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Old 04-13-11, 12:14 PM   #1
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Suggest a rear rack for BD bike

I got the diamond-frame Oxford bike from BikesDirect

I'm looking for a classic looking, sturdy and reasonably priced rear rack. Want to hang a folding basket from Wald off of it. Probably the most weight I'm going to put in them is groceries. I am price sensitive (you could tell from the bike choice) so no Tubus for me.

I have an eye on these ones so far:

Nashbar - $23-25 with shipping

Racktime - $35 with free shipping code

Pletscher - $37-39 with shipping

please, suggest anything else you think might work (<$40)
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I like the Blackburn racks.
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Wald makes a pretty basic chromed (or black) steel rack that would suit that bike pretty well.



I've seen cut down versions that look pretty sleek; for that, you cut the crossbars by the central loop, getting rid of the whole outside ring. Then you'd have to rustproof it somehow. I'd be tempted to do that.
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theotherguy, indeed valid option, thanks for suggesting

rhm, i'd love a wald 215, but in the reviews i read that it might not fit 700C tires. do you think my bike would accept it?
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rhm, i'd love a wald 215, but in the reviews i read that it might not fit 700C tires. do you think my bike would accept it?
Eh, hmm, good question. Well, I assume it would. I looked at some customers' photos of the thing installed on various bikes (on Amazon) and I think it'll be fine. One of them shows 26" wheels, with plenty of clearance; 700c isn't much bigger than that.
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from Wald's installation guide - "Some 700c (28‐inch) wheels can be accommodated but only on a case by case basis."

also, i'd rather attach the rack with "arms" (i have braze ons) than bolting it on a brake bridge
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I have the Wald racks on a couple of my 700c bikes and they work and fit great.
I even drilled out the lower legs to fit onto the rear axle since I didn't have eyelets for them.
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i really want the wald, it's inexpensive and seems to be rather sturdy. do you think i can find and attach little arms (see in the pic below) from the rack bracket to the seat stays? where could i find such spare arms ...

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so i'm going with nashbar's rack. it's the cheapest option and i'm not convinced that the more expensive one would be so much better. i wish it had some reviews on the website though. anyone had experience with this rack? please, let me know if there're any pitfalls.
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Pitfalls?

Well... be aware that the adjustable arms may not be long enough to reach the brazed on mounts if you have an especially small frame, since the seat stays angle farther forward. This can make it difficult to mount the rack horizontally. In most cases you can fit longer arms if necessary.

Also, with only two legs holding up the rack on each side, there's greater potential for a floppy pannier or other bag to get involved with the spokes (usually to its detriment).

Those are the only pitfalls I can think of.
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I'm waiting for this baby to come back in stock:
http://shop.linusbike.com/collection...bike-rear-rack
It won't be back for a few months though.
I think that the spring trap on the Pletscher is proprietary. I have a wald on one of my bikes and it works fine, but does add some weight. Also my screws keep loosening but I think I just need to get some better mounting hardware
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How about just call up BD and have them sell you the paint matched rack that goes on the "Deluxe" version.

Or better yet, see if they'll sell you the whole "Deluxe" extras package for 50 bux.

..or just Return it and buy the Deluxe model....its 50 bux more and you get a paint matched Rack, a bar mounted bottle holder, a tool bag and a bell. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ord_deluxe.htm
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What kind of loads are you looking to carry? The Nashbar is probably only good for loads around 10lbs, maybe a bit more. Some of the more expensive racks will support vastly more weight.

Out of all of the options you've posted, I prefer the Pletscher. The others are all priced lower for good reason - the materials that go into them are of lesser quality.

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i really want the wald, it's inexpensive and seems to be rather sturdy. do you think i can find and attach little arms (see in the pic below) from the rack bracket to the seat stays? where could i find such spare arms ...


No, you'd have to use the Wald accessory part which would allow you to attach the rack to the rear brake bridge.

Regarding the Nashbar rack, I've heard very poor reviews of the materials. Almost every Nashbar rack owner I've known has complained of poor quality and poor load capacity (which is offset by the low, low cost: you get what you pay for).
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Return it and buy the Deluxe model....its 50 bux more and you get a paint matched Rack, a bar mounted bottle holder, a tool bag and a bell. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ord_deluxe.htm
That's a pretty good idea! Is it too late for that? Probably is... and you'll have to pay for shipping the bike back... but it's worth calling BD on the phone and asking them. Maybe they can sell you the paint matched rack as an extra?
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I actually really think the Mixte version of that BD Oxford is a hot little number. A lady friend of mine is currently in the market for a Mixte, and I think that really fits the bill well. It would be awesome if they had the option for a coaster brake'd rear wheel.
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thank you, rhm. great help.

zaphod, wifie has the mixte - it's nice. we didnt buy deluxe as we didnt think that offered extras were worth the money they wanted for it (plus the original rack didnt look too good). say hi to ford from me

katezila, shiny choice! looks great. fyi, it shows in stock on these websites for about $46 incl. shipping:
http://www.theurbanecyclist.com/prod...ycle-Rack.html
http://www.masseysoutfitters.com/Bik...0-6213/Product
for that money i'll go with pletscher, though
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