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Old 05-16-13, 01:20 PM   #1
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Looking for rack / pannier solutions for Montague Boston 8

I've got a Montague Boston 8 and I'm looking for a rack/pannier solution. I read on a Montague forum a recommendation for Pletscher Quickracks. Does anyone on this forum have any experience with these?

http://thorusa.com/accessories/pletscher.htm
http://www.thorusa.com/plepics.htm

I would appreciate any feedback or other suggestions.

Also, I've tried an Axiom rack, not sure the model but I would describe it as typical or "standard", but the rack when mounted interferes and doesn't allow the bike to fold as small as I prefer.

Apologies if there is a thread already somewhere, either the message search isn't working or I don't quite know what I'm doing yet.

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Just the Zoom Kickstand , its black Foot bolts into the aluminum part ,
so length can be adjusted to More , not just Less, as with hacksaw.
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What was the quality / workmanship like on the kickstand? Might give me a little insight into the rack solutions.

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Hopefully a close enough parallel for your needs, here's how I mounted a Blackburn rack to my Montague CX:



It's nothing more than a strap of aluminum bent and drilled around the seatpost. The bolt clamping it to the seatpost has three nuts on it. The first (not shown) is on the opposite side of the strap from the bolt head, the second is viewable in the picture and sets the strap's width, while the third is on the other side of the strap from the second and clamps the assembly in place. The piece of inner tube is to keep from scratching the seatpost (any further, I bought this bike used and incomplete).



I'm still able to raise and lower the saddle, only losing about an inch of the possible travel due to the clamp; and the rack itself is held quite securely down at the dropouts.



Folding the bike is only slightly affected. The legs of the rack stop me about an inch from where the bike would normally fold. As I don't have a bag, I've got no idea whether or not this would affect portability. For my uses, the bike is folded at my place of employment when it is not in use. A couple of generic panniers fit on quite nicely and enable me to complete my daily runs (primarily bank runs for the business).
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Syke,

Great photos, that's a really clean and effective solution you've built for the rack. How solid is it around the seatpost? Looks like you've got it tight, but is there any motion up or down? I'm now idly thinking how strong a similar solution might be with one side of the bottom rack supports removed (so as not to interfere at all with the bike fold). I have an axiom rack and only a single pannier, so it would go on the side where the support was retained. Probably need to think this through a little more...

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I'm able to raise and lower the seatpost (which I don't do often, the majority of my folding is done as per the last picture so it can be stored in a small corner of the service area when we get busy) without problem. Yeah, it'll knock out the piece of inner tube out sometime, so I just push it back in. I think that says how tight it is - my intention was to not have to listen to it rattling while I rode, which is daily bank runs for the business. And without the inner tube, there was a slight rattle (I'm a perfectionist). The entire setup is a lot more solid than I expected. The rack mounts on the dropouts are threaded, of course, but I added nuts behind so I could really tighten it down without worrying about stripping the dropout points.
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