While I love a good, handmade bicycle, I’ve always been especially impressed with custom built racks. Racks are often overlooked as strictly utilitarian. They are, after all, meant to be covered by whatever they’re built to carry.
There’s something extra when such care and attention is spent to build a non-centerpiece beautifully. Our world has no shortage of shady corners and seemingly mundane objects. When we are able to tidy-up, and make pretty the humdrum places and things (even when it’s very likely nobody will discover and appreciate that hard work), we are doing the good work. This is especially true when you consider how much of a pain in the ass racks are to build, and even more of a fight to build well. I won’t elaborate on the boring, esoteric reasons why a rack’s manufacture is so mind-bogglingly horrible. You’ll just have to follow along when I say, rack building is a grossly under-appreciated art.
This blog is a companion to Norther Cycles Will Save America