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    Fred Wannabe breakaway9's Avatar
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    Add a rail to a Topeak rack...

    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....

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    I wondered about that too. That's why I am going to get a Tubus Logo rear rack, but I have three trunk bags that are Mtx.

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    are you talking about the Super Tourist

    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
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    Found the Super Tourist DX for sale by a U.S. source here.

    Get it and put the current one Craigslist or ebay.

    Or a local welder or framebuilder might be able to add some tubes to your current rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultramagnetic View Post
    Found the Super Tourist DX for sale by a U.S. source here.

    Get it and put the current one Craigslist or ebay.

    Or a local welder or framebuilder might be able to add some tubes to your current rack.
    Nice, I looked and looked and couldn't find a US source, thanks, it's on order...

    I will probably just throw the other on my utility Bike or my wife's bike so I can slap the trunk on either of them if need be...

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    Fred Wannabe breakaway9's Avatar
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    Nice even though their Web site said they were in stock they are completely out of stock... back to the drawing board....

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