I purchased this rack after much research. The top of the line Cycleracks, while appealing was also a little overkill for my purpose not to mention the price. While I do not mind spending the money for something I can and will really use, the Cycleracks was way more than I needed. Enter the Rocky Mountain Rack. At $70 it looked pretty good. I realize its shortcomings, the rear light mounting points that is, but for my intended purpose it was adequate. Yes, this rack will not make Outer Mongolia with a 60 lb. load but then again that's not my intended destination plus I'm a very light traveler, I never carry more than I really need. However, a little more real estate was needed so I set out to try for some improvement. Please keep in mind I have no fabricating skills, I'm an urban dweller lucky enough to have a garage. I own a tape measure, a drill, a hacksaw and an some wrenches and that is it. From the included images I'm sure you can see what went into this. Nothing spectacular, specially in comparison with some of the stuff some of the members here can build. The only weight this rack will have to support is that of a 3 gal. Rotopax, let's call it 20 LB? Everything else I'll pack will go behind my back. All in all it came out fairly stiff with very minimal flex. Material was about $30 including aluminum stock and metric bolts. Hopefully it will take me down Baja and back without breaking, specially if we consider that I'll stay off dirt trails, at least on this trip anyway as I have no experience whatsoever. Constructive criticism appreciated. I hope I attached the jpegs correctly.
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