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Old 10-09-04, 09:43 AM   #1
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Rear Bike Rack Recommendations?

I want to add a rear rack to my Trek 4300. Can someone recommend a good rear rack? I ride a lot of rough unpaved roads and want it to be pretty sturdy. Nashbar, where i want to buy a trunk bag, seems to have some pretty flimsy looking racks. ANy info would be appreciated.
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Old 10-09-04, 12:42 PM   #2
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I too have a 4300, and the Trek Interchange II Rack works great. Granted, I do most of my riding on streets and paths, but it seems to be extremely solid. The interchange trunk that connects to it is pricey, but extremely convenient.

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Old 10-09-04, 03:08 PM   #3
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I too have a 4300, and the Trek Interchange II Rack works great. Granted, I do most of my riding on streets and paths, but it seems to be extremely solid. The interchange trunk that connects to it is pricey, but extremely convenient.

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Sweet looking bike. I have the black 04 model and the silver 03 model. Now if you top your bike off with a Brooks saddle you will have it made. That looks like one of them Serfa deals that you have. I sat on one of those once. OUCH!!!





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Yeah, the saddle's a Serfa - and although it's got gel and a central groove, I'm still waiting for it to get comfy after 3 months of riding. I asked the LBS to help me out with a more comfortable saddle than the stock one, and the Serfa's what they recommended.

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You'll want a rack with a solid triangular design for the sides. I'll get a picture of mine. I think my rack is worth more than my bike.
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Yeah, the saddle's a Serfa - and although it's got gel and a central groove, I'm still waiting for it to get comfy after 3 months of riding. I asked the LBS to help me out with a more comfortable saddle than the stock one, and the Serfa's what they recommended.

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My bro in law just got the same remedy from his LBS. Probably from guys that don't ride.
Get one of these and you can then thank me later. Tons of people use them on this forum. I bought one (actually two) based on recommendations here. Also look in the touring forum and you see them on a lot of bikes where people ride across the country. (often up to 12 hours per day) That should tell you something.

Now whenever i have occasion to ride someone else's bike i think, "ouch what is that stabbing my but?" With my bikes i have logged thousands of miles on the Brook's and never even think about the seat, ever! BTW, my local LBS owner saw my Brooks and bought one for his roadbike. LOL
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A Blackburn style rack uses 3 legs. 2 are in the same plane, like the Trek rack above, but the rear ones triangulate inwards. This makes the whole structure massively stiff and strong for very little weight. Even my cheap copy of a Blackburn is a good performer.
If you have fenders, then omit the top plate. This is just extra weight and limits the use of bunji chords.
Avoid "features" such as adjustable length legs or fancy storage for a lock underneath.
The only feature which is useful is a mounting plate for a standard LED lamp just under the rear lip.

Those Tubus racks are standard equipment on any European expedition bike, well proven and repairable.
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