Touring - Heelstrike-free racks on the cheap?
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I've gotten the boyfriend to agree to some touring next month. That was the easy part-- the hard part, as it turns out, is finding a rack for him that won't have heelstrike and is affordable. He has a 2009 Volpe, size 11 feet, and will probably be getting Nashbar deluxe panniers.
Searching the forums, I've found mention of two racks that are less than $100. Has anyone had any experience with these on a Volpe or similar frame?
Jannd Expedition rack $80 (http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FREXP)
Old Man Mountain White Rock $54 (http://www.oldmanmountain.com/Pages/RackPages/RearRacks.html)
(Apologies if this has been covered already, I did my best with the search function.)
04-20-09, 02:15 PM
I've used the Jannd Expedition on a bike with 42.5cm chainstays. Worked fine, and with my size 7.5mens/9.5 womens feet, it didn't matter much what I did with my panniers. A guy with larger feet might want to watch that the panniers were *all* the way back.
The bent stay on the Jannd works very well too.
04-20-09, 02:36 PM
Arkel panniers have a moveable hook system, so you can push the pannier way back on the rack. Others may as well. Or use a tall narrow pannier, even a front pannier, in back.
Another possilbility, Tubus (http://thetouringstore.com/TUBUS/Fit%20Solutions/FIT%20SOLUTIONS%20PAGE.htm) makes some rack mounting accessories, you might be able to use whatever rack, but move it backwards. You might need a little additional hardware at the top mounting point too - longer stays - depending on the frame geometry.
Call Wayne at the link above, he'll know, he knows everything.
04-20-09, 04:51 PM
Cheap panniers often lack the heel cutout which minimises heel strike. Make sure the panniers are right before worrying about the rack.
You can move a square pannier back but rear-end weight affects handling, fat better to mount the weight forward and still avoid heel strike.
Thanks for the tips. I'll look into panniers with heel cut-outs. And maybe front panniers to take some of the load as well.
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