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Old 09-23-09, 03:28 PM   #1
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Using a standard rear rack on front

I wanted to know if anyone could tell me about using a run-of-the-mill rear rack on the front for touring, carrying gear and panniers on the rack.

I am only used to using low rider racks.

How does using a higher rack with gear effect handling etc.?
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Old 09-23-09, 04:30 PM   #2
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it's possible to do, but it requires a lot of drilling and bending. The end result is a really shaky, unstable bike. It's nice to have a platform for a small handlebar bag, but high weight in the front plays poorly with the geometry of most bikes.
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Old 09-23-09, 04:42 PM   #3
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my miyata 610 has a blackburn rear rack mounted to the front and it works quite well. you must get the kind that attaches to the where the front brake would bolt to the fork (my bike has cantis) not the ones that attach to the seatstays. i made one bend and drilled one hole in the steel "L plate" that slides underneath and attaches to the rack. its very easy to do - i got my rack NOS on ebay with mounting kit and original packaging for 22.95. i have front ortlieb panniers and space for other stuff on top. i'll post photos in the next couple days if i get the time...
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I know each bike is different, but I have a front rack with a shelf, and don't bother with low rider front panniers when I tour. The front shelf holds my tent, and provides a nice balance to put some weight forward along with the front handlebar bag. Before I bought my front rack, I also considered a rear rack mounted at the front, but the awkward angle of the shelf put me off.

Anyway, I'd guess that had I somehow managed to finagle a rear rack on the front, the geometry would have been similar to what I currently have. However, stability and balance have been excellent and -as I tend to do small mini tours due to my life situation -I don't need to have extra carrying capacity. Were I to do a big tour that required front panniers I'm sure I'd go with low riders, but for the time being at least my setup really suits me.

I suppose what I'm trying to say is that rear racks on the front may be a good idea -much must depend on your bike and what you decide to carry -I guess it's a try it yourself and see what you think kind of thing.

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it's possible to do, but it requires a lot of drilling and bending. The end result is a really shaky, unstable bike. It's nice to have a platform for a small handlebar bag, but high weight in the front plays poorly with the geometry of most bikes.
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Victor Weinreber used a Tubus Cosmo on the front fork of his custom touring bike:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum...ssage_id=61723

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A cargo may fit too.
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Here is an older thread on this:

Mounting a rear rack on the front (reverse/backwards) = Done.

Here's a version I used this summer (I have now replaced this and mounted a Blackburn MTB front rack with platform):
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Old 09-25-09, 07:32 PM   #9
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One concern with using a rear rack up front is that it can sometimes place the weight too far forward of the steering axis for good handling. This also can happen with dedicated front racks. It also depends on the amount of weight mounted that high.

I have happily used the Bruce Gordon Mountain Front Rack for twenty years for on and off pavement tours. I have no experience with other front racks. http://www.bgcycles.com/racks.html
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