubing and welding one end into a T (connecting the two Burley
stay-mounts into one crosspiece, and one long-reach shaft), and attaching
a couple of front-fork dropouts to the far end. Using dropouts saved
him some fabrication time, and they angle in such a way that the new
stay-shaft cannot slip out even if both bolts are totally loose. One
bolt must be completely removed for the stay-shaft to even wiggle.
(the bolts attach to my old rear brake mounts on the bike's seat
stays) See photo in the rootsradicals album "Nic in Los
Angeles". 2. the new stay-shaft (or any similar fix to problem #1)
plows right through the plane of your snapdeck. Scrap paper, pencil
and a steady hand with a jigsaw will solve that pretty handily. The
resulting half-deck is still a comfy seat for one adult passenger, and
still makes a handy cutting board. Having only two snap-claws
holding it on, instead of 4, seems to make no difference with either the
deck or the freeloaders' stability. It did tend to rattle against
the Burley rack at first, but I keep a spare bungy cord or two coiled
around the rack, and that takes care of the rattle. 3. the Burley
rack's main attachment to your bike are these vertical stays that fit on
either side of your rear axle or hub. I'll post a closeup
soon. Don't remember the exact issue here (it was several years ago)
but Steve finessed it somehow. Part of the problem may have been my
cheapo Motiv axle... you may not run into this problem but it's something
to consider beforehand.
If you do mate a Piccolo with your FreeRad,
please make sure you have a strong center stand, either Nate Byerley's
RockSturdy or Val Kleitz's swing-down 2-leg stand. (I have used and love
both of them.) You will need it.
By the way, with the Piccolo
removed and a decent cushion over the Burley rack, you get a
"stadium-seating" effect with two passengers that's pretty cool.
> Re: Digest Number 121 > Posted by:
"BlueFrogPrpleDog@..." BlueFrogPrpleDog@... >
lavendergecko > Thu Jun8,2006 9:32am (PST) > >
WOW! This looks like the solution to my "problem". Thanks for
sending > the > pix. The photos are great! > >
Do you mind sharing with me what you have to do in order to attach
the > Piccolo to the FreeRad? Does it require modifications or
is it done > with > equipment as
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