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Old 07-23-08, 07:34 PM   #1
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Rear Rack

I'm finally ditching the back pack and looking to buy a rear rack for my Trek 7000. I have been looking online, but can't figure out which one I want or need. Less than $25 would be ideal. My LBS wasn't much help since I'm "just a commuter."

Can any of you help? I just need something to hold a back pack worth of items (lunch, clothes, simple tools, rain gear, occasional book, college books, etc...)

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I found this one on Amazon: "Sunlite Bicycle Welded Rear Rack for 27" Bicycles/700C, Black"

It was $15 brand new. Any thoughts on it?
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Blackburn's rear rack is the standard - I believe it's usually around $40

Nashbar and performance usually have something cheaper that works well with moderate weight loads. We got a delta rack for about $20 that is great.

btw, smart move ditching the bag - your shoulders, back and neck will thank you.
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Blackburn's rear rack is the standard - I believe it's usually around $40

Nashbar and performance usually have something cheaper that works well with moderate weight loads. We got a delta rack for about $20 that is great.

btw, smart move ditching the bag - your shoulders, back and neck will thank you.
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Thank you for the help. My new rack should be in next week and then i can say goodbye to the sweaty back (no more backpacks)!
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i can say goodbye to the sweaty back!
yeah, that too!
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Racks need to be stiff, simple and compatable with all types of pannier fittings. A rear light bracket is useful. A top plate is only needed if you lack fenders. Adjustable height panniers should be avoided, better to get the correct height and avoid excess bolts. If your panniers are at all floppy you need a dog-leg shaped strut at the rear to keep it out of the wheel.
Blackburn style and its cheaper copies are good.
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