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Old 03-20-08, 10:35 AM
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Front rack w/ platform?

Hi.
I recently "converted" a trek soho s into a fixed-gear grocery bike (fenders, flipped moustache bars, rear rack, wire pannier baskets, etc).
As is the case with most bicycle related projects i've undertaken, i hit a snag.
The front basket i purchased fits fine until i give it any load.
It then begins to slip until finally resting on the front fenders, which obviously won't work.
I was considering buying a front rack w/ a platform which would support the basket while i ride; something like these, perhaps:
http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=RK2554
http://www.ukbikestore.co.uk/acatalo...urn-mtn-f.html
Does anyone have experience with either model?
Can you recommend something else you think may be a better choice?
The soho s has fork mounts for racks, so i figured this is probably my best bet.

Thanks!

PS i know this isn't about touring, but i figured you guys have more experience with front-loaded cycling than the other sub forums on this board.

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Old 03-20-08, 11:11 AM
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http://www.rivbike.com/products/list...product=20-020
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I use this one, works very well

http://www.rivbike.com/products/list...product=20-108

Here it is in action
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arctos, i should've specified: the trek soho s has caliper brakes, which i use (the bike is fixed gear, but i kept both the front and rear brakes for additional stopping power while loaded). the rack you suggested requires full access to fork crown brake mount. this won't work for me.

nun, this is a better option, though i'm wondering if the higher price offers any advantages over the two i listed above, specifically the Jandd rack.
My main concern is that your rack uses screws to clamp the rack to aluminum poles for support, which seems iffy when compared to welds.
The Jandd also claims a 25 pound capacity, which would be more useful when grocery shopping, i think. Do you know what the Nitto rack you linked to supports?

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Old 03-20-08, 12:06 PM
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I've had a Blackburn highrider on my touring bike for 18 years.
Not bad for a moderate-priced item.

I've got more than 100k miles on the bike.
Toured up in t Alaska, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories on brutal dirt roads.
So it is, most definitely, sturdy (Or they were 20 years ago.)
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Old 03-20-08, 12:17 PM
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Awesome. What would you (gu)estimate its max capacity to be?
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arctos, i should've specified: the trek soho s has caliper brakes, which i use (the bike is fixed gear, but i kept both the front and rear brakes for additional stopping power while loaded). the rack you suggested requires full access to fork crown brake mount. this won't work for me.

nun, this is a better option, though i'm wondering if the higher price offers any advantages over the two i listed above, specifically the Jandd rack.
My main concern is that your rack uses screws to clamp the rack to aluminum poles for support, which seems iffy when compared to welds.
The Jandd also claims a 25 pound capacity, which would be more useful when grocery shopping, i think. Do you know what the Nitto rack you linked to supports?
The Nitto rack is very sturdy, there are large lock nuts on the screws that clamp the rack supports. I imagine it will carry 25lbs easily, I'd ask Rivendell, and the screws let you adjust the rack easily.

Its expensive, but the quality is top notch.
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the blackburn is pretty attractive. is it still available? it isn't on their website.
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spend a little more and get a cetma rack, im getting a 5 rail soon and my girlfriend is about to order a 3 rail.
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http://www.cetmaracks.com/

they're the bomb in my opinion, apparently indestructable.
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Rivendell have reinvented the phrase "You pay for a name". Those prices are unjustifiable.
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Capacity of Blackburn highrider front rack - maybe 25 to 30 lbs.
(I have never weighted my stuff in 20 years of touring.)
I have bottom eyelets, but use ring clamps on the fork.
My guess is that the eyelets allow for greater stability and strength of ANY rack.
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just get the cetttttttttttttttttttttttttmaaaaaaaaaaaa, you know you want to
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i do, you're right.
though it presents a level of incompatibility with the basket i bought (i don't think they'll both lock onto the bars without some modification).
have to weigh out whether or not i want to deal with more money + modification...
but they do look nice.

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Old 03-21-08, 09:56 AM
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I ordered the Jandd directly from Jandd about three weeks ago. They're on backorder. They said they might ship it by the middle of April. Just so you know.
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http://www.cetmaracks.com/

they're the bomb in my opinion, apparently indestructable.
They don't look like they are designed for touring bikes or touring. Looks like it is more for a utility bike to me.
Edit: Just read the original post again and it looks like that is what you are looking for.
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They don't look like they are designed for touring bikes or touring. Looks like it is more for a utility bike to me.
Edit: Just read the original post again and it looks like that is what you are looking for.
Well yes it is mostly utilitarian for city use, but if you look in the gallery at the website it shows a bike on tour, and I think a couple bikes with front paniers mounted. I think it would be a good front rack for touring, you can put paniers on it ( not aaaaaaaasss low as some racks) and it has a good wide platform.
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Jandd exterme front racks can be had for $56 with no shipping from Bike Island
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Since you already have the front basket, instead of purchasing a front rack perhaps you could attach two supports from the fork braze-ons to the front bottom corners of the basket, essentially turning the basket into the 'platform.'

There is a basket with something like this in this picture: http://www.amazon.com/Wald-957GB-Bic...sbs_sg_title_1

Also, the Cetma device has similar supports.

You could find an old rack (front or back), go at it with a hacksaw to remove the two support struts, and then cut them to fit and attach via hardware to the basket.

If this makes any sense. Portage purists may cringe at the idea, and I have no idea how it'd work under load. But perhaps...
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That's actually not a bad idea, but unfortunately too late. I ordered the rack yesterday (and for more than 58 + shipping!!) >8(
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The Jandd Extreme arrived yesterday. I haven't put it on yet. It's lighter than I thought.
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Jandd exterme front racks can be had for $56 with no shipping from Bike Island
Thanks for the tip. I just ordered one. Can't beat free shipping!
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trek soho s front rack

sp00ki,

what front rack did you end up buying for you trek soho s? are you happy with it?

i'm looking to fix a wooden basket to some kind of rack that will work with the bike's configuration.

the nashbar might be a little too small and not sure it will work with caliper brakes. am looking at the nitto but i think that you ruled that out on account of not having access to crown mount.

found your comments useful in avoiding what won't work and would appreciate a distillation of your research and experience

thanks much!
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I have a Jannd extreme and am not a big fan. The black paint chips REALY easily and makes it look like crap. Also, it got bent early on when my loaded bike fell over, like they do now and again, and the top part hit my down tube. I think its a bad design. I like the Nitto LARGE front rack from Rivindel. I am now using a Tubus Tara in combination with a nitto min front rack which seems to work really well for my needs. I do wish the silver of the nitto and tubus was matching in color though....
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