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Old 09-07-2017, 09:56 AM   #1
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A Carrier for Folding Bikes

I cobbled together a "carrier" for a pair of folding racks this summer. This was done in a hurry before a trip.

In fact, when I really want to get something done, I figure the best way to do it is to schedule something else so that there's suddenly a little urgency involved.

I started out with just a notion of what I wanted to accomplish, but no real plan. I basically looked around the garage and basement to see what materials I had on hand that might work.

In the end, I used a 2' x 2' piece of 1/4" plywood, some cedar lathe, a piano hinge, a piece of heavy broom handle, some nylon line, woodworkers glue and a few screws, bolts and washers.

This way the bikes are stored out of the rain, behind tinted windows away from covetous eyes, in a locked vehicle with an alarm. They are available if we drive somewhere without the trailer, are readily accessible for loading and unloading, and they don't block visibility through the rear windows when we are driving.

The carrier held the bikes steady crossing over the Cascade mountain passes, so I'd call it a success. Naturally, I'd like to tweak it a bit to make it a bit more elegant, so I guess I'd better schedule something else to do now...
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I have a pair of foldy bikes too. When folded I doubt the word elegant and foldy bikes should be used in the same sentence. I kinda plop the pile under my tonneau cover in the back of the pick up. When I had the Nissan they were kinda piled up in the back. Absolutely not elegant. It takes me forever to even try to stuff them back in their carry sacks. But they are great for camp ground runs.

Good effort to make them elegant.
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Nice MacGyver.
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Does the "Civil" mean civil engineer?
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