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    Listen! Homemade Rooftop Bike carrier

    so instead of going out and buying a $150+ roof rack, went to the LBS and bought a $15 fork mount, the hardware store and bought 2 $0.99 U bolts. and some loose bolts from around the house. so for under$20 i have a roof rack that is just as good as any other.



    this is of the fork mount



    looks like it works to me.

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    Not a whole lot of security from theft, but it definately gets the job done for not a whole lot of coin. Good work.
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    Very nice.
    The suspension of your bike sucks if it's different than mine. Really. It sucks. Big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A1an
    Not a whole lot of security from theft, but it definately gets the job done for not a whole lot of coin. Good work.
    I just throw on my bike lock when not in the car, the rack its self is locked to the car so it is pretty secure with just a bike lock.

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    But how much for the crossbars and roof mounts?

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    think they were around $125 but have had them for a few years for the snowboard.

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    Simple, efficient and cheap... i already got a roof rack on my xterra so makes it eve easier... all i need now is a way to lock that sucker without using a bike lock...i'll post pics as soon as i got something

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    very nice, cheap and functional...

    just be careful, it looks like the pedal may hit the roof, mmmm maybe with a flat tire?

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    they make locking fork mounts, either integral, I know yakima makes one. they also have the kind that you can put a paddle lock to keep the quick release from opening up

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    In stead of using all those goofy u-bolts and washers, why not just drill two holes in the cross bar. It'll be a helluva lot stronger,not to mention less ghetto.

    Good work otherwise, though.

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    your crossbar is upside down

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    Maybe a silly question, but how is the back being secured?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxmmarch
    Simple, efficient and cheap... i already got a roof rack on my xterra so makes it eve easier... all i need now is a way to lock that sucker without using a bike lock...i'll post pics as soon as i got something
    From experience, throwing a bike up onto the top of an Xterra after a long ride is damn hard! You're better off just making an interior bike rack using the Xterra's cargo tie down slots on the back and putting one of the rear seats down. like this here.

    Personally, I use a hitch mount rack on my Xterra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    In stead of using all those goofy u-bolts and washers, why not just drill two holes in the cross bar. It'll be a helluva lot stronger,not to mention less ghetto.

    Good work otherwise, though.
    Actually, drilling through the crossbar will make it weaker. It may attach to the bar more securely, but now you've compromised the structural integrety of the bar right on the surfaces that take the most stress when loaded with weight.

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    Well done!
    Grit, spit, and a whole lot of duct tape!

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    I did the same at one point but drilled. It never had a problem with it.

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    ????

    I guess...however, you would be so much safer with a 80$ rocky mount or anything else. Just imagine how dumb you will feel picking that thing out of the ditch on freeway with 4 others cars waiting for your insurance info...all for $80?

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    I would have done it a bit differently (square u-bolts for the square cross tube for one), but I hardly see anything dangerous, unsafe, or ready to fail on that setup.
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    I would have done it a little bit different, but that looks good man.
    Goodjob

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    Nice :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam728 View Post
    I would have done it a bit differently (square u-bolts for the square cross tube for one), but I hardly see anything dangerous, unsafe, or ready to fail on that setup.
    You are critiquing something done 4 years ago.

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    Well at least hes STFF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    You are critiquing something done 4 years ago.
    Doh!

    Was there a post before mine that was removed or something? I don't recall digging thru the archives, and I'm usually pretty good about not bothering to pull up things more than a couple of weeks old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adam728 View Post
    Doh!

    Was there a post before mine that was removed or something? I don't recall digging thru the archives, and I'm usually pretty good about not bothering to pull up things more than a couple of weeks old.
    Weird stuff happens around here, so who knows. I just thought it was funny. Thanks for having a sense of humor.

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    15 qr?

    Anyone have a home made truck bed system for 15 QR? I have a bunch of these 9mm fork mounts, but my newer bike is 15 qr. Any sweet setups out there before I buy $40 adapter?

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