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Old 06-05-12, 08:20 AM   #1
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Rack Compatability for around town bike

I am in the market for an around the town single speed commuter, mainly going to be used to run to the grocery store (2 miles away) and other general errands. Figure driving is a waste and I should just get a bike dedicated for errands. I currently have three mid-high end race road bikes (definitely more of a roadie, so my commuting knowledge is minimal) and use one of those for my longer work commute (where I just store clothes for the week at work and don't have to worry about riding with anything). The goal of the around town commuter is to get a rear rack and rear panniers to haul stuff and not worry about locking my bike up outside.

The question I have is regarding rack compatiblity. I am looking at the bikes on Performance, as I just want a basic, single speed bike and nothing fancy whatsoever. Don't even need a nice Surly/Kona since I will never be going too great of a distance and I have nice roads to travel on in Minneapolis. Performance has my size in this Scattante Americano 1 Single-Speed Road Bike and it seems like a fine price. However under the specks it says this:

rack mounts: No

Is that telling me that it doesn't currently have racks (obviously not) or that it is not capable of fitting an aftermarket rack? If its the case, are there any other cheap commuter road bikes that you would suggest from Performance? I am a member so I will save a bunch of money on shipping and the extra freight charges are offset by the rewards I would get on a ~$400 purchase. Thanks guys.
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It doesn't look like it has any braze-ons for a traditional rack, but there are cantilevered racks that attach to the seatpost only. Topeak calls them "beam racks". If you use one of those, a trunk is then a possibility. I think you'd need some kind of wheel struts to support a pannier, though.
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Putting a setapost-clamp style rack on a grocery-getter utility bike makes no sense. Seatpost racks are a kludge for bikes lacking the appropriate brazeon eyelets. The racks weight more, carry less and wobble more.
Get a frame with horizontal dropouts and rack eyelets. You can share the eyelets between rack and fenders.
Almost any std rack can carry 2 fully loaded large pannier bags + an oversized load on the top, eg multipack of kitchen roll or big box of washing powder.
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