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Old 10-04-13, 12:46 PM   #1
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Rear Touring Rack

Anyone know where I can get a simple rear rack like this (with the two rods for mounting to the seat stays)? See picture...

I look around on-line and the racks are super heavy duty (and expensive).

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Old 10-04-13, 01:13 PM   #3
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Take a look at the Axiom Streamliner Deluxe for 700C. Surprisingly lightweight, ally tube construction. $35ish on fleabay.

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A used one will probably cost $30 on the eBay.

Be careful in ordering the Blackburn ones with the "non-adjustable" stays- they're designed for bikes with specific angles and braze points. If you get the wrong size/angle your bike looks like this:




I think those racks were OEM for a specific bike. The Racks that have the adjustable stays were probably the aftermarket racks.

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My all time favorite rack is still the old Pletscher mousetrap, which I have on my Peugeot.

Whenever I use the Blackburn MTN rack on my Schwinn (mounted with adapter clamps on the seat stays, since the bike has no mudguard/rack lugs on the dropouts), I miss the mousetrap feature on the Pletscher.
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Avoid the new Blackburns with two struts instead of the usual three. They are too flimsy to be of any use.

I feel the same way about the Pletscher above.

Yes, I've tried both of them.
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Avoid the new Blackburns with two struts instead of the usual three. They are too flimsy to be of any use.

I feel the same way about the Pletscher above.

Yes, I've tried both of them.
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The Pletscher is a great rack if you aren't carrying much as they lack lateral stiffness and a proper touring rack will usually have triple stays to provide better support and add stiffness, especially if they are made of aluminium.

MEC in Canada offers a rather decent, triple stay rack that sells for $15.00... these will handle light to medium loads and for heavily loaded touring one would want something better.

Steel is a different animal... it does not suffer from the same fatigue issues that aluminium does and because of tubing dynamics a steel rack is not going to weigh much more and can often weigh less than a comparable aluminium rack because the tubes can be thinner and lighter for the same diameter. The Filzer rack that came off my Pugsley weighed 200 grams more than the rack I built and was flimsy in comparison.

One caveat is that a really nice steel rack will probably cost quite a bit more than an aluminium one... many are custom made and many of the mass produced ones tend to be of very poor quality which is true for many things.
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A used one will probably cost $30 on the eBay.

Be careful in ordering the Blackburn ones with the "non-adjustable" stays- they're designed for bikes with specific angles and braze points. If you get the wrong size/angle your bike looks like this:




I think those racks were OEM for a specific bike. The Racks that have the adjustable stays were probably the aftermarket racks.

Just my guess.
That is a design feature to level loads on climbs...
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That is a design feature to level loads on climbs...

"Load Leveling" it's a feature!

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