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    Best Rear rack for bike w/o Braze above brake crown?

    I have a older Surly Crosscheck which is well suited for light touring.. It has braze on eyelets on front and rear but does have the additional braze on's above the brake crown.. What are my best options for a solid rear rack and is there a chance I can put a front rack on also?
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    Quote Originally Posted by socalrider
    I have a older Surly Crosscheck which is well suited for light touring.. It has braze on eyelets on front and rear but does have the additional braze on's above the brake crown.. What are my best options for a solid rear rack and is there a chance I can put a front rack on also?

    try Old Man Mountain. They make racks that can be attached to just about any kind of bike.
    you'll probably need the one that attaches to the brake bosses in the back, and one that sits on the QR+fork clamp in the front. Think it's called Sherpa.
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    Just use vinyl covered straps on the seat stays. My Blackburn came with them and it seems plenty strong and solid to me.

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    "P" clamps retrofit any rack to the seatstays. Tubus makes even stouter rack attachment metal strap kits.

    for the front, same deelybob. P clamps or the Tubus adaptors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FidelCastrovich
    try Old Man Mountain. They make racks that can be attached to just about any kind of bike.
    you'll probably need the one that attaches to the brake bosses in the back, and one that sits on the QR+fork clamp in the front. Think it's called Sherpa.
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    If you get Old Man Mountain racks get the ones for disk brakes even if you dont have disc brakes.
    It moves the rear rack BACK a bit giving more heel clearance. The Crosscheck doesn't have long chainstays like a Long Haul Trucker. Also, if you ever got a bike with disk brakes you'd be good to go.

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    Tubus with p-clamps if you want high end. Delta Mega Universal rack with p-clamps for budget.

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    The Tubus is a little easier to adjust but a little narrower than the Delta.
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    +2 for OMM...
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    Drill a hole through the chainstay bridge to facilitate rack and fender mounts. Use round file to deburr. Paint bare metal. Use a single flat center stay to attach rack to frame (they been doing it this way for many years).

    Looks like the current xcheck comes this way, plus rack bosses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seeker333
    Drill a hole through the chainstay bridge to facilitate rack and fender mounts. Use round file to deburr. Paint bare metal. Use a single flat center stay to attach rack to frame (they been doing it this way for many years).

    Looks like the current xcheck comes this way, plus rack bosses.
    Modifying a frame can void the warranty so proceed with caution if you go this route. If the bridge is already drilled, you could use the Delta or even a Tubus Cosmo with the proper mounting hardware.
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    You can make most any rack work. I have the Delta Universal Megarack and it works great. It came with p-clamps, but I lost one, so I went to Home Depot and picked up a pair of conduit clamps. They were rubberized and hardly cost anything. They've worked great and I never had any problems with my rack.
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