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Are there any DIY ideas floating around to make bag supports for the Cyclerack? I think that the ones that they make are overkill for my intended purpose. I will be using Nelson-Rigg dry bags not hard cases, so I want simplicity. Any advice will be appreciated! J
 

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Overkill? I've bent mine.
 

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I used a metal rod from the local hardware. I bent and cut it to fit. Is very fast to put on and take off. I must admit I don't know if this will work for you as I don't haven't seen Nelson-Rigg Bags, but maybe this will help.





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Thanks for the great advice gentlemen. Admiral, I think that what you made is exactly what I am needing. Can you tell me the diameter of the material that you used and how you went about bending?
 

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Rod dia. I think was 3/8 but I'll check when I get home. If it's different I'll post it up. I used a Oxy/Act torch to heat it up and made the bends. Yeah, don't hit the "cut" button on the handle. :p I think I made the curls by heating the rod up then bending it over, up and around, using the actual cyclcrack as the guide. I wore welding gloves and used a vice grip and...hammer, to manipulate the curls. I used a hand grinder to smooth out the cut portion of the rod.

I started out using a torch which attaches to one of those small hand held propane tanks and it was working. It's just the Oxy/Act torch heated it quicker.

Oh, and I just eyeballed the measurements to match my saddle bags.
 

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It is not stated on their website, but are the Cyclerack supports $79 for the pair or the individual? If it is for the pair I'm going to buy them, if it's $79 per side Im going to mimic admiral's set up.
 

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View attachment 24048 If you want simplicity I would stick with the ones Cycleracks sells, or make your own by copying their design, they take no tools to put on or take off and will work with both soft and hard bags, they are easy to store as they do not take up much room when not on the bike. I spent $30 trying to fabricate a similar system on my own and ended up ordering a set from them. If you have the materials and skills already, I would imitate their design. For me the cost of continuing my DIY project would have ended up costing me more than their simple design, so I pulled the plug on my project and just bought theirs. I install mine backwards so that the buckle strap faces forward and sits on top of my fender to keep it cleaner and less likely to be snagged on something.
I like those bags. what are they?
 

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Are there any DIY ideas floating around to make bag supports for the Cyclerack? I think that the ones that they make are overkill for my intended purpose. I will be using Nelson-Rigg dry bags not hard cases, so I want simplicity. Any advice will be appreciated! J
have you used the nelson rigg bags yet??? When I was looking for dry bags I found them, just wondering if the low cost reflects the quality or if they are good for occasional use
 

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just looked it up still on sale. was it one or two for that price?
It is for the pair, and a pad that they connect to.
 

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Thanks for that link Dave. Those look perfect! I like how the two supports are held together by steel instead of a nylon strap. SO unfortunate that they are unavailable.
 
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