Re: [rootsradicals] Big Dummy roof racks
- Hi allI put 2 pictures of my roof rack kludge on the group site --I cut the tray and used some hardware-store 3/4 inch square extruded aluminum to extendit so that it is long enough for the X. I used 3 1/4 inch bolts for each end of thealuminum. It ended up a bit floppy in the up and down direction, so I cut a pieceof wood that sits under the kickstand plate and takes the weight -- with the woodblock in place the force is *upward* on the rear wheel tray with the strap cinched down,so the tray is just providing side-to-side stability. There is a hole in the wood that thekickstand bolt sits in to keep the block from moving around. You might not have to dothis if your roofline is longer than mine, or if you use steel instead of aluminum for theextendo bar.If I had to do it again, I would use a piece of steel.Total additional cost was about $9, since I already had the tray. A "wheelbase-challenged"bike still fits.I now have disc brakes. There is a bit of a clearance problem. My plan is tocut a notch out of the tray to accommodate the disc caliper, but I haven'tdone it yet. There is also *almost* a clearance problem with the front fender.Hope this helps someone.-CarlMp.s. it is pain, but not impossible to put the X up on the roof. For short distances, I leaveeverything (freeloaders, super cushy snapdeck, etc) on, and I can still get it up there bymyself.
- On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 9:01 AM, Tone<tone@...> wrote:
> Sorry for my inattention, and thank you for providing thoseNo worries. I'm sure your bar will be fine. My
> measurements! My follow up question equating your “room to spare” to an
> extra 1/16” in both dimensions still stands though.
eyeball-on-the-measuring-tape method could easily be off by 1/16th