Bed height crossbars

With the new bike, I needed a better way to transport it since I’ve just been strapping it in to the bed of the truck. I didn’t want a hitch rack, or a roof rack, nor did I want to put it up on top of my existing rack.

“Inside corner” bracket and spring nuts were used to connect to the Nissan Utilitrack.

So, after some Google and Pinterest research, I decided to build some crossbars that utilized the Utilitrack in the bed of the truck. To those bars, we’ll attach some bike racks and we’ll still be able to store other gear below the bars.

Cone nuts connected the Superstrut to the inside corner bracket. Could have used spring nuts here instead.

Construction was easy, measure the width between your bed rails and as long as it’s no wider than 60 inches then you can build the bars with a single piece of Superstrut. My bars would up being 58 inches long. Details can be seen in the photos.

The crossbars work! Now we need to get a rack that will allow us to leave the front wheel on. I took the rear cross bar and risers off of the taller rack. We’ll see how often we find ourselves needing to put it back on.


  • 1x Superstrut (10 ft) $21
  • 4x Inside corner $12
  • 8x Cone nuts (two 5 packs) $9
  • 4x Spring nuts (one 5 pack) $4
  • 12x 3/8” by 1” hex bolts $3
  • 12x split/lock washers $3
  • TOTAL $52+tax
It didn’t fit facing forward, so let’s try it facing backward.
The taller rack had to come off in order to not interfere with the bikes when using the new Rocky Mounts Tomahawk racks.

OT2020: OT Sec 10 (again)

After last weekend, some of our party skipped out on Mondays day hike so a few of us got back together and knocked out the 7.7 miles they missed. This means our little group of hikers is close to completing Section 10. The toe socks worked well to eliminate the toe problems I encountered on last weeks hike. I think part of the problem may be boots that are too loose due to weight loss. More investigation is needed.

Recumbent in da house (again)

I made the mistake of riding my friends trike recently and remembered things like: how much fun they are, how your neck doesn’t hurt, and how much better the view is.

Climbing up Ft. Roots.

I rode about twenty miles with his wife including a run up Ft. Roots which is a decent hill to work into your River Trail ride. No problems, felt good. Fun stuff.

That ride resulted in me finding an Azub Six for sale in Dallas. So, since this problem was caused by him loaning me his trike, I “made” him ride with me to checkout and ultimately purchase the bike.

It’s a 2014 frame that someone has swapped a few parts out on. New brakes, shifters, derailers, cables, rack, and tires. It’s fun to ride and climbs well. Now it’s time to get comfortable riding and balancing this way before we start going on long rides.

Trip Planning: GAP and C&O Canal Trails

Repository of maps, trip reports, and other planning information for a possible future 330-mile bikepacking trip from Pittsburgh to DC.

Maps and Planning

Bikepacking the GAP Trail and C&O Canal Trail

Bike About: GAP and C&O Trails

C&O Canal Trail / Great Allegheny Passage Trip Planner

5 Books To Read Before Bike Touring From Pittsburgh To Washington D.C

The C&O Canal Towpath History

Pittsburgh To DC: GAP And C&O Canal Trip Elevation Profile


Bikepacking the Great Allegheny Passage / C & O Canal

Trip Reports

Solo on the GAP Trail: Forest Bathing, Stories, and Delights

The UncoveringPA Guide to Biking the Great Allegheny Passage: Pittsburgh to Connellsville

The UncoveringPA Guide to Biking the Great Allegheny Passage: Connellsville to Confluence

The UncoveringPA Guide to Biking the Great Allegheny Passage: Confluence to Cumberland, Maryland

Trail Conditions

OT2020: Section 10, MLK backpacking weekend

The forecast looked nice so six of us headed out to take advantage of the three-day holiday weekend. Section 10 of the Ouachita Trail was the target and, since this is an odd section with camping restrictions, a different approach was called for. We started our hike on the western end of the section at the Highway 10 trailhead. We encountered four or five creeek crossings that required the removal of shoes on our way to the only legal campsite on the section. The spur to the Penny Campsite is located 6.5 miles into the hike and takes you 0.9 miles to the Penny property where you’ll find three tent pads, a fire ring, and no water. On Sunday, we continued our eastward hike to finish at Lunsford Corner, 10.2 miles into Section 10 and 12 miles so far for the weekend. After eating lunch at the car, we skipped ahead and hiked the 2.6 miles from the Pinnacle Mountain State Park Visitors Center west to Highway 300. On Monday, three of us met up to day hike the 7.7 miles from Lunsford Corner to Highway 300. This brought us to the competition of Sextion 10 and 22.3 miles hiked over the weekend. There were some issues encountered by people just getting back into backpacking. Some of us had toe/foot issues, some had sore hips, some were just tired overall. All in all, it was a good weekend and a nice “first” backpacking trip since losing weight and gaining strength this past year. While hiking, several of us agreed that having a goal would be a motivator to continue to get off the couch this year so we decided we would work towards completing a section hike of the Ouachita Trail this calendar year. So look forward to more OT2020 posts!

The Little Vase That Was

It’s been a quiet six years on this blog! We’re quite alive although life, as it’s prone to do, got in the way of posting about our adventures. This post isn’t intended to catch the reader up on happenings but rather to test out our continued ability to post.

It’s finished! This was my first time turning an open segmented piece in two parts and then glueing them together. This made it easier to access the inside but it complicated the overall process and made it more like making two pieces simultaneously. The finished piece consists of maple and walnut, 12 segments/row, approximately 15 inches tall by 8 inches wide (37cm x 21cm). Continue reading “The Little Vase That Was”

2013: Truth in Numbers

We’re a little late to this 2013 paddle log thread but here are the digits for we three Sig’s. I think I counted everything correctly as the year went on. 2013 Family Activity Log 2013 saw each of us paddling for over 32 days this year on 15-18 different streams streams for 113-170 miles. We continued to try out lots of boats this year which means some of us paddled 10 different boats. Some were open boats and I’ve since made the switch to paddling canoes. This, of course, upped all of our swim counts compared to the year before though Mandy still has the fewest (duh!). Last year also saw us camping out 23-38 nights last year and hiking 40-108 miles. Hiking has taken a backseat to paddling but Mandy got her numbers up by spending three weeks rambling around the western US. Even our dog Hayduke managed to hike 31 miles and camp out 11 nights which is more than many folks. He really is a luck dog. All in all, it was another great year and a lot of that credit goes to the community of paddlers that makeup the Arkansas Canoe Club … those folks have taken us in to safely show us the ropes. SYOTR!