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Old 07-29-08, 07:47 AM
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VO Constructeur Rear Rack?

Anyone here use one of these and like it? Seems like a good alternative for a frame with fender mounts and no seat stay rack mounts. Seems kind of short, though. Don't know what kind of panniers could fit on there or if it's just meant for a trunk bag.
 
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Old 07-29-08, 09:17 AM
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$120? Damn. I'd pass and just get a seat post rack. My Delta Post Porter can go up to 40lbs and I've up to 50 lbs on it before with no problem. Or just get those seat stay clamps for a regular rack.
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There are some things that I have no problem paying more for if it's well designed and hand made. Plus, this would be used in conjunction with the VO porteur rack, which would be carrying the majority of the weight. The rear rack would serve more as back-up or as a trunk bag support.
 
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Originally Posted by kila kila kila View Post
Anyone here use one of these and like it? Seems like a good alternative for a frame with fender mounts and no seat stay rack mounts. Seems kind of short, though. Don't know what kind of panniers could fit on there or if it's just meant for a trunk bag.
how would this not need rack mounts? are you thinking of letting the fender hold the weight?
if you are just going to use a bigger bolt to let fender and rack use the same braze on, you could do that with just about any rack

You could probly get most panniers on that, just not the giant touring ones.
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Old 07-29-08, 04:51 PM
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I use the chrome version on my Univega which I ride to work quite often. I got the chrome racks because they're cheaper and I think they look more traditional. You can fit small panniers on the rack as long as the hooks are fairly close together, although the rack is better for strapping small things on top. I'll be honest, I mainly got it to match the front and to occasionally strap my raincoat to it.



Also, there is a third threaded boss at the front of the rack which allows you to attach it to the seatstay bridge if you want. I didn't bother since I have metal fenders and knew I probably wouldn't carry much weight, but if you plan on panniers it might not hurt. I have carried a fairly large box on the rear rack before, but it only weighed about 11 pounds. The rack, even just mounted to a fender, is much sturdier than it looks. The dropouts support the weight, the fender mounting just keeps it from tipping forward or back.

Also, I had quite a bit of trouble drilling through the steel, and I didn't even get the stainless version. It would have been a breeze with a drill press and a good bit, though. I'd definitely do it again if I had another bike that would look right with one.
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Old 07-29-08, 05:05 PM
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^^^. nice bike.
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Old 07-29-08, 06:11 PM
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Thanks.
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Old 07-30-08, 07:31 AM
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Yeah, I hate to admit it, but a big part of the reason I'm looking to get the rear rack is to match up w/ the front rack. I'll be using the brake bridge strut since the frame I plan on using won't allow for full fenders while using the tire size I want (Surly Pacer w/ Rivendell Jack Brown tires). It doesn't rain much here, anyway, plus I have a set of clip on fenders that at least keep debris away from my face and off my back.

And a +1 to eAspenwood's comment. That Univega is gorgeous, Lamplight.

EDIT: Oh, and aside from drilling the mounting tangs, did you have to trim them as well?

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