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Old 07-22-10, 01:44 PM
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Which Tubus rack to buy?

I am trying figure out which Tubus rack to put on my Calfee tandem for light touring:

Vega - Lighweight but capacity is good enough.

Logo - higher capacity and lower mounting of panniers makes it easier for stoker to get on and off bike and lowers center of gravity. I was told on a tandem the lower center of gravity make little difference.

Cargo - Wider on top makes it easier to use a rack top bag, but I could probably figure out a way to use one with the Vega or Logo.

I am leaning towards the Logo because of the lower pannier mounting.
Mostly we will be staying hotels, but might on occasion want to carry a sleeping bag and foam pads.

Any opinions appreciated.

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Cosmo, get both design elements
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If you don't mind ordering from an overseas vendor such as wiggle.co.uk, a Tubus Cosmo would not cost a lot more than what you would pay for the other racks. Otherwise, go with the Logo. Because the panniers mount lower, you have more room for whatever you want to carry up top.
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I would rather buy in the U.S. in case I need to exchange it.
Also got a lot of advise from a few places here.
I will probably go with the Logo.

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If you haven't talked to Wayne already, do get his opinion.

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I was going to get a Cargo for the wide top, but had a little trouble finding one in stock, so got a Cosmo. Stoker has no problem with it - med/sm CoMo. Very nice rack, incredibly stable. We have Travel Agents for our V-brakes, so we ordered the extra long mounting rods so we could bend around them.
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i got the LOCC.... i do carry an abus u-lock, and it fits onto the rack's adapter/holder.

lowriding rear baggage, i've put a piece of cheap varnished wood on top for extra carrying capacity.
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Originally Posted by valygrl
If you haven't talked to Wayne already, do get his opinion.

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I did have a long talk with Wayne and I will probably be buying it from him.
He didn't have a strong preference on either of the three racks I mentioned,
he just pointed out the pros and cons.
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here's my LOCC from the short 2 day trip i just made over the weekend. note the abus u-lock, extra wooden top rack shelf i made, and how low the panniers were.
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I went for the Logo, as it is flat on the top (no ends bent up)... this is important for me as I push a dry bag all the way in under the saddle.

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I use a Tubus Fly for lite touring. If you're
not carrying heavy loads, you don't need more.
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Don't leave out the www.bicycletouringshop.com They have some better everyday prices on racks and bags. Blues Frog
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Originally Posted by Blues Frog
Don't leave out the www.bicycletouringshop.com They have some better everyday prices on racks and bags. Blues Frog
nice site! i'm having a good time reading all those common-sense advice on the site.... and oddly, i'm enjoying reading what i already know! so far it doesn't come as a "cookie cutter" webshop...
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