Last November, the night before I headed off for my Northwoods deer camp in Peeksville, Wisconsin, I decided to build a new rack for my blaze orange Schlick Northpaw hunting rig. Because I was putting it together at the very last-minute, I started with a really basic rack, but left it bare steel so I could continue to modify. Four months and more several hack-and -braze sessions later, I think I am finally done with the rack!
The first version saved my back hauling stuff out to my deer stand, but the single stay design left the panniers to flexy and they sometimes rubbed the rear tire when I hit a bump. Back to the laboratory!
There are a number of off-the shelf racks that fit fat-bikes. Lots of people have good luck mounting the $45 Bontrager BackRack to their bikes, even asymmetrical frames like my Northpaw or the Pugsley. But I enjoy working with my hands and getting dirty once in a while, and I probably only have $20 in tubing invested in the project so far. Powder coating will probably set me back another $20, so I’ll come out ahead. Unless I think of something else to add… now how am I going to mount a fly rod to this thing?