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Old 03-03-05, 06:02 PM   #1
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rack advice for CrossCheck

Looking for advice on a good strong rack to put on my CrossCheck. The one from Surly is about $100!!! Are the cheaper ones just as good? I need a good one for shopping. I am also looking for a good rear helmet light. Please let me know what you think. Thanks
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I just got an Axiom for my Bad Boy Ultra, disc brake mounts, $30.00. Held an 18 pack, 14 lb of cat litter, and a full load of groceries, with what room was left in panniers. If you need a model # I could come up with it.
Any shop that deals with quality bike parts can order it for you, not sure about buying direct.
Nice rack, by the way.
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http://topeak.com/products/rack_009.html

I have Topeak racks on two of my bikes...a mtb commuter conversion and its replacement, a cyclocross commuter. I bought the first rack (the model is Expedition) about six years ago and was so impressed with it I got the replacement model (Mule) for the cyclocross bike three years later. They both have a track in the platform that holds the Topeak trunk bag...a great combination. Unfortunately both are out of production. They've held up very well with no corrosion and haven't been bent or come unfastened after minor crashes.

The link opens what appears to be the closest model in current production, the OS rack. I see it's about $50 on several sites. It would be worth checking a local shop to see if you can view one and decide if it fits your needs.
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The Topeak racks just have so much stuff. Blackburn and look-a-like models are lighter and just as strong plus they are fully triangulated in all directions.
If you use fenders then dont get a top-plate panel. If you want lights then a rear rack mounting plate is a great place to mount them.
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Two comments.

1. The Cross Check has somewhat short chainstays, so you need to be cautious about heel strike. I have Cross Check, and short feet, and I scrape every once in awhile on my panniers. Not a big deal, but if I had size 11 feet, it might be a bigger deal.

2. I prefer racks that are rectangular over ones that are triangular. The extra support keeps the panniers from flailing around, which can have bad consequences.
See this thread: Tubus rear racks
I ended up getting the Tubus. Overkill, more money than I should have spent, etc., but I love it.
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I ride a 58cm CrossCheck. I have a Blackburn Expedition rack and use a pair of Arkel T-42 panniers. Size 47 shoes, and no problem with heel strike. YMMV on a smaller frame... The Blackburn rack is simple and light, but incredibly strong.
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You could get the Cateye LD-1000 for your helmet...it ain't cheap but you get side visibility and 10 leds. Put the Cateye high on your helmet and a Performance Flare lower on your bike and you're covered.

I screwed an old Vistalite beltclip to the Cateye and attached it to my retention strap. It points horizontal to the road which is important.
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Will a top-plate panel do the same work as a fender when it comes to keeping me dry? I plan to use the rack for food shopping, about a 4 mile trip. Any suggestions on rack bags for this purpose? Thanks for the info so far.
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A top plate will not be as effectve as a fender but is better than nothing. The downside is that the top of the rack becomes less versatile. There are fewer ways to wrap bunji chords around large objects with a top plate.
Nashbar have the Blackburn original and a cheaper copy by Ascent (horizon). My lookalike has been used for heavy, short range shopping trips and daily light use for about 5 years.
http://www.nashbar.com/results.cfm?c...it=y&pagename=
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I just got the blackburn expedition for my specialized sirrus. Works great, also cleared my fenders just fine. It doesnt have a bracket for attaching a rear light though, so I guess I have to macguyver something. Was $47 at my LBS. Can carry 40lbs.
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I just bought a Jandd Expedition for $49.97 here:

http://www.supergo.com/profile.cfm?L...xt=&referpage=

Use the 10% off code--7001122--for further savings.

Heavy and not "triangulated"...but I like the extra setback, the huge top plate and the squareish rear brace (to better support the back of my panniers).
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Will the extra setback move the panniers back, giving your foot more room with less chance of heal strike? I have a size 12 foot and JNBACON got me thinking about that with his post. I will try hitting a few bike shops in the area to see what they have that will let me pedal freely.
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Will the extra setback move the panniers back, giving your foot more room with less chance of heal strike? I have a size 12 foot and JNBACON got me thinking about that with his post.
As far as I know, the Jandd sits farther back than any other rack.

I have the large waterproof Nashbar panniers for commuting (with no significant heel cutouts), size 10 feet, on a Fuji touring bike with long chainstays and I still hit my heels once in a while. It's very annoying to me. Hopefully, this will solve my problem.
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