Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

racks?

Old 06-26-15, 09:27 PM
  #1  
0078265317
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
racks?

I frankened 2 bikes. 1 magna great devide from target and 1 schwinn avenue (I dont remember from where, probably walmart or target).

I took pics. Sorry the last one is blurry but I will take more tomorrow or day after.

My Vintage Video Games: My bikes

I got 2 rakcs. The bell on the black bike from walmart for 15 or 20 something I forget. And the other (I forget name brand) from REI for 15 dollars. It was slightly scratched so I got 10% off and 8 dollars in dividends from being a member. So 15. Not bad for 22 to begin with and side paneer railings. But still even better with with the discounts.

And the grey blackburn bag is from performance bike and is normally 50 dollars but on sale 15 or 20 dollars less (I forget exactly). But it was still a good deal so I took it. Plus all the other bags I saw were expensive. And this is not special to a specific rack. It just velcros to any rack so I just switch when need be.

Anyhow both racks are great. I had a cheap one from walmart that attached to the back of the seat post. But the height between the seatpost (back of the seat) and the rack was not a lot. So I could not use the blackburn trunk bag. So I got the rack that goes onto frame instead and clips into seatpost. Both are quick release.

But the problem now is that the velcro bottom of the bag barely has any clearance between the frame and tire. Its hard to tell but I think the bag is hitting the tire when I ride. The problem is the seatpost is not high enough. Or is that how all racks are. Its not supposed to more than half an inch between the tire and the frame. Or am I securing the bag wrong. Both racks are not a lot of clearance.
0078265317 is offline  
Old 06-26-15, 11:30 PM
  #2  
CliffordK
Senior Member
 
CliffordK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Posts: 22,468
Mentioned: 166 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8502 Post(s)
Liked 68 Times in 60 Posts
I've had clearance issues with my rack for a very long time

Many of the newer racks have a strip of aluminum down the middle that both protects you from mud like a partial. fender, as well as protecting your load from rubbing on the tire.

If you have tire rub, you'll quickly wear through cloth bags.

For a while I had some plastic attached to my rack which helped, but for some reason, I took it off a few years ago.
CliffordK is offline  
Old 06-27-15, 04:16 AM
  #3  
scroca
commuter and barbarian
 
scroca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Potomac, MT, USA
Posts: 2,494
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by 0078265317 View Post
But the problem now is that the velcro bottom of the bag barely has any clearance between the frame and tire. Its hard to tell but I think the bag is hitting the tire when I ride. The problem is the seatpost is not high enough. Or is that how all racks are. Its not supposed to more than half an inch between the tire and the frame. Or am I securing the bag wrong. Both racks are not a lot of clearance.
First off, figure out if something is rubbing since you say you are not sure. Do you think you hear something when you are riding? If something is rubbing, it ought to show signs of wear. Do you see signs of wear if you remove the bag? If you are still not sure, then lift the back end of the bike and spin the wheel and see for yourself if something is rubbing and if so what it is and where.

On the Schwinn the clearance between the rack and tire might be a problem, but it's hard to tell in those pictures. It looks like there's more clearance with the Magna. Maybe you can move the bag farther back to get clearance? There are rails on the sides of the rack on the Schwinn that you might be able to velcro the bag to. It might look a little odd but unless you typically carry heavy things it should work.
scroca is offline  
Old 06-27-15, 05:06 PM
  #4  
CliffordK
Senior Member
 
CliffordK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Posts: 22,468
Mentioned: 166 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8502 Post(s)
Liked 68 Times in 60 Posts
What is the velcro you'r talking about?

One trick I use when tying stuff onto the rack is to tie at the front and rear of the rack where the clearance is the greatest, but nothing (or minimal) tying in the middle, always watching the tire clearance of the straps.

If the rack is sturdy and the wheels are true, then one doesn't need a lot of clearance as it won't change during the ride, although loads can sag between cracks in the rack.
CliffordK is offline  
Old 06-27-15, 09:54 PM
  #5  
0078265317
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I took more pictures now. Same link I just added more pictures. Anyhow nothing heavy. Just a few small tools in a small black pouch. Very small not heavy at all. And a few cable ties. And the extra shoulder strap it came with. Nothing very heavy. And not yet but may some day a few snacks or drinks.

Anyhow its hard to tell but I think something is rubbing. I took pics of the velcro straps so you can see what velcro I was talking about. As you can see in the picture with the straps closed it is a little bit dirty on the top strap at the bottom left corner. So something is hitting it.

Or it may just be dirt from the trail because the strap looks decent still.

