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Old 05-04-10, 02:26 PM
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Affordable front lowriders

Hi.

I have a 2005 Fuji Touring (with dual fork eyelets as well as lowrider eyelets) and I am looking to carry front panniers. I'm not finding that much out there at a reasonable price (under $50). I see the Tubus Tara around a lot but that's a lot of money.

This appears to be a poor option:
https://www.nashbar.com/bikes//Produc...2_222545_-1___

Axiom makes front racks but they seem to be out of stock most anywhere I can find.

Are there other options?


One other question: I've read in a few places while digging around online that the Fuji's rear rack can be prone to breaking. Is it worth replacing before a long tour or should I just bring a hose clamp?
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Old 05-04-10, 02:41 PM
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I have a 2003 Fuji Touring bike and I use the Tubus Tara. It may cost a bit more than you want to spend, but let me tell you, it's the best. It's a rock solid rack that doesn't weigh too much and there's no pannier sway whatsoever. I'd scrimp pennies somewhere else.

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I have this on two bikes, it also comes on Kona Sutra bikes:

MEC Alloy Front Suspension Lowrider Rack
Product Number: 5005-233
https://www.mec.ca/

It's OK, seems solid.

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Can you order MEC to the US?

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"Sorry, currently unavailable online. Check store availability or call 1.888.847.0770 for more information." says MEC
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Old 05-04-10, 03:35 PM
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I think you can have them shipped to the USA, but you'll have to buy a membership for five bucks. Sort of like REI.
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Nashbar makes an exact copy of the old Blackburn Lowrider Rack,CHEAP! .They work well. Or they did.I don't see them on there site now.

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I have one of the Nashbar ones and it works. There isn't much room when I put the 700 x 45 tire on the front of my Cross Check though.
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This looks pretty nice, and has a platform, as well as a "lowrider" position. No experience with it myself though:
https://store.somafab.com/lhalfrra.html
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I would probably get the Nashbar one if it were available. It appears not to be, unfortunately.
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I've had good results with the Delta "Megarack" lowriders, about $45 or so....

I run their rear racks on both my utility bikes, as well as their front rack on my LHT.
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Originally Posted by AlanKHG View Post
Can you order MEC to the US?

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"Sorry, currently unavailable online. Check store availability or call 1.888.847.0770 for more information." says MEC
Originally Posted by a1rabbit View Post
I think you can have them shipped to the USA, but you'll have to buy a membership for five bucks. Sort of like REI.

Yes, I'm in NY and I got them in a few days. I don't remember having to pay for any membership, but even with $5 and shipping those are really cheap. I never paid for REI either, it's optional.

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This looks pretty nice, and has a platform, as well as a "lowrider" position. No experience with it myself though:
https://store.somafab.com/lhalfrra.html
$69 is not really "affordable" for a front rack, but then "affordable" is relative
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Old 05-05-10, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Pscyclepath View Post
I've had good results with the Delta "Megarack" lowriders, about $45 or so....

I run their rear racks on both my utility bikes, as well as their front rack on my LHT.
Nashbar does have that rack in stock. It had poor reviews a couple of days ago, mostly relating to hardware & mounting. Sounds like you did fine, and I like you have a fork with full mounting eyelets. Sounds like I should go that way?

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A lot of cheap front racks I've seen have weak mounting hardware but they can be improved by using larger washers or larger bolts plus some P-clips for extra support. The same goes for that MEC rack I mentioned, I added larger steel washers under the boltheads and they're fine. I carried about 20lbs on each side for two days for 120 miles without a slightest problem.

When you shop for cheap hardware and gear be prepared for some modifications as the included accessories often leave something to be desired.
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I went for the Delta per the guy above's good experience and its availability.

I just stocked up on with fistfuls of M5 nuts, bolts, and washers, so I should be be ready to mount things well.
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