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    touring on a cyclocross bike?

    hi. i just bought a cannondale xr800 (you may have seen my post in the cyclocross section) and would like to know about touring w/it. obviously ill have to adjust the gearing, but the main thing i dont know about is if it is at all possible to mount a front rack without the mid-fork braze-ons -- is it? thanks.

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    yes it is possile.. easy actually. If thehadware you get with the rack doesn't help then a trip to home depot is in order.
    I built a factory looking mount for my front rack and rock shox fork. I'd post pics but need a place to park the pics.
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    well, you could email me them: schizolage@hotmail.com
    or just explain in more detail what it is you did.

    also is this a decent touring rack?: "blackburn custom front lowrider"

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    Hey,
    check out oldmanmountain.com, they build racks specifically designed for bikes with suspension or one's without braze-ons.
    The racks connect through the axel of the wheel, where the load should be. Good luck, and by the way, where are you looking at touring?
    journey on
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    as you wish, skeletor. ephemeralskin's Avatar
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    thanks for the link. they seem like the way to go (great quality) but pricey!

    i live in portland, or. i would like to tour the oregon/washington area. a havent lived here long though and dont know much about touring the northwest. im hoping to do a few overnighters early this summer once the weather improves and then try for longer in august or so.

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    If you take a close look at the Oldmanmountain mounts you'll see that they really aren't that sophisticated. I'll try to E-mail you some pics tomorrow after 8 PM central time. (cell phone internet connection... free minutes after 8)
    I used some electrical conduit material to attach the top of the rack and some L brackets to attach the bottom to the skewer. Almost the exact same mount as the old mountain... but about 1/4 the price.
    Take a close look at the upper mount on the old man... a little sketchy if you ask me. I'm not questioning their durability.. tons of reports on there durability, but, since there a fit all type of mount.. I think you can do better, for cheaper.
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    picutres would be great! so do you think buying the blackburn rack and then modifying it would be a reliable front rack?

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    You could always pull a trailer. like the BOB. They aren't cheap, but neither are good quality racks and panniers. It's something to think about anyway.

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    Here's a link to the pics. I posted on the mechanics part of bike forums.
    front rack pics
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