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Old 05-07-11, 08:29 AM   #1
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Q for xtracycle owners.

I am thinking/planning about building a xtracycle compatible bike. Looking over the open standard info, I have a question:

How often does one remove the V-racks? I'm thinking of building them into the structure. Seems to me this would eliminate the any need for whatchamacollars, concerns about sealing out water, galvanic corrosion etc.

It looks the long-loader deal would need to be different to attach to a permanent V rack. Other than that it seems to me it work fine.

What say you with the wisdom of experience about this thinking?
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Old 05-08-11, 05:43 AM   #2
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I find that I need to remove my V racks on occasion for maintenance issues.
The long loaders attach to the V racks with velcro. They slide onto the H racks and are velcroed to the V racks.
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Old 05-08-11, 08:19 AM   #3
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Yes, I also have taken off my V racks for maintenance. If you cover the joint with pieces of skinny inner tube there is no water issue.
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I also like the ability to remove the V-racks, especially for working on my IGH. The road inner tubes I used to wrap the joint work really well.
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Ah maintainability...the consideration I was missing. Thanks for the input.

I'm thinking of building something like this:Xtravois

But with a "low gravity" style front end. (For more cargo space, but also so my dog can ride where I can keep an eye on her)

I'm 6'5" and 250 lbs, so I plan to use 145mm dropout spacing and run a tandem spec wheel.
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For maintenance it's easier to take the whole xtracycle rack unit off than messing with the bags. Even with whachamacollars it's just a few screws rather than removing the bags and deck. Plus if you want to change your setup to panniers or a stripped down bike packing thing you have options. An unladen, unracked dummy or xtra is still a fun ride.
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