My DIY hitch rack.- Mtbr.com
Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation: jetta_mike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    484

    My DIY hitch rack.

    spent about 10 hrs on this set up. There was a lot of on the fly engineering. But it turned out well. No contact other than the tires, so no damage from rubbing!






  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    1,138
    I think with some rough bumps, that things gonna bend and break. I have a feeling that the leverage of the bikes being that high are gonna bend that thing. I may be wrong??

    How do you secure them to keep them from falling off?

    Dont get me wrong, Im all for DIY engineering products, and I commend you for doing this, im just saying.
    Last edited by nov0798; 07-18-2011 at 08:59 PM.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation: jetta_mike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    484
    the rack bend? It's twice as beef cake as anything Thule or Yakima sells. This was built with shuttling 5 DH rigs up BC back roads ie, rough, ungraded decommisioned logging roads. I have no worries.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: eurospek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,473
    Serves its purpose well. But quick question, with a pickup bed, why not carry the bikes there?

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation: jetta_mike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    484
    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Serves its purpose well. But quick question, with a pickup bed, why not carry the bikes there?
    1) I have a canopy. This will allow me to carry more than 1 bike when it's on.

    2) When we go on trips and the back of the truck is full of supplies there is no room in a 5ft box for bikes.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    2,208
    How do you secure the bikes to the rack?

    J.

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    11
    How much does the setup weigh?

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    399
    Nice work. It looks great.

  9. #9
    roots, rocks, rhythm
    Reputation: Dawgprimo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    700
    I think that your design puts more pressure on the front wheel/headset specially on a rough road compared to the North Shore rack. Which is pretty similar.....

    But your design would accommodate a road or cross bike which the North Shore Rack is not as flexible in their design.

    and yes I own a North Shore rack.

    Just my 0.02 cents


  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    9
    Pretty cool.

  11. #11
    ballbuster
    Reputation: pimpbot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    12,717

    Good job! Sweet!

    Quote Originally Posted by jetta_mike View Post
    spent about 10 hrs on this set up. There was a lot of on the fly engineering. But it turned out well. No contact other than the tires, so no damage from rubbing!





    Came out looking nice! I might suggest some sort of red flag kinda thing if it's sticking out that far, but looks like you did a pro job with that thing.

    Makes for a sweet bike shuttle vehicle. 5 on the rack, you can easily get 4 more in the bed. Get a bud to haul up the riders in a wagon, and you got a day of fun.

  12. #12
    I got the velcros
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    252
    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgprimo View Post
    I think that your design puts more pressure on the front wheel/headset specially on a rough road compared to the North Shore rack. Which is pretty similar.....
    Riding puts exponentially more pressure on headsets and wheels than any rack setup ever will.

  13. #13
    mtbr member
    Reputation: jetta_mike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    484
    Two weeks ago I finished a 3200km road trip through northern BC with my wife, and the rack worked wonderfully. One problem I came across, which I will be repairing shortly, was that with the wheels turned the bikes were able to bounce from the combined wheel, tire and fork flex. The solution was to use compression straps to hold the front wheel inline with the rest of the bike. I'll be redesigning the front wheel hoop so that the wheel stands up.

    Here's a pic from our trip.


  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    28
    looks cool....almost looks like a tv antenna...hehe

Similar Threads

  1. Honda Fit Sport: Hitch Rack or Trunk Rack?
    By EVERYUSERNAMEISTAKEN in forum Cars and Bike Racks
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-18-2011, 12:48 PM
  2. 2009 gti: hitch and hitch rack recs needed...
    By iridetitus in forum Cars and Bike Racks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-29-2010, 04:47 PM
  3. Cargo hitch rack and bike rack combo?
    By quaestionis in forum Cars and Bike Racks
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-27-2010, 05:00 PM
  4. Hitch bike rack - Too much play in trailer hitch
    By matsis in forum Cars and Bike Racks
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-27-2009, 07:05 AM
  5. Honda Element - Roof Rack or Hitch Rack
    By Sun Burn in forum Cars and Bike Racks
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 10-05-2008, 09:43 PM

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2019 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.