Bike Rack

All the bike racks I had looked at, all required drilling the van panels, or you couldn't open the back doors without removing the bikes and racks. My answer was to build my own. The rack holds three bikes, allows the back doors to be opened quickly and easily, plus when not in use it can be folded up out of the way.



The triangles on the additional lighting board signify they are attached to a trailer, however I decided to leave them on as I felt its better to make the vehicle as noticeable as possible. I am also preparing a stainless steel lighting bar to mount along the top of the rear doors with an extra set of red lights and white working lights, both to aid the camera night vision.



By releasing two clips the rack can be hinged open.



The rack opens up fully



With the rack fully opened, access is gained easily in to the rear of the van



Empty rack!



Folded rack



Folded rack from side



View of catches. Normally there are clips through the catches to prevent them opening themselves



Rack slightly open



Hinge arrangement on nearside of rack



Securing arrangement of bikes



The various brackets which link the bikes together, then to the rack. Also the clips used to secure the catches. After the rack was constructed, everything was galvenised, with the exception of the tow bar.



Unfortunately I didn't take a photo of the tow bar after I had welded on the box sections to mount the bike rack from, so I have drawn them in to show where they were welded  The rack arrangement is designed to be quickly be fixed to the van. This is done by sliding the rack into the two box sections drawn above. Then secured in position with bolt (not shown).

When the rack is next removed from the van, I'll get some photo's of the bits which slide in to the tow bar.

Everything was galvenised, my only regret was that I didn't get the tow bar galvenised as well.

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