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What's the deal with old Raleigh rear racks?

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Old 07-27-08, 07:53 AM
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What's the deal with old Raleigh rear racks?

I've got a 1976 Triumph which is essentially a clone of the Raleigh Twenty (since Raleigh owned the Triumph label by then). It doesn't have a rear rack, and the mounting for the rear rack doesn't fit just any old rack you might buy at the LBS. It has a flat plate that needs two bolts to go through it parallel to the bike's longitudinal axis. Is this one of those proprietary Raleigh things I was warned about? Is it obsolete or just harder to find in some parts of the world? I've seen newer racks designed for the same system, but they've been ridiculously expensive.
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It is made for one of the Plestcher aluminum racks (forgot what "model" they called them), with shorter struts then usual to fit the smaller rear triangle.

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Thanks for the name. Yesterday while I was out I took note of the kind of fixtures that are on other bikes. I saw a few with the same mounting plate as mine, although it was definitely not the most common setup. I did see one newer rack in that configuration, so someone is still doing it.
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Those racks are still available new:

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/product-C...-rack-5999.htm
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Awesome, thanks. Now to find a source on my side of the pond... wish my bike had brought one along when it made the crossing.
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You might find it at one of these places:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&c...e+rack&spell=1
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