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Old 12-28-05, 04:20 PM
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no front rack braze ons?

hi all,
i want to do one month unsupported ride (my first) on my cross-check. it doesn't have braze ons for a front rack, though. are there any racks that don't require braze ons? should i replace the fork? (how significantly would that change the ride?) getting a tent, stove, clothes, sleeping bag, etc all into rear panniers seems unlikely, or maybe that's worked for you in the past? any advice?
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Originally Posted by spindle
hi all,
i want to do one month unsupported ride (my first) on my cross-check. it doesn't have braze ons for a front rack, though. are there any racks that don't require braze ons? should i replace the fork? (how significantly would that change the ride?) getting a tent, stove, clothes, sleeping bag, etc all into rear panniers seems unlikely, or maybe that's worked for you in the past? any advice?
thanks.
Blackburn lowrider racks always come with clamps to fit a fork without threads, might check to see if the clamps work with your fork. If it is carbon I'm not sure, you may be able to bond in a threaded insert. If the fork is steel you can braze in a threaded insert for the rack. Clamp is probably the best way to go, check with a good bike shop to see what they recommend for your bike.
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You may want to look at Old Man Mountain. They attach to the break bolt. I have had their Red Rock rear rack for about a year now without any problems.
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The Jandd Extreme front rack also has a clamp setup for forks w/o braze-ons. It also allows using the front panniers in high or low positions, and has a handy front shelf. You will find the handling better with the load distributed front and rear.
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i just use U-bolts on my giant mtb tourer ...

if you are talking about the attachments at the dropouts, i have seen some folks use a rear skewer on the front fork, going through the rack legs then through the hub ... seems to work ok ...
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Unless you have a very old Crosscheck, then you have the attachment points near the axle and all you need to do is use clamps (sometimes supplied with racks) to attach the mid point of the rack. I use the Jandd Extreme rack but because I have V-brakes I had to add little extension plates to rotate the rack forward to clear the brake.
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There are some great threads on rigging forks with zero braze-ons, do a search. If all you are missing is the mid-fork mounting hole, that is pretty typical of all forks until recently. Only my most recent frame had those holes. The U-bolts work great, only problem is they are very heavy.

Nashbar sells a carbon and a steel front fork that might/should work. It also has disc brake mounting points, which I would really like to have also.
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I use U-bolts with an Old Man Mountain AC Lowrider. OMM says this rack is made for forks with braze-ons but U-bolts work perfectly.
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