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Old 09-08-05, 12:13 PM   #1
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A rack that fits

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Sorry if this has been discussed before; I did a search but didn't find the info I was looking for. Here's the deal - I have a ladies (step-thru frame) Trek hybrid (7200 if that helps) and the rack I had on my old bike kinda fits but it's really slanted - like a big slope down towards the saddle. The rack is a cheapie from Target. I've been looking around Nashbar but the descriptions all pretty much say the same thing: This rack will fit 'most' bikes.

So, does anybody have a recommendation for a rack that will fit more properly? I want to put a truck bag but I'm afraid that with the rack the way it is now, it won't sit right. Plus I'm thinking of adding panniers one of these days.

Your thoughts?

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Old 09-08-05, 12:28 PM   #2
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Trek should make a rack that sits level behind that one.
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Old 09-08-05, 12:57 PM   #3
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Yeah, I'm sure they do but their site leaves a little to be desired description wise...

Rack 1 or Rack II
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Old 09-08-05, 12:59 PM   #4
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Blackburn Expedition and Jandd Expedition should fit also...

it has "sliders" to level out your platform

I have had the Blackburn for many years... very well built
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Old 09-08-05, 01:30 PM   #5
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Jannd Expedition....
it's the last rack you'll ever buy.
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The Nitto racks from Rivendell & others are also adjustable.

regarding the treck racks, from the web site:

rack II: Fits mountain and hybrid bikes 20in (50cm) and over, road bikes 54cm and over

rack I: Fits mountain and hybrid bikes 20in (50cm) and under, road bikes 54cm and under
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I second Edtrek. I've had a Jandd Expedition for about three years and had it on several bikes with great success. I'm not sure how much it can carry, but I've never been able to overload it.
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regarding the treck racks, from the web site:

rack II: Fits mountain and hybrid bikes 20in (50cm) and over, road bikes 54cm and over

rack I: Fits mountain and hybrid bikes 20in (50cm) and under, road bikes 54cm and under
Weird... Where does it say that?! I only see a photo, a price, and a link to find a dealer but no info about the racks themselves.

Otherwise, thanks for the input everyone!
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How close is the rear of your frame to the men's? I looked on Trek's site,but couldn't find your bike. I've got the standard 7200. I've got a Performance Bike Transit rack that I could mock-up on it tonight to see how it will fit.

The only dif I can think of off hand might be a shorter rear triangle,but most racks have adjustable arms on the front for this. I'm thinking the prob might just be a cheap rack.
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Can you post a picture of your bike with the rack on it?
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How close is the rear of your frame to the men's? I looked on Trek's site,but couldn't find your bike. I've got the standard 7200. I've got a Performance Bike Transit rack that I could mock-up on it tonight to see how it will fit.

The only dif I can think of off hand might be a shorter rear triangle,but most racks have adjustable arms on the front for this. I'm thinking the prob might just be a cheap rack.
My bike shares the same looking frame as this one .

I'd be happy to post a pic but I'm not sure how this is done on this site.
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my commuter is a Trek 7200 (women's frame) -- LBS installed rack when I bought it, I knew I would use a rack. I found an inexpensive pannier bag that works great. Check with your LBS -- surely they could put one on for you. IT has been worth every penny.
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Most of those racks that "fit most bikes" have adjustable stays to attach to the seat stays. These usually allow the rack to be adjusted so it is level. However it doesn't always work. I have an old 63cm Trek 400 on which I tried to mount a Blackburn Expedition. The adjustable stays do not go short enough to bring my rack upto level. Instead the rack tilts pretty severly to the back.
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my commuter is a Trek 7200 (women's frame) -- LBS installed rack when I bought it, I knew I would use a rack. I found an inexpensive pannier bag that works great. Check with your LBS -- surely they could put one on for you. IT has been worth every penny.
Don't you just LOVE your Trek?! I've never had a step-thru before but it is so comfortable to ride and I'm getting used to it quickly.

Do you remember what you paid for your rack? I didn't have the store put one on for me because a) I thought my rack would work, b) they were a little pricey with their accessories and c) I wanted to ride it at least a little bit before deciding on how to outfit it; I knew I would have specific needs that I would discover along the way, if that makes sense.
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My bike shares the same looking frame as this one .

I'd be happy to post a pic but I'm not sure how this is done on this site.

Can you see how the rack in that picture has separate little arms that come down to mount to the bike in the front of the rack? Does your rack attach like that? If the end of the rack just goes against the frame without the little arms you may need a different style rack.

Can you find a picture of a rack exactly like yours? If it was an inexpensive rack or is very old it may not fit.
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About a year ago I put Old Man Mountain racks on my bike. I have been really happy with them. They have the system for fitting them to your bike down. They are really a quality product and you'll be ordering them from the guy who's making them. I know they're not custom, but they have that feel to them. You can check them out at www.oldmanmountain.com. I've really been happy with mine.
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It sounds like the two bits of metal connecting the rack to the seat-stays of your frame are too short. You may be able to adjust them to level the rack. Some are connected to the rack using a couple of bolts and you can slide them out a bit more.

With small frames, these connectors can get very long and make the whole rack less ridgid.
See if you can get your current rack working before spending big $ on an expedition quality rack.
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Yeah, my rack doesn't seem to have those arms that '2manybikes' referred to. It seems to be more geared towards a MTB frame. I ordered a rack for my husband's bike that is supposed to have the arms so we're going to try my rack on his bike and the new rack on mine. Hopefully that will solve the problem.

Everyone has been so helpful - thanks!
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Weird... Where does it say that?! I only see a photo, a price, and a link to find a dealer but no info about the racks themselves.

Otherwise, thanks for the input everyone!

Click on the picture or name! It'll take you to this page (for Rack 1):
http://store.trekbikes.com/jump.jsp?...&bShopOnline=0
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Did a test mockup on my men's. It did tilt slightly forward.

If your bike has the same frame as the one in the link(I've posted the pic),you may need to get a rack from Trek. Notice even this rack tilts slightly forward. The vertical arms that attach by the rear axle are angled,most racks' arms are straight down.
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You are absolutely correct, dynaryder! I went to my LBS and I'm happy to report success!

Thanks again everyone
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