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    Front rack for grocery getter / beer run bike?

    Hi,

    I've just switched my fixie over to being a beer run bike, and want to put a rack on the front.

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    I'm not immediately finding what I'm after. Requirements are:

    1) Flat area where a small bag or shopping bag can be placed, and will stay there on its own for a short trip.
    2) Mounts to a frame/fork that don't have eyelets
    3) Looks nice to me.

    I'd really like something like this, but that can attach to a frame without eyelets. The PDW front rack that holds a six pack of beer is also nice, but a tad small for what I want. The FreeLoader (bought out by Thule) is cool and doesn't require mounts, but requires bungy's to hold a bag on.

    Thoughts, options?

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    Cetma makes racks that fasten at the handlebars and front axle:

    RACKS – CETMA Cargo

    Products – CETMA Cargo

    They have made fences for them (That would hit your three needs, but bungee cords and bungee cargo nets are cheap):

    Josh Estey in Jakarta - 7rail with fence | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Or you can buy one of their long john cargo bikes and bring home a keg!

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    I think I like the flatbed style front racks more than the ones with sides (more like a basket). as Brian's Cetma links show, it makes it possible to carry larger and irregular items. if your item isn't perfectly shaped, it can be very hard to carry in a basket type rack in a balanced manner.

    bungies should be pretty much a necessity, anyway.

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    Check out wald baskets, they should have some ideas.

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    My "research" shows that this will fit a 12-pack, but not a case...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Cetma makes racks that fasten at the handlebars and front axle:
    Wow, they`ve gotten expensive! Didn`t they used to sell those racks for like $30 to $40 not too many years ago?
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Wow, they`ve gotten expensive! Didn`t they used to sell those racks for like $30 to $40 not too many years ago?
    They were $100 for the 7 section when I built my own, if I remember right.



    I have $40-50 in it. I could have rigged a detachable fence, but I can simply bungee on a container of suitable size. I can bring home a case on ice with this. I guess as long as none of the containers is open, I'm OK. Too bad I am gluten intolerant. ;( I had to reinforce the bottom to the aluminum legs with steel. The top end should be affixed to the handlebars like the Cetma rack instead of a repurposed front reflector bracket (saved buying another length to aluminum channel). A winter project.

    Others:

    DIY Front Cargo Rack for Bike - BikeHacks

    Similar to my aluminum one:

    Guest Article: Ann's DIY "Porteur" Rack | Bike Commuters

    Heavy duty cargo racks (now with helpful diy update) | Tarckbike.com

    If you have a vise a hacksaw and a drill you are all set if you wish to DIY one.

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    Oh I forgot this beauty - nice stainless steel, no less:

    VO Porteur Rack - Racks & Decaleurs - Accessories

    Your bike's value doubles?

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    I use a rear rack mounted backwards on the front..... I've been able to get a Lil Oscar type of cooler on top of it, with straps, and it can hold a 6 pack with ice...

    heres the pics of the front rack;



    the mounting strap that I jury-rigged/bent myself.... I plan on getting a sturdier one.

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