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Old 07-17-12, 02:03 PM   #1
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Hey ladies and gents will this work?

Or will it be to top heavy? Do you see any other issues? Also waht kind of rear rack is this it dont have a name just a b on it?

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Only one way for you to find out- try it. I wouldn't put anything expensive in it on the maiden voyage, though.

Some people have had issues with seat post mounted racks, while others haven't.
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Or will it be to top heavy? Do you see any other issues? Also waht kind of rear rack is this it dont have a name just a b on it?

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As long as what you put in the rear is heavier than the front, you'll be fine. Balance has to do with what you carry THEN how you carry it. However, that sort of rear rack typically supports next to no weight, look for a rack that attaches to the frame via arms instead of a single attachment to the seat post.

Hopefully you plan to attach the milk crate to the rack somehow?
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As long as what you put in the rear is heavier than the front, you'll be fine. Balance has to do with what you carry THEN how you carry it. However, that sort of rear rack typically supports next to no weight, look for a rack that attaches to the frame via arms instead of a single attachment to the seat post.

Hopefully you plan to attach the milk crate to the rack somehow?
Don't know how (or if) he has done it, but I've always used zip-ties. PITA to cut them, and increases the likelihood that it will still be on the bike after leaving the store.
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Yes the rack will be put on with zip ties. The front basket sucks ill only use it for bread and eggs.I have had 14 Pounds in it but i was so afraid it would fall off and id run it over and wreck.The rear rack seems very strong and it dont sway.I looked at ther other rear racks and no of them would fit
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I'm curious why a regular rack would not fit.
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Not sure why the reg ones wont work we tryied them all Found one that was close but the legs wouldnt go down to wear they should atach on my bike the legs was to short
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Not sure why the reg ones wont work we tryied them all Found one that was close but the legs wouldnt go down to wear they should atach on my bike the legs was to short
Looks like your milk crate is running out of real estate...
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Looks like your milk crate is running out of real estate...
Nah the rack goes further then it looks to go.I thought about puting it side ways
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Its practical.
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Btw it aint a milk crate its a tad bigger. But not as heavy duty
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Btw it aint a milk crate its a tad bigger. But not as heavy duty
Duh, it's more of one of those letter/file storage cubes.

As far as the rack legs being too short, I'm surprised that whoever you were working with didn't come up with the idea of using p-clamps.
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I like simple things that work
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Of course that setup will be top heavy and lead to sub-optimal handling, compared to carrying weight low. Many cyclists seem not to care about that.
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I modified it i added a grate from a grill to the rack then placed the basket on it.My thinking is it will add more suport to the bottom of the basket
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nice set up!

Careful with much weight is on the back rack. They cannot hold a lot of weight and those racks have a tendency to swing around corners if they are not locked down or the weight is too much for it.

I have experienced both. Kinda weird when you turn right and the seat post and bag swings right and you see the eggs about ready to fall out in front of your eyes.
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I modified it i added a grate from a grill to the rack then placed the basket on it.My thinking is it will add more suport to the bottom of the basket
And by doing so, you just reduced the max weight cargo capacity.

You might keep the grill grate, deep six the crate, and then just strap a backpack to that.
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And by doing so, you just reduced the max weight cargo capacity.

You might keep the grill grate, deep six the crate, and then just strap a backpack to that.
May try that since back packs are cheap
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Ps the rack claims 25 pounds it can carry.But judging by the construction id say it can hold 50 pounds.Which i could t even fit in the basket. 90 percent of what i carry is grocerys
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Take a video next time you load up with 50 lbs of groceries in there.
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I dunno.....

If I were going to load 50 lbs of groceries, I think I'd be looking for a used 2-kid trailer to put the groceries into.
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Most likely ill never have over 24 pounds in it.But last night i was trying how to figure how to carry home a vacuum cleaner on my bike lol. I saw a new oreck for 99 bucks
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