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    no rack mounts!

    How does one mount a rear rack without the mounts? I have the mounts near the hubs but not the ones on the seat stays near the top tube. Do I get a rack with a brake mount? or a seat post mount? or some clamp adapter things to attacth them to the seat stays? What do I do? What would you do?
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    I understand it's possible to get clamps that allow one to mount to a tube without mounts... But haven't done this myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hummeth View Post
    How does one mount a rear rack without the mounts? I have the mounts near the hubs but not the ones on the seat stays near the top tube. Do I get a rack with a brake mount? or a seat post mount? or some clamp adapter things to attacth them to the seat stays? What do I do? What would you do?
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    Little seat stay clamps that usually come with the rack hardware package work well on non-carbon frame frames.

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    +1 for the P clips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim-in-Kirkland View Post
    Little seat stay clamps that usually come with the rack hardware package work well on non-carbon frame frames.
    You can get them at any hardware store... they use them to hold electrical cable.

    I rolled my bike into Home Depot and picked out a package that was the right size.

    Cost me less than $1.

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    If you want something fancier, Tubus makes an adapter to. Check The Touring Store.

    They look a little nicer than p-clips but they cost around $8 a pair.



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    You can try and hold it on the seat clamp it has been working for me on the last two years.

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    i was able to use p-clips at the bottom on the seat stays and used four heavy duty zip ties to secure the top of the rack to the bars at the bottom of the seat (the ones that allow the seat to be clamped onto the seatpost. i forget what they're called.) it made the rack higher than it would be normally, but it worked great on my mb and carried about 30 lbs without issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
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    Definately the easiest/cheapest way to go.

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    My rack came with two of the clamps (actually rubber thingies that do the same thing) and then I bought two more separately (metal P-clamps).

    They're not so rigid that t hey just clamp on, so they do sag a bit, but they've held so far. That Tubus clamp looks pretty nice, too, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyBikeGotStolen View Post
    Definately the easiest/cheapest way to go.

    cyccocommute, lol i thought MY bike needed a bath!
    It's a mountain bike. They should never be washed. Washing removes their natural oils and turns them into road bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    It's a mountain bike. They should never be washed. Washing removes their natural oils and turns them into road bikes
    That's sort of like spraying a Pomeranian with a water hose... they go from floofy to sad looking with one squirt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrated View Post
    That's sort of like spraying a Pomeranian with a water hose... they go from floofy to sad looking with one squirt!
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    FYI, I asked the touring store guy about this sort of setup (I have non-standard eyelets on my MTB) and he told me that it's doable, but the rack ends up not as securely attached to the frame.
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    i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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    I use a rack from delta that clamps onto my seat post. It'll only hold about 25lbs though, and I can't put panniers on it.
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