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Old 10-09-21, 03:08 PM
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Bent Cannondale Rear Rack

I picked this up at a garage sale for a buck because Iíd never seen one, and I thought the C-dale style welds were cool. It looks like somebody did a really nice job bending the rack, instead of the mounting hardware, to reach the seatstays. Strange! Iím wondering if I should try to bend it back, or leave it as a curiosity?



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Old 10-09-21, 04:16 PM
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If it fits your frame like that, keep it bent. If not, re-tweak.
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Old 10-09-21, 08:49 PM
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I don't think the bent rack can ever look right. We accept bent stays all the time Maybe on a small frame mtn bike?
CDales were great racks, functional and strong.


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Old 10-10-21, 08:34 AM
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Yes bend it back and use, if it breaks oh well, other wise it's junk taking up space.
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Yes bend it back and use, if it breaks oh well, other wise it's junk taking up space.
I think this is the best approach. Iíve always hated racks that are mounted wrong or tilted badly. Iíll give it a try today. The funny thing is itíll be taking up space anyways, along with too many bikes, none of which have rack mounts!
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Sorry, this is way too many pics for a bent rack, but it was a fun process to straighten out the pretzel. Those hollow tubes are really malleable; I can see how some dude could have bent the top down without thinking heíd done anything wrong. In the process I noticed the price sticker for the first time. $2.50? Are you nuts? How about a dollar?












Now I just need a bike to mount this on!
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Old 10-11-21, 06:28 AM
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Nice bench setup, and done very well, thanks for sharing.
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nice job. did the paint crack at the bend?
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Easy peasy!
Mike Watt would be proud!
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Good job JacobLee and good job on the pictures.

I am not familiar with Cannondale racks. The upper part looks nicely made with big welds. I am surprised that the bottom, where it is bolted to the rear dropout eyelet, is not welded similar to Blackburn racks.
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Aaargh! I'm too late!
Came here to grab the OP's ID and send him a PM... I was gonna buy the rack for this bike that I just got for my daughter.. woulda been perfect.


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>> How about a dollar?
My wife got me a Blackburn rack at a yard sale.. for 25 cents... in '93.
Two years later, I bought a Cannondale touring bike and put it on.
I used it on my commute today.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
nice job. did the paint crack at the bend?
No cracking. Looks like itís new.
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Wow! I wouldn't have thought that would be able to happen!

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Thanks for the encouragement and kind words, everyone. My workbench was clean for the first time in a year, so it was a good chance to show it off. I guess we should also thank the original owner for giving us the opportunity to see that one of these can be bent into oblivion and back. Of course, it hasnít been loaded and ridden yet, so who knows.

Just to answer a couple of questions, hereís the paint at the bend area. Someone commented recently about the high quality of paint on C-dale frames, so maybe the same is true of the racks:



And the legs are welded where they meet, itís just hard to see it in the pics:



They really did a nice job with these.
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Old 10-12-21, 06:05 PM
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Waiting on the pics of the new bike to go with the rack . . .
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You just multiplied the value of that rack by a factor of 50 on auction sites.
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Waiting on the pics of the new bike to go with the rack . . .
You probably wonít have to wait too long. Iíve been wanting a tandem, and this is a perfect reason to find a good RT1000.
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You just multiplied the value of that rack by a factor of 50 on auction sites.
Yes, Iíve seen them for fifty, without hardware even. Seems like a keeper, though.
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