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Old 07-28-08, 09:29 PM   #1
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rack for trek

Hi, I am new to the list. I did try a search and did not see anything that addressed this. I want to put a rear rack on my trek 7.3 fx but have not found one that will fit. I tried two today, the extenders (?) were not long enough on the Delta Mega-something, and the other (not sure of the make, it was aluminum and made for touring) interfered with the rear brake. The Delta was suppose to be a universal fit but even the guy in the bike shop could not get it to fit right. Thanks.

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Old 07-28-08, 09:34 PM   #2
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I had a similar fit problem with my Trek 800. Finally, I manufactured something to make the fit. I used plumber's tape.
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Old 07-28-08, 10:20 PM   #3
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I have a trek 7000 and had the same problems. I went to the local bike shop and was told that their racks wouldnt fit because of the lack of mounts on the frame. I went online and searched for and found the rack that I just put on and tested today. I found it on Amazon. It is a Sunlite Bicycle Welded Rear Rack for 27" Bicycle. I paid around $15. It will hold up to 40 pounds. Granted, it is not as nice as all the other racks you see, it is cheaper, but it is a great place to strap my back pack to with bungee chords. I tried it out today, and it worked great. I installed it easily thanks to all of the hardware they include. They provide everything you need and then some to make it more of a universal fit. Check it out.
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If all else fails, Old Man Mountain has something for you http://www.oldmanmountain.com/ . It will be more expensive, but would eliminate the guesswork.
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Old 07-29-08, 06:35 AM   #5
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My trek store sold "trek" racks along with their interchange panniers. I will check the manufacturer and get back with you. My rack works great.
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My '92 Trek 1420 luckily had threaded holes in the rear dropouts so I was able to fit a rack on it. I picked up a cheap one from Nashbar (nashbar brand) and got it to work. I thought I'd have a terrible time trying to fit a rack onto a road bike not-so-much intended for commuting but it worked out great for me! I did have to buy something like this from my local hardware store in order to secure the rack at the top since I didn't have anywhere to secure the top.


http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...cat%3A%20Racks

I need to take a couple pictures of my bike anyway so maybe I'll do that and post one up here tonight so you can see my setup.

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My trek store sold "trek" racks along with their interchange panniers. I will check the manufacturer and get back with you. My rack works great.
I believe they make them themselves and they brand them with their Bontrager brand. Mine's excellent. Not on a Trek, but good rack.

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I put a Topeak Explorer rack on my Trek 7.3 FX. I had to slightly bend and crossover the brackets due to the tight fit with the rear brake but it works great.

After the bracket crossover I decided to shorten the brackets with a dremel since the ends stuck out on either side by an inch or so.
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I put a Topeak Explorer rack on my Trek 7.3 FX. I had to slightly bend and crossover the brackets due to the tight fit with the rear brake but it works great.

After the bracket crossover I decided to shorten the brackets with a dremel since the ends stuck out on either side by an inch or so.
Great idea!! On the top of my rack, I'm only using one of the brackets (my brackets look just like yours) since the other one interferes with the brake. Crossing the brackets would probably allow both of them to be installed. However, since that top bracket's only purpose is to keep the rack from rotating backward/forward, I think my one bracket is good enough.
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I put a Topeak Explorer rack on my Trek 7.3 FX. I had to slightly bend and crossover the brackets due to the tight fit with the rear brake but it works great.

After the bracket crossover I decided to shorten the brackets with a dremel since the ends stuck out on either side by an inch or so.
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I've got the same rack but didn't have to cross the brackets. Go figure. I do like the rack and it should do fine as a starter system for me.
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Jannd has 16" stays for smaller frames. Tubus also has very long stays for it's racks but those racks are much more expensive...around $120.
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Try one of these

http://cycleloft.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=3006

I have one on my Trek 7100 and it works great. It installed w/ no problems in about 5 - 10 mins. There are two sizes based on your frame size.
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Thanks everyone! I went back to the shop where I got my bike. They have a Bontrager that looks like it will work with longer extensions. One of the guys had just installed a rack on a 7.3 FX that morning and said it wasn't a problem but it had a bigger frame. Frame size may be part of my problem. However, I think I have a solution, I'll know Friday. In the meantime, guess I will just sweat with the backpack.
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Got the extension kit and used the Sunlite rack and it all works. Not problems with the brake. Sure is nice not to have that backpack in these 100 degree temps! Thanks all.
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