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Old 09-05-11, 07:47 PM
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New member, new to commuting, but not so new to cycling.

Hola BF crew! I've been trolling on here for a while, just been too lazy to make an account. So here is my first post..

I should have been doing this for the last 5 years now, but I'm just getting into commuting a whole .5 mile to work. I have a '10 scott s50 roadbike I used to ride 12-20 mile joyrides on until some projects caught up with me, so now I'm working 15ish hours a day. The newest trusty steed is an 09 specialized hardrock converted to road warrior/commuter status. First upgrades were getting rid of the squishy fork for a rigid, and a call to nashbar for their house brand 26x1.25 slicks.

On the way are bull horns and matching 26mm stem. I'm hoping I can man handle the trigger shifters past the bends, as close as possibe to the stem, and wrap from the shifters out.

My main concern right now is the rack and bags. Mainly the rack. Anyone had any experience with this rack? https://www.crosslakesales.com/p-1752...-bike-new.aspx I know it's not exactly for this bike, but I'm thinking a tiny bit of massaging on the forward most mount it would work pretty easily. Any comments and input welcome. Cheers!
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Old 09-05-11, 08:05 PM
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Two things.
First: For your handlebar situation, you can find bullhorns made for mountain bike proportions. On-One makes one, as does Origin-8.

Second: If you're not carrying much, you can always get a seatpost mounted rack. It appears you have disk brakes, so it may be annoying to attach a rear rack to your bike. Seatpost racks can carry up to 20-25 pounds, so that may work for you. There are disk brake racks, but I don't know any models. On the same note - you may want to get fenders for your bike, to keep off water, mud, and rocks. Again, disk brakes may make it tricky, but if you can wrangle a nice full fender, it'll be worth it for wet weather.

Anyway, good luck in your commuting endeavors! Looks like a slick setup
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Old 09-10-11, 04:17 PM
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Got my goodies in today..



Since I can't find a rack that suits me(very unusual lol), I shall make my own. Made a test bracket today to use the stock skewers with .090 304 stainless. I'm going to use .25 round stock for all the rest with the exception of a thin stiffener/tray/fender peice. Too impatient to describe all the details, but it will be coming together very soon. All feedback is welcome!

Todays trial run


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That's a creative approach, but be careful: The skewers may not be strong enough to support that load, but more importantly, your bracket may interfere with the functioning of the skewer clamp, which has huge loads because of the disk brake. If you have vertical dropouts especially, Read this.
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Old 09-10-11, 09:48 PM
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Topeak makes the Explorer rack with offsets to clear the disc brake caliper. Add a Topeak MTX DX trunk bag for an easily removable setup.
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That article was about forks with calipers mounted lateraly with the skewer causing it to pull out. Mine being vertical it would be pulling back. It should be alright. That's the way several disc compatible racks are made so I'm going to chance it. Good catch on the front though, since I will be installing avids or hayes mechanicals in place of a previously lost front disk setup.
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