malcolm's bike rack
front fork supports $45 each from
mounted on the top surface of the steel
kitchen box at the front of my Aussie Swag Camper Trailer. I custom fabricated
from 40mm steel angle rear wheel supports that can be easily left attached when
folding out the tent.
steel angle was free (offcuts from another project), the total cost over and
above the fork supports was some welding rods, cold gal and epoxy top-coat for
the rear wheel supports (I may eventually have them galvanised but the paint
seems to work ok), nuts & bolts for the fork supports, tie downs and a couple of
hours of my time. Probably around $50 total per bike (not including my labour!).
I imagine a similar arrangement would be feasible for most CTs.
Due to its inherent simplicity, I prefer the style of roof
mounted bike rack where the front wheel is removed to the type which hold the
entire bike, however it does have the disadvantage of the need to separately
store the bike front wheels for transport. You can buy ready-made roof rack
wheel holders (like upside down front forks) but they are quite costly.
Eventually I may get around to making some but for the moment I can carry the
wheels in or on the roof rack of the tow vehicle. It only takes a few seconds to
detach / attach them and if they are secure inside the vehicle or out of sight
may discourage bike theft when parked.
thanks to Malcolm Robins
for sharing this idea