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Location: DC / Maryland suburbs
Bikes: Homebuilt tourer/commuter, modified-beyond-recognition 1990 Trek 1100, reasonably stock 2002-ish Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
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Originally Posted by missile meister
New to bike commuting and new around here - forgive me for any breach of ettiquette. I'm looking to start a 3-4 mile-each-way commute with a 2008 Specialized Expedition Sport and want to outfit it with a rear rack and basket/panniers that would allow me to stop off at the grocery on the way home. Given the non-standard frame geometry can anyone suggest a particular rack that will work best? I'd appreciate any advice.
I'll echo what iBRAD says. Looks like you can use a standard rack, since you have eyelets in the dropouts. Here's the web site: http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=22031
The one issue may be that the saddle on this bike appears to be VERY low... you may need extra-long hardware to attach the top of the rack "downward" onto the seat stays, which any bike shop should be able to get for a few bucks.
I suggest one of the wire frame racks, since they are slightly lighter and often easier to attach things to than the ones with platforms... but it's mostly a personal preference. Nashbar has always had quite a good rack selection. Here's one with a rear light bracket for only $10: http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...cat%3A%20Racks
I have an ascent rack that is nearly identical and quite sturdy, except doesn't have the light, and I paid twice as much cause it wasn't on sale
But, basically, you should be able to use a standard rack, with just a little adjustment or replacing of the struts that attach the front of the rack to the seat stays.