Time to build a rack. Or have a rack built. Sorta dumb, sorta not – I printed up a copy of this and then markered the crap out of it to give me a sense of shape and dimension – will get me 90% of the way there in terms of measurements and angles. Once I have a working design I’ll take it to Colin and finish the design with him.
This is Freds new rack. I’m likely to copy parts of it:
I will say I think there’s something to this low-trail frontloading thing Fred and Alex have been on about. Now that I’ve been riding it, I see the appeal – and this janky VO rack with a basket business I don’t think is long for this world.
In related news, I threw an infinite setback seatpost from an 80′s mountain bike on and put a B-17 on the Voyageur. The B-17 does not set as far back as most modern saddles – relying instead on a slacker STA.
Well this has a slack STA but it’s still not enough. Using a 130mm stem I’m still at 52mm of setback which is pretty insane. With the low bottom bracket the overall fit of the bike it’s practically French-fit. (That’s about half the amount of seatpost I’m accustomed to). But a short top tube, a long torso, and short reach handlebars like the Cowbells I prefer are what they are – so here I am.
Alas here we are and I’m learning more about saddle fit than I expected. For example I didn’t really appreciate that the saddle works on an arc. I can move the saddle backwards but I have to lower the seatpost to maintain reach, or I can move the saddle forward but that requires raising the seatpost. I guess I knew this already if I thought about it – I just never thought about it before.
Re: sewing – I’m having a good time screwing around with it but I am not a good sewer, and my technique is pretty sloppy. Fortunately all I’m sewing is webbing so game-on I guess. Still, I just broke the sewing machine Rogelio lent me last night while working on more compact versions of the handlebar compression roll. So now I get to fix or replace his machine, and probably buy one of my own.
Projects are expensive, but camping season is upon us. These projects are their own reward but if they pay off camping, so much the better.