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    Rack choices

    man! I posted about putting a backpack on a rack earlier. I think I am going to go through with it even though I have been warned. Atleast it wil be off of my back and lower. However, now there are so many racks to choose from. I am thinking of an expedition rack because there ill be a slightly wider load on top. whtat do you all think? HEre are the ones that I was looking at. which racks did you guys buy? Do you htink I need a touring rack or will a nornmal rack be okay? Should I really be concerned with the weight of a rack? (see a million questions)

    this trek one is the most expensive but it looks nice.
    http://penncycle.com/itemdetails.cfm...gId=39&id=7886

    this ones sounds like it is quite reputable but it is more spendy and doesn't have a "top" on it.
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    I have seen this brand around and it has a flat top which I like.
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    I have never heard from this bfrand. does anyone have it and what can they say? Otherwise it is cheaper and I can mount lights on it.
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    this one is from the same maker and has a flat top and springs for what?
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

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    I have this one on my mtn bike:

    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    but I probably should have gone for this one, which I think is one of your choices:

    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    The one I have, the plate, or whatever, on top is angled up at the end, so you can't mount a tail light perpendicular to it, need to bend something to get the light pointing straight back.


    My other bike has this one, no complaints:

    http://www.outdoorsportz.com/BGRCOOOO1006.html

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    I have the Blackburn EX1 - It is a good sturdy rack but does not have the extra loop behind the verticle stays to keep your panniers out of your wheel if you mount them real far back.
    I like the Topeak if you decide to get one of thier rack trunks. The trunks mount easily into the plate on the top of the rack and don't interfer with the pannier mounts. The mount also allows you to quickly install or remove the rack trunk unlike most rack trunks which can be cumbersome.
    Any of these racks should be sufficient.
    If you are not riding in a dry climate (AZ, SoCal, etc.) I strongly recommend full fenders for your bike. The plate on a rack will reduce the stripe up your back but full fenders will keep you and your bike much cleaner. This is true if you are riding in the rain or if you are riding shortly after a rain when the roads are still wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madscot13
    man! I posted about putting a backpack on a rack earlier. I think I am going to go through with it even though I have been warned. Atleast it wil be off of my back and lower. However, now there are so many racks to choose from. I am thinking of an expedition rack because there ill be a slightly wider load on top. whtat do you all think? HEre are the ones that I was looking at. which racks did you guys buy? Do you htink I need a touring rack or will a nornmal rack be okay? Should I really be concerned with the weight of a rack? (see a million questions)

    this trek one is the most expensive but it looks nice.
    http://penncycle.com/itemdetails.cfm...gId=39&id=7886

    this ones sounds like it is quite reputable but it is more spendy and doesn't have a "top" on it.
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    I have seen this brand around and it has a flat top which I like.
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    I have never heard from this bfrand. does anyone have it and what can they say? Otherwise it is cheaper and I can mount lights on it.
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    this one is from the same maker and has a flat top and springs for what?
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
    If you want a really wide rack, check the Old Man Mountain racks. The Cold Spring is way wide -6.25"! It's also very pricey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CBBaron
    If you are not riding in a dry climate (AZ, SoCal, etc.) I strongly recommend full fenders for your bike. The plate on a rack will reduce the stripe up your back but full fenders will keep you and your bike much cleaner. This is true if you are riding in the rain or if you are riding shortly after a rain when the roads are still wet.

    Craig

    after this weeks rain in the twin cities I cannot agree more. THe fenders will be coming soon. (that will be a later post) but for right now too me the most important thing is to get my backpack off. I thought the flat tops might alllow me to put more stuff on top wihtout them falling through, is all.

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    +1 on the OMM racks. The White Rock can be had for $40...
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    If you want a wide rack why not buy the cheapest one you can fine and bolt a thin plywood 'platform' to the top? That way you can cut your platform to whatever dimensions will best support your backpack. Add some straps to hold it on and you're ready to roll. As long as you're willing to put a little effort into the fabrication the whole thing shouldn't cost more than $25.

    You can get racks on blowout sale at Nashbar for like $12.99. Nashbar even has a returned goods section on their website where good stuff is discounted even further. The rest is available down at the neighborhood True Value. I say if you want it done right, do it yourself - especially if you need something no one really makes.

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    I have both the Blackburn EX-1 and an OMM that mounts to cantilever brake posts (forgot the name). Both have served very well. OMM cost more than twice as much. I have to agree with Craig's post in that pannier bags need the back loop on the rack like the Trek or the topeak. His comment about fenders is very appropriate. The Bor Yueh are getting good reports in the touring forum, but I have not seen them or used one. I would not be the least surprised if all of these came out of the same factory. A friend toured with topeak bag and rack and after two weeks, I got kinda jealous as to how fast the topeak bags fit the rack....they slide on and slide off instantly and could be carried like a satchel when off the bike.

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