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    Bike Friday low rider rack?

    I know that Bike Friday makes a nice front rack that keeps the panniers a little higher, closer to where they would be vertically on a 700c bike.

    Has anyone used a standard front low-rider rack on a Bike Friday NWT or PL? Does this have a negative affect on handling or what would the drawbacks be for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainstreetexile View Post
    I know that Bike Friday makes a nice front rack that keeps the panniers a little higher, closer to where they would be vertically on a 700c bike.

    Has anyone used a standard front low-rider rack on a Bike Friday NWT or PL? Does this have a negative affect on handling or what would the drawbacks be for that?
    I've never heard of such a thing. I find it hard to believe that the mid-fork mounts would be located in the right place and I have a hard time thinking about an acceptable adapter for a 700c lowrider rack.

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    ... what would the drawbacks be for that?
    Ground clearance under the bags would be awfully low..
    like 6" lower ... feel a need for front training wheels ?

    I use the BF front racks on my PL, it's become my Daily rider.

    Ortlieb sport packers.. to keep stuff dry.. made even more useful
    by using webbing strips to pair them up. + I can load stuff on top
    of the panniers and the rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mainstreetexile View Post
    I know that Bike Friday makes a nice front rack that keeps the panniers a little higher, closer to where they would be vertically on a 700c bike.

    Has anyone used a standard front low-rider rack on a Bike Friday NWT or PL? Does this have a negative affect on handling or what would the drawbacks be for that?
    I did something similar. Put lowriders on a regular 20" folder and I am going to do it again. No problem with the right bags unless you are going off road. I have also used bags made for the rear rack becouse I prefer to carry most of the weight in the front.

    I got the lowrider rack with some clumsy and heavy exhaust type fittings and decided to get some better ones. Bought something like this http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tubus-lm-...ets-prod21526/ but there are several options available http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/rack-spares-dept964_pg1/

    The good thing about the system is that the right place for the clamps is just over the V-brake bosses so it is not going to slide down!

    Not sure where the braze on`s on the BF is but the best is if you can take the bike into a shop and hold the lowrider close to the front fork. If not you just find a site with plenty racks (like SJS or others) so you can compare and take a guess what is the best one.
    °Empty drums make a lot of noice... (Old Hungarian proverb).

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    I read a tour log from a guy who used Blackburn lowrider rack on the front of his NWT. He said it worked reasonably well, though later went on the hunt for a Bike Friday rack in order to raise things up a bit more. Some of that tour was on unpaved roads. You can read the details here:
    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/desert2009

    Those Bike Friday racks sure are expensive, aren`t they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post

    Those Bike Friday racks sure are expensive, aren`t they?
    Bought a couple rear racks with our custom Fridays four years ago - they work great - have never given the cost a second thought.

    Lou

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    They are Hand made to come off and pack, small, in USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Those Bike Friday racks sure are expensive, aren`t they?
    Certainly expensive in absolute terms. Relative to other chromoloy racks -- say Tubus -- they seem reasonable.

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