Touring - Front rack and fender mount together question?
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01-10-09, 09:56 AM
Is it okay to mount a front rack and fender support to the same mount point at the bottom of a fork? My CrossCheck has only one mount point, and I'm trying to mount a Jandd Expedition rack. Looks like I can get it to fit, but not sure if there would be any issues doing it this way.
Thanks in advance for any insite.
01-10-09, 11:27 AM
01-10-09, 11:37 AM
there are no problems with this, the fenders weigh little to nothing and don't need much support anyway. I have my front and rear fenders mounted with my racks on my Surly LHT, they have pretty long screws. If you come across any problems mounting the fenders because they don't clear the rack mounts, you can just head up the fender supports and bend them a little. I had to do that when I installed my SKS fenders and Surly front racks.
01-10-09, 11:54 AM
Related question. Is the mid-point mount on the fork intended to carry weight, or simply as lateral support? I'm using simple P-clamps on fork tubes for this mount point, and I can get it to work fine for holding position, but seems to offer little help with weight bearing. If mid-points are intended as weight bearing I'll need to find another solution. Thanks again.
01-10-09, 12:02 PM
Try to mount the racks CLOSEST to the frame eyelet with the fender mounts outside of the rack mounts. This reduces the bending moment on the mounting bolt. Its tough or even impossible to do for some rack/fender combinations, but having the heavier weight closest to the frame reduces the chance of a mounting bolt breaking.
01-10-09, 12:08 PM
On my surly lht, the mid-fork mounts look like they do little to no weight bearing but i was looking through the surly nice rack instructions and there is a serious adapter thing if you don't have mid-fork mounts which made me start thinking that they must bear serious weight otherwise you could just quick-tie them to the fork and provide lateral support.
01-10-09, 08:43 PM
Just a safety reminder about front mount stuff....if ANYTHING comes loose, like a zip tie, bungee cord, p-clamp, or fender strut, and gets into the front wheel at any sort of speed it can get ugly real quick. The front spokes lock up against the object, the wheel quits turning, the fork begins to turn ground, and you go over the top looking like something from a Road Runner cartoon.
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