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    Rear Rack Recommendations?

    Hi fellow Clydes/Athenas.

    I'm getting back into cycling after about 5 years out of the saddle. I have a Trek Navigator 7100 hybrid that I'm using as a fitness cycle (trails and commuting) until I drop around 80 pounds, then I'd like to get a road bike and use the hybrid as a kick-around bike for commuting and errands.

    What is a good rear rack for my Trek hybrid? I'd like to maybe use it for panniers as well. The Topeak Explorer seems to get good reviews. Do I want V-supports or U-supports? What the benefits/drawbacks of each?

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    I wouldn't (or I didn't) worry about the engineering differences between the racks. For me, the main concern was being able to carry the gear that I need to carry. I started out with a standard-sized rack and quickly discovered that I would heel-strike with almost any load. I switched to a expedition rack and finally had enough room for my heels (I think it's a Jandd rack but my bike is in the shop so I can't confirm that).

    I carry a garment bag pannier and hang a reusable grocery bag or cooler box off of that for my lunch bag. Together, that probably weighs about 25-30 lb.

    In summary, I would more worry about budget, fit (on the bike and you+rack+panniers), and weight capacity.

    A nice feature to have on a rack is a built-in light mount but this is entirely up to you on priority.

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    yoink, I've used Blackburn racks for years, they're fine for ~20 lbs. The touring bike has an Old Man Mountain rack as weight capability is ratcheted up quite a bit. Other well respected racks (carriers) are Tubus and Bruce Gordon.

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    I have a Blackburn MTN rack:

    http://www.amazon.com/Blackburn-1004...8229874&sr=8-2

    Works great, pretty lightweight but sturdy.

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    I recently installed a Racktime TourIt rack and bought the optional ClampIt spring for it from Bike Bag Shop. No complaints so far - solidly assembled (30 kg. or 66 lbs. capacity), installed easily, handles my Ortlieb panniers nicely, and the clamp adds some flexibility.

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    If you want a no nosense utilitarian no heel strike last forever rack I can recommend the Jandd Expedition, (large). If you don't want something that big and sturdy there are a dozen to choose from, the Delta Mega is a great smaller rack for the price. I have a Tubus Luna on a fast rando bike; a great specialty rack (unless you need a top platform).

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    You might not have seen this thread, since I misspelled "rack" in the subject line...
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    I got a Topeak disc rack at REI recently; somebody had returned it because it was missing the rails that connect the rack to the seat tube. This one cost $10, when it retails for about $50, and their bike shop sold me a set of rails for $6. I have another rack that was $15 on Craigslist; the new one is for my GF.

    My recommendation is to shop around, find one at a discount, and, so long as it's satisfactory, get that one. It doesn't matter so much which particular one you wind up with. They all do the same job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yoink View Post
    Hi fellow Clydes/Athenas.The Topeak Explorer seems to get good reviews.
    I've got the Topeak Super Tourist DX. If you think you might ever get a Topeak trunk bag, get a Topeak rack. The "slide and click" mechanism makes putting the bag on and off way simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnA42 View Post
    I've got the Topeak Super Tourist DX. If you think you might ever get a Topeak trunk bag, get a Topeak rack. The "slide and click" mechanism makes putting the bag on and off way simple.
    + 1

    I have the MTX with the foldout panniers. It looks like the difference between the "U" supports and the "V" supports is that "U" might give a little more support to a pannier...I don't know...I just bought the "V" kind without giving it a second thought.
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    I just got the Tortec Expedition http://www.wiggle.co.uk/tortec-exped...lloy-rear-rack and it's freakin' excellent. It's sturdy enough to carry everything from 30-cases of beer to my friends and my backpacks and it goes far enough back where I have no concerns with heelstrike.
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    I just ordered the Topeak Super Tourist rack literally yesterday. I had an Axiom Odyssee (older model) that broke when I tried to re-bend it after the milk crate I had attached to it started bending the rear downwards (it extended beyond the rack).

    I know the above rack and the expedition are highly regarded on the commuting forum.
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    My picks in order: Tubus (Locc or Logo); Jannd Expedition; Topeak Super Tourist DX.
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