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Old 08-30-06, 10:41 AM   #1
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Rack that will mount to seatstay bridge and won't break the bank.

I'm looking for what's in the subject line. Seems like a lot of companies don't detail whether or not their racks will mount on the seatstay bridge and my frame doesn't have eyelets on the seatstays. So I need to find a rack that will mount there. Suggestions? I'd love to not spend $100 on one as I'm not doing loaded touring or anything, just commuting.
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Old 08-30-06, 11:14 AM   #2
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Mate, Ya don't need no stinking "eyelets on the seatstays" to mount a
rack on any bike. What you need are a pair of vinyl covered "P" clips
at the seat stays to hook up the rack of your choice.

You can buy these "P" clips in the correct size at any automotive or farm
implement dealers. These clips are used on this type of equipment to hold
anything from fuel lines to wiring. I've used a set of "P" on both my bikes
to hold the front mount of my cheap (on sale) Nashbar racks and I like
them better as they provide a MUCH better way to mount a rack.
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Tubus Fly? Not cheap but should be under $100.
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tightwad's right and I just wasn't thinking it through. Most racks come with the clips he's speaking of and that fact just flew right out of my brain. Those Tubus racks are really nice, but it's overkill for me at this point. Maybe when I do my first ride across the country.
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Tubus Fly? Not cheap but should be under $100.
I just put one of those on my SS road bike. It's everything they advertise. Installation is a little more work than some other racks. Wayne at the touring store warned me about that. You are supposed to bend the front support rod to get it to allign with the brake bridge. I didn't feel like bending it just yet in case I decided not to keep it on this bike. I noticed the front support rod reached my seat tube. I attached it to the seat tube with the equivalent of a large p-clip. It's a plastic bracket that goes around the seat tube. I put the end of the tubus rack front support in the slot for the tightening bolt.

BTW, tightwad is correct about the p-clips and any cheap rack working.
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Go rummaging arround garage sales you might be able to find something. My 1978 Nishiki road bike has exactly what your talking about
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+1 for the P clips (Lowe's or Home Depot) and a cheap Nashbar rack. Check out the Bor Yueh racks they have marked way down. I love the Tubus racks too, but since money doesn't grow on trees...
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tightwad's right and I just wasn't thinking it through. Most racks come with the clips he's speaking of and that fact just flew right out of my brain. Those Tubus racks are really nice, but it's overkill for me at this point. Maybe when I do my first ride across the country.
The Delta MegaRack has a center mount and is really cheap ($30). You can get the center mounting hardware here. It's "D" in the picture. I don't think it comes with the center mount hardware but you could probably call them to make sure. These are good racks too.
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Another alternative is to mount it to the seatpost collar. I had to drill the holes in the rack mounts slightly larger to accomodate the seatpost bolt. Works just fine and is a much cleaner-looking install. Plus, it's cheap. I didn't have to buy anything extra!

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