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Old 12-30-09, 07:22 AM   #1
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Looking for some stylish bike racks

I will soon be building up a new commuter, using a custom frame, and would like first to find some stylish racks, front and back, to hang on the new rig.

Need the racks first so I can tell the builder what he needs to fit on the new frame.

Any recommendations? These would be more for commuting and utility than for touring, although I do plan to do some bike camping one of these days.
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Old 12-30-09, 08:03 AM   #2
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IMHO, Nitto makes the nicest looking racks. Their M-12 is one of the few front racks available and the nicest looking by far. It fits best with cantilever brake posts, but Nitto makes similar models that fit frames with caliper brakes. The Nitto rear racks are equally nice. Part of the reason they look nice, to me, is they have a chrome finish, while most other racks sold in the US are flat black, which looks fine with some frames but not others.

I put a Nitto M-12 on the font of my Bob Jackson commuter-touring bike, but opted for a Tubus Cargo on the back. I ordered it from England so I could get the silver finish, which is not available in the US. Although not as stylish as the comparable Nitto Campee rack, it is much less expensive yet stronger and lighter. I couldn't justify spending $160 on a Nitto Campee rack when I could get a Tubus Cargo for about $90. Tubus makes some very nice looking racks that are less functional and lighter than the Cargo, but I wanted a rack that would be capable of carrying panniers and fairly heavy loads for touring.
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Old 12-30-09, 09:02 AM   #3
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I will soon be building up a new commuter, using a custom frame, and would like first to find some stylish racks, front and back, to hang on the new rig.

Need the racks first so I can tell the builder what he needs to fit on the new frame.

Any recommendations? These would be more for commuting and utility than for touring, although I do plan to do some bike camping one of these days.
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A Tubus Tara or Duo would compliment it nicely for a front lowrider

If you want utility, a Tubus Cargo or Vega (see the above link) is hard to beat.

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Old 12-30-09, 09:25 AM   #4
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The PDW or Nitto Campee in the rear, paired with a Pass & Stow in the front.
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Old 12-30-09, 10:18 AM   #5
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Soma also makes a "Deco" rear rack that is nice looking, although it won't handle as much weight as something like a Tubus.
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Old 12-30-09, 11:59 AM   #6
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If you're working with a builder on a custom frame, don't go with an off-the-peg rack. Have the builder design racks to work specifically with the bike you're having built, like the traditional constructeurs made. I've seen a Dan Boxer and Tony Pereria bike with custom racking (and IIRC, a Corey Thompson; but I could be mistaken) on rides with my rando club.
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Old 12-30-09, 12:15 PM   #7
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Have you asked your builder to try to build you one integrated into the bike? Fast Boy Cycles has done several of those..

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If I were going to go with off the peg racks, I would go for the Surly Nice Racks front and rear. As a matter of fact, If they would work with disc brakes, I would have the Surly Nice Front Rack with my Xtracycle.
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If you want a custom rack, check Pass and Stow: http://www.passstow.com/

Also check the Flickr group "Racks n' Sacks". It's the best and largest (currently 2,010 pics!) collection of Bicycle Rack and Luggage Pr0n on the Internet: http://www.flickr.com/groups/racksnsacks/

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Old 12-30-09, 02:27 PM   #10
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I have an Axiom Odyssee (sp?) on my LHT. I believe it is adjustable for different tire sizes. Be careful because I think the tubing is a bit larger and won't fit all panniers without some tweaking.
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if you plan on camping you might like a beefier rack. I've seen some that are pretty wide. I don't know what they are called but they look like these. Try over on the utility cycle thread for info. I wouldn't call them stylish though ...

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Hi Slim,

It's been a long time you have posted this thread regarding a front and a rear rack for your commuter. I guess by this time you would be done with your project. You might have started your camping. Please let us know what kind of camping you did or you are doing. Besides in future if you are looking for some custom made racks, feel free to PM me.

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Old 03-18-10, 08:11 AM   #13
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Stylish? I think Velo Orange has the best combination of style and utility.



But somewhere I saw someone had taken a cheap Wald rack and chopped it down to something pretty nice... lemme see if I can find that photo.

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It's on the C&V forum, here. Check it out, I think its pretty cool.

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