I have starting riding again after many years of not riding regularly - like 30 years of not riding regularly.
I have an old 1988 GT Tequesta that I bought in 1988 and didn't ride as much as I thought that I would. I am starting to use it to run some errands, and it would be nice to have a rack on the back that could actually hold a couple of bags (for groceries or odds and ends and such - I'm not planning on a coast to coast trip).
The issue with the Tequesta is that it has a funny frame geometry - the set stays (if that is what they are called) are attached to the top bar in front of the seat post. It was supposed to make the bike stronger (I think) maybe more flexible?
At any rate, that means that the geometry of the back of the bike is a bit unusual - the seat stats are at a lower angle than the would be on most bikes. If i try to attach most racks to it, they really don't fit very well.
Here is photo of a very similar bike. Note the bracket that attaches the rear rack to the bike is very long (and bent). I suppose that it's strong enough, but it looks pretty crappy.
Does anyone know if there are (or were) racks built for these particular frames?
The bike may or may not be an ideal commuter, but the prices was right - it was hanging around the back of my garage, so it was free.
The components are "Shimano Exage Mountain", and I have no idea what that means in terms of quality, but they seems to work OK.