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Old 11-19-19, 09:29 PM
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Need advice from wheel builders and wheel pros.

So I recently built a bicycle rack for my motorcycle. The final part that needs to be figured out is where to mount the front wheel. The rest of the rack is a copy of a solid design so no need to worry yourselves about that.
Anyway, I was looking at my setup and I had the idea of clamping the skewer of the wheel in a "dropout-like" notch, only the notch is horizontal and the wheel is hanging like a flying saucer. I'd use nylon washers to protect the hub. This would be the easiest and simplest way to finish without more fabricating and welding.
My question might be silly, but will the wheel handle that kind of stress? Would it be weakened prematurely? I'd like to think that all the forces a wheel experiences while riding normally with the bumps and turns under weight are more than what it would see just hanging there.
Let me know what you think.
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Old 11-19-19, 11:41 PM
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I think the wheel will be fine assuming it doesn't hit anything else and the QR spring isn't crushed due to poor clamp design. I suggest no plastic interface between the wheel and the clamp. Andy
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Old 11-19-19, 11:49 PM
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The wheel will handle that stress fine. The stresses on it during normal riding are magnitudes greater than what it would encounter when it is being carried.

However, I'm not sure how you will attach a QR wheel so it's clamped by only one side of a quick-release skewer. Perhaps you could put the hub in a "dish" and strap it in place with a nylon toe strap.

Cycling journalist Maynard Hershon has many miles carrying bike wheels on a motorcycle:

Maynard Hershon: Part two: Dude, you're a neutral support motor driver.

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Old 11-20-19, 05:40 AM
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Thanks for your input. Much appreciated.
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I've seen threads about this at advrider.com, including a product review. Good luck!

https://advrider.com/f/threads/motor...estion.966724/

https://advrider.com/f/threads/motor...e-rack.914806/

https://advrider.com/f/threads/revie...e-rack.829069/
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IMO a wheel clamped on one side (you'd need a spacer in the other side too) would likely subject the axle to fatigue; any bouncing around would put a bending force on the axle between the locknut and the cone.
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