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touring componentsPaula
Jun 21, 2001 1:32 PM
Does there exist such a thing as a touring adaptor so that you can put a rack on a bike that does not already have rack mounts? Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks.
re: mounting rackGuido
Jun 21, 2001 7:52 PM
Well, yeah, you can get hardware at the local "pro" shop to mount a rack over the rear wheel. A bracket connects the front of the rack to the brake bolt bridge between the seatstays, or use two brackets, left side to left chainstay, right side to right chainstay. The vertical rack supports are screwed into grommets sandwiched in the triangular holes in the drop-outs.

This will be fine for commuting or light touring, but if you're going cross country with camping gear, you need brazed on eyelets to mount a rack and fenders on. Anything else will self-destruct after alot of miles.
Another approach; works well for me.cory
Jun 22, 2001 10:10 AM
You can get vinyl-coated clamps that go around the stays, then you attach the rack to those. Everybody used to laugh at them, but Grant Petersen at Rivendell is a big fan and he convinced me. They're cheap and work well--I've carried loads up to at least 40 lbs. with no slippage. They can be used at the top of the rack if you don't want to attach to the brake bolt, and at the bottom near the dropout.
Shops used to carry them, but you may have to look around now. Nashbar had them a few catalogs back; you might call to see if they still do. And Rivendell may carry them (they're not in the catalog, but they have lots of stuff that isn't).
Jun 22, 2001 11:14 AM
I've used these on two fully loaded cross country tours without problems. The only problem I had was the fact that my bike wasn't made for touring and my heels occasionally hit the bags. The best advice I can give is to use lowerrider front racks. It really balances the load.