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Old 03-28-08, 12:11 PM
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Cheap rear rack

I'm looking for an inexpensive rear rack to use on my 26" LHT until I really decide what I need. I'm just looking for something to strap a jacket or light trunk pack to. I saw this and it looks as though it could be used with light panniers as well. Any thoughts? Better ideas for about the same money?

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...cat%3A%20Racks

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I am not familiar with that one, but if you want a light duty rack something like
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...3A%20Blackburn
would be a good choice.

OTOH for a few $$ more you could get
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...3A%20Blackburn
which is a nice choice for long distance touring or whatever. Many of these have done long tours. I used one last Summer for fully loaded touring on the TransAmerica (4,244 miles) and see no need to spend more.
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I'm looking for an inexpensive rear rack to use on my 26" LHT until I really decide what I need. I'm just looking for something to strap a jacket or light trunk pack to. I saw this and it looks as though it could be used with light panniers as well. Any thoughts? Better ideas for about the same money?

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...cat%3A%20Racks

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That rack will do you fine. I have a rack purchased from nashbar that cost me $12.99 a few years ago. It's not as nice as the one you linked to above. It's also in the 40 lb. range. It's held up nicely for the 6,000+ miles I have on my touring bike.
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Originally Posted by spencejm View Post
I'm looking for an inexpensive rear rack to use on my 26" LHT until I really decide what I need. I'm just looking for something to strap a jacket or light trunk pack to. I saw this and it looks as though it could be used with light panniers as well. Any thoughts? Better ideas for about the same money?

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...cat%3A%20Racks

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The rack you linked to looks funky to me. Too many bars with only one supplying basic strength. It looks heavy - just an awful lot of round bar to little purpose. Since you have an LHT (and this is the Touring forum) I'm guessing you may want to tour at some point. I'd get a better rack. The Blackburn Expedition that someone linked to is a solid choice. I used one for years carrying very heavy loads and had no troubles. (I did have a bolt that attaches it to the bike vibrate loose once, but that can happen with any rack. Now I always use Loctite and have had no recurrences.) You can usually find them on Ebay if you don't want to pay full price.

I also like Tubus racks. There are other good ones, including Jandd, Old Man Mountain, Surly Nice Racks, etc. However, if you're trying to economize, I think the Blackburn is a good choice, especially if you can find one used.
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I can understand the budgetary restrictions, but you might wanna reconsider something like the Jandd Expedition, Axiom Journey, or IRO Khyber.
I've got the Jandd Expedition (~$60), and not only does it have three struts, but it can hold 50lbs, and has that wonderfully wide 4" shelf on the top, which acts like a fender to keep road splash off the back. Something to consider...
It's kinda heavy though, at over 2lbs.
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Originally Posted by spencejm View Post
I'm looking for an inexpensive rear rack to use on my 26" LHT until I really decide what I need. I'm just looking for something to strap a jacket or light trunk pack to. I saw this and it looks as though it could be used with light panniers as well. Any thoughts? Better ideas for about the same money?

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...cat%3A%20Racks

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What I like about that rack is it comes "taillight ready". Our local bike shops all sell racks and tail lights, but no way to connect the two.

For a truly cheap but decent quality rack I suggest the Planet Bike Eco Rack. Comes in both silver and black, and my LBS sells for $19.95 (even less with the bike club discount). I use the tail light Planet Bike mount that I can only find on the PB web site. For some reason I have never seen it in a store, but PB sells them for $5 delivered.
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My Jandd Expedition has a little metal tab with screw holes that hangs down vertically from the back of the rack, but I'm gonna have to figure out some way to adapt the vertical tab to my Superflash rear light which also has a vertical clip....kinda like a male/male adaptor situation.

Anybody have a link to that PB mount?
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You might want to consider the Topeak Explorer rack http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks. I have one on my LHT, it's not too expensive, fairly light, and Topeak offers a wide range of bags that simply slide on and off; very handy. This rack also incorporates a blinkie light placement slot, and the Topeak folks really stand behind their products.
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My Jandd Expedition has a little metal tab with screw holes that hangs down vertically from the back of the rack, but I'm gonna have to figure out some way to adapt the vertical tab to my Superflash rear light which also has a vertical clip....kinda like a male/male adaptor situation.

Anybody have a link to that PB mount?
I cut a peace of PVC plumbing pipe with angled cuts and ran a long 1/4-20 bolt through the pipe and two fender washers. Then used the seat post mount for the blinkie on the pipe. Works perfectly and cheap to make.
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Anybody have a link to that PB mount?
http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3108.html

It says that the part is currently out of stock -- perhaps because I've sent this link out to so many people? if they have a toll-free or an email address I suggest contacting them.
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I cut a peace of PVC plumbing pipe with angled cuts and ran a long 1/4-20 bolt through the pipe and two fender washers. Then used the seat post mount for the blinkie on the pipe. Works perfectly and cheap to make.
Nice solution! Fortunately your rack has something to attach the PVC to. Some day most racks will have built-in blinkie attachment setups. All the blinkies in our local bike stores are set up to attach to the seat post, which often isn't possible with a seat bag or rack. I pointed this out to several LBS sales people and the reaction was the same -- oh, good point.
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