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Old 07-11-07, 07:30 PM
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Post racks?

I have a commuter bike that I love, but it's way heavy and has huge tires and I've always lusted after a fast bike. So, last weekend, I bought a road bike. I really want to use it as my summer commuter, but it doesn't have fittings for a rack, so I'm wondering if anybody uses a post rack and if they really work. They just don't seem very trustworthy to me.. I don't want to wear a backpack because it's too sweaty (no shower at my work). Most days my load is very light, I have a rack-ready garment bag that I use to carry my work clothes, my lunch, and my lock. If I ever had to take a heavier load, I could always fall back on my workhorse bike.
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Post racks are ok, or you can use a full rack by attaching it with P shaped eyelets that your bike store has handy.
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Old 07-12-07, 03:59 AM
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I use a "Detours" post rack. Its' great and comes off (the mounting bracket stays) with a push of a button. You can get it in several sizes.
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I have an Ascent post rack from nashbar... Once I managed to find some more rubber strips for a better shim on my roadie seatpost, it was great. I had it heavily loaded yesterday and caused myself some grief, but it's been great so far otherwise. I'll definitely be wanting a properly mounted rack sometime soon though, as the weight limit is a concern for me.
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I use a generic rear rack. I'd heard that the post racks have problems with heavy loads, and I use a trunk rack and large panniers from time to time. But if you tend not to carry a lot of weight (say, only a pound or two), I'd go for a quick-release post rack for the convenience.
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A lot of people in my bike club use post racks on our Sunday rides. They carry lunch, jacket, pump etc in a trunk bag. You can reduce your load by leaving your main lock at work, and only carrying a lightweight emergency lock on the bike. You can also leave shoes, jacket, pants, ties, belt, towel etc at work.
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I went with the Old Man Mountain Sherpa that uses the rear axle skewer as an attachment point. It was expensive, but it works very well.
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I"ve got a Delta post rack. Weight limit is 25 lbs, but I've gone over that a few times. The only issue is I have to tighten it down every once in a while. If you can swing it, I'd suggest getting a non-post rack using whatever method works. The weight will sit lower and the weight limit is higher. But if you don't carry much, then a post rack should be fine.
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Forget racks; they're fugly. Also, you might have trouble mounting cowboy-style if you install a post rack.

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Don't know where the thread is, but someone posted it recently that there's an adaptor kit that allows you to attach any rack to a non-eyelet bike by adding eyelets on to your rear axle skewer and then some brackets for the seat stays.
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I recently got a post rack for my full suspension commuter (don't laugh!) and compared to standard racks it's heavy and doesn't have nearly the capacity. I will be buying a new, standard rack for my new rigid commuter and find somewhere in storage for the seat post rack.
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Ok. Thanks for all the advice. I ordered a post rack from Nashbar today, and I figure if I really hate it, it's not a big deal, I can just take it off. I'm not very mechanically skilled, so I guess if I want to add fittings later on, I'll do it when I get my next tune-up.
The reality is that I'm too scared to ride my new bike to work anyway (for now). I'll have to park it on the sidewalk downtown, and I don't want to lose it already!! It'll just have to serve as my weekender for now.
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Okay. I attached the post rack today and it surely isn't going to work at all. When I put my garment bag on, it immediately rested up against both sides of the tires!
So, I will search the forums for the adapters / p-shaped eyelets and hopefully I won't have to give up my dream of riding my fast bike to work!
I rode through most of my commute today on it and it was so effortless I couldn't believe it! Road bikes are so FAST! Even the cheap ones! I kind of felt like I was cheating because it was so easy. Maybe it's better if I stick with my other bike because I get a better workout!
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Originally Posted by madfiNch
Okay. I attached the post rack today and it surely isn't going to work at all. When I put my garment bag on, it immediately rested up against both sides of the tires!
So, I will search the forums for the adapters / p-shaped eyelets and hopefully I won't have to give up my dream of riding my fast bike to work!
I rode through most of my commute today on it and it was so effortless I couldn't believe it! Road bikes are so FAST! Even the cheap ones! I kind of felt like I was cheating because it was so easy. Maybe it's better if I stick with my other bike because I get a better workout!
Did you get one of the post racks that work with panniers? They have sides so a bag that drapes over the side wouldn't hit the wheel.

That being said, I am considering a carradice bag. Right now I backpack it. I sweat like heck either way.

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No. I'm an idiot.
<bangs head on wall>

I see there's one for $10 on Nashbar.. Maybe I'll email my friend who works at a bike shop first...

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I have a post rack from performance that I really like. I carry two painers on it and have no trouble. the only note I have about it is to make sure you TIGHTEN EVERYTHING otherwise, it will slowly rotate away from the side of greater mass and contact the wheek/rim/spokes...

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I have a post rack from performance that I really like. I carry two painers on it and have no trouble.
Um... ouch?
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