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    Very light touring - rack suggestions for road bike

    I will be doing a light tour later this year. By light, I mean that I would ride two days, with the night spent in a hotel, and I would buy my food close to the hotel.

    I own two road bikes - a new, steel frame road bike with ultegra compact, and a single speed steel bike that is my foul weather option.

    I will not need to take a lot with me, so my current thinking is that a rear rack (seatpost, or other?) should be sufficient. The ride will be in the summer and I'm flexible with my dates so the plan is to ride when there is little chance for rain. Therefore, my list of items to bring is rather light.

    The new bike doesn't have eyelets so I think my only option is a seatpost rack, though I wanted to know if there are other options? Also, I don't have a lot of exposed seatpost to attach a rack (though I will measure it before I start shopping).

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    http://www.axiomgear.com/products/ge...iner-road-dlx/

    This rack can be mounted on your regular quick release and brake. Much better option than seatpost racks

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    Here's another option like that axiom one... only way more expensive! (grrr)

    Tubus Fly with Quickrelease adaptor. Attaches to brake bolt and quickrelease. OK for any road frame. Holds 40 pounds. I have one, took it on a credit card tour, it performed great.

    http://www.thetouringstore.com/TUBUS/Fly/FLY%20PAGE.htm
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I wasn't aware that type of rack existed so I will look into it.

    My other option for this 2-day ride (certainly puts it out of the touring category) is to drive to my destination and ride 2 days exploring the area. This would be similar to a 2-day charity I do where the destination has sleeping and food taken care of. This ride is less about the touring aspect (though it does interest me) and more about getting out and riding, and also having some quiet time after the ride to chill (sans family).

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    ^^ that sounds fun too!
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    Me too! Same question.

    Originally was looking at the Topeak Beam.Probably too expensive.
    http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks/RXBeamRackCarbon

    The Tubus Fly is pretty light and would fit on my road bike.

    If I could expand on the question without hijacking the thread too much:
    What size bag would I need for a change of clothes and a few toiletries?
    The Topeak bags that work with the beam have three sizes, 2.8L, 6.2 and 7.3L.
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    how about a large saddle bag? and a handlebar bag

    for capacity I think about 800-1000 cubic inches

    I am going on a credit card tour in a couple of weeks and I have three days of riding clothes and three days of regular clothes, rain jacket, arm and leg warmers and a pair of sandals.

    I fit all of this in a pair of Ortlieb front roller classic bags. I think you would need about half of that space and that's 800 cubic inches.
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    You might also want to look at Carradice saddlebags perhaps with the Bagman support. I used a Nelson Longflap and Bagman QR support on my credit card tour from the SF Bay Area to Los Angeles. The Nelson Longflap will probably hold more gear than you'll want to carry on a road bike...

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    +1 on the rack - I have this model on two of my bikes and am very happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneredstar View Post
    http://www.axiomgear.com/products/ge...iner-road-dlx/

    This rack can be mounted on your regular quick release and brake. Much better option than seatpost racks
    this attachment method may look questionable, but i can assure you i have used a similar rack that attached at the brake bridge and it has never failed, cross country touring (13,000mi), grocery shopping, commuting, the whole nine yards. never a problem.

    sort of surprised me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
    how about a large saddle bag? and a handlebar bag

    for capacity I think about 800-1000 cubic inches

    I am going on a credit card tour in a couple of weeks and I have three days of riding clothes and three days of regular clothes, rain jacket, arm and leg warmers and a pair of sandals.

    I fit all of this in a pair of Ortlieb front roller classic bags. I think you would need about half of that space and that's 800 cubic inches.
    I like a traditional style saddlebag. The Carradice can be hard to find. Zimbale bags are readily available. The 11 liter bag equals about 670 cubic inches and the 18 liter equals about 1100 cubic inches.
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    There is a hoop bag support, with a Klick Fix mount, around the seatpost, .http://www.klickfix.de/index.php?mod=1&lang=en


    Plus you can get a Tubus rack in Titanium, too, to shave the weight of the part itself..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Hermit View Post
    The Carradice can be hard to find.
    Interesting... The blog that you link to, Bike Touring News, seems to list the exact same street address and phone number as Zimbale North America, LLC. Posting a bit of disinformation to try to increase sales of your Korean-made copies of Carradice bags, perhaps?

    Bike Touring News contact info
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    In my experience Peter White, Wall Bike, VeloFred, etc. seem to have quite a few Carradice models in stock. If they don't have what you need, there are a number of UK vendors (ex: Wiggle, SJS Cycle) that will ship to the U.S., sometimes for less than the U.S. vendors charge.

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    My light touring setup is an Arkel handlebar bag, an Arkel tailrider trunkbag on a randonneur rack using my Trek 7.5 fx. The setup works well for me for credit card touring, well enough to do the katy trail only using these bags. The randonneur rack is a seatpost rack, but it locks solidly onto the seatpost and the seat rails of your saddle, a good setup.

    http://www.arkel-od.com/us/all-categ...-bike-bag.html

    http://www.arkel-od.com/us/all-categ...tailrider.html

    http://www.arkel-od.com/us/all-categ...neur-rack.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    You might also want to look at Carradice saddlebags perhaps with the Bagman support. I used a Nelson Longflap and Bagman QR support on my credit card tour from the SF Bay Area to Los Angeles. The Nelson Longflap will probably hold more gear than you'll want to carry on a road bike...

