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Old 07-30-08, 08:36 PM   #1
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Rear Rack Mounting Problems

First of all, I did a search and nothing in 167 pages came up with my problems.
Second, my "c" key on my keyboard is going bad, so if my typing and spelling doesn't make sense, you know why.

Ok, I went to the LBS and got a decent set of bags and a rear rack. When I got home, the rack will not fit on my GT Nomad. Below is a stock photo. It has the needed "holes" on the left side, but the right side lacks the smaller tapped ones. I have large holes on both sides.

Is there a mounting kit that can help me? Or do I get the blow torch out?

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Old 07-30-08, 10:47 PM   #2
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The rack should had come with adapters, or a pamphlet to tell u where to get the adapters. Clamp to seatpost, or seat bolt.
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Old 07-30-08, 10:51 PM   #3
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I got nada!

I did search and found The Touring Store. They have a few options, but its going to take a couple of weeks for snail mail. But they have sets and what nots.

I think I'm heading down to Ae Hardware tomorrow and try to piece together an adaptor for the right side.

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How about just using nuts and bolts to suit. I just bought an older bike and the holes are not threaded so I just some hardware to fit. I tried wing nuts, just for fun!
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Old 07-31-08, 12:41 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advise, but its not just about the right nuts and bolts. Its about I don't have a damn hole on the right side to match up with the left.

BTW my "c" key is going out, so read accordingly.

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OK, here's an idea. Because I was giving it some thought and had to jury rig similar stuff in different areas. Some bikes don't come with ANY holes on either side. Stupid I know, but the don't. Anyway the hardware store has stuff, some wrap-around clamps are plastic and some are metal. Sometimes you have to buy raw steel with holes and cut to length and bend it and attach your bolts. It is a hassle and it would better to get actual bicycle adapters for the job. Naturally they will cost $50.

Please let us know how you solve the problem. GOOD LUCK!
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Thanks for the advise, but its not just about the right nuts and bolts. Its about I don't have a damn hole on the right side to match up with the left.

BTW my "c" key is going out, so read accordingly.

Jerry

Ah hah!

I think I know what's going on. Are you mistaking disk mounts for rack mounts?

This frame from nashbar has disk mounts on the left side.

Are those what your "holes" look like? If so, those are the wrong holes.

I looked at a blown-up image of the nomad at GT's website and it clearly has two rack mount points on the right dropout. I think you're just looking at the wrong holes.
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OK, this isn't a regular dropout but rather a track end, but anyway, those little holes are the rack eyelets:



Your bike has rack eyelets on both sides and then on the left side you also have a disk mount. Ignore the disk mount.
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If you turn out not to have eyelets on your frame, go to any hardware store and ask for P clips. Then you will need the correct size nuts and bolts to use the clips to mount your rack to your bike.



That is a p clip
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jsharr NICE! I'm gonna check those out right away because I'm thinking about building a small custom front rack just for tools.
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How long has your "c" key been busted?

I don't know, my calendar doesn't have any 7s.


And right on with the P clips. They worked on my Raleigh before it fell off of my car on the interstate. Life Lesson: Don't trust anyone else to secure your bike to your rack.
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Damn it! Here I spend a good ten minutes at Ace's and found these God sent cusioned clamps, and EVERYONE knows about it!

BTW, thanks for straightening me out on the "holes".

Here she is......left side, right side, rack and bags!

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C key has been giving me fits since "someone" spilled G2 on the key board! Just too damn cheap to buy another one. You an buy a bunch of 22lr ammo and biking stuff with that kinds of money!

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What really gets my goat is that the cheapo Wally World Mongoose my daughter has has a nice rack on it, steel, and fits alomost perfect on her new GT Nomad. Only needs two clamps, $1.65 with tax. I spend $30 (I know not alot for some) on a 50 pounds rated rack and I have to spend $10 in gas and hardware to put it on.

But I know the secret now! I'm locked and loaded!

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Oh. That's not quite the bike in the pic you put up or at GT. At GT they show rack eyelets.

Really weird they wouldn't have them, that's totally the sort of bike you'd expect to put a rack on.
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Oh. That's not quite the bike in the pic you put up or at GT. At GT they show rack eyelets.

Really weird they wouldn't have them, that's totally the sort of bike you'd expect to put a rack on.
Nope, same bike, same puke green.
The "eyelets" you are seeing in the pic are on the left side of the bike. There is none on the left side. So, with the logic y'all have shown me, that means its a disc brake mounting system for GT.

BTW, I was trying to mount a TREK "compatable" rack on my GT. But now I'm armed with the Knowledge of these wonderful clamps!

I'm going to full fenders and a front rack setup next payday. I'm keeping the blow torch on stand by.

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