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    Rack for Tandem??

    Is there anything special about racks for tandems?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtexfisher View Post
    Is there anything special about racks for tandems?
    Are you asking about a bike rack to mount on your car for transporting your tandem, or a bike rack that you mount panniers/bags on?

    If we're talking about the ones that go on your bike. Not particularly. In as much as there is a continuum of what you can spend on a rack and at some point, your return in weight savings vs. load carrying capacity max out. In short, there are good racks, and there are bad racks.

    If you're talking about the kind you mount on your car, then yes. Both the RockyMounts system and the Yakama systems have a pivoting fork mount that allows for a single individual to load the tandem on. Also, both systems are commensurately longer than their single brethren.

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    Wider rear spacing, but I haven't noticed any problems due to this. I've installed two racks: the Topeak Babysitter rack and the Burley Moose Rack. (Both work as ordinary racks when the seat/bike is removed).
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    Assuming you mean for the rear of the bike, and since your Tandemania didn't come stock with disc brakes, then no. You may or may not run into difficulty getting around the linear pull brakes.
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    Excellent, and thanks. Sorry about being vague. Shoulda oughta said 'rear' rack or something of the sorts. The wide spacing had me wondering. Looking to install a rack and trunk bag to carry the "junk" in/on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtexfisher View Post
    Looking to install a rack and trunk bag to carry the "junk" in/on.
    Many travel light, but Maggi and I tend to be junk-ies, plus, some day we want to do some overnight trips, at the very least. So we went with the Topeak's biggest trunk bag and rack system. The usuable-as-is side pouch pockets expand into panniers, and the slide-on rack system never leaves you with a bag leaning left or right or otherwise insecurely fastened. Plus I just like sliding the bag onto the rack until it clicks - done! No straps to bother with.

    Pros: Convenient, secure, lots of space, expandable
    Cons: Cost, weight.
    BICYCLE - [bahy-si-kuhl] - Noun :> A medical device used to correct the common geriatric condition of OFS, (Old, Fat & Slow), in a manner that does not induce brain-decaying boredom like walking or running.

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    You can utilize a cheap clamp-on to the rear seatpost rack to something elaborate like Onegun uses.
    We have a custom full carbon fiber rack.
    Lots of choices!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onegun View Post
    Pros: Convenient, secure, lots of space, expandable
    We use the same system and two other Pros are. We have a smaller Topek MTX bag and have racks on all our Tandems and our Triplet so we can slide either bag on any bike. On a tour itís nice being able to slide the bag off and put it in the tent.

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    + 1 on the topeak, great system and fast on/off
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    Because our Mocha has disc brakes, we went with the Old Man Mountain.

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    We like the topeak system also. We got lucky and found the carbon fiber version rack on closeout and it works great and looks good too!

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    We have an OMM rack and Arkel trunk; this combination works very well for us. I'm looking at a warm weather alternative since the Arkel is overkill when we don't have to shed clothing. Got some excellent suggestions in this thread (for the warm weather configuration).
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    It was jackets and phone that got me thinking. Bungee corded folded rolled jackets to the top tubes with strings flopping all over wasn't pretty. Irritating as all get out too when every pedal stroke was a WHAP from a jacket string.
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