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Old 10-27-12, 05:13 PM
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Rack recommendation

I am currently using a Blackburn rack I probably bought in the early nineties. It works, but is just a bit ugly. The black is wearing off, and I would like something comparable in black preferably. Would like something that will not get ugly in a few years, as I commute with panniers 200 or so days a year. I rarely carry more then 10 pounds in my bags, so I am not looking for super heavy duty

Any ideas or welcome, but the prize winning one will be $50 or less, as I can request it for our Christmas gift exchange.

Thanks, Matt
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Old 10-27-12, 08:45 PM
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Racktime has some nice racks that are study and look good (and come in black). I have the Addit and like it. They're also alloy and light.

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Old 10-27-12, 09:17 PM
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I use the Topeak Explorer. ~ $30 at Amazon.
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Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
I use the Topeak Explorer. ~ $30 at Amazon.
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Old 10-27-12, 10:36 PM
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Thanks guys. Your responses helped to find this thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...or-a-rear-rack
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I am not sure if I am late to the party, but I like axiom racks.
http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=3538
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I like the Topeak Explorer. That plus an MTX EXP bag takes care of my commuting needs - laptop, clothes, lunch, patch kit and tube.
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Blacburn EXP is a very good rack with fully triangulated stays in all directions (unlike the Topeak Explorer). It is stiffer and lighter than any of the racks suggested as replacements.
The only feature it lacks is a rear lamp bracket.
All black racks look scruffy after a few months of regular use. If you want a rack that keeps its looks, you need an unpainted, plain metal finish.
For light loads, the Tubus Fly is hard to beat, it weights nothing and carries the same 40lbs load as a Blackburn but much closer to the wheel for better aerodynamics.
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Old 10-28-12, 05:46 AM
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Tubus makes the best racks on the market (especially their front racks ... but their rear racks are really good as well)

http://www.tubus.com/

for example, the Airy weighs 233g and can carry 30kg (30000g) or more than 100x it's own weight. German engineering at it's best

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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
Tubus makes the best racks on the market (especially their front racks ... but their rear racks are really good as well)

http://www.tubus.com/

for example, the Airy weighs 233g and can carry 30kg (30000g) or more than 100x it's own weight. German engineering at it's best
+1 on Tubus racks.
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wondering why everybody is suggesting changing the rack.
Why don't you reapply some paint on it?
Some epoxy black paint and it is like new

Regarding the charge capacity with an homemade rack you will reach far better results than with a commercial one mine support way more than 100kg
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Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
I like the Topeak Explorer. That plus an MTX EXP bag takes care of my commuting needs - laptop, clothes, lunch, patch kit and tube.
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I was very happy to find that the fold-down pannier on the MTX EXP bag is big enough to hold my laptop in its protective sleeve. I much prefer a trunk bag over a pannier, but I hate fussing with the velcro straps that hold the trunk bag on and I don't always know when I might need to lug the laptop home from the office. The MTX EXP bag solves both of those problems.
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Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
wondering why everybody is suggesting changing the rack.
Why don't you reapply some paint on it?
Some epoxy black paint and it is like new

Regarding the charge capacity with an homemade rack you will reach far better results than with a commercial one mine support way more than 100kg
Because replacing the old one means you now have a spare rack. Having a spare rack means you need a new bike, and so on and so forth.

You're kind of new here but you'll catch on...
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Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
wondering why everybody is suggesting changing the rack.
Why don't you reapply some paint on it?
Some epoxy black paint and it is like
One thing I do not want is a rack that will look all scratched up in 6 months. Tell me more about epoxy paint, my brief Internet search did not really turn up helpful info.
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Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
Blacburn EXP is a very good rack with fully triangulated stays in all directions (unlike the Topeak Explorer). It is stiffer and lighter than any of the racks suggested as replacements.
The only feature it lacks is a rear lamp bracket.
All black racks look scruffy after a few months of regular use. If you want a rack that keeps its looks, you need an unpainted, plain metal
I wondered about this. No one else has mentioned this yet. Wondering if the epoxy paint mentioned above might overcome a black rack quickly becoming a scratched black rack?
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Old 10-28-12, 06:07 PM
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I'm currently testing this epoxy paint on 2 aluminum cases that i use on my bike.
It's shock resistant

http://www.krylon.com/products/epoxy_enamel_paint/

I've started 2 months ago and up to now it works.
I've applied only 2 layers

I'm not sure if it could resist a knife attack but it resists small shocks
The finish is kind of glossy

For the price it's worth the try around 6$ / bottle
On a rack, one bottle should be enough for 2 layers

To apply this paint i suggest you do that outside with a paint mask if you don't want to die or burn your house. Nothing to worry about
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Many thanks, I will give that a try! Then I can get something I don't have already.

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