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Old 04-13-16, 09:25 AM
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front rack sizes

what is the point of these short racks for the front of a bike? It looks nice on a bike when not in use but how practical is it? is there specific panniers made for it? I don't see good illustrations for it.


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IDK. Not large enough for a case of beer. Cigars, perhaps?
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Cantilever /V brake Bosses are what the bottom mount is . You may choose to mount your Jumbo Handlebar bag over it

from the handlebars and have that for bottom support , then Also Mount a Lowrider rack and use that for your Real Panniers ..




I had one fabricated to function similarly, of steel, (25 years ago) to relocate my Camera gear bag , back when pictures were on Film.
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You could lash a small dry bag to it or it could support a large handle bar roll.
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Comes in handy for when I want to stow something small and light, like the orange vest that I wore during the morning.



I am using two front racks in the above photo, the small Nashbar platform one and the Tubus Ego lowrider.

Or in the photo below where I put my rain jacket on the small rack.



I have also at other times put my cable lock on it.
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Originally Posted by kennj123
what is the point of these short racks for the front of a bike? It looks nice on a bike when not in use but how practical is it? is there specific panniers made for it?
Others have already mentioned uses, Ill just clarify that panniers are not meant to hang off of this type of front rack.
Never owned one, but have thought about it. Interesting option for those needing stability for a front bag.
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can hold a coil lock, or one 2L water bottle, or half dozen 1/2L bottles....



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The small front racks are for mounting a large handlebar bag, as has been pointed out. It allows you to get that weight lower than it would be with a more common higher bag with a klickfix or whatever. Good if you're going light and not carrying front panniers.
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Small loads, as stated. Check out some rando/brevet stuff. Good for lunch and a drink, a six pack, small road kill, etc.
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A small rack like this allows you to have two separate racks for adaptability. It's a nice setup for a bike that does double duty as a loaded tourer and a less-loaded road or commuter bike.

I.e., you keep the mini-front rack mounted all the time, to support your handlebar bag or basket.
You add a lowrider pannier rack for your lowriders when you tour.
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A Porteur rack is on the other end of the size category, Big wide and designed to carry significant weight.
they were the people who rode from the Newspaper Publisher to the Sales Kiosks , all Over Paris, Lyon, and the other French Cities ..

hauling several bundles of the latest Newspapers , quickly..
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