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Old 12-27-04, 11:50 AM
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Rack for a road bike?

I'm commuting on a Trek 560 road bike and carrying all my stuff in a messenger bag. Rather than buying a touring bike, I've been toying with the idea of buying a "pannier support rack". They ususally have either a quick attachment or a four-bolt plate to the seatpost, but no attachment to the rear. Has anyone had experience with these?

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Old 12-27-04, 03:59 PM
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My old commuter (retired it 3 weeks ago) was a road bike. I used a Delta seatpost mounted rack. If you're not carrying too much weight it will work just fine. I thinh the Delta has a weight limit of 25 pounds.
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Thanks for the help and the photos. You've convinced me.

I see you're in Decatur. I'm in Roswell and commute eight miles to Alpharetta. I've been feeling pretty lucky about my "winter" ride after reading all the postings from the northeast and Canada!
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The Delta rack works pretty good, I used one when I want to ride my road bike as the commuter. But like RonH I went to a cross bike just recently.
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Ditto the comments about working fine, provided you don't carry too much weight.

I occasionally carried a change of clothes and a few books in mine, and when heavily loaded, the seatpost mounted rack and panniers started swaying back and forth quite violently when I got up on the pedals. Very scarry! (but I got used to it) My seatpost mounted rack also put all the weight up too high, affecting the bike's center of gravity. I ended up installing a traditional rack on my commuter and it handles the occasional extra weight much better and I feel much safer.

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