I have a car with roof rails and wanted cross bars and a bike carrier. I priced them new and nearly passed out when I saw the 130 Euro price tag.
So I thought, surely I can make a set mush cheaper.
I looked through Instructables and saw the the type of rack I needed by nmheppenstall
Step 1: Bars and Fittings
I got 2 lengths (1.2 meters each) of 40mm x 40mm metal tray in a local electrical wholesale. To fix the bars I got 4 U bolts and wing nuts. These U bolts are exhaust bolts I got in a local motor factors.
To attach the forks to the bars I got an old front wheel from a cycle shop and cut the spokes off. I took out the hub and removed the axel and bearings. I got a 10mm bolt with 2 lock nuts and washers.
The fork mount is attached to the bars by a single jubilee clip.
Step 2: Attaching the Bars & Bike
The bars are very secure when attached with the U bolts.
The fork mount is very secure and there was no movement on the test drive.
On the back bar I got a rectangular plate and bolted it on, this made it easy to secure the back wheel.
I got black duct tape and put it on the bars and U bolt, this gave the fittings more bite to hold the bars, and gave it a sleek look.
As you can see the bike fits perfectly with no movement on the test drive.
The cost is as follows.
Metal Tray 20 euros
All fittings 16 euros
BOOM CHEAP AS CHIPS
I hope this helps anyone looking for a bike carrying solution