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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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    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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    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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