Making cheap rear racks from PVC pipe

Since the rear rack I’d bought for my XT is backordered, Peter and I needed to come up with something for next weekend’s Sport-Touring.net dualsport ride.

Here’s the write-up for our el-cheapo PVC rear racks.

Rack1 Rack2

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5 Responses to Making cheap rear racks from PVC pipe

  1. James says:

    Seems like all you need. You going to cancel your order?

  2. SBL Stephen says:

    Hey Carolyn,
    I see you’ve got an Airhawk…
    You like? Dislike? Opinions?

  3. carolyn says:

    Nah, I still definitely want the Happy Trails rack. This is good for a weekend and one dry bag, but I don’t think this homemade rack could hold a tent, camping gear, dry bag, extra gas can…
    Stephen — I’ve never used the Airhawk, since it essentially adds an inch to the seat height. 😉 It’s on Peter’s XT right now, but he’s never ridden with it yet. I’m hoping he’ll like it on this coming weekend, when we have many a mile to put on…I’ll have him review it then!

  4. James says:

    I love my Airhawk. I could ride all day on it without getting off, but I would need a much bigger tank.

  5. 522tx says:

    Love your site. How did you fasten the PVC rack to the bike? It looks like it was just bungied somewhere near the seat, and then to the tail light.

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