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    Mafac Racer Front Rack

    You know the cute little racks that mount on the pivots of Mafac Racer brakes? Can they hold significant weight, say a 20 lb book bag? I was thinking about spiffing up dear daughter's UO8 a little bit.

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    No. 5-8lbs tops. This would hold about 20 at its upper limit:

    http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...ront-rack.html

    This would also easily hold 20lbs.

    http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...hout-rail.html

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    ^ Either of those racks linked will support more weight than you'd want to handle. Are you sure you want to set her up to carry the weight on the front?
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    Thanks. You saved me from buying something unsuitable. She's used to carrying lots of stuff in a big front basket, but a rack for only a few pounds won't do it.

    The other thing I'm going to look at is some auxiliary levers, so she can brake from the top of the bars. I put salmon Koolstops on the Mafacs. If need be, we'll find some aluminium rims too.

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    that mafac rack you're referring to isnt a rack at all. It's a bag support.
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    If you're carrying a lot of weight on the front, or even just riding with a sizable front platform rack, I suggest a front wheel stabilizer. It's made a world of difference with my Civia Market rack!


    http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...tabilizer.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post
    that mafac rack you're referring to isnt a rack at all. It's a bag support.
    This is correct, the bag hangs from the bars and sits on the 'rack'

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    Actually the bag is supported vertically by the rack and is secured from front/back/side motion by the handlebars or a decaleur.

    Bottom also needs to be attached to help prevent rattle and the bag bouncing off.

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    And with this little bag support, keep in mind all the load is taken by the caliper mounting bolt, and it is aluminum, for a Mafac Racer. If you have Mafacs on braze ons that would be much stronger.

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