Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: Novara Safari, Kona Fire Mountain
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I'm in the same boat as you are - purchasing the Safari after shopping for a while. I've ordered mine from REI (about two weeks before I get it), and when I next talk to my guys there I'm going to ask about fenders and a stand. They have a decent selection of products they can order directly from companies, so I'm going to see what I can get. I'll let you know what I find out.
Another thing to keep in mind. I have heard/read/seen that the rear rack is a custom size for the bike. Should it break for some reason it is hard to replace, especially on a tour (which, aside from everyday riding, is why I'm buying mine). Some bike bloggers I've read speculate that the Aluminum rack isn't strong enough for a fully loaded tour. I'm skeptical about that one, and I haven't seen any Safari owner's journal/blog/website substantiate this concern.
But again, I'm going to have a chat with my guys and see what they think. I'm definately getting a front rack, the Old Man Mountain racks have nothing but good reviews everywhere. Though, the tech at REI has been using an inexpensive one for years. When I spoke with him last he saw no reason to spend the extra money - and on my budget I probably won't.
Keep us posted on what you find. I hope my little bit of insight helps!