    ^^THIS^^

    http://www.wallbike.com/carradice/sa...elson-longflap
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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    Interesting... The blog that you link to, Bike Touring News, seems to list the exact same street address and phone number as Zimbale North America, LLC. Posting a bit of disinformation to try to increase sales of your Korean-made copies of Carradice bags, perhaps?

    Bike Touring News contact info
    Zimbale North America LLC address

    In my experience Peter White, Wall Bike, VeloFred, etc. seem to have quite a few Carradice models in stock. If they don't have what you need, there are a number of UK vendors (ex: Wiggle, SJS Cycle) that will ship to the U.S., sometimes for less than the U.S. vendors charge.
    Yes, you outed me. I have used and sold Carradice products and they are fine. However, the inconsistencies in availability are notorious. That's the reason we started selling Zimbale. They make a very nice product which is readily available. I try to be transparent. If my post came across as "disinformation", I apologize. Of course I would like to increase sales, but I try not to make blatant sales pitches....just contribute to the topic on hand and hopefully provide some value. We also sell touring products at the Bike Touring News Store Posting here is hopefully not construed as "disinformation". We always try to add value to the conversation. Again, I am attempting to be transparent. If I am violating some forum rules or creating animosity by posting here I will stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Hermit View Post
    I try to be transparent.
    I think what you meant so say is: I try to be transparent... once I've been caught trying to shill the products that I sell. Right?

    Because if you were really trying to be transparent, you'd probably have admitted that you were the importer of Zimbale bags in the same post where you recommended them. The fact that you link to your blog in your signature, and not Zimbale, sure makes it look like you're trying to "pull a fast one"... at least to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    I think what you meant so say is: I try to be transparent... once I've been caught trying to shill the products that I sell. Right?

    Because if you were really trying to be transparent, you'd probably have admitted that you were the importer of Zimbale bags in the same post where you recommended them. The fact that you link to your blog in your signature, and not Zimbale, sure makes it look like you're trying to "pull a fast one"... at least to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneredstar View Post
    http://www.axiomgear.com/products/ge...iner-road-dlx/

    This rack can be mounted on your regular quick release and brake. Much better option than seatpost racks
    I got the Streamliner Road DLX for my wife's Cannondale R600. On the plus side, it does sit far enough back to avoid heel strike issues. The problem with that the R600 frame is that there are two screws on the dropout that interfere with the brackets that attach to the QR axle. I filed a couple of notches to correct that issue, but the rack still tends to slide down under load (and rubs the top of the tire). I wouldn't recommend this rack for much more than light commuting. I would be willing to bet the tubus rack is worth the extra $$$.

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    I ended up calling Wayne at thetouringstore. Wow, great guy! I sent photos of my bike and he gave me some suggestions over a long conversation on the phone.

    I think I'm going with the Tubus Vega rack, the Q/R axel adapator and seatstap clamps. I didn't like having to take off my rear brake and possibly get a longer bolt, and the seatstay clamps will work well with my bike. I now have to think about size/make of panniers (again, Wayne had many tips/tricks for me).

    Planning this out is fun (though a little time consuming!). And I can't say enough about Wayne at thetouringstore, lots of great advice (and not just related to products he sells).

    Cheers.

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    Yay Wayne!!!

    I have the Lone Peak P99 front panniers, and use those as rear bags for CC touring. They are light weight, compact, but not waterproof.
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    Well I finally got around to taking a pic of my lite set up.

    Just a Caradice seat bag and seat mounted rack.

    Hold a lot more stuff than I would have thought!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noonievut View Post
    I will be doing a light tour later this year. By light, I mean that I would ride two days, with the night spent in a hotel, and I would buy my food close to the hotel.

    I own two road bikes - a new, steel frame road bike with ultegra compact, and a single speed steel bike that is my foul weather option.

    I will not need to take a lot with me, so my current thinking is that a rear rack (seatpost, or other?) should be sufficient. The ride will be in the summer and I'm flexible with my dates so the plan is to ride when there is little chance for rain. Therefore, my list of items to bring is rather light.

    The new bike doesn't have eyelets so I think my only option is a seatpost rack, though I wanted to know if there are other options? Also, I don't have a lot of exposed seatpost to attach a rack (though I will measure it before I start shopping).

    Thanks.
    A Carradice type saddlebag and a Bagman rack would be an excellent solution to your problem. I'd also use a small handlebar bag to carry your valuables that you would take with you when you left your bike. I'll post my set up again.....I'm setup for long distance touring as I have tent, sleeping bag etc, but you can adapt the general idea for really light touring too.


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    I tour on my road bike and have used a seat post rack several times. I have never had any trouble with it at all and it comes on and off the bike very easily. I use the rack below and the pack listed in the second link...i have used two different sized packs. The longest trip I took with the set up below was three weeks - and that held everything I needed and I brought a lot of clothing.

    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...34374302693083

    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...34374302693397

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