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Old 08-16-13, 01:00 PM
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Looking for racks to add to my bike

I am in the process of making my vintage bike suitable for touring and am looking for racks. The problem I am having is that my bike has no braze ons or cantilever brake studs which most racks seem to attach to.

I am looking for chrome or polished stainless steel, simple design and easy to mount bags to

Here is the bike they will be going on



I have already solved my problem with no water bottle braze ons with these
https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...age-clamp.html

Suggestions?
(I know some of you are going to mention that the bike is not 100% suitable for touring but the bike was my father's when brand new and I recently restored it so I am committed to making it work.)
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Originally Posted by kwmcd
I am in the process of making my vintage bike suitable for touring and am looking for racks. The problem I am having is that my bike has no braze ons or cantilever brake studs which most racks seem to attach to.

I am looking for chrome or polished stainless steel, simple design and easy to mount bags to

Here is the bike they will be going on


I have already solved my problem with no water bottle braze ons with these
https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...age-clamp.html

Suggestions?
(I know some of you are going to mention that the bike is not 100% suitable for touring but the bike was my father's when brand new and I recently restored it so I am committed to making it work.)
You do have the braze-ons for racks and fenders front and rear. You just don't have the upper mounts on the fork and the seat stay. That's not a real problem. You can use p-clips for the rear rack or use a rack stay that attaches to the back of the brake. There are a number of mounts for low riders on the front or, if you want to use a deck, you can mount the rack on the brake as well. Look here for an example of how the lowriders mount

You may need to use a bolt and nut if the braze-ons aren't threaded but that's not much of an issue either. Use nylock nuts to avoid any vibrational unscrewing of the nut.
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Sorry, meant I don't have the upper braze on. I found the p clamps online, i figured there had to be something to use.

I really like this rack https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...rack-1261.html and by the looks of it I should be able to with the p clamps
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I am looking for chrome or polished stainless steel, simple design and easy to mount bags to
you may want to re consider that requirement when you see the cost.
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Looking at Velo Orange and their line of racks. Opinions? My trips will be camping and mo more than 7-10 days
https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...decaleurs.html

I'm thinking about adding the Velo Orange Constructeur to the front and the Velo Orange Campeur to the back.

The Campeur for the front seems to be a little overboard.... but having never ridden with more than one bag I'm not sure if it is worth it or not. I can't see me hauling enough gear to warrant it but i'm not sure. Maybe i'm going too overboard and should have the simpler Constructeur for the back as well
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
you may want to re consider that requirement when you see the cost.
Not worried about the cost, I realize it may cost a few hundred to set my bike up and that is within reason for me.
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I just rigged my 81 centurion out with front and rear racks, it is not made for either. Just attached the rear to the brake bolt. Drilled the rack to accept a center brace, as it was made for two braces. For the front I have an old Blackburn, made my own p-clips out of brake lever mounts and some thick pieces of tube. I have also in the past used a u-bolt, but its rougher on the paint even with rubber padding.

I wanted a shiny rack that complemented the bike as well, was going to use this, https://www.motostrano.com/Wald-Rack-...FY2e4AodMSsA1w Got mine at a surplus place, had no idea it was a fifty dollar rack. Its chromed steel, and looks really neat. Its an anchor though, and I decided on just using a modern black rack. It will have big panniers on it for a month or so anyway, and so will be hidden.
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Stainless Steel
https://www.thetouringstore.com/TUBUS/Cosmo/COSMO%20PAGE.htm
$178.50.

https://www.thetouringstore.com/TUBUS...OVA%20PAGE.htm $161.50..
Thats $340 just for the racks.


>.. free CONUS shipping.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Forget about those prices.
Have you checked out bike24.net?
Cosmo is https://www.bike24.net/1.php?content...;product=34442
$96.19 US approx plus shipping
Nova is https://www.bike24.net/1.php?content...;product=34513
$89.47 US approx plus shipping.
This is what my computer here in Australia tells me anyway.
Thats what I paid and shipping was around 29Euros from memory with a lot more than that in my checkout box.
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Caveat - postage is slow from Germany and takes around 3 to 4 weeks to get from there to Australia.
To Australia shipping from the US is much the same timewise but usually much dearer for the same weight/box size.
I tend to ignore buying from the US for this reason.

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Here is a pic of my Schwinn with front and rear racks for touring. Notice the P clamps for the fork and seat stay mounts. I don't think you need to spend that much on racks. For what your doing you don't need Tubus racks. My rear rack is a Blackburn Expedition and the front is a Jandd lowrider. Together probably a little over $100.

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Originally Posted by robert schlatte
Here is a pic of my Schwinn with front and rear racks for touring. Notice the P clamps for the fork and seat stay mounts. I don't think you need to spend that much on racks. For what your doing you don't need Tubus racks. My rear rack is a Blackburn Expedition and the front is a Jandd lowrider. Together probably a little over $100.

Really nice looking setup you have there Robert!
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Jandd and Blackburn make nice gear that will hold up well for your needs and cost a lot less than some of the competing gear (which also is very well made btw).
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See if you can find one of these older Blackburn racks or a new equivalent. I toured for many years on a "unsuitable" bike using this type of rack. The rack attaches to the brake bridge.

This one is on one of my wife's older bikes (1976 Gitane) that has been in storage a couple (plus) of decades.


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Blackburn, Jandd, Racktime, Bor Yeuh and many other brands out there. I have used Bor Yeuh rackes (look like they might be Blackburn copies) for many of my tours. I have one of my bikes currently set up the Jandd expedition racks. If you have the low mounts you can use p-clamps for the top mounts. I don't like mounting racks completely with p-clamps.

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Originally Posted by kwmcd
Not worried about the cost, I realize it may cost a few hundred to set my bike up and that is within reason for me.
Then take a look at the Nitto Big fron and rear racks sold by Rivendell. Nickel plated CrMo steel. Gorgeous and strong as hell. The front attaches up top via included p-clamps with lock nuts. You may be able to mount the rear using a rack stay that Cycco mentions. Included with my rear were a couple of sets of connecting bars of differing dimmensions and shapes. The folks at Rivendell may have other solutions.
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Originally Posted by Saguaro
Really nice looking setup you have there Robert!
Thanks. I bought this bike brand new in 1980. Only frame, seat post, and stem are original.
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Then take a look at the Nitto Big fron and rear racks sold by Rivendell. Nickel plated CrMo steel. Gorgeous and strong as hell. The front attaches up top via included p-clamps with lock nuts. You may be able to mount the rear using a rack stay that Cycco mentions. Included with my rear were a couple of sets of connecting bars of differing dimmensions and shapes. The folks at Rivendell may have other solutions.
+1 on the Nitto racks (and their stems and handlebars....). I have a Nitto Marks Rack up front and the Nitto Big Back Rack. Beautifully finished and totally bomber. The back rack is like an extension of the frame, no movement at all with a load.



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