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Old 12-21-05, 06:44 PM
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Front rack mounting

Could someone please advise why some touring frames like Bob Jackson
Mercian, etc do not have mid fork eyelets for mounting front racks.
Is this an add on, or are these frames not constructed to handle a front load. Thanx
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Old 12-21-05, 08:49 PM
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When I got my touring frame I was told that different front racks would mount at different points on the fork blades, so I would be better off having the braze ons installed after I got the rack. The mounting hardware with my front rack is sturdy enough that I don't feel the need for braze ons, although I will probably have the braze ons for a front rack installed when I get the frame repainted in a few years.
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I've often wondered about this myself. This is what the Rivendell Atlantis site says...

"There’s no front rack braze-on. We left it off intentionally, so you can clamp on any rack you like. Clamps are slower to install, but are stronger and more versatile. "

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A fork designed for braze-on fittings have to be beefier because of the hole. A more slender curvy fork looks nicer (wholly subjective) and does more shock absorbtion.

By the way, in the last days, I have been inquiring for a Bruce Gordon front rack, and he tells me that his rack installs about 1" higher than the braze on I have on my bike. In other words, I was able to bolt the flimsy Blackburn-compatible lowrider rack through the braze on, but the Bruce Gordon will be clamped.
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