Below are some pictures of my Christmas welding project.
In addition to home brewing and wine making I'm an avid cyclist and builder of bike stuff. I decided for my fixed gear/single speed townie bike I wanted a front rack. Rather than build a generic front rack I decided to go a little more specialized. This rack is built solely to transport a six pack of your favorite glass-bottled beverage.
I welcome comments and critiques but please recognize that the metal was cut with hand tools in the kitchen of my 900sqft apartment and the welding was done without the bike present 500 miles away in my parents garage where my welder lives since I'm an apartment dweller now. Given a full fabrication shop I could do a lot better but this was the best I could do for $20 with limited tools.
On to the rack...
The rack attached to a Motobecane Messenger bike running northroad style cruiser handlebars and a 48/19 gearing.
The rack without the beer present. I am considering pop-riveting a solid bottom on but this probably wont happen as the rack works fine without one.
Washers welded to the upright supports.
The rack is adjustable to fit different bikes. The adjusters are micro U-bolts from a set of cable clamps.
The entire rack was sprayed (with mixed success) with a coat of aerosol truck bed liner.
Several people have asked about strapping the beer down. That is always an option but in reality the rack is only used to transport full six packs over very short and generally well paved surfaces. I built it as much as a styling element as a true utility element (I already own a bicycle cargo trailer, a cargo bike, and a much larger front rack I welded).
Sort of off-topic: Here is a picture of me and my trailer helping move the WABA office from their old location in Dupont Circle to their new office in Adams Morgan here in DC.