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Old 03-16-12, 01:24 PM   #1
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heavy capacity rear rack

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Has anyone made a carrier capable of carrying a small adult over the rear wheel? My daughter used to fit on the rear rack, but now she is too heavy.
This is just for occational rides; I would even concider a new bike. I am in the UK.
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Old 03-16-12, 04:27 PM   #2
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If your daughter is under 60# (27 kg) you might consider getting a trail-a-bike - http://www.trail-a-bike.com/ . We have one like this for our 6 year old and he loves it. The other option for kids/adults on the back would probably be a longtail cargo bike. I just got one - a Yuba - and I love it. I can cart all three of my kids around on the back. It's rated for 440 pounds (200 kg) + the rider, but it's a bit pricey for occaisional rides.
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Old 03-16-12, 10:34 PM   #3
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The Dutch don't have a problem with it. http://youtu.be/8vgF_vvb6Dw

If you want a tough rack I am a big big fan of Old Man Mountain, they are a small company that makes an incredible product. They will walk you through your options over the phone and make some of the most adaptable racks I have seen. http://oldmanmountain.com/Pages/Rack...RearRacks.html
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Done a little looking around on the net, and the Kona ute or minute looks good; the Africa is a better price.

Thanks, still looking, not many shops selling this type of bike in the UK; so might have to buy online.
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I was thinking you were looking for just a rack, my apologies, if you want a new bike with really big capacity the Kona is nice, Trek makes the Transport (similar to Ute) and my favorite is the Xtracycle but all companies make a great product, I just like how adaptable the Xtra is. Xtracycle.com

I wrote a review with pics of some of the stuff I have carried here if you are interested. Xtracycle Review
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I am not sure what I want yet !!!

A new bike for 750 may be too much, I have searched ebay, but nothing like a Kona minute. I think the Xtracycle is too much for me, the roads are not very cycle friendly here in Leeds.
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Keep in mind that the main weight on a rack is supported by 2 relatively tiny 5MM screws that act like pins.
IF your frame is lower quality, it may give way before the screws though.
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Keep in mind that the main weight on a rack is supported by 2 relatively tiny 5MM screws that act like pins.
IF your frame is lower quality, it may give way before the screws though.
I did think about a bar that rested, or attatchted to the frame and just held in place by the 5mm bolt; but not seen any mass produced like this.
The bike is more than 15 years old, so it might be strong . Reynolds 531, I think.
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If an xtracycle is too long then you might be able to try something like the Specialized Haul, its rear rack is rated for around 40kg and is actually part of the frame. If you have a bike you already like and just want to be able to carry a lot of weight Surly also makes the Nice Rack that is rated to 32kg if shops in England can order Surly stuff easily.
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NB: there are a number of grades of steel, used in Bolts..

.. in your car, the ones that hold the cylinder head on the engine block,
are stronger steel, (and tempered) than the ones that hold on the tailpipe bracket..

So, I went to an Industrial Fastener shop, to get some 5mm bolts there,
when I was fitting my (Gordon) racks to my touring bike.
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Look at some Steel rear Racks such as Tubus, [Since Bruce Gordon is over here, not UK]
and ones with lots of triangles as support to the fixing bolt at the bottom..


or, ferry trip, go to NL and pick up a Used OmaFiets,, ('grandma's bike' in Dutch)

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