In an earlier post (part 1), I described my pretty crude efforts at welding a bike roof rack from scratch (maybe spent $12). This was difficult. however after many suggestions, I’ve bitten the bullet and used preexisting Thule equipment. When doing this, maybe almost anyone can build their own setup. Only some skill required:
For $20 a piece, I purchased the Thule lowrider hitch mount for the front forks. Using 1-inch Ubolts, I mounted both units to rails I found in the trash that happen to fit my car. Then I dented the bolts so that they cannot be unscrewed, but can be slid off the locking rails with key.
The back rails were a little more tricky. It look a pipe fitted around the rail with room to slide on and off. Then we drilled 2 holes in the bottom of the pipe, and welded two nuts over each of the holes. Bolts will then fit the the pipe in place on the rails. On the topside, we welded 16 inches of stopsign rail for the rear tire to sit. A bungie cord ensures its precious cargo!
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Fits 2 bikes, but could have easily been 3. This one ended up costing around $45.