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How to mount rear rack on front

Old 09-21-08, 09:58 PM
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How to mount rear rack on front

I am a pretty new dad and have just installed a baby seat on the back of my trek 7000.

I would like to mount the rear rack on the front, so that I can use the folding grocery bag panniers again. I understand that it is possible to mount the rack on the front, but am unsure how to go about it, especially the top mount. Mount the two prongs to the forks? Headset tube?

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There are special racks made for mounting on the front fork. You'll need braze-ons on the fork legs to use those racks though. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure it's impossible to fit a rear rack on the front of a bike at least in a useable sort of way. Do note that front racks are generally smaller than rear racks so your grocery panniers might be too big to fit.
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Originally Posted by neoz View Post
I would like to mount the rear rack on the front,
A rear rack is a bad choice for a front rack. It can be done, but the geometry is all wrong, and you'll end up with a rack that's leaning forward quite considerably.
There are crude, but oh so very useful front racks that attaches to the wheel axle and the stem. These usually have the same dimensions as rear racks. Otherwise you'll just ahve to splurge on a dedicated front rack and new panniers.
Don't worry if you haven't got braze-ons of the fork, a hardware store with a nice selection of p-clamps will sort that out for you.
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