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Old 03-28-18, 07:48 AM
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Any compelling reason not to cut this off?

the bar at the front of this rear rack, prevents me from sliding my trunk forward another cpl inches, unless I lift it up on top of the bar. the racks on my other 2 bikes don't have this situation. thinking about cutting it off instead of replacing the rack. any compelling reason not to?



it wants to hang off the back





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Old 03-28-18, 07:53 AM
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What is the issue? You'd like that bag to be able to rest against the seatpost?
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Old 03-28-18, 07:57 AM
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It looks like you are just have a bad rack/bag combo. They don't work too well together. For that rack you need a bag that has velcro to secure it to the bar you want to remove. If that bag you own is indeed designed to be secured to a seatpost, then yes, your cheapest most direct way to get it working well is to take that piece off with an angle grinder or something.
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Old 03-28-18, 08:04 AM
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Turn the carrier around. Then you bag can be snug to the seatpost and droop on your brakes. Then it won't slide off if you light the RATO's.
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Old 03-28-18, 08:13 AM
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Remember this is a integral one piece formed tube that comes up over & down the other side, its most likely only tack welded at the joint you "may" seriously weaken the carrier by cutting it as you suggested.
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Old 03-28-18, 08:19 AM
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To me, it looks like a nice solution to avoid cargo interfering with the brake wire housing.
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Old 03-28-18, 08:30 AM
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Structurally it shouldn't be an issue. Your pictures aren't super clear but it appears the flat portion of the rack is welded to the rising bars. The only purpose the part you cut off serves is to keep the bars separated but there won't really be any forces from the sides that would stress the bars so it should be fine.
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Old 03-28-18, 08:31 AM
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I doubt anyone of us could know for sure if this would weaken this enough to make any difference for your uses but having said that, I would do it. Leave as much weld material intact as possible where you cut it. Other option is to just get another rack that suits you better and try to sell the old one which you probably won't get much for so IMO might as well cut it and see if it survives before buying another.
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Old 03-28-18, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
thinking about cutting it off... any compelling reason not to?
It looks like it would still be structurally sound without that upper loop. Might as well try it to see if you can save a few bucks.
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Old 03-28-18, 08:38 AM
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food for thought. thanks guys. btw the bag does have velcro straps. the bungee provides a little more stability. I only want to move the bag forward a cpl inches so it doesn't hang off the back
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Old 03-28-18, 08:39 AM
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As it is, it keeps that bag away from your legs and wont slide forward braking, or going down hill, combined with braking.


you could dimply move the whole rack forward loosening the top front strut bolts on the rack, and not cut anything, and gain those inches..


Having the bag touching the brake cable housing interferes with your braking function.. you OK with that?








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Old 03-28-18, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Bike tinker man View Post
Remember this is a integral one piece formed tube that comes up over & down the other side, its most likely only tack welded at the joint you "may" seriously weaken the carrier by cutting it as you suggested.
+1 That looks like a pretty light duty rack, as designed, no stronger than necessary. If you want to cut something, appears you could move the entire thing forward as fbob suggested.
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Old 03-28-18, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
As it is, it keeps that bag away from your legs and wont slide forward braking, or going down hill, combined with braking.you could dimply move the whole rack forward loosening the top front strut bolts on the rack, and not cut anything, and gain those inches..
if I'm understanding you correctly, adjusting the rack forward doesn't change the fact that the bag is a bit too long for the rack. the bag would still hang off the back of the rack
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Old 03-28-18, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Turn the carrier around. Then you bag can be snug to the seatpost and droop on your brakes. Then it won't slide off if you light the RATO's.
Second this, from the looks of it you could.

If you do cut something take it to a local metal worker and have them weld a shallow brace where the tall hoop was.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
if I'm understanding you correctly, adjusting the rack forward doesn't change the fact that the bag is a bit too long for the rack. the bag would still hang off the back of the rack
Has attaching an extension on top of the rack, or bottom stiffening the bag, not occured to You?
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Old 03-28-18, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Has attaching an extension on top of the rack, or bottom stiffening the bag, not occured to You?
hmmm
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Old 03-28-18, 09:33 AM
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Check how much forward clearance you’ve actually got to your legs.
Shunting the bag forward only to have it rubbing against the back of your legs gets tiresome real fast.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Has attaching an extension on top of the rack, or bottom stiffening the bag, not occured to You?
+1
There’s a wide variety of materials that would do well enough to form into an U-shape and ziptied or hoseclamped to the rack to extend it rearwards to support the end of the bag. No cutting of finished structures involved.
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OK, I see the loop is there for a reason & I need to address the small situation with another solution
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Old 03-28-18, 09:43 AM
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No reason not to cut it off if it's in the way. I find it to sometimes be a handy spot for attaching straps or bungies. But the same type rack I bought from Bike Friday came with that loop cut off so both the rack and folded bicycle will fit in the suitcase for airline travel. I've had no problem with the rack for the last 24 years and many thousands of miles.
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Old 03-28-18, 09:52 AM
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The hardware store sells thin plywood in small cut sizes. They'll even cut it to size for you -- but the edges might be chipped from the rough cut saw.

A piece that's as about as long and wide as the rack with enough inches off the back of the rack to support the bag would be lightweight and keep the bag from drooping. Drill some holes and secure it with some cable ties or wire loops. Makes a decent fender, too.
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Just sell that rack and buy a different one for that bike.
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Throw a couple plastic plugs in the cut off tubing to keep stuff out.

https://www.caplugs.com/flush-button-plugs-bpf
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Old 03-28-18, 10:15 AM
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I would not hesitate for one moment to cut that rack whete you are suggesting if I needed to.

If for some reason it does not hold up long term, just buy a new rack then.

Do it.
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Old 03-28-18, 12:59 PM
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Maybe first try bending it forward some. That structure resists torsion about the vertical axis and you might somehow need to replace it if you cut it off.
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