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Old 06-03-22, 09:49 AM
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Bike Racks

Hi, I'm an experienced winter cyclist and I am active on the winter thread.

I'm just wondering, how easy would it be to remove a rear tire (to install winter/summer tires) once a bike rack is installed on the rear?

Question is related to: if this would be an increased hassle, then I might also get a new bicycle designated just for summer and then install the rack on the bike designated for winter.

I asked this question the other day and no one had a clear answer so I thought I'd ask it here instead.

Thanks guys!
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Old 06-03-22, 10:25 AM
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I have 7 and 10 speed derailleurs and fenders on my 2 commuter bikes, both with rear racks.

They have zero effect on my ability to fix a flat.

I know this from a deep experience base.
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The only way it would make any difference is if you had one of those racks for carbon bikes that use the thru-axle instead of rackmounts on the frame. In that case it would add some annoyance to remove the wheel, but given how annoying a flat is they would be the least of your worries. If your frame has rack mounts then the rack has no impact on changing a tire.
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The rear rack on my tourer (Axiom) does not interfere with the QR on the rear axle. I can get the wheel off when needed. The fenders make it more of an issue pulling the wheel back on, if anything,
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Perfect, thanks guys. You all just helped me avoid making a costly mistake.
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Old 06-03-22, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by flangehead View Post
I have 7 and 10 speed derailleurs and fenders on my 2 commuter bikes, both with rear racks.

They have zero effect on my ability to fix a flat.

I know this from a deep experience base.
Ditto, especially the last part. Alas.
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Old 06-04-22, 07:34 AM
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My experience is a little different. Bought a rear rack, installed from the LBS. No probs, like it.. When the rear wheel is off the rack pulls or pushes, I forget which, the frame open/closed a little. To replace the wheel I have to push or pull to get the wheel back in. It's not much. Maybe 2 mm.

It's not really a problem when you know what's going on.
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Old 06-06-22, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by locolobo13 View Post
My experience is a little different. Bought a rear rack, installed from the LBS. No probs, like it.. When the rear wheel is off the rack pulls or pushes, I forget which, the frame open/closed a little. To replace the wheel I have to push or pull to get the wheel back in. It's not much. Maybe 2 mm.

It's not really a problem when you know what's going on.
Do you have a rear suspension?
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Do you have a rear suspension?
No. I think the rack is acting like a spring on the frame pushing it in. The wheel comes out easy enough.
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Old 06-06-22, 09:18 AM
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awww shucks, you shud still get a new bicycle designated just for summer
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