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Old 03-13-06, 12:19 PM   #1
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Can I use this rack without screwing up my shifting?

I got my new ride a few days ago, and the cables run UNDER the top tube, instead of over it. Unfortunately, for the time being, I'm stuck with a cheapy rack that looks something like this:



The rack hangs the bike from the top tube. My question is: Would using this rack screw up the delicate balance of my shifters/derailers/brakes/etc if the bike is sitting on the cables?
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Old 03-13-06, 12:23 PM   #2
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The rack hangs the bike from the top tube. My question is: Would using this rack screw up the delicate balance of my shifters/derailers/brakes/etc if the bike is sitting on the cables?
can't speak from personal experience, but that never stopped me before...

i don't think it will be bad at all, but you might want to somehow protect the frame from the cables? like a rag or a piece of rubber from an old tube or something...
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i dont think it will really mess up your shifting that much. it will scratch the the frame though. where the cables will rub against it.
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my trunk rack was the same way, I used to ride a noname frame with the cables run under the top tube.

step 1) shift to 1st gear,
step 2) place a small dish towel to properly protect the frame from rubing the cables.
step 3) atach teh bike to the rack.
step 4) with the bike straped down shift to your highest gear to give the cabe some slack.
step 5) drive
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It won't jack up your shifting. Since the cable is probably like 5mm from the frame, it won't effect it at all really. But I would put something between the cable and the frame when it's on the rack.
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Old 03-14-06, 04:33 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies guys, I ended up playing it safe and just mounting the bike under the fork and seat stays. Worked pretty good...
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