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    Rear Rack for LHT

    Hi,

    I'm looking for a rear rack to put on a LHT.

    I want something solid, preferably steel over aluminium but not an absolute must. Although I'll likely never overload it, I want something that'll be good for a long time and won't break if I carry a bag of firewood on a campsite, or other bulky items. I have Arkel Panniers (recent models with the new fastening system).

    Must haves:
    - Fits on a LHT
    - Solid
    - Not too narrow or too small so I can securely put a Arkel Pelican for day trips. (It's also annoying to attach that sort of bag on a narrow rack).
    - Compatible with recent Arkel panniers

    I've looked at:
    - Tubus Cargo (steel)
    - Surly Nice Rack (steel)
    - Blackburn expedition (alu)

    The problem with the Tubus racks is that I'm having a hard time to locate some in Montreal. For various reasons, I don't want to order out of the country and prefer to deal with local dealers.

    I've seen the Surly Nice Rack and it looks awful nice. It's a bit expensive though. Anyone have any experience with that rack? Is it worth the money?

    The Blackburn expedition, I don't like, mainly because it's tiny and will make my tail rider bag unstable. I also don't like the way it looks. I also don't like the fact that I need to pry it apart to fit it on my bike. Seems somewhat a bad idea because the rack will not be parallel to the frame and will put unnecessary stress on the bolts.

    Anyone have suggestions? Should I go with the Surly Nice Rack or do you have better (hopefully cheaper) alternatives? Push come to shove, I'll pay what it's worth, but I rely on your precious advice to avoid spending money on overpriced items.

    Thanks!

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    Please ignore this thread. Seems like it got double-posted. I was having trouble with the site earlier.

    Please use this thread instead: http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=410332

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