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    Rack recommendations for road bike?

    I got a new road bike this weekend, which means I want to transform my old road bike into a light touring bike/commuter bike.

    The bike is a Jamis Quest, a Reynolds 651 steel framed road bike with Shimano 105, a compact crank, and eyelets on the seatstays and the chainstays.

    Most of the rear racks I've looked at are for big touring bikes or MTB- I'd like something sleek, light, and more "roadie" for my Quest.

    So far the only rack I've found is the Tubus Luna/Fly (I'd get the luna). Only thing is I'm not sure it will fit on my bike- it mounts not to seatstay eyelets but to the brake bridge. Not sure if this will work with my road brakes.

    Any other slim/lightweight racks you can recommend? Thanks.

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    The classic Blackburn EX is a light, stiff, effective 4-point rack that looks OK on a road bike.

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    You can mount the Tubus Fly to a bike with caliper brakes.

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    Axiom Streamliner, it's designed to be sleeker but axiom builds great racks for the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmichaeldesign View Post
    Axiom Streamliner, it's designed to be sleeker but axiom builds great racks for the price.
    you might also look at Old Man Mountain racks if your frame doesn't have the required braze-ons.

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    I've been using the Tubus Fly for a few years now. It weighs 12 ounces, and will carry more than it's rated weight. I've bought a lot of racks over the decades, it's my favorite.
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    Sounds like you need a Tubus Vega but Wayne at this site will help you figure it out:
    http://www.thetouringstore.com/TUBUS...EGA%20PAGE.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
    Sounds like you need a Tubus Vega but Wayne at this site will help you figure it out:
    http://www.thetouringstore.com/TUBUS...EGA%20PAGE.htm
    +1 for this advice.
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    I use the Vega on my sport tourers, such as the Marinoni Ciclo. Beautiful rack!
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    I bought a "fast" bike to go with my touring bike. I wanted some way to carry tire irons, a tube, and multitool, plus maybe a sandwich, but I didn't want anything heavy. I looked into seat bags, seatpost racks, etc. Then I picked up an old Blackburn Expedition I had around. It's really light! I put that on and the bike was still fast!

    I prefer the Tubus on my LHT for heavy touring. For what you describe, I'd say the Blackburn is about right.

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