Utility Cycling - Pannier Rack For Racing Bike
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I want to get a rear pannier rack for my old Peugeot racing bike, and could do with some advice. I'd like to know the following:
-Are pannier racks universal or would a specific type be needed for a racing bike?
-Do pannier racks cause any problems with mudguards? (both the conventional and raceblade/crud types)
-Are there any specific brands or features I should be looking out for? (thinking of buying second hand)
03-17-10, 12:55 PM
Racing frames without mounting eyelets require use of "P" clamps or other mounting methods to mount the rack. Old Man Mountain makes racks that are designed for mounting to such bike frames and Ortleib offers an accessory kit for mounting some of their racks on racing frames.
Another concern for mounting a rear rack to a racing frame can be heel strike on panniers when mounted on the rack as the short chainstays on most racing frames make it hard to get the rack back far enough to provide heel clearance.
The owner of "The Touring Store" is very helpful and answers the phone when he can. He is an Ortleib dealer and is familiar with installations such as you want to do.
03-17-10, 02:58 PM
Panniers and fenders can share the same bolt but put the heavily loaded pannier closest to the frame.
If you frame lacks eyelets at the top you can use P-clips or a 3-point mounting to the brake bolt.
If you have eyelets, use them. They are much better than the hack solutions using clamps or whatever.
03-17-10, 04:57 PM
There also is (or used to be) a little adapter dodad that would fit in the triangle of the read dropouts (assuming lugged steel of course) to help mount a rack. it was 2 aluminum cone shaped shaped washers, threaded for a rack bolt. Bolt through the rack, throough the first washer thing, through the triangle in the drop out and through the secodn washe tighten and the washers are like a clamp on the dropout.
The top mounts to the brake bridge.
If you don't have rack eyelets on the dropouts you can use P-Clamps or Ortlieb makes some rack clamps for your chain stays.
The Ortleb mounts are more expensive than P-Clamps but are more durable (I broke two sets of P-Clamps in short order, the Ortliebs have worked for several years).
I'm using Giles Berthoud fenders in these images.
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