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Old 12-01-08, 05:06 AM   #1
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racks for a Co-motion speedster

My wife and I will be doing some touring on the Co-Motion Speedster. Some of being extended -- most of it being "Credit Card" (hotel's) type touring.

1. Wanted to know of anybody with a speedster what racks you use and any tips on that.

2. General suggestions ....how do know if they fit your bike etc.


I have been to the "touring store" on line but either I missed it or it does not tell how to know what fits on what bike.

thanks for your help....this place has been a big help
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I don't have a Speedster, but they tend to be universal once you get down to 26" vs. 700c. However, there are also some traps / interference issues that might need to be addressed, e.g., V-brakes and/or a disc brake mount. Therefore, to get the BEST recommendation you'd want to be more specific about both your needs and your Speedster's configuration.

Needs: Will you use only a trunk bag or do you plan on using panniers? Or, will you use panniers and a trunk bag and what size panniers? How much "stuff" in terms of aprox total pounds will you be carrying on your racks? All racks have weight limits and they can range from 20 lbs (9kg) for a seatpost mounted rack, and from 40 lbs (18kg) to almost 90 lbs (40kg) for more traditional frame-mounted racks.

Budget: You can spend anywhere from $35 (Topeak) to $150 (Tubus) on a rack and from $35 to $300 on luggage.

Tandem: Does your Speedster have a rear disc or do you plan to install a rear disc in the future? Does you Speedster have the standard cantilever brake bosses and use V-brakes or does it have a caliper? Discs and V-brake can get in the way of come rack systems and that can limit your choices.


Just some food for thought. I'm sure if you sent an Email to dwan@co-motion.com with the subject line: Best Rear Rack for Speedster? you'd get a pretty good recommendation within about a day or so.
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Yup, the folks are quite helpful at Co-Mo and will be able to advise you for your type of Speedster and the type of touring you have in mind.
If you travel light or carry tent/poles/panniers etc, there is a rack that will do the trick.
Or, some folks prefer a trailer . . . decisions, decisions!
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My wife and I will be doing some touring on the Co-Motion Speedster. Some of being extended -- most of it being "Credit Card" (hotel's) type touring.

1. Wanted to know of anybody with a speedster what racks you use and any tips on that.

2. General suggestions ....how do know if they fit your bike etc.


I have been to the "touring store" on line but either I missed it or it does not tell how to know what fits on what bike.

thanks for your help....this place has been a big help
There are indeed issues with clearance if you have a disc brake, at least. We use the Transit Pannier Seatpost Rack (available at performance) on our Speedster. I wouldn't put more than 35 lbs or so on this, but it works well up to that point.

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I was also looking for a rack for our speedster last year. I emailed Co-Motion and received this reply:

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Hello Chris,
Thanks for the pictures. I can see your concern for fitting a conventional rack.
Here is a link to the brand of racks we use. They have a clever canti-mount design that should do the trick.
http://www.oldmanmountain.com/rear_rack_page.htm
We do sell the Sherpa and Red Rock models, or it can be ordered thru your dealer.
Thanks for writing and hope this helps.
Regards,
Gary Forman
I also discussed this with Wayne at The Touring Store. We concluded that a Tubus rack with optional longer mounting stays probably could be bent around the v-brake. I wasn't crazy obout the look of the Old Man Mountain racks and was leaning toward trying the Tubus. We didn't end up buying a rack since our touring vacation plans have been delayed, but we hope to possibly next year. Let us know how it works out for you.
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