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Old 04-07-12, 10:20 PM   #1
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Rear rack question for first folder

Hi, all, I just purchased our first folders for my wife and I. We ride a lot and several cargo bikes including a bakfiets so we figured we should have the biggest bike and the smallest too.

We ended up going with the Downtube Nova to get started and see how we like folding bikes.

We are going on a vacation and wanted to take the smaller bikes and a trailer to ride along the beach. Since I prefer to ride for transportation, I want to add a rear rack to the bike and it is my understanding the Dahon racks will work, but the traveller is the only one that will work with regular panniers.

Are there other rear racks that are not Dahon made that you all are using so I can ride with fullsize pannier and minimize heel strike?

Thanks for you help!

FWIW, I tried searching the forum, but the search function has been down for a few days.
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Old 04-08-12, 10:43 PM   #2
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You can also consider using a bag or pack that sits on top of the rack instead of panniers, since small-wheel bikes tend to have a lot of space between the top of the rack and the bottom of the saddle.
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Old 04-09-12, 01:04 PM   #3
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That's a good thought. I'm trying to avoid purchasing new bags, but perhaps it will have to come to that.
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Old 04-09-12, 05:13 PM   #4
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I purchased a standard Bontrager rear rack from a Trek dealer that just happened to fit an Mu P8. It's shown here in the backwoods of Mississippi on a 350 mile tour.
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the dahon touring rack, if it fits, does put the panniers far away from the bike as practically as possible. Any further back and there might be slight handling difficulties if they are loaded up heavily.


How about a front rack?
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There was a Bontrager rear rack fitted to my MuP24.
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If you can get by with only one pannier, the Xootr CrossRack might work for you. Your existing pannier will probably fit onto it.
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I put an old Jandd Expedition Rear Rack on my Dahon using a set of 12 inch rack extenders that I bought from the Jandd website so I can easily use my Arkel Bug pannier.
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Standard racks will rise higher above the rear wheel, but take standard bags..
Id just plan on removing, to fold them[& keep with the bags]
so a simple fitting mount is a good idea.
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Old 11-20-12, 04:20 AM   #10
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Axiom Journey Adjustable

http://www.axiomgear.com/products/ge...justable-2429/

I use this on a DT Nova. Sits higher than the rack that came with the Downtube 9S but not as high as would a rack for 26" wheel bikes. The longer length of the rack allows the pannier to sit further back, providing more clearance.

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yeah, good thought. I'm trying to avoid purchasing new bags, but perhaps it will have to come to that.
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Old 11-20-12, 05:56 PM   #12
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We have been using some LBS Voyageur racks which clamp on the seatpost. See previous post http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...Pair-of-Giants
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My Brompton has a rear rack but I rarely use it, due to it's limited space and tendency for heel strikes (I do have big feet, though). I use a bag that fits in front of the handle bars quite often.

One thing to keep in consideration is that folding bikes can't carry a lot of stuff. I'm also a utility cyclist and I'm used to hauling all kinds of goods on bikes, but on the folder I won't try to carry more than a half-filled bag of groceries. In addition to the limited cargo capacity, the smaller wheels and short wheelbase means the bike can get a little squirrely when it is carrying a lot of extra weight.
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