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    Compatible Rear Racks for Tern Link C7

    I'm looking for a rear rack that is capable of supporting 50+ pounds. Anyone have any that they recommend? Thanks

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    50lbs is quite a bit but i'm betting those biologic rear racks made for the 20 inch folders should easily handle that kind of weight. Thor sells them, he even has a rack for 20 inch wheels that supports up to 40kg! but you'll have to check with him on compatibility.

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    The bike friday folding rack supports 65 lbs; aside from being steel there's nothing special about it, so many racks should work. You should probably make sure that the tern itself is okay with having 50 lbs on the back, though (if you haven't already).

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    hi
    the Pletscher will carry a load ..... but on a folding bike weight distribution is somewhat more important than on a big bike....
    what are you planning to carry ? SOmetimes a trailer is the much better answer..... I will get my hands on some Burley travoy commute trailers as they are also foldable and can take jerry cans for ( Boat) Cruisers..... water and diesel/gas etc.. had several folks want to ride to the gas station in town rather than pay 5 bucks in the marina....

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    I was planning on possibly using the rear rack for if I choose to go to college in the future to lug books and clothing around, possibly a notebook too. Or the instance of things to carry to and from a job, like work clothes, lunch and such. I doubt I'll ever hit the 50 pound area, but its the added capability of knowing i'll be able to lug just about anything i would need.

    Take into consideration I haven't owned a car in 3 years and I don't plan on getting one anytime soon so when I transition to living on my own, the bicycle will be my only mode of personal transportation aside from public trans.

    I've seen those commute trailers and they too seem even like a better solution in some cases, but the price really scares me off.

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    Then you want one of these. I am very tempted to get one myself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv5Rx-zltJA
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    Quote Originally Posted by brakemeister View Post
    hi
    the Pletscher will carry a load ..... but on a folding bike weight distribution is somewhat more important than on a big bike....
    what are you planning to carry ? SOmetimes a trailer is the much better answer..... I will get my hands on some Burley travoy commute trailers as they are also foldable and can take jerry cans for ( Boat) Cruisers..... water and diesel/gas etc.. had several folks want to ride to the gas station in town rather than pay 5 bucks in the marina....

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    So I purchased the Pletscher "20 inch Athlete 4B" from ThorUSA. It turns out that on Thors website, he has it listed for "85 lbs ( 40 KG) rated carrier" is incorrect. It states on the rack itself that it supports 25 KG (55 LB). While that is more than adequate for my needs another problem arose. The screws that come with the rack do not fit the mounting holes near the rear wheel. Although it looks like the rack would fit if I had the proper screw sizes, I doubt the screws that I would find at a hardware store would be suitable for holding that kinda weight and may break.

    Will be issuing a return through Thor tomorrow via their phone. Just posting to let everyone know whom may have a C7 and may be in the market for a Rack, this wont fit via stock parts.

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    I would get hold of Thor to see if he can supply you with the correct mounting bolts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynocoaster View Post
    I would get hold of Thor to see if he can supply you with the correct mounting bolts.
    That is definitely one route, but now taking another look back at his racks and mud guards section I now see a BioLogic Traveller Rear Rack that supposedly supports both Tern and Dahon and "20 kg (44 lb) load capacity", I'm wondering if this just released or maybe if he just got this in stock. cause it would probably be the best bet in the long run.

    I'll try and see if I can work out some kinda deal with him if I return this Pletscher if I can just forward him extra money to just upgrade to this BioLogic.
    Last edited by ukoro; 06-21-12 at 06:41 PM.

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    the 40 kg are from Pletscher direct .... for this rack with 4 legs and custom mounting rods, versus flat steel universal stuff.
    The mounting bolts fit the Tern or Dahon and are basically the same as they are with the Biologic Traveller which has 20 kg...

    sure you can send it back and I will refund the rack against purchase of a traveller... ( 11 dlr difference plus shipping )

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    Quote Originally Posted by brakemeister View Post
    the 40 kg are from Pletscher direct .... for this rack with 4 legs and custom mounting rods, versus flat steel universal stuff.
    The mounting bolts fit the Tern or Dahon and are basically the same as they are with the Biologic Traveller which has 20 kg...

    sure you can send it back and I will refund the rack against purchase of a traveller... ( 11 dlr difference plus shipping )

    Thor
    Excellent! I will have the Pletscher out in the Mail on Monday. I am trying to confirm over on the forums at ternbicycles.com if it's completely possible for me to use the Traveller on the C7. Thanks for all your help.

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    I can confirm that the bolts which come with the Pletscher rack do fit the Dahon rear rack mounts. Or at least, the ones which came with my Pletscher rack fit my Dahon Speed P8's mounts. I got mine from Thor as well. The bolts are just the garden variety 5mm bicycle bolts; there's no magic involved. It's a nice rack, probably nicer than the Biologic rack.

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    I received my Traveller rack a few days ago. At first when trying to install, I was coming across the same issue as I had with the pletscher, the screws just didn't seem to wanna take. I tried being a little forceful and as straight as possible with my turns of the allen key but no luck.

    Fast forward today, I noticed I got a reply from Tern representative on their forum.

    They stated that yes it is compatible with C7 so I decided to give it one more go. This time, I thought i might grease the holes and the screw with WD-40. To my surprise it worked! So, for any future installers, if your having trouble getting the screws to catch the threads, try WD-40, it might just make it that much easier. =]

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    In your case look into putting a front rack on the bike also. This way you can carry a lot on the bike. I bought two (and recived one for free) Dahon front racks a few years ago. Fitted fine on non Dahon bikea also.

    Only problem with the older racks is we had issues with the brakes using them. On our 20" travel bikes I decided to install hub brakes in the front so now the Dahon front racks are going back on.

    The new racks I have seen are built slightly different so brakes should be no problem. Also some new folders tend to have the brakes behind the fork.

    The Dahon front rack is hard to find, but it is on Thors site at the moment.
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    no Dahon front rack available ...... thats the one where you can carry loads above the tire. Very similar looking but only for small panniers is the Tern Spartan rack, which indeed is in stock

    thor

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