Reader Herman recently submitted a post detailing how he used aluminium tubes to create a pretty awesome rack. Herman is back at it and sent along the following update. I could be wrong, but there seems to be evidence that points to Herman being one who celebrates Festivus. Take it away Herman . . .
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Fork mounted front racks if loaded heavy enough would make the steering slow and sluggish. Not good for manoeuvring through tight spaces. And would make loading and unloading very hard. To keep the steering feel the same, frame mounting is the solution. Using the same materials (about 1mm thickness) that I used for my rear rack. Each tube can support at least up to 10kg at the tip so that adds up to 20kg for two tubes. A bit flexy with heavy weights but the tubes can be easily replaced with thicker walled ones or stainless steel for more strength and/or stiffness.