Removable platform for a rack?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by David Kerber, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. David Kerber

    David Kerber Guest

    I'm looking for plans (or a pre-made one) for a platform which I can
    easily attach to and remove from my rear rack, which would be big enough
    to hold a large gym bag (approx 27" long, 12" wide) without it hanging
    way off the end and sides as it does on the factory rack.

    I'm sure I could whip something up out of 1/4" plywood and four u-bolts,
    but was wondering is somebody knows of a better-looking, more durable
    solution.

    Aluminum would be nice, but not necessary. I have wood working tools,
    but not much in the way of metal working tools except for a bench vise
    and, a hacksaw and a Dremel, so complex metal bending and welding are
    out (simple bending and soldering are ok).

    Thanks for any suggestions!
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  2. > I'm looking for plans (or a pre-made one) for a platform which I can
    > easily attach to and remove from my rear rack, which would be big
    > enough to hold a large gym bag (approx 27" long, 12" wide) without
    > it hanging way off the end and sides as it does on the factory rack.


    Sounds like you need a "Load Llama" bike-rack. My wife has one on her
    bike and loves it, but I think they may no longer be available. The
    manufacturer was Nett Designs, and I can't find them or a distributor
    online.
     
  3. JibeHo22

    JibeHo22 Guest

    Originally posted by David Kerber I'm looking for plans (or a pre-made
    one) for a platform which I can easily attach to and remove from my rear
    rack, which would be big enough to hold a large gym bag (approx 27"
    long, 12" wide) without it hanging way off the end and sides as it does
    on the factory rack.

    I had a similar problem with a cheap rear rack bag that I purchased. It
    had no internal structure to it, so it would sag/hang over the edges of
    the rack. I solved it by going to Wal-Mart and purchasing an inexpensive
    plactic storage box with removable lid. I used the box for storage in
    the basement, and I used the lid as a platform for the rack. It was very
    cheap and very weatherproof. In my case, I attached it by cutting some
    slots in it and using velcro straps to attach it to the rack. It is
    holding up well to the rigors of regular commuting.



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  4. David Kerber

    David Kerber Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, usenet-
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    > Originally posted by David Kerber I'm looking for plans (or a pre-made
    > one) for a platform which I can easily attach to and remove from my rear
    > rack, which would be big enough to hold a large gym bag (approx 27"
    > long, 12" wide) without it hanging way off the end and sides as it does
    > on the factory rack.
    >
    > I had a similar problem with a cheap rear rack bag that I purchased. It
    > had no internal structure to it, so it would sag/hang over the edges of
    > the rack. I solved it by going to Wal-Mart and purchasing an inexpensive
    > plactic storage box with removable lid. I used the box for storage in
    > the basement, and I used the lid as a platform for the rack. It was very
    > cheap and very weatherproof. In my case, I attached it by cutting some
    > slots in it and using velcro straps to attach it to the rack. It is
    > holding up well to the rigors of regular commuting.


    That sounds like a good, inexpensive solution. Thanks for the
    suggestion.

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