Title

Mountain Bike Rack

Presenter Information

Jonathan Case

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

This project was motivated by a need for a device that would carry mountain bikes to and from a trailhead, using a vehicle’s hitch receiver. It will need to carry four bikes safely and make it be easy to load and unload each bike. First, an idea will be used as a starting point for simple drawings on paper. Then, after a preliminary design is concluded, a computer-based three-dimensional design will be made. After that, all of the required materials will be purchased and gathered. Then the construction of the project will take place. Once the bike rack is completed, the testing will begin. First tests will need to take place with sand bags to simulate the weight of each bike. Also, since the rack will be used in a hitch receiver to transport the mountain bikes; it will need to be driven down the road with only sand bags on it for weight. A non-populated road will be needed for this test, due to the possibility of failure. If the bike rack passes the tests, it will result in a device that is able to transport four mountain bikes safely to and from a trailhead.

Poster Number

13

Faculty Mentor(s)

Charles Pringle

Additional Mentoring Department

Industrial and Engineering Technology

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Mountain Bike Rack

SURC Ballroom C/D

This project was motivated by a need for a device that would carry mountain bikes to and from a trailhead, using a vehicle’s hitch receiver. It will need to carry four bikes safely and make it be easy to load and unload each bike. First, an idea will be used as a starting point for simple drawings on paper. Then, after a preliminary design is concluded, a computer-based three-dimensional design will be made. After that, all of the required materials will be purchased and gathered. Then the construction of the project will take place. Once the bike rack is completed, the testing will begin. First tests will need to take place with sand bags to simulate the weight of each bike. Also, since the rack will be used in a hitch receiver to transport the mountain bikes; it will need to be driven down the road with only sand bags on it for weight. A non-populated road will be needed for this test, due to the possibility of failure. If the bike rack passes the tests, it will result in a device that is able to transport four mountain bikes safely to and from a trailhead.