Touring - What are these "features" on this rear rack?
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04-25-10, 08:41 PM
I bought this bike on an impulse and trying to decide what to do with it. It's a Novara Viaggio (which there don't seem to be too many of) and I can't figure out what the hook on the back of the rack does (it moves and has a reflector on it. There are also tubes running underneath the platform and "arms" underneath pointing in (almost like it could hold a U lock being slid in) that I haven't figured out.
There also appear to be some channels on the top platform. If anyone knows about the rack, is it a good one for touring? Seems pretty sturdy. Thanks guys.
04-25-10, 09:12 PM
It is a U-Lock. The U lock will slide into the rails and then you hold the lock in place with the lock the reflector is on.
Not sure about the top channels though.
04-25-10, 09:13 PM
That is what it is for, from what I can see, to secure a U-Lock. The clip is to make sure it doesn't come flying out the back. The other two channels have center pipes under them too for shorter U-locks. Just slide the locking pin into the next one up, and clip it in.
The top small grooves I think you are talking about, are quite possibly for a bungee type cargo securing net, or for bags?
04-25-10, 09:32 PM
My Onguard lock is just too narrow in the "U" and too fat in the lock-bar to use it then. I might have to hunt down a lock that fits, seems like a great way to carry it.
Possibly Novara made (makes?) a rack top trunk bag with fittings that slide into those top channels. That's my guess.
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