All custom Ti Cycles racks -- titanium or steel -- are built by hand in our Portland shop and made to order for each individual customer.
Before placing your order, please take a moment to understand the information required for custom rack construction
To streamline the ordering process and to ensure a proper fit with your frame, we accept orders for custom racks built with dimensional data obtained through one of the following processes:
OPTION #1 -- Build on the Frame
The preferred method of construction and the only way Ti Cycles Fabrication can reliably build a custom rack with accurately placed mounting points is to have the bicycle frame and/or fork in our shop during construction.
PLEASE NOTE: A technical drawing of your frame will likely not translate to the actual physical construction with the degree of accuracy required for the construction of hard mounted (non-adjustable) racks. Because of the geometry differences inherent in frame designs of different sizes braze-ons and bosses such as rack mounts are not able to be universally located with a rigid fabrication fixture. These mounting points are generally added to a frame individually, at the end of the construction process, using an adjustable fixture that does not lend itself to repetitive accuracy. If the actual physical mounting point locations on the frame differ from the locations detailed in the frame drawing by just a few millimeters it is unlikely that a hard mounted (non-adjustable) rack will fit properly.
OPTION #2 -- Build an Adjustable Rack
Racks built without the bicycle frame and fork on site cannot be verified for accuracy when mounted. To ensure a wide range of frame compatibility it is recommended that racks built without the frame and fork on site use adjustable upper struts, as shown below.
OPTION #3 -- Build From a Template
For ordering a fixed rack without having the bike on site, it is possible for a qualified 3rd party with responsibility for accuracy to make a template with rigid, flat cardboard or similar density panel to build an approximately fit rack off of.
--- Template material must have at least one perfectly square corner or 90° angle marking for a reference point.
--- Tools for measuring angles and marking lines will be helpful. A bubble level, a carpenter's square, and a metal straight edge are recommended.
--- The bicycle must be secured in place upright, on a level surface, with both wheels straight, vertically perpendicular to the floor.
--- Ti Cycles assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of your template.
REAR RACK TEMPLATES
FRONT RACK TEMPLATES
Send the unfolded cardboard original or a transposed paper copy at 1:1 scale to our shop along with any notes or detailed drawings. Racks constructed from templates are only as accurate as the templates they are built from. Ti Cycles assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of racks built from 3rd party templates.
For complete accuracy we strongly encourage you to send us your frame and/or fork to template the rack off of.