Bike Racks

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G'day fellas, I was looking through Flip'nLorry's photo album regarding bike racks. Does anyone have an idea where I can get those done? Need to construct bike racks on the A Frame to carry 3 bikes. We pick our van just before Xmas. Cheers, Mike.
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:37

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:37
Have you spoken to Bushtracker, they may be able to manufacture something that will be strong enough to take 3 bikes over corrigated roads without braking off. Most racks that go on car tow bars would require an additional support if being used on corrigated roads for any period. Brian.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:38

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:38
Brian, Will email them today. Ta, Michael.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:39

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:39
I recall that the bike racks in the photo album were made by a specialist engineering shop in Brisbane, but I omitted to write down the details. The couple who owned that particualr van were from Sunshine Coast (I think).
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Reply By: Deleted User - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:40

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:40
Hi again, Got in touch with Bushtracker regarding bike racks. Just made one comment - they thought that putting bikes on the A Frame was the worst place to carry bikes cos bulldust gets into gears, derailers, bearings, grease and chain. They suggested to put them on roofracks on the tow vehicle away from the bulldust. Cheers, Michael.
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Reply By: Bushtracker42 - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:41

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:41
We considered this at their advice but ended up with
them on the A frame for access/space/lockable etc. Definitely gets dirty, but OK.
We are trying to make a cover for extra protection.



The only trouble I have is would I take them again? Jenny
attracts thorns e.g. last trip we used them 4 times. 3 required puncture
repairs. Last ride = 10 minute, 9 in the front, 5 in the rear = two new tubes. Even
Bowen she had two flats as far from the van as possible. I admit here I also
had my one for the trip.



Needless to say I am teaching her how to repair tubes
and getting her own kit with her own two spare tubes.



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Reply By: Deleted User - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:42

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:42
Hi Gary, I think we will have them on the A Frame and have them specially covered somehow. Could you advise where you got your bike racks manufactured? Ta, Michael.
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Reply By: Andy1 - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:43

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:43
Gary With regards to your "thorny" problem. We were in Broken Hill, the "three cornered jack" capital of the World, a year or so ago & decided, after numerous punctures, to fit thorn proof tubes & HD tyres. The guy in the bike shop advised us not to go this path but said he would line our tyres with Linatex. This is used as a Grinding Mill liner in indsutry. It is quite flexible. Have not had a puncture since! Andy
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Reply By: Luvntravln - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:44

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:44
Hi Any thought regarding putting the bikes in canvass bags? You can turn the handle bars, perhaps remove the front wheel, and have them specially sewn to cover the pedals and include an inside pocket for the front wheel. Then put the entire package inside a "cage" on the A-frame. With two just revers the bikes so that the pedals are not in the same location. Jay
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Reply By: Bushtracker42 - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:45

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:45
Jenny
thanks you. This will loose some brownie point opportunities for the repairer but
it will be worth it.



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With regards to your 'thorny' problem.
We were in Broken Hill, the 'three cornered jack' capital of the
World, a year or so ago & decided, after numerous
punctures, to fit thorn proof tubes & HD tyres. The guy in
the bike shop advised us not to go this path but said he would line our
tyres with Linatex. This is used as a Grinding Mill liner in indsutry. It
is quite flexible. Have not had a puncture since!





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Reply By: Deleted User - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:46

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:46
For those that don't already have bikes but want them, consideration might be given to fold-aways (you can tell, I'm on a thing). I remember Anthony came back from Cania raving about a Giant he had seen (around $1000). There is also a brand called Dahon. There alloys start at around $655. They are quite good for the dollar, but not up to touring. (I have my doubts about the Giant in that regard). But the Birdy!!! You know how much I hate doing this to you Anthony, so DON'T look at reise und muller www.birdy.com.au ! ($1799) Griff
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Reply By: Luvntravln - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:47

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:47
Griff, take a look at www.dahon.com. Then take a look at The Speed Pro. The bike for the serious roadie who wants it all: a bike that can take on a century as easily as it packs away into a small suitcase. The SuperLite 4130 chromoly steel frame shows that steel is still real: stomp on the pedals and the Speed Pro leaps forward. The BioLogic™ frame geometry combined with the MicroAdjust stem let you dial in the perfect riding position. The innovative SRAM DualDrive gear system offers 24 gears for anything from the steepest hills to mashing on the flats. For 2003, the Speed Pro is 1 kg lighter, gets a $200 Rolf front wheel, and a long list of upgraded components. You can put rear paniers on this baby and tour all you want. If $$ aren't an issue, then the only consideration would be a Bike Friday - it is the best folding bike in the world!! www.bikefriday.com On the 28th we are doing the Bike Victoria Mt. Hotham to Mornington along with 3500 other cyclists. I expect to see several Bike Firdays and Dahon Speed Pros on the road. One of my best mates tours all over the world with full paniers, tent, and other accessories on his bike friday. The Speed Pro is about $1600 and for the price is far superior to the Giant; especially regarding gearing. Dahon makes over 20 different configueratons. tgintl
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