Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Boston, MA
Bikes: Bianchi Volpe, New Albion Privateer singlespeed, Raleigh One Way singlespeed, Shogun 300 "retro roadie" rebuild, Panasonic Sport 500 franken-3-speed, 1937 Raleigh Tourist
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Topeak MTX rear basket won't fit my bikes - any suggestions?
I have two bikes with the Topeak Explorer rack, with the MTX rails. Several months ago, I bought one of the MTX rear baskets, which required some minor assembly (attaching the mount to the basket), so there was no way to test-fit before buying. At the time, it fit the bike I was using it on (Raleigh Sports with Brooks Flyer saddle), but just barely...the top of the front edge could be felt while riding, so it was rather uncomfortable, and I only used it a couple times. I've since adjusted the saddle position to make riding more comfortable, but now the basket doesn't fit at all, without actually needing to be slightly bent around the saddle springs.
On my other bike, a Bianchi Volpe with a Gilles Berthoud Aspin saddle, the basket won't even clear the composite framework of the saddle, so there's no way to get it close enough to the front to click in place.
Since my bike is my primary mode of transportation, and since I'm currently effectively car-less, I need to figure out a good way to carry stuff. I'm frustrated that I spent $40 on this rack, and it won't fit due to being too tall to fit with the saddles at their optimal heights. Has anyone else ever run into this issue before, and perhaps come up with a decent workaround?