Tuesday, April 1, 2008

long time no blog

been a busy week! fooled around in the barn on my long awaited day-off.

this next porteur rack was gonna be pretty much the same as chris'. but, i started changing it up as soon as the basic frame was done. side-to-side crossmember like on my canti-mount, and angled front-to-back cross members. the angled tubes are a lot more work than cross-members that parallel and square.
angled tubes need to be jigged up to hold them in place, rather than just squeezed in like 90degree tubes.
they also require a lot of stop-and-go filing and continuous checking to ensure that the copes are lined up, and at the right angle.

after i got that last tube brazed into place i went out for a road ride with laura and her friend beth. i have not been riding much at all lately, aside from turtle paced commuting once or twice a week. this ride kicked my butt. it was only 13.6 miles, but at a very fast pace. i definately got dropped on the last third of the loop, but luckily the ladies waited up for me down the road. i could make some excuses like im on 35mm tires, have front and rear racks, fenders, etc, but unfortunately the bike had very little to do with it! all in all it was a lot of fun-- i definately need to get back to riding regularly.

6 comments:

Fxdwhl said...

Looks good. You should add another cross piece to make an "A" so a bag lashed on there won't sag down onto the fender.

Spring times a coming softie, no excuses not to commute more!

d & l said...

good point on the gap in the middle.... i could fill that in with a piece of 1/8" rod. but then everyone will ask what the A is for!

p. dalkner said...

it stands for "A" rack.

Max said...

oh peter...
keep up the good work dan!

d & l said...

max whats up with yours? you never got back to me with basic dimensions....

Max said...

working on it