Commuting - Surly LHT w/ Wald Basket?
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07-29-10, 09:05 AM
I am looking at getting more cargo capacity on my LHT and currently don't have a front rack. I was looking at the Wald baskets, specifically the 137-139 or 198GB. It looks like you don't need a front rack, but just eyelets on the fork (for the legs/struts) and the ability to clamp the top to the handlebars (I use a drop bar).
Does anyone out there have a wald basket on their LHT up front? I was interested in seeing if it is easy to do, or if the cable routing or something would be an issue. I use downtube shifters so the housing is limited to brake housing that doesn't extend too far in front of the bike.
07-29-10, 09:49 AM
Two issues you will run into:
Wald 137/139 basket struts mount to the axle, not the rack eyelets. They're not suggested for use with a QR, so you'll need to swap your front hub out to a solid, nutted axle. (Not that difficult, really.)
Second, with drop bars you'll need to measure and find out if the basket fits in between the hooks. The 137 is 15" wide (38cm) and the 139 is 18" wide (46cm) so you need clearance inside the bars of at least that much, plus any room for your hands if you still plan on being able to use the drop sections of the bars. The 198 is only 37cm wide, and has one advantage: It can use the rack eyelets for the strut mounts.
I have a 157 on my grocery bike and to clear everything with that monster I have swept back VO Tourist bars on that bike.
07-31-10, 04:34 AM
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