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Old 09-06-08, 11:35 AM   #1
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Rack Question

While waiting for my new LHT to be delivered, I have been looking at all of the rack selections to choose from. I plan to do some light touring with a set of rear panniers alone. Prices seem to range from $17 to rediculous. Can anyone offer some guidence?
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i have an axiom journey that i'm really happy with. tubular aluminum construction. I like it because it has really good pannier support, and the arms that reach to the rack braze ons aren't aluminum straps, but alu. tubes like you see on tubus racks.
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While waiting for my new LHT to be delivered, I have been looking at all of the rack selections to choose from. I plan to do some light touring with a set of rear panniers alone. Prices seem to range from $17 to rediculous. Can anyone offer some guidence?
Guidance: You get what you pay for.

A $17 rack will probably do the job as long as it looks something like this



The Blackburn style rack has seen lots of miles without issue and will probably work forever.

Notice, however, that when compared with the Axiom



there are some differences. The Blackburn has an extra leg which tends to keep the panniers from flapping into the wheel. The Axiom will do the job but if you have bags that aren't stiff, you could catch them in the wheel.

Both have little protection from the bags going into the wheels behind the rack. Jannd,
and Tubus, for example



offer much more protection with respect to this problem. The Cargo, and many other more expensive racks, offer other features that make them worth the money. The Cargo has one of the highest cargo limits around. It's easier to mount and more adjustable than racks that use flat plates for the stays. It is also stiffer so your load doesn't sway as much. Even though it's made of steel, it's slightly lighter then aluminum racks or, at least, competitive. Other more expensive racks share many, if not all, of these features.

Don't forget to look at front racks too. You want to split your load while touring to about 60% on the front (small heavy stuff) and 40% on the rear (large bulky stuff). The front load should be mounted low on the wheel to improve stability and handling. The Tubus Tara is my favorite but there are others around for less.
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http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=16681
This seems to be the best price on the Jandd Expedition. Looks like a really good rack. Thanks for the heads up.
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"A $17 rack will probably do the job as long as it looks something like this"

+1

The Blackburns and their various rip-off have served me well. Beyond that I like a good chromo rack.
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>You want to split your load while touring to about 60% on the front (small heavy stuff)

I find I don't take anything small and heavy. Water is about the only thing that qualifies. Or maybe food, until I eat it. What am I missing?

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I'd agree on getting a good front rack as well, and packing heavy in the front. If you you're sure about what to get, stick with Blackburn or Blackburn clones (rear with 3 supports and classic lowrider front). Good classic stuff.
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This seems to be the best price on the Jandd Expedition. Looks like a really good rack. Thanks for the heads up.
This is a better deal. Plus, there's free shipping and no tax. Unfortunately, there out of stock. Email them and ask when they'll get some more. I have the same rack and I'm very happy with it.
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I have Delta racks on both my LHT and my commuter bike. I just did a 12 day tour with 25lbs on the Delta rack of my LHT with no problems. I think they are rated for 50 lbs. I have hauled a lot of groceries and recycleables with the Delta racks, no problem.
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>You want to split your load while touring to about 60% on the front (small heavy stuff)

I find I don't take anything small and heavy. Water is about the only thing that qualifies. Or maybe food, until I eat it. What am I missing?

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Stove, fuel, cook set, spare food, road food, books (you need something to do at night), toiletries, tools, etc. I've found on my travels that it's a good idea to carry a few days worth of food in some areas or else you ain't eatin' nothin' for several days.
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Thanks, I knew I'd get a few answers, but you guys really came through.The Jandd is looking pretty good. On the front rack issue, I did a grocery run on my commuter yesterday and loaded up the grocery panniers beyond reason and definitely felt the wiggle caused by too much weight on the rear. I'd hate to feel that on a decent, oooooh! Thanks again.
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Over the last twenty years, I've toured on six continents on all sorts of 'roads' with the same rack: a standard Blackburn model, like the one pictured above. Are they the best? I don't know, but I can say they're pretty sturdy.
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I endorse everything cyccommute said. I would have said the same things, but why bother since he said it so well?
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I am in the same boat waiting for my LHT to show up and have been looking at racks & panniers also. I am leaning toward the Tubus racks from Wayne at the touring store dot com.
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