Old 06-12-12, 08:50 AM
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You might have handling problems with that front rack. I find the best handling when the center of gravity in the front panniers is centered on the hub (or immediately above the hub) and yours is set up so that the weight might be too far back. If it works, great. But, if you have any shimmy, try shifting the weight in the front panniers.

I have 8 speed gear on both of my touring bikes, I see no need to go to 9 or 10 or 11 or whatever they are up to these days.
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