Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-27-07, 12:11 AM   #1
Ekdog
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Ekdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Seville, Spain
Bikes: Brompton M6R, mountain bikes, Circe Omnis+ tandem
Posts: 4,377
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 121 Post(s)
Pannier racks: which to buy?

I want to put pannier racks on my mountain bike and have been going through old threads in this forum to find out more about them. The Old Man Mountain brand is recommended by many, but they would put a serious dent in my budget. Are they really that much better than the rest? What is so good about them? Are they stronger? I understand they have an innovative design that allows them to be used with disk brakes and suspension, but my bike has neither, so I should have no problem mounting a cheaper brand.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Ekdog
Ekdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-07, 07:17 AM   #2
wiles9
A long distance Newbie
 
wiles9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Spain/Ireland
Bikes: Mountain Bike so far....
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i got racks by tubus... everyone ive spoke with says they are great.. dont know how they compare in price or if they are compatible for you.. but check them out...
wiles9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-07, 07:26 AM   #3
FidelCastrovich
Patria O Muerte!
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Jerusalem,Israel
Bikes: Pinarello road bike, Marin Kentfield city bike
Posts: 315
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
OMM are great if you don't have mounting points for racks. Actually, they're great when you have them, too.
But if your MTB does have mounting points, then you have many more options than the pricey OMM.
I've heard good things about Jandd and Delta.
Not sure what you can put your hands on, in Spain.

Last edited by FidelCastrovich; 04-29-07 at 07:37 AM.
FidelCastrovich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-07, 07:33 AM   #4
Ziemas
Senior Member
 
Ziemas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Riga, Latvia
Bikes:
Posts: 10,082
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
+1 on the Tubus.
Ziemas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-07, 07:49 AM   #5
teamcompi
Senior Member
 
teamcompi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Houston B.C.
Bikes:
Posts: 271
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The price of racks can get a little crazy. If you have mounting points on the frame, the generic ones are going to last a real long time and be plenty rigid. Here in Canada the house brands from MEC go for less than 20.00 Cdn. dollars. and work just fine. On our tandem I wanted something more rigid and went with OMM and have been very happy with the product. ( But they are five times the price, or more.)
teamcompi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-07, 08:52 AM   #6
late
Senior Member
 
late's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Southern Maine
Bikes:
Posts: 8,421
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1372 Post(s)
Just go to a local bike shop and get a generic. It'll cost 25-30 bucks and will outlast the bike.
late is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-07, 11:29 AM   #7
tacomee
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 1,293
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I agree with buying racks locally-- you get to mount them and see if they work. Sometimes you need a special rack for a bike-- some rear racks have set backs to stop heel strike, front racks mount a couple of different ways, but most bikes can use the simple cheap ones. I'd look for a racks that mounts from the brake bosses on front and from the seat stays in the back.

Tubus and Surly make very good racks that cost $$$$. Buy them if you're about to ride around the world. If your have less agressive touring plans, buy cheaper racks and panniers. They'll work just fine if you're not totally flush with cash.
tacomee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-07, 12:05 PM   #8
velomedieval
Spandex Disaster
 
velomedieval's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Hillsville
Bikes: Scott Contessa CR1 (2006); Kona Dew Deluxe (2005); Roadmaster Little 500 SS (1997); Peugeot UO10 (1980)
Posts: 554
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've had great luck with Axiom racks. When I did my little French tour, I had an Axiom rack on the back sporting Arkel T-42s containing seven weeks worth of stuff, including digital cameras, a laptop, several books, clothes, toiletries, and on top of the rack I had my canvas rucksacks tied down. The front rack was a Delta with Arkel T-28s that carried very lightweight things. The front rack was completely destroyed by the end of the trip and I tossed it out rather than bring it home. The rear one, the Axiom, still hauls all my groceries and many library books as sturdily as the day I put it on. I've just bought another one for my single speed beater. Both were around $30 each. I almost bought the OMM, but thought I'd try out the Axiom first and when it worked well here, I just went ahead and used it overseas.
velomedieval is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-07, 12:04 PM   #9
MichaelW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Bikes:
Posts: 12,936
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
I have a Blackburn exp and a cheap knoeck-off copy on my daily commuter. the knock off gets a lot more use inc heavy shopping but such is the design with fully triangulated stays that it works fine. The triangulation adds stiffness in all directions, check out the Blackburn so you understand this feature.
If you are heading way out of bikeshop country a tubular steel rack may be useful but the Al rod designs have proven themselves.
I like a rack to be as simple as it can. A rear light bracket is a big plus.
Adjustable height vertical stays are pointless ; Ive never had to adjust the height of my rack, get one that fits and has no height adjustment mechanism.
A solid top plate can pevent mud splatter but if you use fenders, the open style top has more flexible choice of attatchment points for bungie chords.
MichaelW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-07, 12:05 AM   #10
531phile 
I'm Carbon Curious
 
531phile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 2,195
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I got Blackburn racks and I use them to get a weeks worth of groceries which usually weight anywhere from 25-50pounds.

Back when I was a big trash hunting bike collector. I'd haul loads as big as 100lbs on the blackburn racks without any failure. The only thing that did break was the attachment piece that connected the rack to the rear brake.

I'd just get the Blackburn expedition or a Jadd racks.
531phile is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-07, 12:09 AM   #11
531phile 
I'm Carbon Curious
 
531phile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 2,195
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
At one point I had one whole bmx bike, heavy schwinn 60s road bike, various speakers, other stuff from garbage onto the Blackburn rack. The pile on back of my Cannondale ST500 touring bike was thirdworld country huge!!!
531phile is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-07, 12:25 AM   #12
becnal
I'm made of earth!
 
becnal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Bikes: Raleigh Aspen touring/off-road hybrid, and a Bob Yak trailer. Yak very useful for us car-free types that like to buy lots of beer.
Posts: 2,012
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Tubus
becnal is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:51 PM.