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Old 11-03-07, 06:07 PM
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bike rack help

i recently got a rack for my bike for $5 because the store i went to had it without any hardware or tags or anything. Anyway i tried to rest it over my back tire and it isnt long enough. Is there anything i can do or do i need to get a new rack.

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Old 11-03-07, 08:18 PM
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It was probably designed for a smaller wheel bike and you probably can't do anything cost effective to make it fit.
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If you have the bits from other rack kits, or can make up the needed bits, you can lengthen the mounts to the seat stays to get the rack level.
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Can you bolt or weld an extension to the part that fastens to the rear drop-outs? This could lift the body of the rack above the wheel. I'd write off the rack and get one that fits.
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Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
Can you bolt or weld an extension to the part that fastens to the rear drop-outs? This could lift the body of the rack above the wheel. I'd write off the rack and get one that fits.
Or just use p-clips. Like this



Not the best solution and it probably won't be good for 40 or 50 lb loads but for light stuff, it works just fine.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Or just use p-clips. Like this



Not the best solution and it probably won't be good for 40 or 50 lb loads but for light stuff, it works just fine.
I have a friend who did just that to mount a too-small rack on a bike without dropout eyelets and the p-clips wanted to slip down under even a modest load. He had to add small radiator clamps tightened around the seatstays under the p-clips to keep them in place.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
I have a friend who did just that to mount a too-small rack on a bike without dropout eyelets and the p-clips wanted to slip down under even a modest load. He had to add small radiator clamps tightened around the seatstays under the p-clips to keep them in place.
Mine tend to slip also but they are stopped on the left side by the disc brake mount. If I had to mount them on a frame without the disc tab, I'd mount them as low as possible to avoid movement...preferably right at the drop out. Overall having the proper sized rack would be best.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
I have a friend who did just that to mount a too-small rack on a bike without dropout eyelets and the p-clips wanted to slip down under even a modest load. He had to add small radiator clamps tightened around the seatstays under the p-clips to keep them in place.
If you didn't install the p-clamps right or your stays are unusually small - they will slip. I have however seen p-clips propery installed that did NOT slip.

Just gotta find out which p-clamp size fits what stays.
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