Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Work in Asia, now based in Vienna, VA
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I picked one up for under 1/2 price at a VO garage sale. The frame I intend to put it on has yet to arrive from the U.K.
I love the aesthetic of the rack, and the construction quality & feel is sublime.
BUT, I'm not convinced that I'll want to leave those low-riders on all the time. They are a serious skirt. If you're carrying matched (weight) panniers, then I suspect nothing will be finer. For the routine runs with modest weights, a simple rack will do. Thus, why the very expensive and glorious Campee may not be worth the coin -- unless you're really going . . . campee-ing. ;-)
I also find the Nitto w/o the low-riders to be a very small rear rack. I'm suspending judgement until I can put it onto the forth-coming 60cm frame.
Still, the thing is amazing eye candy. I often leave it sitting in the middle of my bench top, just so I can admire it on my return.
1959 Hilton Wrigley Connoisseur (still my favorite!)
1963 Hetchins Mountain King (the gravel grinder)
1971 Gitane Tour de France (The War Horse)
1971 Gitane Super Corsa (The Garage Queen)
1980 Ritchey Touring (The Grail Bike)
1984 Tom Ritchey Team Competition (NOS show bike)
(replacing the stolen 1981 Tom Ritchey Everest custom)
1985 ALAN Record (Glued & Screwed. A gift.)