I started building front racks several (4/5?) years ago because I decided that I’d rather teach myself rackbuilding instead of paying the going prices for custom racks.

The first rack I built spent a couple of years on a porteur bike (since dismantled so I could use the parts on a frameset I built) and is now sitting in my office waiting for me to build it a matching frameset + bag, the second is now in Yakima, and there are now 51 other racks floating around on other bicycles here in Portland, elsewhere in the United States, and abroad in places like Canada and Australia.