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Old 09-05-17, 10:54 PM   #26
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Here is mine with the Surly rack and the panniers. This is my daily commute setup.

Nice setup.
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Old 09-06-17, 07:01 PM   #27
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When the eyelets on the forks are "recessed" like that, I just go to the hardware store and get a couple tubular spacers. It works fine that way.

Was that the misalignment you were talking about? Or was there another issue?
Yes, but it looks like it will take a pretty long spacer to get enough clearance between the braze on eyelet and where the rack attachment will clear the fork. The round part of the fork is too close to the eyelet (and the eyelet is on the inner side, recessed) to allow the rack to attach with a simple hex bolt. Seems like it should be much more straightforward than that.
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Old 09-07-17, 03:07 AM   #28
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Yes, but it looks like it will take a pretty long spacer to get enough clearance between the braze on eyelet and where the rack attachment will clear the fork. The round part of the fork is too close to the eyelet (and the eyelet is on the inner side, recessed) to allow the rack to attach with a simple hex bolt. Seems like it should be much more straightforward than that.
I can't really disagree with that! With rear racks, at least, a standard practice has been worked out, with flat eyelets on the rear of the dropouts and barrel eyelets in the seat stays. Things at the front are still haphazard. It seems that your eyelets were designed for fenders, not for racks.

Another option for you is to use p-clamps. These are rubber coated metal clamps with an eyelet at the ends. You wrap it around the fork legs and bolt the rack using the eyelets. Here's a picture of one of my old Peugeots using p-clamps to hold the rear rack to the seat stays:

If you get properly sized clamps they will not move.

Oh, I should add that I needed to put a spacer on that front rack mount because I had the same problem as you did.
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...The two lower eyelets on the front fork are too recessed to line up with the bottom attachment points for the front rack. ....The bottom attachment points on the rack and the front fork eyelets simply will not line up.
post photos?
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I have the Surly rack and its pretty good. They used to be a lot cheaper. Super sturdy, but that also means super heavy. Sometimes I go places where I carry a lot of water, but if I just was commuting I would def. go aluminum. In fact, if I had to buy again I'd probably just go aluminum racks.
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