Covered

The RoadArk Covered

Here’s the cover on the RoadArk.  It’s a PVC material cover, meant for a barbecue.  You can see the lights assembly, which includes two, flat, LED stop/turn signal lights, and an LED license plate light.  These are attached to a wooden angle shaped piece, that I painted black, and that fits nicely over the top edge of the RoadArk, and is strapped in place by those blue ratchet straps.

The bicycle mounting bracket is also held in place by the wooden angle, and extends to the back of the RoadArk to pick up the underside of the crossbar on the bicycle frame.

There is also some blue reflective tape on the back, to help with nighttime visibility.  The insignia, by the way, represents ‘As Above–So Below’.  You can look that up on google if you’d like to learn more about it.

This is how the RoadArk would look if you were driving behind me.  Of course, the legs would be in the up position.

Covered RoadArk including topHere’s another shot of the covered RoadArk, including the top, so you can see the bicycle mounting bracket.  It’s not attached to the wooden lights angle, it just has a couple of studs that go up through holes that are in the wooden lights angle, to hold it in place.  I have to take the bicycle off first, before I can remove the wooden lights angle, and then the cover comes off easily.  It only takes a few minutes.

You can see the blue wiring harness going over the top, left corner of the RoadArk, where it will be plugged into the trailer wiring harness of the truck.

RoadArk rear view covered

The bicycle is sandwiched in between the back of the truck, and the RoadArk, and there’s not a lot of room there.  I’ve taken off the bicycle pedals, and hung them on the bicycle locking cable, inside the frame area.  I’ve also turned the handlebars sideways, so that it’s easier to get it in and out of there.  It’s a simple matter to reinstall the pedals, and turn the handlebars back out, if I want to ride the bike.

You can see the foremost aluminum pedal arm sticking up there, the other pedal arm goes into a piece of PVC pipe, that is sitting right on top of the hitch basket frame, and supports the weight of the bike from that point.  There is very little weight on the bicycle mounting bracket, that goes across the top of the RoadArk.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kennyboy on June 27, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Very cool…Very proud of you. Don’t forget to stop at Ouimette and remember the Harley!

    Reply

    • Hey Ken, thanks. I’m just doing what I gotta do. Don’t know how far this adventure will take me, but, at this point, I”m not planning on being dragged by a rope along the Trans Canada Highway. But, that’s exactly why I don’t make plans, because ya never know.

      Reply

  2. Posted by Kennyboy on June 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Hope your path leads you to Halifax. I’d live there before any of the hundreds of places my job has brought me to. Don’t forget a couple of injectors for that Ford!

    Reply

    • Hey Ken;

      I’ve been to Halifax, and I found it a nice place to visit, but I definitely would not want to live there. Too damp for my liking. Actually, it’s the same on the west coast too, although a little milder there. Every place has it’s drawbacks, it’s just a matter of which drawbacks you’re willing to live with.

      I still have the extra spark plug coils you gave me. I’ve never had any trouble with the injectors yet, one of the few things I haven’t had trouble with. 🙂

      Reply

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