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Old 08-06-12, 11:50 AM
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Front Rack sans Mid-blade mounts

Hello! So, I've got a '74 Schwinn Le Tour, whose fork is neither A) replaceable (13/16" threaded); B) built with mid-blade eyelets to mount a front rack. Anyone have experience using a front rack with just clamps? I've met one guy who rode RAGBRAI with a clamped-on Axiom rack on an old Schwinn Voyageur, but he also had some fairly hair-raising stories to tell about it...
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I've used Blackburn lowrider rack with no mid fork brazeons for 35 years,no horror stories to tell.Just has a ubolt around the fork blade.
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I'm in the same situation. Thinking I'll go with the Tubus Tara with p-clamps on the fork, the kind that have a rubber sleeve over the metal instead of the plastic coating and metal sleeve spacers between the bolt head and clamp so the rack clears the outside of the fork. Ace Hardware has all that stuff.

I'm wondering if the p-clamps tend to slide down the fork over time.

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Hello! So, I've got a '74 Schwinn Le Tour, whose fork is neither A) replaceable (13/16" threaded); B) built with mid-blade eyelets to mount a front rack. Anyone have experience using a front rack with just clamps? I've met one guy who rode RAGBRAI with a clamped-on Axiom rack on an old Schwinn Voyageur, but he also had some fairly hair-raising stories to tell about it...
I have done over 10 years touring with my lowrider Phillips front rack held with a U clamp on the fork. Very secure, never had problems. The first rack had an attachment bolt down by the dropout, the second one had an attachment bracket to the rim brake mounting bolts. In the case of the second rack, the U bolts took the weight and the bracket stopped any movement of the rack only, not bearing any weight. I think some attachment such as this, or to the top mudguard mounting bolt is needed to stop movement of the rack. Or you may be able to use two U bolts depending on your design of pannier rack (or you may be able to drill extra holes to achieve this).

You can see the mounting arrangement in the photo halfway down the page...
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=6090&v=i
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Tubus Smarti uses the cantilever brake boss, for the top mount
and the fork tip eyelet for the bottom..

the panniers have a bit more ground clearance as a result.

I'm wondering if the p-clamps tend to slide down the fork over time.
well there is that possibility.. how much time , fortnights ,score, millennia?

Bruce Gordons racks are 1 piece, bent to shape and welded as such.

Tubus have a bolt at the front of the bag support rail,
so ship in a smaller carton. but that bolt can be a pivot too..

though tubus sells a more sophisticated clamp than a P clip as well .

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