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Old 03-19-09, 07:19 PM
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Rack Suggestions for BIG feet...err flippers.

So i need a rack for my crosscheck... for touring, not low volume commuter duty, but legit overnight touring. But, my flippers are a size 14, and im worried about heelstrike. Suggestions please, and the same for panniers. are there any bags that are angled to prevent heelstrike? any input is much appreciated...
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https://www.thetouringstore.com/TUBUS...OGO%20PAGE.htm Tubus Logo drops your bags down and back for more heal room... Plus this retailer is first class and will answer any questions you have. If this rack will not work he will tell you. Straight shooter for sure. Give him a call.
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I also have size 14's. On my LHT with Ortlieb Classic Rollers (from The Touring Store) there's plenty of room. Oh, and I have a Tubus Cargo Rack. I don't know how much shorter the chainstays are on your bike. If you wear size 14's, I'm assuming you're tall and have a big frame. Does that mean long chainstays?
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Size 13s here. I'm looking to tour on my San Jose which has the same frame as a Volpe. My 61cm bike has 410mm chainstays. I checked Jandd's site and their Expedition rack looks like it allows one to position panniers further back. I'm thinking of getting this rack with their Saddlebag panniers, except in the picture it looks like the panniers have a "pocket" that slips over the front of the rack. Does anyone have this bag or combo?
Hey, you two, we ought to start a thread for all us 6+ footers!
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P.S. the touring on a SS was another thread and anyway, we're going to Holland!
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I have a Surly LHT with Ortlieb Rollers (front + back) mounted on Tubus Tara + Cargo. I have no problems with foot clearance on either end of the bike. I wear size 12 (Well, 13 for my Adidas sneakers I am usually wearing) and have a 56cm LHT.

Also, the Tubus is a seriously strudy rack. I think it's rated up to 88 lbs by the manufacturer, and when you pick it up you can feel why. I haven't used a lot of racks, just this and a fairly cheap Trek... but if you want a rack that can hold a load, I think the Tubus is deffinately the way to go.

If you need some help with measurements, Wayne at The Touring store has a great reputation around here. If you are more of a Do It Yourself kind of guy, I ordered from wiggle.co.uk. You don't get the customer service that Wayne provides, but it's wicked cheap and the shipping is super fast - I got my order in 3-4 days with their free shipping. It's hard to beleive it made it from the UK to my doorstep in that amount of time, but there it was.

Hope this is helpful.
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I have size 16 and worried about heel strike on my 62 cm Surly LHT. The Old Man Mountain Rack was advertised as the one that held bags farthest back. Not sure if that's actually comparatively true but it's worked for me.

The Crosscheck has a different geometry so your quest is likely to be experimental - go with a supplier who'll work with you to get it right.

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I have size 13 feet. To fix the heel strike I bought the tubus logo and put my cleats a few mm back on my shoe. Also, on ortlieb panniers, you can angle the mounting system to angle the panniers back.
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I have size 15 feet, with 470mm chainstays on my Waterford 1900. I had slight heel strike with the Tubus Cargo, but none with the Logo. Tubus recommends the Logo specifically for heel clearance.
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Heal Strike

Hey Wentworth A good set of panniers with ample top hook adjustment is what you need. Coupled with a rack with plenty of top shelf like the Nice Rack from Surly. Ortlieb rollers plus bags also allow you set the top rail at three angles so the bags either sit straight up and down or the bottom of the bag can sit further back to avoid your foot. Have a look at the ortleib site for this feature. cheers Steve
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