And the white thing sticking out of the left side. Well I went to Dicks sporting goods and got the avenir handlebar grips pictured for 5 bucks. Was hard to push on buy itself so I took it off and used olive oil since I had no regular oil. They slid right on. They feel great. But they are too fat to use a rear veiw mirror. The other one I had pictured was great. But too small to see out of. So I got the other one long time ago. But it doesn't clip onto handle bar over the grips as its too fat. And on the middle no room and hard to see. Better on the side.

So off to home depot. But regular pipes are too small or too fat. 3/4 is to small and 1 inch to fat. Or copper half inch fits but still moves alot. And half inch threaded does not fit. But the 3/4 inch threaded piece in the last pic fits just fine. Had to hammer it in but it fits snug. Now the mirror fits on the side and my handle bar is free for me hold on to.
0078265317 is offline  
Old 07-05-15, 08:51 PM
  #6  
0078265317
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
OK, I took some more pictures. I broke the Schwin adjusting it. But its back today. All fixed. And I got the light for the magna in the center where I added the tranzx. And I got a new threadless stem (neck) from Trek today to make it easier to fold into my car. Much more comfortable to ride now. Not as much as the Schwin but much better than before.

Anyhow all is good now except I still need to find a way to mount the rear bag better. Still keeps leaning too much and not very secure. And also maybe some clearance issues.

How can it be clipped to the side paneer railings on the schwin bike? I don't see how that would work.

And one more issue. I installed the new handlebar grips wrong. Its supposed to be pointy side towards me so my palms rest on it. But its too stiff to move back up.
0078265317 is offline  
Old 07-06-15, 09:15 AM
  #7  
bmthom.gis
Senior Member
 
bmthom.gis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 2,994

Bikes: 2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 4 Rival; 2014 Cannondale Trail 7 29; 1972 Schwinn Suburban, 1996 Proflex 756, 1987(?) Peugeot, Dahon Speed P8; 1979 Raleigh Competition GS; 1995 Stumpjumper M2 FS, 1978 Raleigh Sports, Schwinn Prologue

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 212 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
For your grips...if there isn't a set screw holding them, get under with a flat screwdriver and spray hairspray in there. Works really well when messing with grips. For your rack, you could try adjusting how it sits (the four bolts on the top of the rack look to make it adjustable). And the handlebar on your Magna looks upside down, but that might just be your personal preference.
bmthom.gis is offline  
Old 07-06-15, 09:09 PM
  #8  
0078265317
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by bmthom.gis View Post
For your grips...if there isn't a set screw holding them, get under with a flat screwdriver and spray hairspray in there. Works really well when messing with grips. For your rack, you could try adjusting how it sits (the four bolts on the top of the rack look to make it adjustable). And the handlebar on your Magna looks upside down, but that might just be your personal preference.
Thanks for the reply. I took some final pictures. Same link. Last 12 under the big X. I fixed the grips. I rotated the handle bars so the grips are pointing towards me. Then I just adjusted the shifters. And the bell and reflector. Now all is good.

As for the magna I never realized the handle bar was backwards. It is as you can see in the photos. Top is ok and last are upside down. But its fine for me. If I flip it back upright it might be taller. But I might also need new cables as it might be too short. And I already replace the front cable. So I don't want to do it again. But its fine as is.

Now I just have to figure out to to secure the bag without it leaning. I think clearance is OK. But the 4 screws are for holding the sticks that go into the seatpost in place. I cant adjust that since its bolted into the frame and there is no wiggle room.
0078265317 is offline  
Old 07-06-15, 09:59 PM
  #9  
0078265317
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Just found this. I know its 3 years old. But 7th post down by the topic starter. Now that is nice. Lots of clearance. But no name stamped on it.

What rear pannier rack for a frame with no eyelets, discs and cowled dropouts? Singletrack Forum
0078265317 is offline  
Old 07-07-15, 07:27 PM
  #10  
0078265317
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Topeak Cargo Net - REI.com

Maybe this will help the bag stay in place and keep from swaying side to side.
0078265317 is offline  
Old 07-09-15, 02:33 PM
  #11  
0078265317
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I took 4 more pics same link. I found the answer. Cargo net is too big and probably flimsy. But I went to The Container Store and got 2 of these. Keeps the bag in place. No more sliding. And I routed the cables under through the top of the rack so no more clearance issues.

http://www.containerstore.com/shop?p...&N=&Ntt=bungee.

Last edited by 0078265317; 07-09-15 at 02:37 PM.
0078265317 is offline  
Old 07-09-15, 09:14 PM
  #12  
0078265317
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
OK, I fixed the blurry photos. Took more outside today.
0078265317 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Chaco
Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets
9
03-21-12 03:50 PM
Epicus07
Classic & Vintage
11
02-13-11 11:12 AM
ilvwhtgrls
Road Cycling
8
11-03-10 08:45 PM
bikingshearer
Classic & Vintage
17
12-31-08 10:47 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.