I have a somewhat bizarre idea I thought I would throw out and see if anyone has any ideas.
I have a Topeak explorer rack. I have the small Topeak bag that fits the rail system for that rack. I have a "round town" pannier always mounted incase I need to stop and pick something up at the store. I am seriously considering ditching my messenger bag and picking up an Arkel Commuter pannier bag. I really wanted to get the two rail Topeak rack but seeing as how you can't get the version for non-disc brakes in the US (NICE MOVE THERE TOPEAK!!!). I am at a loss. When the panniers are mounted it is very difficult to slide the trunk on, thus the reason for the second lower set of rails (in case anyone didn't know, which I didn't until recently). So I had an idea, what about JB Welding a lower set of rails onto the existing Explorer rack? I am not sure how strong JB Weld is and would not be happy about my laptop falling off the rack in traffic. I could renenforce the welds by lashing some strong wire or something around the joint, functionality is more important than looks at this point.
I thought about just buying a Tubus or something with a second rail but then I lose the functionality of the quick disconnect trunk. I also thought about maybe trying to remove the rail from the topeak and fashion it onto a rack with a second rail already... Or perhaps just make a sliding unit if I can.
Any thoughts or ideas???
I am really surprised a company like Topeak dropped the ball on this item.... This two rail rack has been advertised for years and still isn't available... sad....
I don't know anything about welding, so if you're capable try it. I think your talking about the Topeak Super Tourist DX(?) with the second rail. I think the Topeak Super Tourist regular does not have that second rail. I guess before you put a laptop in it if you do weld; put something else in their with similar weight and see how it holds up for a couple of rides.
I do agree with you about the availability of the Super Tourist DX. A UK store could ship it to me but it would cost around $60-70 dollars if I remember correctly ($35-40 for the rack, and the rest in shipping charges, and thats with the Euro to Dollar conversion). I wonder if buying one with the Disc Mount would make any difference in handling or stability if you don't have disc brakes? It definetly would be a lot cheaper.
Good Luck figuring it out
Last edited by exile; 02-26-09 at 07:30 PM.
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