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Old 01-23-07, 04:23 PM
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Fender/Rack attachments

This was moved from a (rambling) post I made earlier....

I want to set up a CX bike as a commuter (or find a light tourer that'll fit the bill), so fenders and a rack are a must, along with a decent lighting set up front and rear....

but I'm having trouble finding if any of the popular CX bikes will support both fenders and a rack. I don't want any rigged-up solutions with zip ties or flimsy mountings. The fenders/rack need to be bolted down tight and not flapping all over the place, so, I'm guessing that I'll want a bike with 1 set of eyelets in the front, and 2 in the back, right? Or, am I getting it wrong on how the fenders are mounted?

Which CX bikes are already set up with rack/fender mounts (or just as good, which popular ones aren't)?
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Old 01-23-07, 04:27 PM
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Bianchi Volpe

Are you also saying you can't find a touring bike that has eyelets? Pretty much they all should.
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Old 01-23-07, 04:30 PM
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One set of eyelets is fine in the back. Mount the rack and fenders to the same hole w/ longer screws. This may or may not require some fussing around. Two may be more convenient for mounting/unmounting things if that is your plan.
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You can double up on the rear eyelets (rack and fenders) or some racks have eyelets for fenders.
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Originally Posted by newbojeff
Bianchi Volpe

Are you also saying you can't find a touring bike that has eyelets? Pretty much they all should.

Sorry for not being clear - I was referring to CX bikes.....I want to set one up with a permanent light kit front and rear, full fenders and a rack that can take a rack trunk. I'm not planning on touring or multiple-day rides, so I'm not looking for pannier support.

One set of eyelets is fine in the back. Mount the rack and fenders to the same hole w/ longer screws. This may or may not require some fussing around. Two may be more convenient for mounting/unmounting things if that is your plan.
This is planned to be permanently set up. Instead of alternating between a really nice road bike and a clunky hybrid, I want to have a dedicated commuter that I don't have to worry about slipping on gravel, getting wet climbing or doing a higher speed downhill (my commute is 21.5 each way, with several sections that run 25-30+ on the downhills.)

BTW, the Volpe is on my short list (as is the Cross Check) - but I don't know if I want steel or aluminum yet....
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As others have said, it's quite easy and common to use the same eyelet for a rack and fenders.

Some racks have fender stay mounts built-in although I can't say I have any experience with these:
http://www.bgcycles.com/racks.html
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