Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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How much rack you need depends on what you're carrying, and where you're riding. If you're not carrying refrigerator compressors you probably don't need a so-called bullet proof rack. OTOH if you're doing a heavily loaded tour in the third world, then the added stresses of dirt roads, plus the higher premium for reliability might have you wanting them.
Folks doing loaded touring on paved world have no need for anything better than a good quality aluminum rack. Look for one with 3 vertical braces on each side. This improves rigidity, prevents sag if you do carry that compressor, and provides a broader base for panniers, keeping them from possibly jamming the rear wheel.
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