I've recently started riding my bike more often. Driving to campus is becoming impractical, and finding parking is increasingly frustrating since the school decided to build new facilities over some of the parking lots. Riding a bike certainly has its advantages, but bikes don't normally have a place to carry your things. Handlebar baskets are too girly for me(I'm a guy), and in my opinion look funny on a mountain bike. I decided building my own would be cheaper and more fun than buying a rack at the local bike shop.
I intend to paint my bike and the rack at some point, however I wold like to leave the wood it's natural color. I'm looking for paint ideas that would go well with the natural cedar look. Give me some tips in the comments if you have any.
Pro Tip: Listen to jazz while you work!
Step 1: Design Goals, Materials, and Tools
-build it myself
-square bucket pannier compatible
-flat bar(many sizes will work)
-1"x2" wood of your choice(I used cedar)
-all thread or round bar around 1/4"
-4 or 6 nuts and bolts to mount the rack
-2 or four nuts and bolts to attach the supports and rack together
-6 nuts to mount the wood planks
-nuts, washers, or spacers to separate the wood planks and align them on the all
thread or rod(there are 12 spots that need something)
I've omitted some amounts here as they will change depending on your bike and personal design.
-angle grinder or file
-drill or drill press
-a die(to thread the round bar if you choose it over all thread)