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Tow Hitch Bike Rack

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I made this bike rack in order to carry our bikes and to prevent soiling the interior with chain oil.  Now I don't have break our bikes down in order to prepare them for transport.  I made it at Techshop San Jose (http:\\www.techshop.ws).
 
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Step 1: Cut 1 1/4" mild steel tubing and angle iron

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Step 2: De-bur and bevel mild steel with an angle grinder

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Step 3: Drill holes in the clamping and hitch pieces

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Step 4: Tack the pieces together with a mig welder

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Step 5: Mig Weld the bike rack frame and clamp sections

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Step 6: Grind the welds with a flap wheel on an angle grinder

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Step 7: (Optional) Weld stainless steel bolts into the clamping section.

Step 8: Sand blast the bike rack

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Step 9: Wash the bike rack with TSP

Step 10: Dry and preheat bike rack in the Powder coating oven

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Step 11: Powder coat bike rack. Cover the bolt threads with polyester high temperature tape.

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Step 12: Bake coated bike rack in the oven at the appropriate temperature and duration.

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Step 13: Allow bike rack to cool outside the oven.

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