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Old 04-02-15, 08:04 AM
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Questions concerning cargo/luggage rack

We're currently working with a project with the aim to design a cargo/luggage rack for bikes (unsure about which term is used, english is not my first language). The project has lead us to a couple of questions and it would be greatly appreciated if we could gather some information because at the moment we are pretty new into the subject.
Of course the type of cargo rack being used depends on the bike and what it's used for, but we're open to all different areas as the more problems we can aid, the better the rack.

So the questions are:
What problems are usually experienced with cargo racks?
What do you mainly use it for, and what would you like to use it for?
What dictates how much you're willing to pay when buying a cargo rack and what should one have in mind?

Examples and such would be great!
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You need to probably just define some requirements and go with it.

Some want the lightest possible rack, others want strength instead.,, most US cyclists avoid racks completely in favor of a small bag under the saddle, or strictly use their jerset pockets.

Some want full touring racks, others want something to just carry a trunk bag, or just carry panniers.

I use mine mostly for a trunk bag, and occasionally use panniers. I don't worry about weight, and like a large platform for my trunk bag. I currently use the Jandd Expedition Rack

Expedition Rack

If I had one additional feature, I would like an optional wider platform to enable me to easily mount a backpack on the rack for commuting. When I want to carry the backpack, I would like to be able to quickly attach the additional platform and have it securely hold my backpack using bungie cords or a cargo net.
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What Homework have you done Already? 1st I'd do a Market survey of what is already out there ..

types : front over the wheel Narrow: Bag support , Brevet riders like them.

Wide: Porteur Named after the Bikes owned by People who ferries French Newspaper bundles to the Kiosk news agents

and various Sizes of Baskets

then there are Pannier racks ..

rear there are simillar options Big, Small and Panniers

Your turn ... too broad and reads like a lazy approach, to a school project. (it happens here) what are you going to use this information for?

Yesterday I hauled The Empty Cases and bags of cans to a nearby Mini mart to get the deposit back .

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I use a Topeak rear rack and trunk bag. Topeak MTX TrunkBag DXP with Expandable Side Panniers - REI.com
I like this set up becasue it allows me to slide the trunk on and off more easliy than using velcro staps as other trunks use. This is the fastest on off that I have seen and works well for me. I use the truck to store my bike repair kit along with extra clothes, sometimes a lunch a since this truck does come with small panniers I can also carry a blanket for a picinic or my wet weather gear if it looks like rain. The cost of the whole set up is considerable but I got the trunk as a present so I only had to by the rack. Cost for me is how well the product will work with what I want it to do and how well made it is. I have heard some people complain about the truck sliding out while riding but I have used this set up for several years and ride dirt and gravel trails and have never had an issue with it.
I hope this helps.
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