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Old 06-15-20, 02:27 AM
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Rear rack for road bike?

need a rear rack for road bike. panasonic dx-5000. must play nice with panniers. no mounting points on frame. any suggestions would be appreciated.

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https://www.tubus.com/en/products/ac...-axle-mounting

https://www.tubus.com/en/products/ac...duct/clamp-set

https://www.bike24.com/p2228942.html
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Old 06-15-20, 04:06 AM
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trevtassie, thks for the links, interesting. like that thru hub quick release solution but a bit spendy...hmmmmm
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Old 06-15-20, 05:13 AM
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What you need to watch out for with QR mount racks is flex in the mounts if they are thin so they can be used with a standard length QR. The rack can get up a real sway when loaded as I found with an Axiom Streamliner rack I fitted. I guess that's why the Tubus kit comes with a longer QR, so the mounting brackets can be thicker. Even the Tubus Disco rack comes with a longer QR.
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Blackburn used to make an adapter that fit in the open triangle of the drop out. They show up on eBay some times.

https://www.ebay.com/c/1865265376
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I've used rubber-coated "P" clamps successfully with lighter loads. Like for my wife's bike, not for mine.
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hey barkeater,, thats a damn good idea. i'm thinking a guy could pull off the same set up with some bolts and flat washers. maybe carriage bolts

andrewclaus, i was thinking about the p-clamps also but was worried about their loading carrying abilities as well...maybe 2 per side somehow ?
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The Tubus parts linked in #2 are likely your best bet for jury rigging a rear rack to a road bike. The clamp set in particular is more robust than P-clamps found in a hardware store.

Trailers are often a good alternative to fitting racks and panniers to a bike for which they were not intended. Bob Yak and Burley Nomad are a good starting point for touring-capable cargo bike trailer research.
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the rear brake bolt can be used for a top front of rack mount..
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The streamliner is a good sturdy rack, and the experience we had with it on a small road bike is that it worked very well
your load and mileage I guess can vary.
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i appreciate all the suggestions and i am looking into each one....thks guys
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Old 06-16-20, 01:10 AM
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hey djb, damn i think that may be it. looks like it checks all the boxes and not too terribly expensive...thks
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On my 1980s Columbus SL frame with no rack mounts I used those Blacburn adapters and two plastic coated P-clamps. The P-clamps came with my rear rack. That system worked fine with a lightweight tent, lightweight sleeping bag and closed-cell foam sleeping pad.

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Re p clamps, as a knowledgeable store guy once told me, the main weight of a rack goes down to the bolts at bottom, and p clamps for the horizontal stays really don't take much weight.
Helps of course to have good anti slip rubber under them and for them to fit securely and tighten well, but certainly doable.

No matter what you do, will depend on how much weight you put on rack.
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ok, just purchased the axiom streamliner for $35 on ebay. free shipping.

thks guys for all your help

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hey barkeater,, thats a damn good idea. i'm thinking a guy could pull off the same set up with some bolts and flat washers. maybe carriage bolts

andrewclaus, i was thinking about the p-clamps also but was worried about their loading carrying abilities as well...maybe 2 per side somehow ?
Iím not a fan of the quick release mounts nor of P-clamps. The Tubus adapters that Trevtassie referred to in post 2 are strong enough to be used both at the top and bottom of the rack. I use them on my off-road touring bike for its rack. You can see the mount on the bottom of the rack and the top in these pictures.

image by Stuart Black, on Flickr

Because of the frame and the brake, I only use one mount and one upper rack stay on this bike. Itís never been a problem.
image by Stuart Black, on Flickr

The bike without a load

Untitled by Stuart Black, on Flickr

And with one. The load on the rack isnít large...itís mostly freeze-dried food...but where I ride it is very demanding.

Untitled by Stuart Black, on Flickr

The Tubus adapters work for any rack. You donít need Tubus racks...although they are great racks...to use them.
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cool bike and set up. looks like you travel light
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i just got off my ship and back to my bike. the axiom streamliner rack was waiting for me. took about 2 minutes to install. probably could have done it faster if i had put my beer down. i think it is going to be perfect for my co canal trip. (time will tell) i can see the point some made in terms of weight with this axle set up. i plan to keep my weight down though. i figure 10 lbs or so for scotch and 10 lbs for food. if that is too much i will carry less food.

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need a rear rack for road bike. panasonic dx-5000. must play nice with panniers. no mounting points on frame. any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Tailfin. Expensive but worth it. It's specifically designed for performance road bikes but it will handle pretty substantial weight. We've used them since the launched several years ago. Top end stuff and durable.

https://www.tailfin.cc
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hey johnj80, i checked out the link you provided. very cool rack. i will look at that rack/pannier set up when ready to upgrade
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i figure 10 lbs or so for scotch and 10 lbs for food. if that is too much i will carry less food.

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​​​​​​Switch to cask strength Scotch, save a pound.
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​​​​​​Switch to cask strength Scotch, save a pound.

thks for the tip
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