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Old 08-17-12, 07:21 AM   #1
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fender rack trailer hitch compatibility issue

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I just received some sks b45 alley cat fenders, a delta megarack, and some louis garneau beta stream panniers. My problem is that after installing the fenders I am finding that the threaded holes on the dropout for the fender and rack are too close to the axle for the hitch to my son's instep trailer to mount. I was thinking of just mounting the rack and fender ("stays"?) to to inside of the dropout on the hitch side (non drive). Anyone forsee an issue here?. Oh the bike is a Giant Escape 2.
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Outside of interference with the hub or spokes, which should be immediately obvious, I don't see any reason why you couldn't do this. Be aware that if you insert bolts from the inside that if they loosen they will also move inwards potentially fouling the wheeel; keep an eye on them. Another alternative would be to use "P-clamps" on the seat or chain stays to mount the rack and fenders, like would be done if there were no dropout holes. This site: http://www.bikebagshop.com/rack-accessories-c-89.html
has some accessories for rack mounting; a search on "bike rack stay extenders" will yield more.

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Any experience on these "p-clamps"? Such as how they compare in regard to swaying or movement? Or do they hold just as well?
Thanks for responding by the way and the different idea. I didn't even think about those although I've seen them before.
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Absolutely no serious issue. There's plenty of hub clearance on the left side, so go ahead and do that. The only issue is a bit of a safety factor, in that if the stays get loose, they're slightly more likely to fall into the wheel. This isn't day and night because loose stays mounted outside dropouts also slip and jam the wheels, so the key to to make sure the bolt stays reliably tight.
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It works! Installing the rack and fenders was a pita but I should have expected that. The panniers just clip in with minimal adjustment. Thanks for the moral support
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It works! Installing the rack and fenders was a pita but I should have expected that. The panniers just clip in with minimal adjustment. Thanks for the moral support
I hate to say this AFTER you've installed them, but take a look and double check. The rack should always be installed against the frame with the fender to the outside (toward the wheel in your case). That ensures the minimum bending moment on the screw when the rack is loaded.

If this causes you to have to switch things, I'm sorry for forgetting to say anything earlier.
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I think it's ok. There are two separate threaded holes on the dropouts. Should I not be using one of them?
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I think it's ok. There are two separate threaded holes on the dropouts. Should I not be using one of them?
Yes, using both holes is fine. the only way to do this wrong is to have the fender brace (or anything) between the rack leg and frame, which would make it easier for the screw to bend under load.
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