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Old 05-11-08, 01:23 PM   #1
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Tubus Tara on Atlantis...Fun Install

I decided to install a Tubus Tara on my Atlantis to see how the handling was when carrying my commuting stuff up front instead of in the rear panniers. There's no mid-fork mount so I had to get a special clamp from Wayne at the Touring Store when I got the Tara (see pix). It was kind of a pain to install but it looks like it will work just fine. I had to fidget with it a number of times to get the right height and had to put some rubber strips between the fork and clamps. Also, having to tighten two screws per clamp didn't make things any easier.

I know I'm just a whiner but has anyone come across a simpler solution?
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Old 05-11-08, 02:31 PM   #2
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That looks like a clean install. A lot better than the home depot/hose clamp method.
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What about....

- adding a set of rack mounts on the fork?
- swapping out the fork for one with rack mounts?
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What about....

- adding a set of rack mounts on the fork?
I'm not familiar with these. Do you have any links?
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I'm not familiar with these. Do you have any links?
I'm talking about drilling into the fork and adding a threaded boss. Not sure what's involved but probably requires frame-building experience.
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YOU bought a 'touring' frame supplied with a fork without mid fork eyelets. Ask Grant. you could have used Blackburn P clamps, they're simpler.
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I spoke to someone at Rivendell a couple weeks ago when I was installing a Nitto front platform/lowrider rack on my bike which has midfork mounts. The rack did not line up. When I called I was told that they "Rivendell" did not think midfork mounts were the greatest idea and thought it was stronger and better to use clamps around the fork. I got my rack mounted fine and the clamps worked great.
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I got my rack mounted fine and the clamps worked great.
Which clamps did you use?
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better and stronger being quite subjective, apparantly.

the OP looks like he's got loose clamps and each clamp requires three hex screws. is that correct? your front rack requires 8 bolts to be secured to the frame?

I'd get some P clamps in the correct size if you want to simplify that rack mount.
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Each clamp is two separate pieces that require two screws to tighten up around the fork. That's four screws just for the pair of clamps. Then there are two screws to affix the rack arms to the middle of the clamps. Finally, there are two screws to affix the lower part of the rack to the fork eyelets by the axle. So yes 8! I will definitely be on the lookout for some P clamps. That should only require 4 screws total I think.
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I just found what may be the ideal solution. The last product on this page:

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/tubus_racks.asp

Funny that I didn't see anything like that on the Tubus website.
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there ya go, ellerbro. Keep in mind the Tubus clamps come in 3 diameter ranges, so measure your fork before purchasing.

Additionally, Blackburn is the traditional source for bike rack "P" clamps, but have been difficult to source thru vendors the last couple of seasons. Any capable LBS should be able to get some standard P clamps for you.... at the bike shop I work at I think we're selling "Delta" rack brand P clamp sets in several sizes. should be in QBP... I think Jannd has some as well....
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